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Non-pleated custom made shirts... does it "cheapen" the look

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by skojasevic, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. skojasevic

    skojasevic Member

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    Guys, i have 35 custom made shirts that are pleated, and i just dont like how the back of the shirt looks. i dont like the look of pleats and im thinking of ordering them in the future WITHOUT pleats.

    these shirts are worn with ties and suits only.

    do you guys absolutely recomend pleats for custom shirts ?
    i am 6'2", 175lbs, thin and athletic build (no gut etc etc)
     
  2. TheTukker

    TheTukker Well-Known Member

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    Nope; I think the general consensus here is that they are not really necessary. Box pleats don't add anything; side pleats give you some additional room. But you should be fine without either.
     
  3. imatlas

    imatlas Well-Known Member

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    I don't think there is an absolute answer when it comes to pleats, but as I dislike the look, I aim for my custom shirts to fit perfectly without pleats. I do think that I sacrifice some mobility, so I avoid playing basketball in them.
     
  4. D Yizz

    D Yizz Well-Known Member

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    Yes they do. Add a bunch of material to the lower back portion of the shirt, which is good if you are pear shaped or have a considerable gut, but absolutely horrendous if you're thin or athletic. The only thing to consider when ordering a pleatless shirt is that you'll have less to no room for the sleeves to stay in place when moving your arms to the front of your body or over your head. If this bothers you, you can order the shirt with a bit of a longer sleeve.
     
  5. JamesX

    JamesX Well-Known Member

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    You are fit, get rid of pleats. A clean back looks better.

    Pleats on its own doesn't make a shirt look cheap or expensive.
     
  6. Costanza

    Costanza Well-Known Member

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    If they are only worn with a jacket over them, I would trade the look for the mobility, and I am built very much like you are.
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2011
  7. Mr.K

    Mr.K Well-Known Member

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    I do not get them on my shirts. The shirt looks much cleaner without them.
     

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