9 Pleated Pants That Prove Pleated Pants Are Cool Again

Generally affiliated with grandfathers and old guard Wall Street guys, pleated pants have been recently been fully embraced by trend-savvy designers—and consumers. The polished looks bring formality to the table, while the pleat itself offers a retro yet fashion-forward vibe. Throw in some modern cuts and trendy fabrics, and you get one, undeniable fact: Pleated pants are back. And this time, they're not going anywhere.

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John Elliott Tuck Wide-Leg Pleated Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

Corduroy has experienced a big comeback lately, so these pleats by American designer John Elliott are a great addition to any trend-forward wardrobe. Cut from army green cotton in a wide-leg silhouette, the pleat detail added to the front adds an interesting retro vibe. ($350; mrporter.com)

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Black Tailored Pleats Trousers

Pleats are one of the biggest trademarks for designer Issey Miyake. These black tailored trousers sport multiple pleats, making them a unique statement piece that's both chic and versatile. ($300; ssense.com)

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Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece® Single-Pleat Flannel Trousers

Nothing beats classic, tailored menswear, and when it comes to fine quality and cut, the masters at Brooks Brothers never disappoint. These single-pleat flannel trousers are crafted from a soft blend of Italian-woven wool and cashmere, and come with stretch properties to enhance the comfort factor. ($448; brooksbrothers.com)

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Stampd Berlin Zip-Detailed Pleated Trousers

You know pleats are cool when a streetwear mainstay like Stampd is weaving them into their seasonal range of ready-to-wear. These pants check off nearly every modern trend that's currently dominating menswear, including a wide-leg silhouette, a cropped hem, side-zip details, and a D-ring belt attachment. ($245; barneys.com)

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Gucci Tonal Bee Heart Wool Pants

The greatest thing about these Gucci trousers is that they double both as fashionable daywear and cozy loungewear. Featuring a drawstring closure, the pleated detail makes these pants sophisticated and chic while still being super comfortable. The all-over bee graphic also adds a fun, quirky touch. ($980; nordstrom.com)

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Hugo Boss Relaxed-Fit Pants

Though known for its fine tailored silhouettes, these trousers by Hugo Boss boast a more relaxed fit while still maintaining the brand's dapper flair. Cut from a cognac cotton gabardine, these pleats are detailed with workwear-inspired patched pockets and a tapered leg, giving them a smart yet laid-back feel. ($228; hugoboss.com)

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Acne Studios Casual Pants

Swedish minimalist favorite Acne Studios keep to their avant-minded design touchstones with these slick houndstooth wool pants. Featuring a high-waisted regular fit, the tailored trousers don pleated detailing, a tapered leg, zip closure, and no shortage of pockets. ($200; yoox.com)

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AMI Pleated Carrot Fit Trousers

These trousers by French label AMI feature a tapered silhouette marked by sharp pleats, a roomy mid-rise fit, and pressed creases. The biggest highlight is the garment's dark emerald coloring, which makes them both polished and effortlessly cool. ($480; farfetch.com)

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Saturdays NYC Gordy Straight-Leg Trousers

Saturdays NYC has a knack for offering casual luxury at a fair price point. This beige pair is cut from a breezy twill fabric with loose-fitted legs detailed by pleats that fall from the mid-rise waist. ($218; matchesfashion.com)

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