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Do you recommend flat-front or pleated trousers?
Though the late nineties saw pleats all but disappear from pants, the forgiving folds are now back; meaning you once again have a difficult choice. As a rule, flat-front pants have a sleeker, cleaner silhouette, but this means they conceal no flaws. If you have a little extra up-front, pleats will ensure that the pants fall straight down, instead of hugging your stomach unflatteringly. When pleats pucker open, you’re too big for your britches. (Or, if you prefer, they’re too small for you.) At that point, rather than disguising any girth you’re trying to hide, the pleats are accentuating it. Try moving up a waist size, because, you see, even the best-made clothes need to fit well to flatter you.
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