There seems to be a resurgence of pleats in men’s fashion as of late so I would like to quickly mention a few guidelines as I have already dabbled in a few pleated trousers personally.
A few things I would suggest:
1. If you would like to have a pleated trouser, use a single pleat only
2. Nowadays, they are more for fashion rather than before when they were used to give more room in a trouser, so something aggressively pleated, or multiple pleats is unnecessary
3. Pleats that go inwards instead of outwards (in my opinion) seem to be what is on trend (and still provide a little more room in the trouser..which is nice to be honest)
A trouser should still be shapely (without being tight) and a slight taper towards the bottom is a very flattering look!
However, do not go out and get all of your trousers like this.. one or two is nice for a change but limit it because we all know how fast things are going to change! Notice style icon, Roberto Raro in the photo for a prime example of what I am illustrating.
SO to answer my own question: Yes, pleats are here but a flat front definitely has its prominent place in the market.
Thank you for reading, Gentlemen
Ciao for now