Good story and it emphasizes my point: The fashion industry sold! flat fronts so hard that it will take a long time / a generation to unsell them.Just the other day I was playing golf and one of the guys said "Aren't those out of style?". And I said "What?". He pointed to my pleats. One of the other guys said "I hope not!".
I explained pleats were not a fashion then described the tradition and function. Evidently his wife had told him pleats were "out of style"!!
Good story and it emphasizes my point: The fashion industry sold! flat fronts so hard that it will take a long time / a generation to unsell them.
People who couldn't care less about men's fashion or style "know" not to wear pleats.
The only joy I take from this is watching the fashion industry's desperate and pathetic attempts to u̵n̵r̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵b̵e̵l̵l̵ sell pleats to a public it taught that pleats were toxic.
For almost five years now I've watched J.Crew try through products, ad copy and "stories" to slowly "reintroduce" pleats as it knows it could make a bundle if men would now replace even half of their flat-front pants with pleated ones.
But so far - no go. J.Crew sold pleats-as-oldmanness as hard as it could, now it's reaping what it sowed.