Holiday Outfit Idea - Metallic Pleated Skirt

Number one question of the season? What do I wear to all my holiday parties? Number two question of the season? How do I do my makeup? Today I’ll answer number one (it’s an easy one) and over the next week or so, we’ll get to number two!

The answer is: a metallic pleated skirt is absolutely the way to go. It’s extremely versatile and works so well on all women and all body types – from those with classic style, all the way across the spectrum to those with adventurous style.


One other benefit? It’s forgiving on your body. I don’t know about you but I always put on a little weight during the holidays. It sucks but it’s a reality – there are so many sweets and drinks with added calories that I can’t resist. And with all the traveling and parties and to-dos, I’ve struggled to prioritize exercising and eating well. This skirt hides the extra width I take on in my thighs and lower belly (thanks genetics!), so I maintain my confidence when I wear it.


  • For the classic dresser: Pair a silver, gold or pewter pleat with a crisp white button down shirt or a neutral and form-fitting turtleneck sweater. Tuck it in with a wide belt and pair with pointy-toed pumps. Add statement earrings to make it festive. I love the slit on this one under $50 from Nordstrom and the stretchy waistband on this one under $40 from JC Penny!
  • For the woman on a budget: Choose a neutral color, like this black one with a sheen (only $50 from Macy’s) that you can wear with a bright red, deep green or silver top to your holiday parties. Then, pair it with a cardi and shell for work. You’ll get multiple wears out of this piece all year round.
  • For the adventurous dresser (me, most of the time): Go all out! I paired my shiny blue pleated midi with a faux fur vest and one of this season’s ‘it’ shoes, the white bootie (love this trend so much).


Given the time of year, you are highly likely to find a great sale on pleated midi skirts, and they are all over the racks at all the stores I like. Try Macy’s, Anthropologie, Target and Nordstrom for starters. My top choices, including the one I’m wearing here that I got on sale at Anthropologie for 40% off two weeks ago are below in clickable picture format!

Holiday Outfit Idea - Metallic Pleated Skirt

Holiday Outfit Idea - Metallic Pleated Skirt

Skirt: Gemma via Anthropologie // Boots: Vince Camuto via Nordstrom // Vest: Old, Target // Earrings: Baublebar Tassels

And yes you are having déjà vu. I’ve written about how much I love midi skirts many times before, including pleated ones (this season’s pleats are much thinner than prior seasons, though). I just love them beyond words because they keep you covered, ooze femininity and can translate from work to play and casual to fancy so easily – a must for holiday dressing. Such a great wardrobe staple!