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Custom Pants Get a Leg Up on Style


A Publication of Regan Clothiers, Ltd.
November 2009

Custom tailored pants get a leg up on personal style. Today's sophisticated consumer is concerned with how things look on him. Jeans, no matter the designer, aren't enough. Custom trousers, with their emphasis on fit and tailoring, are the next logical step in a man's evolution of style.

Distinguished for their hand-sewn details, custom trousers can touch every style from classic and sartorial cuts to more casual models. Custom trousers allow you to select bolder patterns and something interesting. Fancier patterns like neat nailheads and subtle houndstooths, herringbones, checks, tweeds and Prince of Wales plaids expand the emphasis on fancy men's wear patterns. In addition to these great patterns, consider luxury gabardine, featherweight wools, even pinstripes.

The pendulum is swinging to dressier looks. A lot of people are starting to dress up at the office again. Whether dress trousers or casual slacks, today's renewed interest in dressier looks make custom trousers a stand up way to inject one's wardrobe with style.

Q & A - Ask Jim

Question: Can I wear a striped tie with a striped shirt? What about with a striped suit?

Answer: While some would say, "Enough already with the stripes," if you're the adventurous type you could pull off a look that works if you follow some simple guidelines. First, when it comes to lining up the stripes, a little goes a long way. Next, keep the color palettes in the same family. Finally, watch the size and scale of the pattern, being certain to vary the scale, like wide with narrow. Wear a wide stripe tie with a narrow-spaced striped shirt or a narrow-spaced striped shirt with wider spaced striped suits. You have to feel comfortable with what you're wearing, of course, so if stripes-on-stripes isn't your thing, stick to convention. Dressing well should be a fun form of creative self-expression, so break old habits and be a little brave when it comes to mixing it up.