Experimenting with trousers

If we had to make a definite statement about women’s fashion in the last decade we’d say that skinny jeans and pants influenced the its silhouettes more then any other look. Women wanted skinnies, and most everything else was cut to work with them. Styles get tired however and while we might still all love our skinnies, there’s an undercurrent of experimentation amongst the fashion forward collective, each of them looking for something else, each of them looking for what’s next.

Hence, when it comes to this decade’s emerging fashion trends so many of them are experimenting with the ‘standard’ silhouette of pants. As a result we have emerging, neo-trends in the return of bell bottoms and wide legged pants. There’s one more style we’re certain will join that list, however, making it something of a trend trinity: pleats.

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As you’ll see if you follow that link to the trend guide, we’re already watching the return to favour of pleats for skirts and dresses. Pleated pants, however, are something newer but something that, should they be cut as well as above, will become equally as dominant. And this is a style whose trend status depends wholly on designers rising to the challenge of giving pleats both a cool and sexy edge; pleated pants haven’t been popular in men’s or women’s fashion of late as a result of the negative connotations they carry with them.

The above picture shows model Nimue Smit giving her chic take on reverse pleats in between Paris fashion week shows. It was snapped by Wayne Tippets.

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