brotherdarkness wrote: Danger Zone wrote: JRustle wrote:
And you have to be fat to wear pleats IMO.
Pufer on Pleats:
Pleats or no pleats: that is the question
The more traditional look features pleats. Pleats look fine on everybody, and it is not like anyone will ever see them under your jacket anyway. Additionally, if you ever plan on sitting or bending over, they provide more room for movement. Why is this even a question?
It is a question because this is one of the rare occasions where the Fifth Commandment does not interfere with the Sixth. With pleats or without, your pants can potentially be completely unobtrusive (the fronts are always going to be covered either by a table or your suit jacket), and the current style dictates that flat-fronts simply look better on a distinct minority of American males.
The question first is one of fit, and if you are one who can get away with wearing flat-fronts, it then becomes a matter of preference.
First, some background. Pleats have gotten a bad name recently thanks to the khaki revolution. Khakis have inherited the role traditionally held by the baggy odd trouser, which is to say that they’re big, comfortable, semi-casual pants that almost universally look bad on everyone. Khakis are more comfortable if they’re pleated, and fat Americans are nothing if not comfort-seekers, so these ugly pants are almost always of the pleated variety.
Seeing their dads and grandfathers in these billowy abominations, many folks have gained a distinct distaste for the pleated pant, and have moved to the flat-front as a response. However, many of these guys have gone too far, thinking that their flat-front khakis should be cut and worn like jeans. This has resulted in a lot of guys who cannot pull off flat fronts wearing them.
Suit trousers are not khakis, nor are they supposed to be fancy jeans. Unlike khakis and jeans, your suit pants are supposed to float over your body, and drape to the ground, not billow or hug your legs. Basically, they are supposed to fit your waist perfectly, look to be cut just generously enough to get over your hips, then go straight to the ground, with a slight taper.
If you are a skinny person, regardless of whether you are wearing flat-fronts or pleats, your pants should cut the exact same profile. If your pleated trousers look baggy when you’re just standing there, that does not mean that you should have purchased flat-fronts, it means that your pants are cut too big and you should go see your tailor. The only difference between the two styles on a skinny guy will be that one looks a bit busier at the top, and has more expansion room for when he sits or bends over.