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Pleats or flat fronts—which one should you wear on a formal occasion?

Bibek Bhattacharya | Print Edition: April 6, 2008

Pleats or flat fronts—which one should you wear on a formal occasion?

It’s an old dilemma, and although the flat-front trouser wins Round I for sleekness, the pleats win back the next round for sheer comfort. Seriously though, while the flat-front trouser has an unfussy feel about it, pleats are the best friend of a more generous waist. And while flat-fronts are the last word if you have a compact figure, pleats help put the breaks in for the longer limbed gents. See? All square!

He’s wearing: Shirt from H2O for Rs 2,150
Flat-front trousers from Cue—Rs 2,450

He’s wearing: Shirt from Park Avenue for Rs 2,799
Pleated trousers from Hugo Boss Price on request

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