While warehouse suit stores used to be the go-to place for men to purchase a suit, times have changed, and options have become much better.
No longer do you have to try and squeeze into an ill-fitting suit that will look dated in only a matter of a year or two. A quality suit for men should fit well, rely on tested and durable fabrics, be cut in a style that is timeless, along with being priced affordably.
Not only will we review some of the best suit brands for men currently available, we will also help to inform you of a few things to consider when buying your next suit.
Let’s get started.
4 Tips for Buying the Perfect Suit
Buying a suit online is tough. When doing so, you’ll want to consider the following:
1. Correct Measurements
A well-fitting cheap suit will look 1,000x better than an ill-fitting expensive suit. Before buying, make sure you know your measurements. This includes the neck, shoulders, chest, and sleeve length for the jacket, along with the waist and inseam length for your pants (and perhaps a few other areas as well).
If you are uncertain of your measurements, you can usually go to your local tailor, alteration, or dry cleaning location for help. Additionally, online suit companies put together excellent videos demonstrating how to take measurements – here’s Black Lapel’s suit measurement guide as an example.
Fortunately, when buying a suit online, many companies provide complimentary tailoring credits for you to make minor alterations after receiving your suit.
2. Intent & Color
Suits are worn for various reasons, including weddings, interviews, work, and formal events. If this is your first suit, try getting one that can be worn for several occasions, especially if you are younger and building out your wardrobe.
Typically a navy, charcoal, or black suit is always a safe bet here.
As you research suits, you’ll find that there are countless little details that you may never have thought of before your purchase. This includes the lapel, stitching, vents, buttons, pockets, and more. For your standard suit, a notch lapel, two buttons, and a double vent are a good place to start.
4. Fabric & Weight
Most suits are made from wool. Additional materials you may find also include linen and mohair. The most important thing to know here is that suits often have a Super (S) number associated with them. The S Number is how fine the wool has been spun. For a general suit, go with an S number between 100 and 150 as it’s good for all seasons.
The Best Suits of 2021 Reviewed
1. Best Overall: Brooks Brothers 1818 Two-Button Fitted Suit
While we found their non-iron dress shirts to be among the best, they carry this high level of craftsmanship over to their entire lineup of suits.
On paper, the suit might not sound remarkable – a 100% wool suit with a notched lapel, two vents on the backside, along with a standard pair of dress pants.
However, once worn, this suit will make a statement.
Subtlety and timeless style are key here when it comes to Brooks Brothers. If you have an image in your mind on what a suit should look like, then you are likely thinking of the Regent Fit Two-Button suit.
What’s truly unique about this suit is the fit.
Unlike other suits that are categorized as slim fit, classic fit, etc., Brooks Brothers has their own unique fit offered here – Regent Fit.
Bridging the gap between both the slim and classic fits, it offers a tailored and more streamlined look (especially when compared to a classic fit) without restricting movement at all.
The areas of the suit that have been tailored just a touch include the chest, shoulders, and waist (all on the blazer), while the pants are brought in just a hair throughout the leg.
This allows for a suit that not only wears well on most bodies, but also isn’t too caught up in the trends making it look obsolete or dated in a season or two.
As is the case with all suits made by Brooks Brothers, alterations are included with your purchase.
Another distinction of this suit is that it is made in the USA from Italian wool (a combination that is hard to find these days within the garment industry).
Lastly, given that this suit is made from natural fibers (100% wool), it will not only feel comfortable on your skin, but provide comfort all day long, especially important if you are looking for a suit to wear to the office or extended job interview.
- A classic suit that looks timeless
- Made in the USA
- Alterations included
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2. Budget-Friendly: Kenneth Cole REACTION Slim Fit 3-Piece Suit
A good suit shouldn’t have to cost you over $1,000 for you to feel confident in how you look. This was evident in the budget friendly Kenneth Cole REACTION slim suit that we found to be the best budget-friendly suit out there.
Available to purchase in separate pieces – blazer, vest, and pants – you won’t have to worry about paying for excess pieces that you never plan on wearing.
Furthermore, with each piece sold separately, you can also replace a piece should it start to look a bit tired, experience a rip in the fabric, or simply not fit your body anymore due to natural fluctuations in weight.
With each article costing anywhere between $50 and $150 (depending on size and availability), it won’t be expensive at all to own.
Given that this suit is affordable, there are a few notable differences in its design compared to others on our list.
