Selena Gomez proves you can pull off a pleated skirt without looking princessy with edgy combo

Oui, oui! We'll be adding a cute pleated skirt to our summer wardrobe, merci beaucoup

Selena Gomez headshot next to a white pleated skirt on a peach and purple background
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While in the City of Lights, Selena Gomez rocked a pleated skirt that screamed "balletcore" and sent fashionistas into overdrive.

For the past several weeks, the Only Murders in the Building starlet has been hard at work filming in Paris—and earlier this week she stepped out looking just as romantic as the French city itself in a white tulle midi skirt. She completed her look with a short-sleeved Dior sweater, black pumps, and polished off with au-naturel French girl makeup and a pair of gold hoops. Needless to say, it was nothing short of très chic! 

So here's exactly how to copy the look, plus a few cute pleated skirt picks to shop...

What is a pleated skirt?

Pleated skirts feature vertical creases in the fabric and are oftentimes used for formal settings. However, you can sport a casual approach to the garment thanks to the rise of the micro skirt. (More on that in a minute.)

In Sel's case, her pleated skirt has a polka-dotted tulle lining that accentuates the delicate ballet aesthetic, which made us swoon. It's the perfect date-night look, even if you're not in the City of Love. 

According to our sister site, Marie Claire, pleated skirts are having a moment and there are plenty of varieties to pair with cozy sweaters, trendy blazers or simple button-downs. If you have your heart set on acing the style à la Selena, we're happy to help!



Of course, the pleated trend has hit many a red carpet and received some love in the street style department. Check out other celebs who've worn a variation of the cute look.

1. Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid in a black pleated skirt

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Talk about French-girl chic! Bella's sexy black tulle pleated skirt gives us Moulin Rogue vibes. 

2. Emma Chamberlin

emma chamberlin in a pleated skirt

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We told you mini and micro skirts were having a moment. Emma aces the trend and tops it off with a pleated flair.

3. Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid in pleated pants at the cfda awards in 2019

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In a sophisticated pants/dress hybrid, Gigi takes the aesthetic to new levels during the 2019 CFDA Awards—the perfect time to make a grand statement. 

4. Dua Lipa

dua lipa in a gingham short pleated skirt

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A gingham pleated mini that's worthy of a spot in Cher Horowitz's closet, Dua Lipa playful pleated number is complemented with a Fido-like handbag. Two paws up!

5. Lily Collins

lily collins in a red and pink pleated skirt at a film premiere

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Emily Cooper herself nails the pleated number is a simple yet elegant red and blush-toned dress. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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