Dear Marcy | Am I Too Old To Wear A Box Pleat Mini Skirt?


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Dear Marcy,

I recently lost a lot of weight and have been happily trying on old clothes, and enjoying having things fit again!


Am I too old to wear one of those short, box pleat skirts, the kind that has the wide panel, flat waist with buttons on it? (It’s black, not plaid.)

Or will I look ridiculous, trying to pull off something “twee” in my mid 40’s?

What if I wore dark tights with it?



Cellulite is Just a State of Mind


Dear Marcy


Dear Cellulite is On Your Thighs,

The answer is no.

Because really, are you a Catholic schoolgirl? Are you Britney Spears? Are you living in 1995?

And most importantly, are you a box?

Because you will look like a box in a box pleat skirt. That’s why it’s called a “box” pleat. Why on earth do you want to look like a box when you could be hanging out in a box?

Plus, twee is only acceptable for the under-40 crowd or the over-60 crowd. (Even Zooey Deschanel will look stupid in her “adorkable” attire in 5 years.)

My advice:

Wait 15 years to wear a box pleat mini skirt. That way, instead of looking like a “desperately trying to look 22” wanton woman of the night, you’ll look like a hip and wise fashion maven. But, only if you wear those tights.

Because purple veins and cottage cheese are never in style.

You’re Welcome,



Just Say No


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  • Reply Big Momma July 19, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Had to look up “twee.” Why, Marcy, is twee OK for over 60 feebs? Cause we look goofy no matter what we wear?
    Pleats, box or otherwise, should not be worn by anyone over the age of 13, but maybe I’m biased. I spent four years in Catholic high school being bashed by nuns while wearing a billowy plaid pleated below-the-knee skirt with gray knee socks and a white but yellowing nylon open-collar shirt. It was a humiliating look to go with the humiliation thrust upon us by angry nuns.
    Sorry…didn’t mean to vent. Had no idea I had this hostility toward pleats. You got me going, Marcy!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      you’re too sensitive. you should try being an opinionated diva like me. it’s much more fun.

  • Reply TheLadyK July 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    DYING!!! *wipes tears*
    needed that good laugh today!

    Spot on advice, as usual, Marcy.
    And I’m not even going to get into how kitties who hang out in boxes shouldn’t throw around box shaped clothing advice. I’m just going to wear and dance around in my 1995 attire in the privacy of my own home and rock my purple veins. Because purple is awesome.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 19, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      you’re welcome.

      • Reply TheLadyK October 11, 2017 at 11:22 am

        UPDATE: Listen up, cat!
        It’s a good thing I didn’t throw out my box pleat mini skirt. I’m gonna wear it. Out loud and in public. And even better — I’m fabric painting it to look like fake leather. So there! (OK, it’s for a costume… but STILL.)

        • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

          Fine, Human. I’ll be sure to wear my earplugs so I don’t go deaf from your ridiculously loud outfit.
          meow, marcy
          p.s. what’s the costume?

          • TheLadyK October 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

            I’m going as a judgmental cat with bad taste and DIY faux leather earplugs.

  • Reply Patty July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I agree with Marcy. BUT that top picture of the skirt with the kitties on it is AWESOME!!!!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      you can wear that skirt it you are 12.
      meow, marcy

  • Reply Liz July 21, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Ouch! Catty, indeed! I like my box pleats, and I might like and wear them even MORE between my 40s and 60s, just to spite some cat who has no business passing fashion judgements on another species.


    We May Have Cellulite Thighs and Purple Veins, But We Also Have Opposable Thumbs Which Can Shut and Trap You in that No-Pleat Box You’re So Fond Of


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Ahahahahhaha – this is the BEST comeback to Marcy’s snark!! Love it!
      fine. you win. whatever.
      (btw,u want to come blog with me?! that was pretty awesome.)

  • Reply Vik July 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I do love this blog feature. And the strict looking Marcy photo. And I will never ask about overalls bc I am ascared of the answer!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch July 23, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Yay! So glad you enjoy it. I get worried sometimes that Marcy is too mean and I should tone it down. That said, I would be very ascared to ask her about overalls. But… maybe you just did?! 😉

      • Reply Vik July 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm


  • Reply Gwen Kortsen August 15, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I dunno, Marcy – I obviously can’t speak for every reader, but I do think CYNTHIA can rock box pleats if she feels like it! OR if it’s the pleats and not the skirt length that’s the problem, box pleats can be taken out of a garment, you know? I’ve had that done. Then it just gets some extra volume! Main think is to feel comfortable in what you wear, right? I have a “style book” where it says you shouldn’t wear mini-skirts after your 26th birthday – no way am I gonna follow that advice! Haha! I have too many cute mini skirts already!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Oh yes – I agree – those rules are crazy! Wear the mini skirts!
      xo, cynthia
      From Marcy – “she cannot. meow, marcy”

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