If you’re the corporate buck, you live and breathe men’s suits. And, if you’re the sartorial schmuck, it’s likely that a suave suit is essential weekend kit, decked out for dinner dates or easy-drinks, whatever comes your way.
While a bespoke men’s suit is the dream, we don’t all have time or money for that kind of tailored treatment. So, how do you navigate the sea of ready-made men’s suits out there, without capsizing on a cheap poly-blend or sinking ship for an ultra-skinny fit?
Taking the guessing game out of off-the-rack (or online), here are the best suits for men you need to know right now. Nailing that corporate office look, fine dining date ensemble, and mate’s wedding outfit just got easy with these suave jackets and trouser besties. And once you’ve found the suit for you, ensure it lasts you as long as possible with these top care tips.
Best Suits For Men FAQ
How much should I spend on a suit?
Ultimately, the amount you should spend will simply come down to your budget. Fortunately, you don't need to spend huge amounts of money to get a great suit, with Suitsupply being a particularly good retailer for affordable, well-made suits.
If you spend over $1,000 for a complete men's suit, then the quality will certainly improve, so it will come down to what you need a suit for, and how often you're going to wear it.
What is the best fabric for a suit?
The majority of suits will be made from either wool or cotton, as they offer durability and comfort. You can find suits made from cashmere, but you will to spend a lot more money.
For the summer months, you can't beat a linen suit.
What colour suit should I buy?
All men should own a navy suit. Navy suits work great for those who need to wear one to work, and it can double up as a suit for formal events such as weddings or cocktail parties. Grey suits are also a great colour to own.
Once you have these nailed down, you can look to experiment with the colours such as green, red and a natural/stone look.
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Suitsupply has seen stratospheric growth since its founding in 2000, thanks to a huge range of impeccably made suits that can easily rival the more prestigious and expensive brands on the market. The Dutch-based company has multiples stores around the world, meaning you can head in, try on and walk out with a number of high quality suits without spending a fortune.
German born and made, Hugo Boss has become a top men’s luxury brand without the hefty price tag. Their suits and tuxedos are the go-to brand for men all over the world. Expect a top quality product, just like a Porsche.
Ted Baker – The British born tailoring brand with a twist. Take a modern approach to tailoring with Ted’s suitably suave suits. His elegant selection will have you looking dapper and distinguished in a flash.
Since its creation by David Reiss in 1971, Reiss has established a design philosophy centred on creating design-led menswear, womenswear and accessories. With an uncompromising commitment to delivering innovative and original products it fuses exceptional design, quality and value.
Hailing from London's Jermyn Street (the second finest tailoring street in the world) Charles Tyrwhitt makes some of the finest dress shirts and suits around. Coming in at the more affordable end of the budget spectrum, Charles Tyrwhitt is a go-to supplier for all your business suit needs. The company also produces an extensive selection of occasion suits and tuxedos for more niche events, with a commitment to quality paid to each and every one.
Founded by London duo Thom Whiddett and Luke Sweeney in 2007, Thom Sweeney is a British tailor that exudes luxury. Offering ready-to-wear and made-to-measure suits from its London and New York boutiques, the label makes innovative use of a range of fabrics to create on-trend styles, alongside those that deviate from the norm. The clever aspect to Thom Sweeney's suit collections is that blazers can easily be worn on their own, or of course, can be paired with matching trousers for a dapper look.
Iowa native Todd Snyder makes effortless everyday luxuries for the modern gentleman. Blending Savile Row craftsmanship with a downtown New York aesthetic, the line is relaxed, refined and always impeccably tailored.
Richard James is one of the finest tailors to hail from the United Kingdom. Moving onto the country's famed Savile Row in 1992 before moving to the largest store on the street 8 years later, James is noted for causing a revival in tailoring, creating new fits and experimenting with various materials.
Richard James makes both ready-to-wear and custom-made suits (a number of high-profile celebrities call themselves customers) which each and every one made to the absolute highest quality.
