Each year, hundreds of thousands of pairs of innocent, high quality trousers are passed over and cast aside, simply for having a pleated front. Don't wait for the fashion media to tell you pleats are o.k., that comfort and style come in many forms. Won't you please help?
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Pleated trousers are far classier than plain-front ones. Period.
Agree, but prefer forward pleats and one rather than two. De gustibus...
Yes! Love pleated dress pants.
Heinz-Ulrich von B.
I saw this response to this post elsewhere on the web, and thought I would pass it along:
No! U r a idiot if u thnk that plaets look good! U r bretaying your'e readers by pushing pleast on them! Pleats are 4 wusses! Flat fronts forever! Flat fronts rule! I'll never read An Afordable wardrobe again!
Apparently, iGents don't like pleated trousers.
You can see the quality of those trousers from the tailoring on the inside!
Next year you'll be extolling the virtues of velcro shoes, Joe.
Unlike orthodox (narrow-minded) Ivy fetishists ("purists"), many of us prefer a moderately catholic, eclectic approach. While basically favoring traditional American style, we create a personal style by adding British (and, needless to say, Italian, ) elements. Those of us who have tried pleated trousers may never go back to wearing unpleated ones. The extra material adds incomparable richness and comfort.
@Young Fogey: or spelling.
From pleated pants, which are as classic and "old" an option as flat fronts, to velcro shoes, which are an unfortunate abberration. Its those kind of sweeping jumps that get us in trouble. Or at the very least limit our choices.
That's it! I've seen the light at last. How foolish I've been. I'll be putting all of My Allen Edmonds, vintage Florsheims, and Phi Bates up for sale on Ebay shortly and using the proceeds to replace everything with velcro shoes. What was I thinking?
I heard that Mark McNairy was working on a collaboration with orthopedicshoes.com, and that the collection would feature his trademark Day-Glo colors and inventive takes on classics, including a spectator-style Velcro-closure shoe. Apparently the strap mimics the penny loafer strap.
I think @Young Fogey may be channeling Nigel Molesworth (whose regulation flannel shorts will certainly have had one or two forward pleats). As any fule kno.
Incidentally, I love it that Giuseppe Timore, one of the primary exponents of flat-front pants in the menswearosphere, is into pleats. I have always favored pleats, as they suit my clothing personality better than flat fronts, but thanks to our friend G, I have come to see that flat fronts, too, have their place (I prefer flat-front chinos).
Ignore the iGents and wear what you like—as long as it makes you look good (and is, of course, appropriate for the situation).
Thanks, Fogey. Being stylish and being rigid about it don't mix.
The problem with pleats isn't pleats but the men who wear them. Overweight men with bellies hanging over their Docker's pleated khakis look terrible. You have to be in the right body proportion to pull off pleats.
I think overweight and stockier men should wear pleated pants. It fits nicely. Flat front makes them look too tight and uncomfortable.
Slim men looks better with flat front.
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