Let’s start first with a thank you.  Because of Melissa’s encouragement, I’ve been writing fashion articles for Home with a Twist for over two years!  For the confidence she has in me and the support she gives me, I am extremely thankful!

When Melissa first asked me to be her fashion writer, I was afraid to try something new.  But just like a pleated skirt, she slowly brought me into the “fold,” and 117 articles later…I’m still writing!  Since pleated skirts are touted as a trend every few seasons, I like to call them a trendy-classic. A favorite outfit from Pinterest features a light gray cable sweater paired with a dark gray pleated skirt.  With heels, this look is ultra-classy, and a pair of booties would add a hip vibe! Yep…I’m “com-pleat-ly” in love with this look!

Okay, I realize this is not exactly an Academy Award speech.  That being said, another special thank you goes to my editor, Rochelle Moses.  She edits every article with expertise and kindness, and for that I am beyond grateful!  So, what’s the magic word? That would be “pleats”! And just like a great editor, a mid-length pleated skirt crosses all my “t’s”!  Point proven with a pink pleated skirt complemented with a black turtleneck sweater and leather jacket.

If you cross all your “t’s”, ya gotta dot all the “i’s” too!  So let’s think about sharpening our editorial style with a striped pleated skirt.  My Pinterest favorite shows a striped rainbow skirt with a bit of sparkle from Anthropology.  Wear it now with a sweater and later this spring, with a white blouse tied at the waist. Another “i-dotter” on our Pinterest board is a bright fuchsia skirt paired with a light pink embroidered sweater.  Don’t you just love pleats with personality?

When writing a weekly fashion article, you definitely put yourself out there! Would you be willing to step out on a fashion limb in a pleated gold metallic maxi skirt paired with a black leather biker jacket?  Another hip look is a rose-gold metallic midi skirt matched with a gray sweatshirt and metallic rose-gold trimmed sneakers. Wow…who knew pleats were so cool?

We think pleats are ideal for the office.  A Pinterest look that exudes confidence highlights a fashionista wearing a blue pleated skirt with a tucked blouse and a camel coat draped over her shoulders.  A matching burgundy sweater and skirt will bring a monochromatic look to your executive style. Though, I have to admit, my pleat preference is a green cable sweater worn with a green skirt!

What do you get when you pair a classic pleated skirt with sneakers?  A cool new trend…of course! We are loving how two style-stars wear their satin skirts with sneakers.  One matched a pink sweatshirt with her cute skirt, and the other styled her skirt with a bomber jacket.  Are you a girl who likes to twirl? A pleated tulle or satin skirt is a flirty way to add femininity to your style.  So for a party look, think about twirling the night away in one of these beauties!

Okay…one last thank you to my readers.  Thank you so much for reading my articles, for “liking” them on Instagram and Facebook, for sharing them, and most of all….for sending encouraging and positive messages.  Trust me when I say…you “com-pleat” me!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.