Jos. A Bank
American clothier Jos. A Bank was founded in 1905, but can have its history traced back a little further to 1966 when Charles Bank arrived in the US from Lithuania to open his own tailor.
Today, the brand is known for its off-the-rack suits, which are manufactured overseas, but offer great quality for the asking price and, considering JAB is involved with the sourcing of textiles and has its suits made in factories destined only for their stores, can be easily adjusted to nail the perfect fit.
Preppy outfitter J. Crew has just one suit in its repertoire: The Ludlow. Available in slim and classic fits, the Ludlow has been kicking about since 2008, remaining popular ever since.
It's a great low-cost option for an off-the-rack suit that is updated every few years to remain on-trend. You can have the Ludlow in structured or un-structured variants, with the latter, naturally being a more casual option.
Melbourne-based Jack London takes its sartorial inspiration from Europe, with a particular focus on Italy. Think slim cuts, navy and black colour options and summer-suitable fabrics such as linen in equally summery pastel colours. Jack London suits won't break the bank either, offering great quality for incredibly low prices.
Hackett is the essence of West London chic. Founded on Portobello Road, Hackett stands for impeccable tailoring, offering an array of classic suit colours mixed with a boldness in checks and stripes, making Hackett suits a must-own for the serious and ‘not-so’ gent.
The oldest clothing retailer in the US is also still one of its best. Founded over 200 years ago, Brooks Brothers has been an outfitter of choice for virtually all the US Presidents, as well as a number of America's elite regiments. Today, much of Brooks Brothers' suiting offering will appeal to many a corporate worker, with the essential colours of grey, black and navy all ticked off and available in various styles such as plain and pinstripe.
Collections such as the 1818 line are made in either the US or Italy from Italian-woven fabrics, with many features being formed by hand.
Calling Jermyn Street home alongside Charles Tyrwhitt, T.M. Lewin is often credited with introducing the button-up as we know it into the world of menswear. The brand didn't start making suits until 2005 (it was founded in 1898) so may have been a little late to the party, but was able to channel a wealth of knowledge into its suit production.
Primarily a supplier of business suits – with the odd occasional suit thrown in – T.M. Lewin uses quality materials such as Merino wool, fashioned into both 2- and 3-button styles.
Anglophiles, rejoice. Burberry offers British heritage tailoring to the modern gent with a old-soul taste. It takes inspiration from classic fabrics, trims (sometimes plaid) and techniques, while presenting suits in newer shapes and updated materials.
Mr Smith (not Brad Pitt) is the quirky side of British tailoring. Not afraid to add pleats to pants and crop the leg, Paul Smith’s suits are extra special in that every man looks chic in one, thanks to the label’s Parisian edge. Pair the suit with one of Paul Smith’s going-out shirts and you’re set for a stylish night.
Ermenegildo Zegna exemplifies Italian luxury. Zegna’s suit colours are typically classic and kept neutral for the most part, which makes their modern suits — in soft Italian wool — perfect business attire. Checks, stripes and textural flecks, take your pick.
In 2009 M.J. Bale founder, Matt Jensen, had an idea to create a totally unique Australian menswear brand that revolved around quality: quality of product and quality of in-store experience. The functionality of the garments had to be just right so that the customer would be just as stylish and comfortable both here and travelling overseas, whether wearing business or casual attire, right up through to formal events and tuxedos.
Tom Ford does tuxedos better than most. So, if you’ve got a black tie event or want to charm in a dinner jacket, formal dressing is at its finest with Tom. Tux’s (and regular suits too) are designed in a contemporary slim cut from subtle sheen mohair and wool, with dinner jackets decked in shawl lapels trimmed with satin for a pure elegance. Very chic.
Bonobos was founded because the owners couldn’t find pants that fit them properly; they were either way too tight or too boxy. To fix it, they came up with a curved waistband design that was first applied to pants and has since expanded into its suits, too.