The 12 Best Suits for Men in 2021
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A decent suit is a must-have for all men, whether you need something casual for the office or a more formal option for work events. Still, there are so many different styles of suits out there, from three-piece suits to tuxedos. It's also important to consider color, size, material, and fit as well as features like pockets—all without blowing up your budget. Here are the best suits for men, no matter the occasion you're dressing up for.
Best Overall: Paul Smith A Suit To Travel In Wool Suit
The Paul Smith 'A Suit To Travel In' Suit is a classic yet versatile option. Available in Navy, Black, and Charcoal, it will easily coordinate with most shirt and tie combinations, making it just as appropriate for the office as a wedding.
Best of all, this men's suit is designed not to wrinkle while you're on the go (hence its name). Made from 100 percent high-twist wool yarns, it's far more flexible than the average suit; Paul Smith even allowed an Olympic gymnast to perform a routine wearing it just to prove that point. So, this suit is perfect for anyone who travels a lot for work or just finds wrinkles a nuisance. With a true-to-size slim fit, it’s available in sizes 36 to 46.
Best Budget: Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Wool Suit
For a very reasonable price, the Bonobos Jetsetter Wool Suit is practically customizable—it offers several color options like navy and grey. There’s also a good range of fits available including Slim, Athletic, and Standard for the blazer, as well as Standard, Slim, Athletic, Straight, and Tailored cuts for the pants.
Plus, this men's suit comes in a wide range of sizes: The blazers are made in 34R to 48L, while the pants are sized separately from 28 to 40. This makes the suit particularly ideal for men who are larger on top, which might even help save money on tailoring.
Best Luxury: Canali Tonal Stripe Wool 2-Piece Suit
If you’re looking to invest in a high-end luxury suit, the Canali Wool 2-Piece Suit is worth considering. Made in Italy, it has a traditional, tonal pinstripe pattern that will look stylish for years to come. This men's suit is also made in European sizes 48S to 58L, which is 38S to 48L in American sizes. With 29 inches from the shoulder to hem, its jacket features notch lapels and waist flap pockets. Note that it's only made in black.
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Best Casual: Suitsupply Havana Stripe Wool Suit
While most men think of a suit as something formal, that doesn't mean it has to have a polished and stiff look. The Suitsupply Havana Suit is a perfect example of this: It’s cool and has a more casual vibe than other suits.
With bold, almost chalky pinstripes, this light grey suit is made of pure wool sourced from the Vitale Barberis Canonico mill. Its double-breasted jacket with slim-fit tailoring is also a unique yet flattering touch. This men's suit is a good choice for casual Friday (perhaps with sneakers), or you can even wear it to a wedding. Note that sizing is limited.
Best Formal: Canali Capri Mélange Slim Fit Suit
For formal occasions like weddings, banquets, or even black-tie events, the Canali Capri Mélange Suit is a great pick. It’s tailored, sophisticated yet versatile; it can be dressed up with a simple white dress shirt or slightly dressed down with a patterned top.
The jacket features notched lapels, a two-button closure, a chest pocket, two front flap pockets, and four nonfunctional sleeve buttons. Plus, it is double vented and fully lined. The pants, however, are unlined and unhemmed, though they have a zip fly with tab closure, belt loops, two side pockets, and two back besom pockets. This wool suit is made in Italian sizes 46 to 58 or 36 to 48 in American sizes.
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Best for Style: Robert Graham Tonal Plaid Suit
The Robert Graham Plaid Suit is an excellent, bold alternative to a pinstripe or classic textured suit. With tri-tonal hues of navy, burgundy, and blue, this men's suit looks smart and stylish.
Handsomely cut, the jacket has notched lapels, two-button closure, a welt chest pocket, two front flap pockets, and four nonfunctional sleeve buttons. It’s also fully lined and double vented. The unlined, flat-fronted trousers feature a zip fly with tab closure, as well as two side pockets and two back pockets. Made in Canada of 100 percent wool, it is best to wear this suit in the winter. Choose from sizes 38S to 48R.
Best for Warm Climates: Brooks Brothers BrooksCool Suit
Perfect for those who live in warmer climates, the Brooks Brothers BrooksCool suit is made from 100 percent wool that's ultra-lightweight, breathable, and crease- and water-resistant. So, you can rest assured knowing your suit will stay dry and sweat-free on hot days (or when it's humid or rainy).
The suit's jacket is half-lined, which helps the garment retain its shape without adding bulk or trapping heat. It also has two buttons and a center vent. Available in sizes 42 to 48, this men's suit comes in a choice of Long, Regular, and Short lengths. Note that it's currently available in Charcoal only.
Best Big and Tall: Brooks Brothers Two-Button 1818 Suit
Brooks Brothers' Stretch Wool 1818 Suit is a great big and tall option. Best of all, it is made in a wide range of sizes: Sizes 46 to 50 are available in Long and Extra Long; size 52 is available in Long, Extra Long, and Regular; and sizes 54 to 60 come in both Regular and Long.
