Mar
11
2013
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The New
Pleated Pants

Check your prejudices at the door fellas. For openminded men looking to expand their wardrobes, the pleated pant is enjoying something of a comeback. Unlike the shapeless pants that were once popular with the casual Friday crowd, this new breed is tailored with new proportions and a new personality. One of the brands leading this revival? Unis. Designer Eunice Lee has a reputation for pared down staples that are as cool as they are comfortable and these trousers, made in America from soft Italian cotton, exemplify that philosophy. "I think it's nice for guys to have options—a closet full of the exact same style of pant seems so boring," says Lee. But that's not to say that guys are jumping at the chance to try them. "Given that the majority of pleated pants in the past have been so unflattering, their initial reluctance is understandable ... but I spent a lot of time getting the fit just right." That means a slim leg with a single pinch pleat and a slightly tapered, narrow opening at the hem. Lee says that she and her shop staff have been gently encouraging customers at the Unis stores in New York and LA to try them on, and the response has been almost unanimously positive. "The top and bottom proportions compliment each other really nicely," she says. "These aren't your typical pleated pants."

 

Available in four colors,
$198 by Unis

 

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