Most notable will be the composition of the fabric itself. Take the pants for instance, with a blend of the following fabrics: polyester (87%), rayon (12%), and spandex (1%), it relies on synthetic fabrics rather than natural fibers (i.e. wool, cotton, or linen), which may be a bit uncomfortable for some men – especially if you plan on wearing this as a daily work suit.
However, if you plan on wearing this to the occasional job interview or wedding, it will be more than enough. The polyester and rayon should naturally wick any moisture from your skin to keep you feeling cool (important at both interviews and weddings), while also providing a touch of stretch with the inclusion of spandex.
While you should have no problem finding the right fit for your body, this suit is mass produced and will likely require some additional alterations if you want to look your best.
This is a slim fit suit, which can be a deal breaker for some men (especially the ones who are at the gym daily) as it might be a bit too tight and uncomfortable around the thighs.
- Perfect for men on a budget
- Can work if you need a suit quickly
- Able to purchase pieces individually
- Some compromises on fabric choice
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3. Best For Big & Tall Men: Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Wool Suit
Finding a suit that both looks and feels great can be a challenge for both bigger and taller men.
One suit that caught the attention of a lot of larger men out there was this Jetsetter Stretch Wool suit by Bonobos.
While they made a name for themselves with an extremely comfortable pair of chinos, as we discussed at great length in our review of Bonobos, they are quickly turning heads with their formal clothing as well.
The Jetsetter has a lot of things going right for it – particularly on the measurements offered.
For the pant waist options, you can choose anywhere between 42″ and 50″. With pants offered only in standard fits, they will provide comfortable movement for your legs without ever feeling too tight or bunched up around the crotch or in the seat of the pants.
When checking out their blazer, you will find that they offer it in 3 variants (Short, Regular, and Long), along with sizes ranging from 48″ to 60″ – effortlessly working for any larger built men out there.
Size options aside, the style of the suit is conservative, allowing it to work for you in a variety of situations, also making it timeless.
The simple notched lapels along with the double vents will give you a streamlined look. Beyond how the suit looks, the little details are what sets this apart from other big and tall options out there. This includes a larger area around the neck of the blazer (to avoid squeezing), extended space between the buttons on the blazer, more belt loops on the pants to ensure evenly spaced pressure without feeling discomfort, and finally, larger pockets to not only compliment your larger frame, but also make it much easier to store your smartphone if you want to.
The last detail we want to touch on is the fabric. Relying on a blend of 97% wool and 3% lycra – it will present well while also allowing for just a little bit of stretch.
- Made with big and tall men in mind
- Smart little features make this a great choice
- Priced well
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4. Best for Weddings: Hugo Boss Black Tuxedo
Whether you are attending a wedding or a black-tie event, a tuxedo is a great and sensible suit that you can wear to the occasion.
The Hugo Boss Black Tuxedo is a timeless suit that should work anytime you are invited to attend a formal event.
Hugo Boss does everything right when it comes to the design of this suit.
When taking a closer look at this suit, you will see that the lapels are notched (as opposed to shawl) and are satin. Furthermore, both the front pockets and side of the leg are also trimmed with satin – bringing this suit together nicely.
Made from wool, the suit will also be quite breathable when compared to polyester, making it a suit that will be comfortable wearing late into the evening or chatting it up with other guests.
The fit on this suit is considered, by Hugo Boss, to be that of a trim fit. We translate that to being somewhere between the classic and slim fits.
This compromising fit is perfect for this type of suit given that it will be worn infrequently, and it will still look good years down the road.
Available in several sizes ranging from 36S to 46L – you should have no problem finding the perfect suit to match your body.
- Classic tuxedo that looks and feels great
- Offers a timeless design style
- Subtle details bring this suit together nicely
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5. Best Under $500: Indochino Malvern Wool Navy Suit
A quality custom suit can easily cost more than $1,000. However, in order to get a luxury custom suit under $500, options available are severely limited.
However, one of the few standouts of this category will be the suits offered by Indochino.
A pioneer in the online custom suit world, they offer several great options that will make for a great pick – whether it’s your first or third suit that you own.
One suit that caught our attention was the Malvern Navy Suit.
This solid navy blue suit is a perfect seasonal suit that relies on a 100% wool composition.
What makes this suit so great would be the ability to customize.
Unlike other suits where you may need to make some compromises on the style or fit choices – everything is in your control when ordering this (or any) suit from Indochino.
While we won’t expand too much on the process, as we wrote about it extensively in our full review of Indochino, we will share a few of the highlights.
As you go through the customization process, you can make design tweaks to any of the following:
- Canvas Type (if you want structured or unstructured style)
- Shoulder Type
- Lapels (i.e. notched, peaked, shawl, etc.)
