How to wear pants. Pleats or Flat front?

Many consider pleated pants are actually considered more of a “classic” or “traditional” look, and flat fronted pants a more modern look.

But what many don't know is the that pleats or no pleats really comes down to body shape and functionality with the end being a more slim silhouette.

One or Two Pleats?

One or two pleats depends on the size of your thighs and stomach.

Someone who has solid thighs, small hips and a normal waist (not flat or pot bellied) single pleats will give you the extra room while keeping the lines slim.

Two pleats will give the wearer a lot more room over the thigh and hip area while maintaining a slim silhouette.

Single backward facing pleat.

Double backward facing pleats.


Forward or Backward facing?

When it comes to choosing which way the pleats face, this will depend on where the bulk is.

If the bulk is on the outer of your thighs and hips then backward pleats will direct the extra room towards that area.

Of course with forwarding facing pleats, the extra room will be directed to the inner thigh/crotch area of the pants.

Which can also be good for someone who has forward hips.

Single forward facing pleat.

Single backward facing pleat.

Who should wear flat front?

Flat from pants are particularly good for slim to skinny body shapes.

So the need for extra fabric to shape around any bulky parts isn't needed to create a slim look.

Flat front with no pleats.

Prominent Seats?

Larger or prominent seat aren't fixed by pleats but darts under the back of the waistband on the pants.

Some will have one or two depending on the shape needed over the top of the seat.

Box or inverted box pleats.

This type of pleat isn't seen too much in menswear but more womenswear (synonymous with skirts).

This is not to say they can't be used in men's trousers but more to the fact they are less needed.

Inverted box pleats (the more common) are used to shaped a small waist over the thighs to create a cleaner drape line. This leaves a more curvy silhouette.