Shirtmaking is the most popular segment of the custom clothing industry for good reason—a woven shirt is closely fitted to a complex, moving shape; has relatively little give; and alterations to it are essentially unidirectional. While the drape of trousers is a little more forgiving and off-the-rack pants are generally much easier to alter than shirts, there are some very good reasons besides fit for having a pair custom-made.
- You have a special function in mind. You may not think cargo pockets belong on wool trousers, but if you travel a lot, you can't beat having these generously sized and conveniently located pockets for comfortable access to your phone and passport even when seated.
- You appreciate small details. When trousers are designed for a mass market they have to appeal to a wide group, and the safe bet is to make them with belt loops and a zippered fly. If you're a fan of classic menswear you might take the opportunity to add side adjusters, a unique button closure, a special type of lining or pocket style. You're the one who's going to wear them. Might as well get exactly what you want.
- You simply can't find what you want. Go ahead and try to find off-the-peg white cotton twill trousers that will hold a crease and are completely opaque. We'll wait. Give up? Luxire will make you a pair with a lightweight cotton lining that adds both opacity and heat mitigation. They're in India. They know about this sort of thing.