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July 13, 2010

The Perfect Pleated Pants

I have been working with my tailor in developing the perfect pair of pleated pants and I am proud to say that after going back and forth and trying and failing, we’ve collaborated on a really good product. So many things can go wrong with a pair of pleated pants; don’t get me started with the horrors available in the market today. The ones that go up too high make you look like a septuagenarian, the ones are too loose on the hips/buttocks make you look like an infant in diapers, and the ones made of too heavy a fabric make you look, well, too heavy. I opted for a light, yet structured fine wool in black, had two sharp pleats placed on each leg, had it done mid-rise and relatively slim throughout, tapering smoothly down to a slightly cropped hem.
Barba shirt, Hermes belt, watch from the MoMa store in Tokyo, turquoise ring from Manila, tailor-made pleated pants, vintage shoes
close-up of my tailor’s razor-sharp pleating
On a side note, I have been over-wearing this printed jersey polo from Filipino designer Vittorio Barba for the last few weeks. It’s breezy and comfortable, yet looks polished with the button-down collar, and I like how the drape of the jersey contrasts with the structured trousers. Designers, please make more loose jersey polos.
For something so basic as a pair of pleated pants, it’s almost ridiculous how much attention to detail is required to make it right. It must be a menswear thing, eh? Props and cheers and kudos to my tailor for putting up with me.


  • Mat
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    i want things like this izzy, tailored as good as your don't exist in the wet north of england!

  • Gon
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    It's truly a great colaboration! That tailor must really do wonders| your pants look amazing ;D

    Dimogonda blog

  • Anonymous
    July 13th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    really fantastic cut! your tailor must be pretty talented to execute such a sharp design. v. impressive!

  • Miss T
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    fantastic. You look great here.

    Fillipino designer has some of the best creation in the past couple of season.


  • inkarlcerating
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    where dou u take yer photos izzy? i loooove this look..
    i agree. theres something magical when wearing designer pieces.

  • elizar33
    July 13th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    nice! i had been looking for pleated pants to rock in my conservative office…

  • Michael
    July 13th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Just curious, how many sizes up did you have to start to create a slimmed-down pleated pant?

  • tiltumaria
    July 14th, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Indeed a perfect fit! I've been searching for the perfect pair for quite some time now but it seems as though there is none that fit my body type. I guess I'll just have to get crafty and make them myself!

  • Ario Achda
    July 14th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    waaannnnt iiiitttttt!!!!!!

  • Izzy
    July 14th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the kind words everyone!

    mat: oh yes they do and one goes by the name of Mat

    michael: Not sure what you mean, but I didn't really have to size up. I just went through the usual process of getting measured by my tailor, "mocking-up" the garment measurements with tape, then just tweaking the garment after it's been fabricated. It's a pretty straightforward process, but it does require a tad more patience than just walking into a store and purchasing a pair of pants.

    karl: These were taken at my parents' garage in Manila.

  • wecouldgrowup2gether
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    looks like a million bucks! wish i could dress all nice in summer, but its just way too hot, all i could stand are tshirts, shorts, and flipflops! like a bum lol

  • The Shady Chronicles of P and D
    July 17th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    A pair of pleated pants on a man has never looked better. Congratulations, Mr. Dandy!


  • Anonymous
    July 18th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Nice watch!!! Where is it from?

  • Izzy
    July 18th, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Anonymous: got it from the MoMA store in Tokyo

  • Jade
    July 19th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    wow those are perfect

  • Anonymous
    July 21st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    That sure is a great look for you Izzy. I just love checking out your blog. I was wondering how many sizes up do you want to buy your pleated men's pants in? I'm just curious so I can have a great outfit like you do.

  • Alan Li
    August 2nd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Wow the fit of these are honestly impeccable. I've been looking for pants like those forever, but nothing fits me quite like that.

  • Aluma Wallet
    April 15th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post about your pleated pants. Finding a good pair can sometimes be a challenge, can't it?

  • Vinky
    September 10th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Very nice(: I hve a pale turquoise pair of pleated trousers, perfect fit. I wish I had a tailor here… love when clothes fit perfectly~~


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