Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Pleated Pants- A Nightmare then, A Statement Maker Now

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday considering the long weekend holiday we have had! October just seems to be bustling with festivities. We are back with a menswear Style Blogpost today! I know I've been saying I will separate my blogs but procrastination is a bitch. Coming back to the post, A dreaded menswear trend of yore is on the rise. I used to dread it on my dad,let alone think I would feature it on my blog someday.
They're back.

"After more than a decade of flat-front, slimmer-is-better propaganda, this news may come as an unexpected—and unwelcome—surprise to even the most enterprising men of style: Pleated pants are back. Look no look further than the plethora of gathered waistlines showcased during the recent European menswear shows for the spring/summer 2016 season—from designers like J.W. Anderson and Lanvin to E. Tautz and Officine Generale.

Closer to home (or your laptop), on barneys.com, you can find militaristic pleated shorts from downtown New York It-designer Alexander Wang,voluminous draped pants from the cult brand Lemaire, and single-pleat, straight-leg pants from Margaret Howell that possess just a hint of schoolboy uniform to them."- As cited by GQ in 2015.

And it's not just high-end labels that are embracing the trend. It has trickled down to the mainstream outlets.
The Mad Hair Scientist has taken the time to customise his Linen white shirt and Khaki Pleated Pants. Time has moved on and so must the pleat. He has tapered them so they have a modern shape," It's a new element to build upon, a classic element. It's a great thing to pull into the present and make modern."

Fashion system, as it often happens,  is ready to steer the other way. A jump forwards that draws inspiration from the past.

If we look back at history we notice that men’s trousers often had pleats, the version without pleats makes it’s the first appearance by the second half of the xx century. Then came the 80’s with it’s baggy style and  pleats had a brief renaissance, after that they slowly disappeared again making the way for slim fit. So we got used to slim and shorter  trousers, cuffs, flat front but now there we are again with a new change and we’ll soon adapt to the new contemporary forms. A more spontaneous elegance is just around the corner.

With or without pleats? It is important to consider some factors such as body structure and personal style.
What do you think of Our take on pleated pant?

TMHS paired his potli button shirt with pleated pants,

The structured Man Bag is by Esbeda, Shoes by New Look, Watch by Swatch, All the  silver baubles by Aquamarine and shades by Patakha.
Photography by Sir Ridge Adrian Fernandes.

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