To choose the best pleated skirt, determine what kind of pleat, skirt length, and fabric quality best suit you. The type of pleat used can affect the fit of the skirt; for example, kick pleats are often used on slim skirts for both aesthetics and proper fit around the lower legs. Length is also important, but depends on where you intend to wear the skirt; for example, professional business offices sometimes have dress codes that require knee-length or longer skirts. Lastly, quality affects the overall appearance and longevity of all clothing. Sometimes purchasing a high-quality pleated skirt can be a better investment than three or more low-quality skirts.
There are different kinds of pleats, though not all of them are used for skirts. Look at pleated skirts or pictures of pleated skirts to see the sometimes subtle differences between pleats. Knife pleats and kick pleats are commonly used on modern skirts.
To choose the best pleated skirt, know the appropriate length to purchase. If you cannot try on the skirt in the store to determine whether you like the length, measure a skirt you already own. Start measuring from the waist and end at the bottom of the skirt; do not stretch the fabric, but make sure it is straight. Use this measurement to determine what length is best for you when ordering online or by phone.
If the pleated skirt is business-wear, knee-length is ideal and appropriate in many countries. The skirt should easily cover the thighs when in a sitting position. Longer skirts are also appropriate in many business environments, but the garment should not hinder your movement. Dark, solid colors are usually best for the office or job interviews; think navy blue, black, and gray. You can deviate from this somewhat; for example, a pleated skirt that has a subtle weave or is light blue rather than dark might also look professional.
Choosing the best pleated skirt also involves paying close attention to quality. A hefty price tag does not guarantee a high-quality skirt, but generally quality is not cheap. Purchasing a low-quality pleated skirt can quickly lead to pilling, which is when the fabric encounters friction and forms little balls on its surface. Some fabrics, like certain synthetics, are more prone to pilling than others. Pilling can happen during the first wear and make the second, third, and following wears look like you are wearing a garment purchased years ago.