You Said: No to Pleated Pants

September 20th, 2009


stretch-wool-elan-trouser_092009We asked: Would you wear Pleated Pants?

You said:  A resounding NO to Pleated Pants, with a landslide 82% to 18% vote.

Style tip? We hear you - no crazy roomy harem-style pleated pants.  But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater when it comes to pleats.  Sure, flat front pants have been the trousers-du-jour for as long as we can remember, but we could all use a little variety.  The keys to wearing pleated pants are twofold:
(1) Keep the silhouette of the pant slim.  Pleats up at the waistline don’t have to mean an oversized leg as well.
(2) Wear a fitted shirt or blouse on top so as to keep the volume of the outfit in check.

Next question: One of our favorite Spring 2010 trends from Fashion Week was the boxy Chanel Jacket.  Part of our love affair with French style.  But what do you think?  Tell us, would you wear a Chanel Jacket?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Stretch Wool Elan Trouser | $118 at J Crew

Entry Filed under: Trend,Trend Predictives,What's In and What's Out,Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lara  |  September 21st, 2009 at 5:35 am

    really? i think these are gorge! i’m also slightly obsessed with those t-strap heels :)

  • 2. Gary  |  September 21st, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I was thinking of men’s pleated pants when I read the poll. And voted NO. There are exceptions, of course, but generally men’s pleated pants, whether dress or khaki, are pretty good at making a guy look like he has a bigger gut than he really does.

  • 3. Sal  |  September 21st, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Hah! Glad to see your readership is wary of the pleat. SO difficult to pull off if you’re not super slim …

  • 4. Trisha  |  September 21st, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I’m generally wary of pleats as well, but the right kind of pleat on a tailored pant can really work, as seen in the J Crew pic above.

    Love those t-strap heels as well!

  • 5. Lena  |  September 24th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Agree with Sal – only for the super slim or at least an atheltic build with small hips/behind

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