Most fashion magazines are pushing pleated pants styling. You guessed it, another revived ‘80’s trend that took us well into the ‘90’s. I know I was not alone in wearing loads of unflattering pleated pants 20 years ago (especially high-waisted styles that were baggy on the thigh and tapered at the ankle). I even wore a bodysuit with pleated paper-bag jeans. Awful.

Most revived trends come with updated and innovative design improvements. For the last two seasons, the “new” pleated pant has been offered in two variations: slouchy and wide, or slick and skinny. The question is, do they look better than they did in the ‘80’s? Can some body types pull off pleated pants with style, or is this look beyond redemption?

I’ve got my own ideas on the recovered trend, but before I spill the beans I’d love to hear your thoughts. Yay or nay for pleated pants?

Alice + Olivia Double Pleat Wide Leg PantPaperbag PantsElizabeth and James Sylvia Trouser

Wide and slouchy pleated styles.

Grey Ant Pleat Front Pant in Dark GreyHengst Atlas Pant in BlackImitation of Christ of Christ Resonance Pants in Faded Black

Sleek and skinny pleated pants styles. The black pair are looking a little genie-ish.