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Flat Front Khakis

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kapay, May 20, 2006.

  1. kapay

    kapay Well-Known Member

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    I heard somewhere that flat front khakis/chinos were a no-no for one reason or another, does anyone agree or is it strictly personal preference? I tried searching but didn't really find what I was looking for.
     


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    Pants without pleats are viewed as the current style, but it really depends on personal preference and fit.
     


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    Pleats vs. flat front is purely a matter of personal taste. Some view the pleats more functionally (i.e. more comfortable for sitting long period of time because of the extra room; being able to stick more crap in your pockets without necessarily messing up the drape of the pants too much; etc. ). Some actually think it looks good.

    I prefer flat front as all the girls tell me I'm sexy in them.
     


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    Whoops. What I *meant* to say was that I heard pleated khaki's were a no-no.
     


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    Charley Distinguished Member

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    I wear khaki pants a lot.
    I prefer them in flat fronts as a casual pant.
    I'm wearing them as an alternative to denim - I never wear denim.
    Look at the pictures of the engineers on the projects of the 1940's and 1950's.
    All were in a sort of casual military dress - flat front khakis. It still is the proper engineer field atire.
     


  6. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    Flat-front khakis are fashionable at the moment, but I'm of the opinion that they tend to look better on most men. Pleated khakis can highlight a wide variety of ... imperfections. Often they just look a bit dumpy.

    (This is coming from someone who likes pleats with suits, so I have no beef with pleats in general.)
     


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    Whoops. What I *meant* to say was that I heard pleated khaki's were a no-no.

    This is true.....[​IMG]
     


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    Often they just look a bit dumpy.


    Bingo.
     


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    I think I fall in line with Doc and others here.

    Pleats for suits and wool slacks. [​IMG]

    No pleats for khakis.

    Bill's flat fronts being the holy grail of khakis of course.
     


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    Double-pleated khakis are the most common style amongst poorly dressed men. Cheap stores tend to carry exclusively double pleats. So, flat front are more fashionable. Personally, I avoid khakis in the first place...either wool trousers for business casual or jeans for casual.
     


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    Pleats in general look better when they face forward; it looks cleaner. I find that reverse pleats are the ones that really look "dumpy" for the most part. Hell, even Dickies sells khakis with forward pleats. My personal preference is flat front, though if we're talking functionality a single pleat (again, forward) looks pretty clean anyways. Example on a Tyrwhitt suit.
     


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