In a world where you can pick up trousers at the nearest big box store, custom dress pants still reign supreme. Each pair you purchase will have the look, length, style, and handcrafted details you want and need to look your best.

Of course, to truly put the “custom” in custom dress pants, you need to know what you’re looking for. What material should your pants be made from? How should each part look and feel? How can you be sure that your trousers make a fashion statement and not a faux pas?

While there’s a wide array of options available, selecting custom dress pants doesn’t have to be a struggle! Read on for our top 8 tips for custom dress pants and then give us a call to get started!

1. Choose Fabrics Wisely

When you’re looking at fabrics, you might be primarily concerned with how they look and what they cost. However, you should also think about where and when you’ll be wearing your new, custom dress pants. If your workplace tends to be warm, or if you plan to wear these pants during outdoor functions in the warmer weather, you’ll want to choose fabrics like linen and cotton, that will keep you cooler. 

On the other hand, if you’re creating pants to wear during winter — or if your coworkers are overambitious with the air conditioning — you should choose a heavier material such as wool to keep your legs warm.

2. Select the Right Brand

Choosing a luxury brand for your custom dress pants is like choosing a luxury car. As a buyer with discerning tastes, you’ll have something that’s made with the finest materials and utmost craft. You’ll feel a surge of confidence every time your step into a room and you’ll look a cut above the men with off-the-rack dress pants. Plus, the dedicated craft that goes into this prized possession helps them last longer than an inferior product.

In short, with a pair of custom trousers from a renowned name like Brioni or Canali, you’ll be buttoning up pure class each time you put them on.

3. Get a Leg Up

Whether you’re looking for a trendy, slim cropped or no break fit, or a traditional medium break, be specific when telling your tailor how your pant legs should fit. Depending on your style and body type, different breaks and fits will be appropriate for your custom dress pants.

In addition, one long pleat per leg is ideal, and you’ll probably look more stylish and svelte if your pants lack pleats.

4. Accessorize Correctly

If you take pride in your clothes, you want others to notice them, too. Above all, you don’t want your accessories to detract from the beauty of your custom dress pants.

First, you should wear shoes and belts that match one another in color. If they clash, they’ll distract from the work that went into your ensemble. On top of that, over-the-calf socks are essential; you won’t show off any flesh when you wear them. By the way, your socks should match your pants as opposed to your shoes.

Finally, an Italian leather wallet will complete the luxurious effect you may be going for. As a bonus, every time you whip that wallet out with panache, you’ll get looks of approval from those who appreciate the fine craftsmanship.

5. Get Hemmed

Be sure to get your custom dress pants hemmed properly. It will add an extra touch of elegance to your overall outfit, and allow you to choose the exact length of your pant legs as well as how your pants break. This should be one of the first alterations you make to an off-the-rack pair of pants, so why skip it when you’re getting a pair of custom dress pants?

6. Mind Your Waistband

When you are having your pants custom-made you shouldn’t cut any corners, especially on foundational elements. If you waistband isn’t right, your new custom dress pants won’t fit right or look good.

As is true of your pant legs, your waistband shouldn’t be too restricting nor too slack. If it’s too narrow, you’ll feel it all day long. It could squeeze your stomach, and it might leave a red mark on your skin.

At the same time, if your waistband is overly loose, you’ll have to worry about your pants dropping down a little and your shirttail slipping out.

7. Pants That Are Lined Are Extra Fine

As with all the other tips, requesting your new custom dress pants have a lining is touch of luxury that shouldn’t be overlooked when creating your ideal trousers. Linings are valuable in a few ways. They can make pants warmer and more comfortable to wear, they keep wrinkling to a minimum, and they help keep trousers pristine for longer periods of time. Simply put, it’s well worth it to request lining.

8. Trust Your Tailor

In a way, this piece of advice supersedes any of the seven tips above. You can always ask your tailor for their expert opinion about any aspect of your dress pants. As long as you’re working with a reputable pro, they will know what’s in style and which pant attributes would work best for your shape, size, occupation, preferences, and so forth. The pair of pants that emerges from this collaboration will be unique yours and highlight your style.

There you have it. Somewhere out there, a tailor is waiting to make your custom dress pants, an article of clothing formal enough to make you feel like a king but relaxed enough to make you feel like yourself.

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Ralph Lauretta

About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.

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