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post #61 of 77
Pleated pants look like hammer pants on me. I have a long torso so pleated pants just exaggerate it.
post #62 of 77
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Originally Posted by Nashville View Post
I wear them both, but in my future purchases im buying all flat fronts, I have enough pleats

+1
post #63 of 77
On slacks I prefer flat front. For suits, either flat front or single reverse pleats. I don't really have any explanation for this, I'm not sure anyone notices but me.
post #64 of 77
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Originally Posted by tim_horton View Post
On slacks I prefer flat front. For suits, either flat front or single reverse pleats. I don't really have any explanation for this, I'm not sure anyone notices but me.

if you're wearing jacket all the time, then no one will really notice I assume.
post #65 of 77
You know what they say about a man who wears pleats...
post #66 of 77
Flat front for chinos because pleats are dressy, and because maintaining the creases in cotton twill means extra hassle. Pleats for dress trousers worn with a belt. Flat front for dress trousers worn with braces, because that allows more ease in the waistband and now you don't want/need additional ease below it. (I learned this from Sator.)
post #67 of 77
On suit trousers I don't mind either way. I have both. None of my odd trousers have pleats, though. Not sure if I'm ready to relive Office Space.
post #68 of 77
Single pleats are good if your weight is constant, for they tell you, by the pinching of the waist and groin gussets, if your ass is getting to big; whereas, with double pleats...before the pinching advisory is apparent, your ass is already got...it's Oscar.
post #69 of 77
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Originally Posted by kontoose View Post
Single pleats are good if your weight is constant, for they tell you, by the pinching of the waist and groin gussets, if your ass is getting to big; whereas, with double pleats...before the pinching advisory is apparent, your ass is already got...it's Oscar.

Excellent first post.
post #70 of 77
Pleats actually do serve a function: (1) they make it more comfortable to sit and prevent a giant roll of cloth from forming over your lap, (2) they help the creases stay in, and (3) they help pants drape cleaner.

I hate flat front trousers, with more casual cords and khakis being the exception.
post #71 of 77
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You know what they say about a man who wears pleats...

Uh . . . What?
post #72 of 77
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
Pleats actually do serve a function: (1) they make it more comfortable to sit and prevent a giant roll of cloth from forming over your lap, (2) they help the creases stay in, and (3) they help pants drape cleaner. I hate flat front trousers, with more casual cords and khakis being the exception.
Agree with mafoofan. I found pleated trousers can be cut trim without sacrificing the freedom. Single pleated trousers is my preference for suit with flat front for a more casual one. Not a big fan of double pleated though it looks good on certain people.
post #73 of 77
I started off 100% against pleats. Then I reluctantly got two suits (a Canali and a Ermenegildo Zegna) that had a small single pleat this last year, because I loved everything else about them. Now I am sold. I am a fit guy with a 32 waist and muscular thighs. I have always liked slim cut pants (I spend my time in the gym, I should be able to show it off), but I have always found that no mater what the tailor does there is always a little bit of a pulling issue because of my thighs, the pleat completely solves that. I have found them to be much more comfortable, and I do not have to worry when I get pants about them showing an un-businesslike bulge that most of the slimmer cut FF's tend to. I also have come to believe that a small single pleat does not really interrupt the clean look of FF pants so much as add a much needed bit of classy decoration. I still could not bring myself to big double pleats, but I have tried on a few pairs and will probably continue to give them a shot.
post #74 of 77
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Originally Posted by brn2drive View Post
I prefer to wear non-pleated pants for both suit pants and regular dress pants. I don't mind the one pleat because it adds a nice shape to the pants but pleats are just not for me.

I think they're outdated but then again it depends on who you are, I'm in my mid 20's and feel out of style with 2-pleat pants.

Not so much with trends as flat front has been in existence for ages. If you watched old movies, many of the suiting pants are flat front.
post #75 of 77
Would you guys say fabric also plays a role in deciding on pleats vs. non-pleats? I like pleats with my worsted wool suits. But I have a pair of cavalry twill pants from Panta, which are incredibly stiff and heavy. They're great pants but can''t imagine that material lends itself to pleats. Ditto for linen, for some reason.
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