A few seasons ago, finding a pleated metallic skirt would have been a thing. You probably would have spent hours Googling and Shopstyle-ing—maybe even Etsy-ing before you found a version that’s the opposite of what you wanted. However, during the last few seasons, top brands like Proenza Schouler, Loewe, Christopher Kane, Givenchy, and—of course—Gucci have all come out with their own takes on both floor-skimming and calf-length shiny skirts, which means fast-fashion spots like Zara and Topshop have caught up.
The skirt definitely makes the case for a maximalist approach to fashion—at Gucci, designer Alessandro Michele paired his with over-the-top pussy-bow blouses, floral sweaters, and equally metallic tops and shoes, but if you’re not exactly sold on wearing lamé during the day, pairing it with a simple black turtleneck or an oversized sweater and knee-high boots makes it wearable for work.
To get you started, here are 13 affordable metallic pleated skirts you pretty much need right now.