The 13 Best Pleated Pants to Finally Get You Over Your Fear of Pleated Pants

“Pleated.” It used to be a bad word. Especially when used in conjunction with “baggy” and “khakis,” it was shorthand for all the things someone was getting wrong with their style. It suggested clinging to a past full of big, shapeless pants, and probably a few corporate-logo polos for good measure. Well, here’s the thing: We were wrong. All of us. Sure, those pleats were bad, but some pleats are very, very good. Look a little further into the past at guys like Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief for a historical example. Or just look at the pleated pants available now, with their streamlined shapes designed to complement your body instead of swallow it, all while giving you a little extra flow (and comfort).

Still afraid of pleats? That’s okay! For now. But it’s time to get over it. Here are 13 pairs—some cropped and slim, some in wider and longer cuts, and some in between—that’ll help you prove to yourself that 2020 is the Year of the Pleat.

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Tapered Trousers

Topman nordstrom.com

$60.00

Leave it to Topman to serve up a pair of on-trend trousers in an ultra-cool color, all for just $60.

Skinny Fit Pinstripe Crop Pants

Topman nordstrom.com

$65.00

Or, maybe stripes are more your thing.

Tapered Pleated Cotton-Blend Twill Trousers

Alex Mill mrporter.com

$115.00

If you’re looking for something you can wear constantly, a single-pleat pair of khakis is tough to beat.

Pleated Cotton Trousers

Entireworld mrporter.com

$125.00

A slightly dressier trouser with a clean waistband and an easy navy hue is good, too.

M2 Classic Fit Pleated Vintage Twill Pants

Bills Khakis nordstrom.com

$155.00

Bills Khakis takes a page from old-school, military styles with this pair of M2 chinos.

Wallace & Barnes Pleated Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

J.Crew mrporter.com

$160.00

Because every good thing is even better in corduroy.

Varick Wool Blend Pants

Saturdays NYC nordstrom.com

$195.00

Saturdays NYC may have made its name with laid-back, surf-adjacent clothes, but the brand is just as good at more dressed-up stuff.

Ames Pleated Solid Wool Dress Pants

Suitsupply nordstrom.com

$199.00

For those of us who want all of our pants to feel like track pants.

Pleated Brushed-Cotton Chinos

Noah mrporter.com

$230.00

Wear these with a rugby shirt and a tweedy jacket—to work, or on the weekend. Your call.

Pierre Cropped Tapered Pleated Stretch-Cotton Trousers

Acne Studios mrporter.com

$260.00

The cropped cut means it’s even easier to show off your favorite shoes. (It’s also quite flattering.)

Kyoto Pleated Stretch-Twill Trousers

Universal Works mrporter.com

$265.00

Wear these instead of your favorite jeans when you want to mix things up.

Page Tapered Cropped Pleated Twill Trousers

Theory mrporter.com

$275.00

Slim and tapered, these are an easy go-to for days at the office.

Time Pleated Stretch Cotton Pants

Barena Vanezia nordstrom.com

$380.00

The side tabs don’t just look cool—they also help you tune in your fit.

Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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Source : Esquire