Victoria Beckham's pleated co-ord airport look is more versatile than you might think

 Victoria Beckham at LAX
 Victoria Beckham at LAX Credit: Starmax/PA 

If there’s one celebrity that loves dressing for the airport, it’s Victoria Beckham. While us mere mortals flap about fitting our 100ml liquids into a sandwich bag, VB uses the trip through security as her very own catwalk. While previous years have seen the former pop star sport some questionable ‘his and hers’ ensembles with husband David, she now rarely deviates from her own designs.

VB and DB leaving for a trip to Japan in 2003 Credit: Rex

Her latest trip through LAX saw the mother-of-four model patterned crepe de chine separates from her own label's pre-fall collection. Printed with a playful cobalt, yellow and red matchstick motif, Beckham tucked her strappy vest into the waist-defining sunray pleats, and let the fluidity of the whole look do the talking.

Victoria Beckham at LAX Credit: BG/KGC Photo Agency LLP 

Her camisole has been discontinued in favour of a sleeveless plissé top with two tiers for movement, and more coverage around the décolletage. Worn over the top of the midi skirt, as styled on Beckham’s ecommerce site (below), the co-ords make for a clean, swishy look despite the busy pattern.

Victoria Beckham pre-fall 2016 collection

We have long extolled the virtues of co-ords. Not only do they make serious impact paired together, patterned separates can be married with plain wardrobe staples as standalone pieces. Invest in Beckham’s match printed pleats and enjoy wearing them together, or in one of these four versatile combinations...


Make the most of the waist-cinching skirt silhouette by tucking a black body into it. Rather than a t-shirt, a body will create clean lines and highlight the minimal waistband (avoid a belt which will over-complicate things). Black pointy flats and a matching shoulder bag will let the skirt standout as the focal point, and are sleek enough to translate into smart evening engagements.

Clockwise from top left: Sunray pleated skirt, £990, Victoria Beckham; Cushnie et Ochs body, £580, Net-a-Porter;  A.P.C. half moon bag, £295, Liberty; Pointed toe flats, £35.99, Mango


Trophy skirts can be muted quite simply by tucking a classic crew-neck tee into the waistband. Add trainers and a punchy clutch or cross-body bag into the equation, and you’ve got an on-the-go look with real personality.

Clockwise from top left: Sunray pleated skirt, £990, Victoria Beckham; Holiday t-shirt, £50, Browns; Junior lock clutch, £190, Loeffler Randall; Avery trainers, £182, Senso


Wide-strides or culottes are the perfect trouser pairing for the pleated top. Avoid clashing textures and stick to simple black fabrics that you can rewear with other office shirts and blouses. Chunky sandals are the perfect right-for-now footwear, and a complementing tote will house all your essentials in. Try a bucket shape to amplify this simple, Scandi silhouette.

Clockwise from top left:  Sleeveless plisse pleat top, £890, Victoria Beckham; Culottes, £29.99, H&M; Contrast leather bag, £79.99, Zara; Cross strap leather sandals, £65, & Other Stories

Dinner date

Asymmetric cuts have replaced A-lines as the skirt shape du jour. Those wary of the narrow pleats on the top can take comfort in the ultra flattering skirt hemline, which flutters down the legs. Lace up heels will highlight the slim ankle area further, while a pair of standout drop earrings is all you need to make a statement on the accessories front.

Sleeveless plisse pleat top, £890, Victoria Beckham; Geometric earrings, £40, Uterqüe; Peter Pilotto waterfall hem skirt, £570, Matches Fashion; Lace up heels, £35.99, Zara