The 19 Best Pleated Shorts and How to Style Them


I think it’s safe to say that my days of wearing super short cutoff shorts are done. If that’s your favorite style, I support you, but I feel much more comfortable in something with a little more coverage. Last summer, I started dipping a toe into the pleated shorts trend. I used to equate this trend with ’90s moms, but I later realized that there are so many cool ways to wear them, no matter what aesthetic you’re going for. 

There are plenty of fashion items out there that are obvious compliment bait, like bags and sunglasses, but I guess I hadn’t expected to receive many compliments on my collection of “frumpy” pleated shorts. But whenever I wear a pair, someone tells me that they like my shorts, which makes me want to keep buying them, of course. As luck would have it, there’s lots of pleated shorts styling inspiration on Instagram, some of which I’m sharing with you…

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