Back in the last century, when pleated trousers were compulsory and flat-fronted trousers were considered an aberration and an affront to good taste, I used to go to the menswear shows.
Occasionally, a designer would show something that made people roll their eyeballs and mouth “That’s not going to happen.”
Sometimes those people with the eyeballs were right, like a Dolce and Gabbana look in which every item was deliberately and aggressively wrinkled as though ironing was for morons.
I mean, it’s a look, but not an intended one.
Other times though, their predictions were way off. Like bags worn across the chest.
“Under no circumstances,” I thought, yet 12 months or so later, there they were, across every other chest in London, without a hint of awkwardness.
Same with flat-fronted trousers. When they started appearing in shows, they just looked like a terrible mistake. But the wheel turns, and for the last 20 years it’s been the pleated front that has been stuck behind fashion’s moon, while the flat front gets the light.
However, the fashion blogger Leah Morrigan has performed the following forecast while studying fashion’s current astrological chart: “We’re nearing the end of the tight close-cut suit/trouser style cycle, and waiting for the next change in slow-moving menswear sihouettes.”
And that means pleats.
Of course, they never completely went away – that American, middle-management, blue shirt and chino look, usually with a phone or some other gadget smartly clipped to the belt – has endured, making men look even fatter than they already are by ballooning the crotch zone with extra fabric.
(Resist the temptation to “play” with the “over-inflated groin” look. Or anything in mushroom.)
The Independent had some good ideas about how to approach the problem back in April, and if you’re one of those crazy people who shops for the summer in the summer, this advice may still be appropriate.
The never less than superb Mr Porter had plenty to say on the subject too, here.
If you feel you’ve already missed the look for the season because you decided on your summer wardrobe back in February, don’t worry.
Give the glacial speed at which men’s styles cycle, you’ve got until about 2037 to get on board this one.