I want to introduce you to one of my most favorite fashion pick-ups, the tapered-leg technical pleated trousers from Pleats Please Issey Miyake from Matches Fashion. If you search Pleats Please on Youtube, there are tons of reviews and how-to style the Homme Plissé Issey Miyake (men’s) but not much about the Pleats Please ones (women’s). 

about Issey Miyake and Pleats Please Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake is a Japanese designer that is known for his tech-driven clothing design, perfumes, and accessories like bags, sunglasses, and watches.

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.

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

First launched in 1988, the pleats line Pleats Please became the brand of its own with the launch of the Spring Summer 1994 collection.

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. Mine is the non-cropped black tapered pair.

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 (I got mine for 20% off on Matches Fashion.)

  • 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 some weird excess fabric bunching up at the front crotch when sitting down and the back seats as I walk, but overall, that doesn’t really affect how much I like these pants.

Below is a size chart, taken from Matches Fashion. As you can see, there is not much difference in terms of measurements.

Size Front rise Back rise Waist Hip Inside leg Leg Opening
2 11.4” 13.2” 24.4” 25.2” 22.8″ 10.2″
3 11.4” 13.4” 24.8” 25.6” 24.0″ 10.2″
4 11.4” 13.6” 25.2” 26.0” 25.2″ 10.6″
5 11.4” 13.8” 25.6” 26.4″ 26.4″ 10.6″

Again, I highly recommend you review the size chart at whatever retail site you’re buying your Pleats Please items from. Online stores with the best Pleats Please selection are Matches Fashion and Ssense. Try them on if you are buying in-store.

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. I typically don’t like shiny fabric since it’s too flashy, but I don’t really mind it on these Pleats Please! Personally, I think these are so unique 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’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.


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



Hope you’ve found this blog post review 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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