This is one micro-trend I’ve been bookmarking for a while now, curious about whether it would really become something. As a fashion editor, this is something I do a lot. It’s similar to investigative work (except no one’s lives are at stake). We get a lead on something, follow it for a while, and see if anything larger comes of it. When that finally happens, you end up reading about it here. Today, the trend I’m finally excited and confident enough to report on is pleated miniskirts.

After seeing dozens of fashion girls dabbling with pleated minis, I figured it was time to start breaking down the “why” and “how” backing the gradual success of this skirt trend. When you see or think of pleated miniskirts, it’s safe to assume that private school uniforms, tennis, and cheerleaders come to mind, but once you see the various ways fashion girls have been styling them, you won’t even remember what your school uniform used to look like.

The nature of this skirt gives off a preppy vibe that you might not be used to incorporating into your personal style, but with the right counterparts and the seven styling tips ahead, I have the utmost faith that you’ll be able to tackle the trend. From cardigans to cowboy boots, get ready to learn how to style my new favorite skirt trend of the year and shop some of the coolest versions below.

Clearly, cowboy boots are a favored shoe choice when it comes to the pleated mini, and thanks to this sweater-and-bandana ensemble, we have a new way to wear the duo.

H&M Pleated Skirt ($25)

Msemis School Uniforms Pleaded Mini Skirts High Waisted Flared Sport Skater Skirts ($16)

Eleven by Venus Williams Flutter Tennis Skirt ($79)

Your summertime wardrobe is going to thank you for this one. Whether you pair a bikini top or a bralette with this skirt trend, all those vacation shirts you bought last year are finally going to come in handy again.

Wdirara Fashion Plaid Mid Waist Colorblock Tartan Mini Pleated Skirt ($18)

Motel Casta Pleated Mini Skirt ($59)

Zara Pleated Structured Skirt ($50)

Have you ever seen a cardigan look cuter? I’m not sure I have. Styled with clean sneakers and a trendy shoulder bag, this outfit is living proof that one new addition to your wardrobe can make some of your favorite basics feel brand-new.

Tremour High Waisted Pleated Mini Shorts Elasticated Sport Skorts ($23)

Tory Sport Tech Twill Pleated Tennis Skirt ($128)

H&M Pleated Skirt ($25)

Get a tad sportier and wear a simple T-shirt with your pleated mini. Retro sneakers and ankle socks will be just the accessories you need to complete the look.

Hoerev Short High Waist Pleated Skater Tennis School Skirt ($16)

Adidas Tennis Skirt ($45)

Urban Outfitters Gabrielle Pleated Mini Skirt ($54)

If you play tennis, these skirts are will remind you of what you wear on a regular basis while practicing. So in case you need some fresh inspiration for your next look on the court, here you go.

Chouyatou Simple High Waist All Around Pleated A-Line Skirt ($17)

BP Knit Tennis Skirt ($35)

Sunday Best Olive Mini 15-Inch Skirt ($88)

Go monochrome by matching your favorite hoodie to your miniskirt. The look will read sporty and spicy at the same time.

American Apparel Gabardine Tennis Skirt ($41)

Urban Outfitters Katie Plaid Pleated Mini Skirt ($59)

BP Knit Tennis Skirt ($35)

Yep, we love a polo-shirt–and–pleated-mini moment.

Tremour High Waisted Pleated Mini Shorts Elasticated Sport Skorts ($23)

Iets Frans… Pleated Tennis Mini Skirt ($49)

BP Pleated Miniskirt ($39)

Forever 21 Box Pleat Mini Skirt ($20)

Up next, discover the best nail colors for your next vacation.

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated.

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