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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Pleats, in or out? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 2/11/13 9:42 PM

Are pleated slacks in or out nowadays? I have a nice piece of gray Super 180's wool and am trying to decide which of my patterns to use. I tried on 10 pairs of pants that I've made, and the older ones with pleats fit the best (I think because they have enough ease to just hang nicely). I'm skinny so I don't mind if the pleats appear to add a little bulk.

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Date: 2/11/13 10:26 PM

It's been a long time since pleated pants were highly popular, and the relative few pleated pants now on the Saks and Neiman's websites look nothing like the classic, tailored pleated pants almost everyone wore in the 1980s and 1990s. The closest pair I've found are these Armani trousers with inverted pleats.

If you could freshen up the pattern, perhaps by changing the pleating a bit, you might be able to get the fullness you want without making the pants look like they're no longer in style. Of course, you'd want to sew a muslin before you cut into your good wool fabric.

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Date: 2/11/13 10:45 PM

They seem to be currently 'out.' However, styles rotate back in every couple of decades, and Katherine Hepburn didn't care.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:15 PM

Oh well. I was hoping to avoid a muslin. Thanks for the advice, I know so little about fashion.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:36 PM

Actually, the Armani spring collection had several pleated pants, all very drapey and wide legged. Looking at just the Nieman Marcus website for pants, perhaps 10% or less had pleats, but they were there. All the jumpsuits seemed to be pleated in the pants section. Maybe pleats are coming back? Or maybe they never left.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:39 PM

Pleated pants are all over the place. Love them.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:42 PM

Pleated slacks are always classy on the slender frame.

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Date: 2/11/13 11:53 PM

They're good on the average frame, too, but the biggest tricks are to use drapy fabrics and to make the waist a little too big. If you snug things up at the waist, the tummy bulge is emphasized and the pants suddenly look both bulky and too small.

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Date: 2/12/13 1:12 PM

Check Burda 7191. I think it's a new pattern, with inverted pleats and a waistband that sits a little below the natural waist. Those two features keep it from looking dated. The lower waistline also helps prevent that bulge just below the waist that can happen.

I always look better in pleated pants -- I'm very curvy, and they seem to de-emphasize the curves and give a smoother line.

I also -- finally-- got the crotch curve right with this pattern. It comes with a jacket that I'll never use, but I think the pants pattern will become my standard.

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Date: 2/12/13 7:46 PM

And if you're visiting or traveling through a hot climate, those elegant pleated trousers are soooo comfortable in a high quality microfiber, with the drape of four-ply silk but the comfort of easy care, that you can hardly believe it.

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