Pleated pants have distinct creases at the top-front part of the pant along the waist line. Folding the fabric and sewing it down before attaching a waistband have created these creases. A flat-front pant on the other hand has a contouring feature called a dart that allows for the pant fabric to lie against the waist line and leg. What pant looks best on you totally depends on your build and what you are most comfortable wearing. Generally assumption would say that the more stick like or slender man should wear the flat-front while larger men will benefit from the pleated pants available extra space. This is not just a generalization for overweight men needed pleated pants, because the right flat front fit can also work for any size. However, if you have a larger quad or find yourself being a more athletic build, the pleat may be a benefit for comfort ability along with flexibility of the pant. Most men that participate in any kind of body-building, cross-fit, or competitive sports, such as football or soccer typically have a larger muscular leg build.
Being that pleated pants are more generous around the middle this allows for comfort and ease of movement. Because of this pleats are a constant option and don’t go in and out of style. You can find a pair of pleated trousers that are more of a tapered leg and still give a slimmer appeal, or a modern cut pleat, and everything to a wide leg 22’’ leg pleated pant. Pleats are more desirable for a man with a larger backside or athletic quads. Men that have more of an active job vs. sitting in an office also find that pleated pants are easier to move around in and function throughout their workday. Pleated pants should be worn at the hipbones at the natural waist. Slender and tall men may appear to have a sloppier silhouette when wearing overly baggy pleated pants due to way too much material around their waist line.
Don’t underestimate the power of the pleats, but don’t allow for any feeling of being overwhelmed about the issue either. When selecting a pair of slacks or a suit, make sure that you take your time and actually try on the whole suit or slacks in their entirety, making sure you are completely comfortable with the fit you are purchasing. The last thing that you would want during the middle of an interview or your work day would be to have your pants be uncomfortably fitting or, splitting down the rear/crotch. When buying a pair of new really well made slacks, they will require a hem by a professional tailor, so if you are unsure about a pair of pants you recently purchased, at the very least, get your local tailor’s opinion about the fit to assure that they will work best for your build.
Traditionally most suits used to come accompanying pleated pants, with no option of a flat front. Nowadays more of our two-button style suits come with more of a flat front option, whereas, three-button or more still come with the traditional pleat. We carry a larger variety than any other men’s suit store in the world, offering all different fits of pleated pants, vested suits, tuxedos, various colors and styles. Everything from mandarin collar suits, to purple tails, we are able exceptions for a slender man to be caught in a pair of pleated pants. The suit jacket acts as a complementing cover to the extra fabric or bunching that is created. Pleated pants will not look smooth or sliming without a suit jacket worn atop it. When purchasing suits pleated is still recommended for the larger build gentlemen who require more space for movement and wear ability. This would be an important factor to shopping for your next suit, especially if you are doing so online. If you are unable to try on different fits, before ordering, it is always easiest to go with the larger style and have it professionally tailored down to fit.