If we solely dress to feel comfortable, our closets would without a doubt favour the presence of pleat front pants. But since appearance these days is nearly everything and a slick, polished, composed image is worth a thousand words if nothing else, a lot of thought goes into deciding if the pleat front pants are still in fashion for Spring 2014, or if they’re just another unfortunate blast from the past.
Based on the 1970s and 1980s looser fashions, the pleated pants for women marked a return close to the end of 2011, when the runways pointed towards a relaxed sense of tailoring. With designers like Burberry Prorsum and Dolce & Gabbana still betting on loose tailoring, the look gained more perspective, eventually evolving into a trend.
For Autumn / Winter 2013 this same trend achieved a subtle quality with its modern rendering highlighting nearly invisible pleats, still feeling extreme at times. Spreading their influence across centuries of impeccable tailoring, the pleated pants have been long time favourites, helping define what a traditional and classic tailored look is all about. However, this season’s pleats for women are being seen as merely functional, not stylish.