Pleated pants guide part 1

Mens Suits With Pleated Pants

Pleated pants guide part 1

For some, the very mention of pleated pants is enough to evoke flashbacks to the worst menswear fashions of the 1980s and 1990s. With current trends favoring flat-front cuts, the question of whether you should wear pleats today is often answered with a resounding “no.”

What Pleated pants are:

In the world of menswear, pleats can be defined as gathered folds of fabric located below the waist, in the area known as the rise, or simply the front, on a pair of trousers. On flat-front trousers, as the name states, the fabric in this area is smooth. Pleats can either be forward facing, in which the folded fabric points inward, toward the fly of your pants, or reverse—pointing in the direction of the pockets. The British style generally favors inward-facing pleats whereas pants in a more Italian style, usually face outward. In terms of which is better, forward pleats usually receive less criticism as they tend to remain flat, while outward ones may open and stay open, resulting in ballooning fabric. The number of pleats that you have can vary: usually, one or two, though some men have experimented with three and even four pleats.

Why Pleated pants have a bad reputation today, number 1:

The short answer is that they are simply out of style. In line with the material excesses of the 1980s, pants from that decade often displayed an excess of material in the form of pleats. Because pleats gather the extra fabric in the rise area of a pair of pants, below the waist, if too much fabric is added there it can result in unsightly ballooning in the groin area. Some poor trouser designs also expanded this concept, rather literally, to create more room throughout the pants, especially in the legs. This resulted in a baggy, voluminous garment stereotypically identified with middle-management drones wearing big khakis on casual Friday.

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