For those of us on personal missions to eradicate pleated trousers from the face of the Earth, I’ll let this misplaced sense of fashion irony by the gentlemen in the photograph slide by without offering too much derision. Nevertheless, the only thing missing here is a vertical stripe shirt worn untucked and some square toe black shoes with really thick soles. If you’re going to “do” irony, you might as well dance right over the precipice.
i love the full pants am so over skinny jeans – agree the more fitted top helps also the fact that the volume continues all the way down and the leg dosent taper in towards the hem like aweful pleat front pants of yore.
I’ve never been a supporter of pleats for anyone under the age of 70, but there’s something about this look and pose which works tremendously well. The skinny top and the pose make it, but health be damned, the cigarette doesn’t hurt.
I disagree that this boy’s look has anything to do with irony. The idea of irony as irony is a bit last year, no? I’m just a little (a lot) tired of this postmodern whine re. fashion. Do whatever the hell you want to do; if you look good, you look good.
Fact is – if you don’t have hips, or an ass to speak of… pleats work.
The whole too-cool-for-school / fat-girl-with-no-date-for-prom routine is passe.
Homeboy’s at a Martin Margiela show; I doubt he’s losing sleep over whether or not you love his pleats… Plus he’s hot .
Question from a lowly non-fashionisto – what do you do if flat-front pants just don’t fit right? I’m from a long line of short, stocky guys and a big lower body is part of the package; for perspective, my younger brother was an All American lacross player, 5′ 6″ and ~ 175 lbs (with like 8% body fat). Skinny just isn’t an option in the family… I’m not quite in that good shape =) but the proportions are similar – big but short legs (28″ inseam), big shoulders, big but short arms…
miss dish “Fact is – if you don’t have hips, or an ass to speak of… pleats work.”
i disagree. i think flat front skinny trousers work better on skinny no-arsed men. having said that, pleated trousers can work on any shape. the reason pleated trousers have fallen from favour is because in the 80s they became the generic naff dad’s trouser. this is sad because you only have to look at images from the 20s to the 50s (when pleated trousers were worn at the correct height…the natural waist) to see how great they look.
Fashion is cycical. I’ve been ready for big pleated pants even before Raf Simons did his Fall’06 tour de force with them, and was disappointed that more stores didn’t buy the collection because it was so hard to find. A saleman at 10 Corso Cuomo snorted under his breath questioning why anyone would want them, yet look at all the fashion magazines now and you’ll know that they’re well on their way to becoming mainstream chic again. Just tells me that early adopters should pave the way and be armed with an “I told you so” for later. To say they are out forever is to ignore the nature of fashion.