While earlier, these pants were sewed in such a manner that the pleats were created inwards and tucked inside the pants, over years the lack of elegance associated with outward pleats came to a stop.
Pleated pants were a huge fashion trend for a long time, till in the '50s and '60s preferences changed and more and more people started opting for flat-front pants. In the '80's though, these trousers with pleats, out of style till then, came back with a bang and today they have been revived again. This only goes to prove how cyclical fashion trends are.
What are They?
Firstly it is important to know that these trousers can be worn by both men and women, provided that they fit well. It is possible to buy them for both casual and formal occasions but it is generally more suited to formal wear.
So, if you are looking for business formal attire, then it may be a good idea to opt for a pair of pleated trousers. If you are looking for a more casual option, then opt for khaki pants.
These pants are stitched in such a manner that they have either single folds or double folds. If your pair has double folds, then rest assured that the pleat that is located next to the zipper will be deep and long. Pleats are folded in such a manner that they face outwards, situated facing the pockets.
If you prefer though, you can also opt for a pair of pants that has inverted pleats. Generally pleats are added to give it a slight design detail but it also has a functional utility in such that it adds room and width to the silhouette of the pant.
This helps because when the folds of the pleat open up, it allows for an expansion of the width of the hip. You can easily add a straight stitch along the line of the fold. This causes the width to seem much lesser than it actually is.
These pants are perfect for people who are on the heavier side, as it makes one's front look much flatter, especially when compared to flat-front trousers that generally tends to draw focus to the waist area.
Also you can have a waistband that can open up and create room for you. With a job that involves a lot of physical activity, it may be a good idea to opt for this style as it will allow you to move well.
With thinner and more petite people, these pants add bulk which can be ungainly in many ways. While trying to iron these trousers, remember to always turn them inside out and then iron the waist band first, before ironing the pleats towards the pockets.
It is a fashion trend that keeps coming back and refuses to go away completely. If you do opt to wear these pants, then choose a silhouette that suits you well.
For men, the best style are straight-cut pleated versions but for women, depending on your body type you can choose between slouchy, loose pants with pleats, and tapered skinny pleated pants that hit your ankle. Choose the style that suits you the most, and wear it with panache.