Dear Budget Fashionista,

I have two nice pairs of linen blend pleated trousers. Now that it’s linen time again, I’d like to wear them but a co-worker told me “pleats are so 90s”.  Any advice?

A I’m not really the person to ask about pleats. I absolutely hate pleated pants. Pleated pants make 90% of the people who wear them (including myself) look like they’re in the third trimester of pregnancy.  And, yes, they’re dated.

There’s an exception to the pleated pants rule. Wide-legged pants (falls A-line from the hip, not to be confused with boot-cut which is slim in the hips and thighs with a slight flare the bottom), fall looser around the hips and the mid section, thus limiting the “bubble effect” traditionally associated with pleated pants.

I’m not a big fan of linen either, but that’s for another time.