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Suit Question - Pleat or not?

Manystyles

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I'll try to keep this short.

I'm debating between single pleat and flat front pants. I'm in my early 30's professional and I've always worn pleated pants.

I'm 5 foot 10, 185 and around a 44 coat with a 36 inch waist. I have very broad shoulders and very big thighs. (I'm an ex football player and I still lift and run a lot).

Flat front pants in "athletic" cuts look like I squeezed my thighs into them. Flat front pants in regular 44 drops require a significant amount of tailoring and still don't look quite right after all the work done on them.

So. Is a single pleat really that bad for someone moderately young?

Anyone around my size know of anyone who makes a good flat front suit that doesn't make them look like they bought the pants a size too small?

I don't mind a single pleat, but a lot of people do. So what, exactly is the fashion faux-pas with a single pleat?

I mean, I get that Z. Cavaricci's are bad and I don't care for double pleats, but when I wander around Nordstrom's or another men's store, most of the Hickey Freeman's et al. I see have at least one pleat, usually two.

Thanx in advance.
 

Sanguis Mortuum

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There's nothing wrong with a single pleat if you've got big thighs...
 

ManofKent

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
There's nothing wrong with a single pleat if you've got big thighs...

+1

I'm a similar size - ex-cyclist and regular walker, pleats work a lot better
 

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Its only Single Pleats and FlatFronts for me. Double (or gasp, triple) look very bad on me.
 

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Go with what works best for you, not what other people want you to feel best in. Pleats are neither for people in a certain age nor a question of fashion. It simply depends on what works best for your body.
Personally, I always order my suit pants with single outward pleats and I am significantly younger than you are.
 

Manystyles

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Thanks guys.

I agree, I don't really like the way I looked in flat front pants, I thought maybe I just had not found a brand that worked, although I tried pretty much all the ones I could find and nada. They all seem to be cut for people with thin legs, which I do not have.

Sterling, I agree.

Like I said, I've always had pleats in my pants. I just wanted to see if there was a suit made in flat fronts that didn't make me look like I was smuggling my pads attached to my legs, under the suit
just so I could have one in the closet. I'm willing to buy into one fashion trend a year.


It's just when I go into stores I get the "you need an athletic cut, try brand XYZ" and they always seem to come in flat fronts. Then they tell me I look great in them, when I know I don't. Then I wonder why I'm even shopping in that store and I leave.

I just don't get why so many people abhor pleated pants of any sort. I'm told constantly that it's a faux-pas and I just don't get why. I can understand the 80s football shoulder pads though.....
 

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Thanks for posting this question as I've struggled to find flat fronts that fit me well. I'm a similar build and almost all of my pants have a single pleat because that's what seems to fit (and I like the look).
 

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Nothing wrong. Pleats are fine. Don't sweat it.
 

rdawson808

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Originally Posted by Manystyles
So. Is a single pleat really that bad for someone moderately young?


I'd argue that the appropriateness of pleats has nothing to do with age.


b
 

Douglas

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As everyone else has indicated, FF pants don't work for everyone, and are not some holy f***ing grail, no matter what Cosmo is telling girls to tell their boyfriends these days.
 

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