The Return of Pleated Pants - Best Pants for Men - Details Magazine
6 of the best pleated trousers
If the next census indicates a fall in the British birth rate, we’d be unsurprised if it turned out to be related to the sperm murderingly tight trousers we’ve all been wearing for the last few years. So urologists should breathe a sigh of relief at this season’s move away from the sprayed on kecks to something rather looser, exemplified by the return of the pleat.
Barely seen since the big, boxy suits of Gordon Gecko and his cronies, these small folds, which sit just in from your pockets, allow for more fabric around your upper thigh and a correspondingly nipped in waist and ankle. The result is both less restrictive and a more flattering shape than your standard-issue straight-legged strides. Which is good for you, and any little yous in the future.
Pleats of strength
Flannel should be your go-to winter fabric. It’s warm, it’s soft and its texture means that it will sit as happily with an unmatched blazer as a cable-knit sweater. Burberry up the luxury with a blend of wool and cashmere that’s half-lined, so you’ll be able to wear them 10 months out of the year.
Burberry Prorsum flannel trousers, £495, mrporter.com
Kanye favourite Maison Martin Margiela’s double-pleated trouser can be worn with leather sneakers and a crew-neck sweat for dressed-down luxury, or with a white button down, cardigan and chunky-soled brogues in the office.
Maison Martin Margiela, £380, stylebop.com
Zip it up
The zipped hips on Zara’s pleated trousers not only make them a cinch to get in and out of, but also offer some detail to an otherwise unadorned item. Add in a merino sweater and oversized coat – both in black, of course – and you’re good to go.
Zara pleated trousers, £45.99, zara.com
Pleats and tweed are more associated with your grandfather’s wardrobe than something Tommy Ton might shoot, so contrast the heritage connotations of these trousers from outgoing Hermès creative director Christophe Lemaire with technical trainers and a graphic sweat.
Christophe Lemaire pleated tweed trousers, £320, matchesfashion.com
Pair the rugged wool in Oliver Spencer’s pleated trousers with heritage leather hiking boots that look like they’ve been up Everest, a flash of colourful hiking sock and a cable knit sweater thick enough to cope with a North Sea squall.
Oliver Spencer pleated trousers, £180, coggles.com
Think Hedi Slimane’s designs for Saint Laurent and you’re more liable to picture something painted on than pleated. While these trousers aren’t exactly billowing with extra fabric, they do at least offer a rather more forgiving shape for those whose thighs have at least occasionally seen the inside of the squat rack.
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