I’ve mentioned in recent trend reports that pleated skirts, specifically “sunray” pleated skirts, are back on the fashion scene. The photos below are examples of sunray pleated skirts, a very narrow, even width style of pleat. Sunray pleating is not to be confused with broomstick pleating, where the pleats are also narrow, but uneven and crushed. Sunray pleats tend to look cleaner, crisper and more symmetrical.

Sunray pleated skirts come in solids and patterns, and all hem lengths: mini, knee-length, midi and maxi. So take your pick. Both winter weight fabrics and lightweight summery fabrics look great in sunray pleats.

Personally, I prefer sunray pleats in dressy fabrications because the pleats hold their shape exceptionally well. Sunray pleats in casual cotton, viscose and linen fabrications don’t look as crisp to my eye because the pleats unfold half way down the skirt. This creates a much more relaxed look, which can work to your advantage if you lead a very casual lifestyle.

I like sunrays best with a tucked-in top, or a very cropped cardigan or jacket. Retro, glam and dressy. Sunray pleated skirts with elasticated waistbands aren’t bad, but those with broader waistbands and zipper closures are better because the pleats glide comfortably over the tummy and hip area. Elasticated waistbands can cause the pleats to pouf in an unflattering way and create bulges in the wrong places.

I’m a huge fan of sunray pleated skirts and will absolutely add a knee- or midi-length to my skirt collection. I just love the way they move and flounce as you stride! ¬†Sunrays make a lovely addition to a classic business casual wardrobe, but of course, they can also be spunked up with the right edgy or arty wardrobe pieces. Versatile and fab at any age. What’s your verdict?

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