There are also several tailoring options for the pants including having the waist taken in or out 1 inch, with a choice of inseam lengths ranging from 28 to 34 inches. Better yet, while you can leave the hem plain, you can also have it cuffed or leave it unhemmed. This two-button suit is available in Navy or Charcoal.
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Best Tuxedo: Peter Millar Regular Fit Wool Tuxedo
If you’re looking to invest in one tuxedo to wear year after year, the Peter Millar Regular Fit Tuxedo is a classic choice. Made in Canada, it is constructed of fine wool with a handsome grosgrain trim.
The jacket has four-button cuffs, a chest flap, interior pockets, and side vents. The trousers are also equally well-made with suspender buttons, slant pockets, and back button-welt pockets. Even more, the hook and bar closure of the zip fly is an excellent fine detail. This tuxedo is available in sizes from 40 to 50 Regular and 42 to 48 Long.
If you’re looking to buy a tuxedo, fashion stylist Ali Levine recommends starting with the lapel. “This is the most prominent and stand-out part of your tux.” Then, she says, “Look at the button style, structure, pockets, collar, and cuff.”
Runner-Up, Best Tuxedo: Hugo Boss Virgin Wool-Blend Tuxedo
With impeccable tailoring and quality, the Hugo Boss Slim Fit Satin-Trimmed Tuxedo offers great value for a tux. Better yet, it’s made from 85 percent virgin wool, 10 percent polyamide, and five percent elastane.
The beautiful micro herringbone blend of black and navy fibers means you can easily dress it up or down. This tuxedo is currently available in sizes 46 to 56IT. (If you are unfamiliar with Italian sizing, just subtract 10 to get your American size.) Note that the hems are unfinished so the trousers will need to be altered.
Best Three-Piece: Hugo Boss Hutson5/Gander3 Suit
Winning points for versatility, this three-piece suit from Hugo Boss can be worn as a two-piece suit or with the vest for special occasions. The double-vented jacket has a notched lapel, two-button closure as well as four nonfunctional sleeve buttons, two front pockets, and a left chest welt pocket. It is also fully lined, though the vest is unlined.
Featuring a zip fly with a hook closure and lining, the flat-fronted pants have two front French pockets and two back welt pockets. The pants, however, are unhemmed so you'll need to get them tailored. Choose from sizes 36S to 48R.
Best Slim Fit: Ted Baker London Roger Solid Wool Suit
Traditional-looking yet versatile, the Ted Baker London Slim Fit Suit can be worn at the office, out to lunch or dinner, or even to a semi-formal event. The texture of the fabric, flat-front trousers, and the two-button notched-lapel jacket give it a clean, elevated look.
If you’re wondering what the difference between a slim fit and a regular suit is, Levine says, “A slim fit suit is just that. It’s slimmer. It should be more tapered to the body. It is narrower and tighter in the arms, waist, and chest area than a regular suit is.”
So how do you know which type of suit to buy? “If you have a more muscular physique, you should wear a regular suit because it doesn’t hug the body as much. It goes straight down instead of curving.”
Made in Canada of 100 percent wool, this high-quality men's suit will last for years to come. While it is labeled Slim Fit, this suit is technically considered an Extra Slim Fit—meaning it is cut slim throughout with higher armholes and narrow sleeves. Just keep in mind that it is only available in Navy. Sizes range from 36 Short to 46 Regular.
The Paul Smith (view at Paul Smith) and Ted Baker suits (view at Nordstrom) are the best choices for several reasons. Both have a classic look that will be appropriate for the office and events for years to come. They also flatter a variety of body types. If you travel or commute, opt for the Paul Smith suit. But ideally, you should have both of these suits in your wardrobe if your office has a more formal dress code.
What to Look for in Men's Suits
It’s important to choose the right material when buying a suit. According to Levine, the best materials for suits are wool, cotton, and linen. “Wool is the best because it is comfortable, warm, and breathable. Cotton is another option but it can be slightly more casual. Linen is another great fabric because it’s lightweight, a little more luxe-looking, and especially great for a summer suit,” she says.
If you want a suit that’s a little more fashion-forward, Levine recommends opting for silk or velvet. “Silk is another luxurious fabric, a little pricier but looks fabulous on. Super comfortable, breathable, regulates temperature— it can be worn year-round. Velvet is another choice. This fabric has a shimmer to it. It’s super soft to the touch, warm, breathable, and just has an overall elegance.”
No matter what material you choose, fit is extremely important. “Suit pants should fit perfectly around the waist with no belt needed. They should hit on the high on the hip bone area or slightly higher. Of course, if it feels like your pants are going to split, they are too tight,” she says.
As for suit jackets, Levine recommends making sure the jacket covers approximately 80 percent of the butt and pelvic area.
When choosing a suit, it’s important to read the cleaning and care instructions. While most suits are dry clean only, some are machine-washable. So, if you don’t live near a dry cleaner or simply don’t want to commit to the cost of dry cleaning, you should read the label before clicking add to cart. But keep in mind that even if a suit is machine washable, dry cleaning is still a better way to maintain your garment.
Meet the Expert
This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance Small Business.