Pleats Please Issey Miyake Tapered-leg Trousers Review

It has been a weird past couple of quarantine weeks as I am sure you all are experiencing it one way or another. I find it is difficult to stay inspired and motivated style-wise hence the lack of fashion content here on the blog and Instagram. Now that it’s spring, let me introduce you to one of my most favorite fashion pick-ups, the tapered-leg technical pleated trousers from Pleats Please Issey Miyake.

Funny that if you search Pleats Please on Youtube, there are tons of reviews and how-to style the Homme Plissé Issey Miyake but not much about the Pleats Please. That gives me more reason to write this in-depth review. In case you’re wondering, Homme Plissé is the menswear sibling to the Pleats Please women’s line.

about Issey Miyake and Pleats Please Issey Miyake

CONCEPT: ‘design is not for philosophy, but for life’

Issey Miyake is a Japanese designer that is known for his tech-driven clothing design, perfumes, and accessories like bags, sunglasses, and watches. First launched in 1988, this pleats line Pleats Please became the brand of its own with the launch of Spring Summer 1994 collection.

Miyake cuts a garment’s shape first, sews, and then pleats the finished form. In contrast to the conventional method of pleating the fabric and then cutting it to the design, this ‘garment pleating‘ technique is Miyaki’s most iconic creation.

about my Pleats Please Issey Miyake trousers

The Tapered-leg technical pleated trousers featured in this blog post are the perfect introduction piece from Pleats Please Issey Miyake, and I am pleased with the purchase. I know that they do monthly release with limited quantity and colors, so lucky you if you live near a store.

I got the black tapered pair because they go with everything. Matches Fashion does 20%, free and fast shipping from the UK, and deliver a well-packaged box at the door via DHL. I’ve returned something before, and they come knocking at my door to pick up the package.

What I absolutely love about these trousers is how lightweight, breathable, and comfortable the fabric is. They are crease-proof, easily packable, and the black really goes with everything.

  • $289
  • 100% polyester
  • Elastic waistband
  • Side slip pockets
  • Wash: hand wash or machine wash in COLD and air dry. AVOID HEAT!!!
  • Store: roll up gently along the lines of pleats. Avoid pressure and too much moisture. Avoid hanging for a long period of time.
  • Made in Japan


Size & Fit

Pleats Please Issey Miyake pants sizing is different from standard sizing because of their ‘garment pleating‘ technique. Garments by Pleat Please, pants specifically, follow the length of the garment only and do not differ in width. Sizing runs from 2, 3, 4, and 5 differs with a pitch of 2.5 – 3 cm or about 1 inch each. So think size 2 is equivalent to an X-Small/Small, size 3 is Small/Medium, 4 is Medium/Large, and 5 is Large/X-Large.

I am 5ft5, wear bottoms size 25, and have gone for size 3. I am happy with the length, but I think I could have gone for size 2. There is weird excess fabric bunching up at the front crotch when sitting down and the back seats as I walk. Other than that, they are such a unique pair of pants and fit me great overall.

SizeFront riseBack riseWaistHipInside legLeg Opening

Size chart is taken from Matches Fashion, and as you can see, there is not much difference in terms of sizing since these are stretchy and heavily pleated.

Again, I highly recommend you reviewing the size chart at whatever retail site you’re buying your Pleats Please items from. Online stores with the best selection are Matches Fashion, Ssense, and Totokaelo. They are also styled on models with different heights and body types, so it is very confusing when it comes to figuring out which size will fit me. On models whose average height is at least 5ft8, the trousers fit quite cropped, so they are called cropped pants on some sites. But that might not be the case if you’re petite, so keep that in mind.

How to Style Pleats Please Trousers

Since the trousers are black, they literally look great with everything. Even though they are made from 100% polyester, they are not cheap looking. They’ve got some weight to them, and the pleating technique definitely is eye-catching and cool.

To keep things balanced, pair something looser on top because these are tapered at the legs. I’d personally prefer a monotone outfit, keeping things all-black or black and white only. I know I will be wearing these trousers a lot, so keep an eye on more ways I’d style these trousers in the future.

I’ve taken lots of styling inspiration from Ken and Daniel, the two are my favorite men fashion Youtubers who have me hooked on the brand.

OUTFIT – shirt: UNIQLO U men’s | bag: ACNE STUDIOS Musubi medium | trousers: PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKI | sandals: ISABEL MARANT | watch: NORDGREEN | jewelry: MEJURI

Shop my Pleats Please wishlist which includes some tops, skirts, and dresses:

Hope you’ve found this blog post review is helpful. Leave a comment on what do you think about these Pleats Please Issey Miyaki pants. Are you a fan? What will you be picking up? Take care, keep dressing well, and I’ll see you in the next one!

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An Trieu

Currently based in Seattle, Style & Senses is my digital life and style journal of all things that inspire my senses and beyond. Hope you stay inspired, as always! - An Trieu.

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