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9 different types of Pleated Skirts

What is a pleated skirt?

A pleated skirt is any skirt with vertical pleats starting from the waistline or above or below the hip level. As the pleats differ in the way the folds are made, so do the skirts. There are many different types of pleated skirts.

Different types of pleated skirts 

Box pleated skirt

pleated skirts

A box pleat results in a raised band of fabric with folds on either side. 

Related post: How to sew box pleats 

Box pleat skirt with yoke

pleated skirts

A wide yoke is given near the waist making it fitting there and then the pleats are added, usually at the hip level.

Knife pleated skirt

pleated skirt

This is a very common pleated skirt. Knife pleats are arranged on a waistband. Depending on the tightness of the pleats you can get a good fullness with this type of pleated skirt. 

Knife pleated skirt with yoke

pleated skirts

Here the knife pleats are added under a yoke, avoiding the fullness near the waist.

Small knife pleated Mini skirt

pleated mini skirt

This is a short skirt with very small knife pleats – Prepleated fabric may be used in these skirts.

Tennis skirt

pleated skirt types

In sports, a tennis skirt is a white, short, pleated skirt but in fashion, any color goes. A tennis skirt features inverted pleats which contain the fullness at the waist till the hips and then the fullness is released to give it a nice flare. It is currently very popular among young girls.

Full length pleated skirt

pleated skirt


Pre-pleated Midi skirt

prepleated skirt

A skirt made of pre-pleated fabric.

Pleated hem skirt

pleated hem skirt

This skirt will have pleated ruffles at the hem – this pleated portion serves more as a trim.

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