What's wrong with pleated pants?

  • DesireIron

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    Mar 20, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    I've heard remarks putting down pleated pants. I don't understand such comments. To me, pleated pants can look as good as flat fronts on a guy.

    What wrong with with pleated pants?
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    Mar 20, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    The excess fabric isnt necessary and gives you a bulky silouette. ie it makes you look fatter than you are..... thats why.icon_cool.gif
    Pleated trousers are better for guys with big guts as it hides it in their case.
  • DesireIron

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    Mar 20, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    But flat fronts can show a bump from your package.
  • Laurence

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    Mar 20, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    Nothings wrong with pleaded pants.

    You should wear what you want and not feel pressured to wear what everyone else thinks looks good.

    Loz
  • Latenight30

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    Mar 20, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Pleated pants are considered more formal or dressy
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    I agree with dtmyh. The extra fabric can make you look bulky, and it has a weird inflated look when you sit down. On slimmer guys, it's definitely not a flattering look.
  • in_this_corne...

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    Mar 20, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    They only look good if you wear them with tasseled shoes and a braided belt. icon_eek.gif

    For real though, I'm no fan of pleated pants. Too much fabric in my opinion.
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidPleated pants are considered more formal or dressy

    Correct. Plus fashion is always about change. The fashion industry makes more profit on changing what we wear, and the more often the more profit. Their income would plunge if we wore the same thing year in and year out, until our clothes wore out on their own.

    So men get cuffs on their trousers, then they lose cuffs. They get pleats, they lose pleats. They get a high waist, they get a low waist, they get snug legs, they get looser legs, even flared bells.
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Pleated pants are not as evil as some might have you believe, but they really are best for non-tall guys and men who aren't flat stomached. I've seen shorter, in shape men who really work the pleated pants, esp if they have a big bubble butt.

    I once tried on some pleated pants at the insistence of a friend who felt I needed more formal attire for an interview. It was a mess. Made me look fat. But then I'm rather tall and need cleaner lines if my clothes are to fit properly.
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    they are a bitch to iron. one very good reason not to buy them
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    Everything.
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    If they are tailored right, they can look good. Usually off the rack pleated pants make your legs look fat. Flat front pants are not for everyone too.

    You do not want to look like
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  • Import

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    Mar 20, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    ugh, pleated pants are the worst.

    Please dont wear them, it makes u look like u have birthing hips, ready for birthing a baby.

    they're never a good look, not to mention they age u like cray cray
  • starboard5

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    Mar 20, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    DesireIron saidI've heard remarks putting down pleated pants. I don't understand such comments. To me, pleated pants can look as good as flat fronts on a guy.

    What wrong with with pleated pants?




    They make you look like you're carrying potatoes.
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Give it time and it will be back in style and everyone will be yammering about how great they are. icon_razz.gif
  • Webster666

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    Mar 20, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    It's just fashion trends.
    On a guy with a smaller than average waist, pleated pants always look great.
    (The average waist is too fat)
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    Around the heyday of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2000-2003-5ish or something?) these RULES came out that were constantly parroted as the show grew more popular for men's fashion. One of them was that flat front pants were the absolute ruler of the pleat vs. no pleat debate. And at that time yes, pleats had waned in style (and it made sense for gay fat straight fit guys, flat front pants minimized the attention to their midsection fat).

    Fashion kept turning, but this idea of ALWAYS FLAT FRONT PANTS somehow stuck around, even when men's' fashion shows (which would eventually trickle down to the retail market) had completely embraced pleats again. They don't, however, look good on all body types (as opposed to the flat front which generally flatters the average male shape better).
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    I think it depends on your body type.

    Like everything, they flatter some and do not flatter others. On me, they make me look heavier and like I have big hips like a woman. I prefer flat fronts.

    On you, they may look great.
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    Mar 20, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    They're just hideous and extremely old fashioned. No one well-dressed in Europe would be seen dead in them.

    Much as I love the US and so much about the country, 'proper' tailoring has always been a weak point. Smart trousers should always be well fitted and not contain about twice the amount of material that they need to!

    Sorry to be negative!!!
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    Mar 21, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Flat front or single pleat slacks or trousers............they're both good. The best stores in the world have both styles. The ONE thing that really matters is this: Pleated slacks are for slim guys or guys with trim waists. I'm a 32-33, and I look great in pleated slacks - as well as flat front. Pleated slacks give you more of a formal look - for dressier days. Here are some pleated slacks:

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    Gieves & Hawks (Savile Row, London)

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    Ralph Lauren