Suits are no longer just uniforms of the 9-to-5 office job. Empowered by slimmer, more athletic cuts, more comfortable fabrics and the demise of the stiff, squared, padded shoulder, the suit is now at home at dinner parties and rooftop bars. The list below contains suits that are best for both casual and professional settings. And these budget options come with advice: the money you save should be used to get the suit tailored to your frame, because the right fit can make a suit look like it cost a few thousand dollars, even if you only paid a few hundred.
H&M Cotton Suit
Some events call for a suit that can withstand being ruined without ruining your bank account. H&M’s blazer has a chest pocket, front pockets with flaps and a lapel with a button hole. The cotton canvas is slim fit and half lined, keeping it light and casual. The pants are also slim fit with slightly shorter legs.
Topman Black Slim Suit
Topman’s suit comes slim-fitting, in a black twill mix of polyester and viscose. Ideal for dressing down with a simple t-shirt, or dressing up with a black tie.
COS Lightweight Cotton
From H&M’s high fashion big brother, this unstructured two-button blazer is a more relaxed fit, made of lightweight cotton poplin and slim lapels. Combined with the chino-style trousers, which taper by the ankle, this suit is best worn as a dressed-up casual look at events.
Banana Republic Modern Slim Textured Navy Wool Suit
The two-button wool blazer has a notch lapel, four button cuffs and three pockets inside and out. The slim-fitting wool pants make this suit something for a work dinner.
Suitsupply Sienna Grey Plain
Since it was founded in 2000 in Amsterdam, Suitsupply has been ranked highly by fashion media for its narrow focus on elegant suits. In structured and soft Super 130’s wool from Italy, the Sienna has three front pockets and unstructured shoulders, for an upscale-but-sleek two-button look at professional events and dinners.
J.Crew Ludlow Tuxedo in Italian Wool
Made from wool originating from Lanificio di Tollegno, one of the oldest mills in Italy, this two-button suit has a tailored fit and, in black with a peak lapel, is a great option for black tie events. The pants come with partial Bemberg lining for comfort and suspender buttons for a classic look.
Club Monaco Made in the USA Suit
Club Monaco’s suit features a tight, tailored fit and pearlescent buttons for a look that stands out. The pants come with a zip fly with button and hook-and-bar closure with straight legs in a classic cut.
Bonobos The Foundation Wool Suit
Bonobos started exclusively online in 2007 and jumped to a few brick-and-mortar stores in 2012. This e-commerce focus keeps costs low relative to the quality of their suits, and has helped Bonobos win accolades from the fashion media. The Foundation features 2.5-inch notch lapels, two buttons, a double vent and a Bemberg lining.
These suits are made to measure out of Super 150 wool, the most premium fabric available at J. Hilburn. The dark one-button suit displays subtle tonal stripes and, when paired with a dark shirt, is a formal look for late evenings.
We are big fans of the handmade suits from Brooklyn Tailors. The brand is defined by slim cuts, narrow shapes and soft shoulders made from wool from Biella, Italy; their suits are casual and comfortable enough to wear every day.