Best Bet: Pleated Chiffon Skirt

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Pleats have been resurgent this season, lending a fluid elegance to spring dresses and skirts. The gauzy, lightweight fabric of this blush-tone version is ideal for work or dressy summer occasions — when you want to be comfortable, but can't get away with shorts. The skirt hits just above the knee, and the silhouette flatters a range of figures. Though it has an innately feminine feel, you can also dress it down with wedges and a blazer.

Pleated chiffon skirt, $45 at Dalaga or online.