- Chest & Side Pocket Types (i.e. welted, flaps, rounded, etc.)
- Buttons & Button Colors
- Vents (on back of blazer)
- Suspender Buttons
Like we said, the customizations of this level are usually reserved for much pricier suits out there.
But for those guys who need a bit of hand holding during the process (nothing wrong with that), Indochino does have each customization pre-selected so you don’t commit an embarrassing fashion faux pas.
Like other online custom suit shops, the orders are made custom for you and do take some time to get to your front doorstep. So, you can expect about 2 to 3 weeks shipping and another week or so for alterations.
One major caveat when going with Indochino would be their return policy.
Given that the fabric has been cut for your body type – returns are not accepted – which is understandably a deal breaker for some.
Therefore, if you decide to go with them, you will want to make sure that you fully take advantage of the alteration credit or visit one of their showrooms to have any adjustments made.
- Wide array of customizations available
- Get a perfect fitting suit
- Return policy restrictions
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6. Luxury Pick: Black Lapel Blue Wool/Silk Full Canvas Tweed Suit
Black Lapel has made a splash in recent years at providing quality custom suits at an affordable price. While they do offer some terrific options starting at $500, one suit that really brings out their quality and craftsmanship would be their Blue Wool & Silk Tweed Suit.
Included in the Savoy Line, this suit relies on quality materials that fashion-forward men often seek out:
- Italian Wools
- Full Canvas Construction
- Milanese Lapel Buttonholes
- Barchetta Chest Pockets
- V-Split Waistband
…and a host of other unique features that you can learn about here.
As you may have noticed in the name of this suit, it relies on a unique blend of both wool (95%) and silk (5%). This results in a suit that is not only much softer to the touch, but one that will drape nicely on your body to make you look sharp.
Black Lapel does suggest that this suit is best worn in the fall and winter months.
As far as color and style, this suit does come in a subtle dark check pattern for both the blazer and pants. Making it not only a great second suit to own, it is also one that can be comfortably worn to the office daily.
As great as the style and materials of this suit may be, what really makes it stand out from many of the others on our list is the customizations that can be done to it.
While you can have Black Lapel customize everything for you, should you want little details altered (such as a monogram on the inside pocket, slimmer lapel width, or even accent stitching on the boutonniere to match your inner coat lining – you can.
Of course, there are a few careful considerations that you will need to take into account when going with Black Lapel – alterations and shipping time.
Since you need to provide all your measurements to Black Lapel at the time of checkout, it does take a bit of time to place your order (about 15 minutes or so).
Furthermore, given that each one of their suits is made to order, the production time is substantial.
Based on our personal experience and what we see available on their site at the time of publication, you should expect to wait about a month before you will have the suit in your hands.
Given that alterations will likely be required when the suit arrives, you may want to tack on another week to the total time frame.
Quick Aside: Black Lapel does provide an alteration credit for you – you can learn more about it here.
Lastly, customer service.
A concern for many when shopping online, especially when it comes to ordering a suit, is customer service. To help alleviate any concerns as you go through the measuring and ordering process, Black Lapel staff will make recommendations and contact you should you have any concerns – it’s this terrific white glove service that really sets them apart.
- One of the best (and well-fitting) suits you can buy online
- Terrific customer service
- Quality materials
- Long shipping time
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7. Best for Party or Prom: Ryan Seacrest Distinction Prom Suit
Whether you are going to prom or attending a party, the right suit for the occasion can really set yourself apart from the crowd.
While many may know Ryan Seacrest as the host of American Idol, his unique line of suits makes for a bold statement.
Unlike rented suits that are ill-fitting and tired looking, this slim fit stretch tuxedo is perfect for a night of fun.
Priced affordably (less than $100), this suit features a plethora of details that are well worth the price.
Let’s first look at the fun style and design choices:
Available in either silver or eggplant (dark red), the colors are bold but also timeless – especially for proms.
Unlike other suits that we reviewed that feature a notched lapel, this suit has a peaked lapel (which is ideal for more formal or party occasions).
Furthermore, you will notice that the lapel, pocket linings, and buttons are black – which provides a nice bit of contrast from the rest of the suit.
The suit blazer and pants come in a wide range of sizes that should work for most men.
Lastly, the suit does have spandex included in the fabric, which should provide a nice extra bit of stretch when you are shredding up the dance floor.
- Better alternative compared to rental suits
- Bold colors make a statement
- Included spandex allows for just enough stretch
- Likely only to be used once
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Published: August 12, 2021
Last Updated: October 12, 2021