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In a world where you can pick up a pair of trousers at your nearest big box store, custom dress pants go a bit under the radar. Do not be fooled, though. Each pair of custom dress pants you purchase will have the look, length, style, and handcrafted details you want and need to look your absolute best. 

Of course, to truly put the “custom” in custom dress pants, you need to come prepared with the knowledge of 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 turn heads and not be a faux pas? 

There are many options available, so selecting custom dress pants doesn’t have to be a struggle! Read on for our top 8 tips about custom dress pants. When you’re ready to choose the best custom dress pants in New Jersey, give us a call! 

1. Choose Fabrics Wisely

When 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 on the warmer side, or if you plan to wear these pants during outdoor functions in the warmer months, you’ll want to choose fabrics like linen and cotton. These will keep you cooler and much more comfortable. 

On the other hand, if you’re creating pants to wear during the winter or your coworkers are overly ambitious with the air conditioning, you might want to 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 selecting a luxury car. As a buyer with esteemed tastes, you’ll have something made with the finest materials and utmost craft. You’ll feel a surge of confidence every time you step into a room. Not only that, you’ll look a complete cut above the other men with off-the-rack dress pants. The dedicated craft that goes into this prized possession also 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, it’s essential to be specific when telling your tailor how your pant legs should fit. Different breaks and fits will be appropriate for your custom dress pants, depending on your style and body type. 

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. 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 fashion ensemble. On top of that, over-the-calf socks are essential; you won’t show off any flesh when you wear them. Pro style tip: your socks should match your pants instead of your shoes. 

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

5. Get Hemmed

Another pro style tip: get your custom dress pants appropriately hemmed. This will add an extra touch of elegance to your overall outfit and allow you to choose the exact length of your pant legs and how your pants break. This should be one of the first alterations you made to an off-the-rack pair of pants, so why skip it when you’re getting custom dress pants. 

6. Mind Your Waistband

You shouldn’t cut corners when you have your pants custom-made, especially on foundational elements. If your waistband isn’t right, your new custom dress pants won’t fit right, nor will they 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 need to worry about your pants dropping down and, even worse, 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 a touch of luxury that shouldn’t be overlooked when creating your ideal pair of trousers. Linings are valuable in a few ways. They can make pants warmer and more comfortable to wear, keep the wrinkling to a medium, and help keep trousers pristine for more extended periods. Simply put, it’s well worth it to request lining. 

8. Trust Your Tailor

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

In Closing

So, there you have it. Custom dress pants are an article of clothing that is formal enough to make you feel like a king but relaxed enough to feel like yourself. Somewhere out there, a tailor is waiting to create your custom dress pants. Our skilled tailors can help you make your custom dress pants truly yours.

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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.