Once A Working-Girl Staple, Pleated Trousers Get a High-Style Makeover

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A favorite among soccer moms and the corporate set, pleated pants have always been notoriously unfashionable. Whether it's the nipped waist and balloon-hip combo of the dreaded mom jean or water cooler-approved Dockers, it seemed unfathomable that pleats—aside from Issey Miyake's, of course—would ever see a high-fashion makeover. That was until now. Lately, pleats having been having a super stylish Second Coming thanks to chic, slouchy shapes that have replaced the exaggerated ill-fitting silhouettes of yesteryear. Seen both on the street and in select stores, we've scoured our top shops and blogs for the former no-no that now has us all kinds of obsessed.

Above, from left: Street Style blogger Katy S., photo via Look Book; Oak Mottled Gray Double Pleat Pant, $132, available for pre-order at Revolve Clothing; Orphan Age Light Denim Jodphurs, $189, available at Pixie Market.

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Above, from left: Street style, photo via Flickr; Christophe Lemaire Pleated Pants, $323, available at Revolve Clothing; Just FM Pleated Crop Pants, $89, available at Pixie Market.
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Above, from left: Dolce Vita Paula Pant, $168, available at Urban Outfitters; Style blogger Childhood Flames in pleated pants; Silence & Noise Pleated Trouser, $58, available at Urban Outfitters.

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