Pleated Pants RIP -- Lessons from Emmi's Shopping Adventures Part 2 / by Joe Baz

What's wrong with pleated pants? The same thing that's wrong bell bottoms,  they're outdated and play cruel visual jokes on the male physique. I have found even more proof that pleats are passe. On a recent shopping adventure I searched the racks to find some pleated pants to photograph and found only a few available.  In their place were a wide range of flat front pants, even in the "grandpas only" section. Luckily the Polo department, permanently stocked with shirts and sweaters in every color of the rainbow except for those that actually look good on humans, was a sure bet for some pleat action.

For the "pleats versus flat front" photo I selected a pure silk pleated trouser which not only provides the glorious benefit of distorting the hips but also comes with the extra bonus of developing a static charge after only a couple of steps. The result is fabric that clings to the legs in the way that wet toilet paper clings to tree branches.

At the risk of stating the obvious the same man is wearing both of the outfits in the photo below. So now I could articulate with flowery prose all of the ways pleats dishonor the man who wears them but rather I'll let the following picture say the thousand words. For those of you as yet unconvinced those words would be "pleats make you look fat", on repeat.

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