It doesn’t matter whether you need to suit up every day for work, or just a few times a year for special occasions:
Finding a comfortable suit that both looks good and moves well is crucial.
There are few better ways for a man to strike a sophisticated, sharp look than by pairing a traditional suit with a crisp white shirt.
Unfortunately, even the best suits tend to limit your natural movement, which can make them feel restrictive and uncomfortable.
Making matters worse, most off-the-rack models, like the heavy cotton suits you see at a lot of department stores, are made from traditional suit fabrics.
They might work fine for the winter months, but they’re often so thick they make moderately warm weather feel like suffocatingly extreme temperatures.
(I’ve honestly lost count of how many dress shirts I’ve sweat through after choosing the wrong wedding suit, and dancing my ass off on the dance floor.)
Fortunately, in recent years a number of brands have introduced soft, stretchy and lightweight suits in a wide range of interesting fabrics and synthetic materials.
As a result, today it’s much easier to find a comfortable suit that works for everything from special occasions to business travel.
In this post we’ll break down some of the most comfortable – and, crucially, the most stylish – suits on the market, and take a closer look at what makes each one work so well.
The Most Stylish, Stretchy & Comfortable Men’s Suits
Breaking Down the Best Men’s Stretch Suits on the Market
Overall Most Comfortable Suit ↓
State & Liberty
- Fabric: Rayon / Polyester / Spandex Performance Blend
- Athletic tapered fit
- 4-way stretch
- 29 different colors available
State & Liberty is easily one of the best options for comfortable suits because they combine the stretchy, soft fabrics of athleisure clothes with the sophisticated, modern look you’d expect from a well made suit.
Their suits are available in a broad range of solid colors and patterns, from standard dark suits that work well for formal occasions to a lightweight “heathered bamboo” that would make a perfect summer suit.
Each suit includes a notched lapel two-button jacket with double vents and lightly padded shoulders, and a tapered pair of matching pants that’s both stretchy and wrinkle-free.
(You can also buy a separate vest to make it a three-piece suit, but the vest is only available in four different colors.)
They’re made from a blend of performance fabrics like polyester, rayon and spandex, which you usually find in high-end athletic wear from brands like Lululemon.
But S&L has cut them into a sophisticated suit shape that’s as sharp as anything you’d find from more traditional suit brands like Suitsupply.
*Quick Side Note:
State & Liberty markets their suits as “athletic fit,” but personally I think that’s a misnomer.
Speaking as a middle-aged dad whose body type screams, well, “middle-aged-dad,” I can tell you that you do not have to be an athlete to pull these off.
I wore mine to a summer wedding in lieu of the linen suit that I normally wear in warmer weather.
And in addition to the (very helpful) sweat-wicking, I actually found the cut to be both slimming and flattering, so I think these would work well for most guys.
- Made with nanomaterial and spandex
- Custom-made to your measurements
- Double and single-breasted jacket available
Indochino originally made its name by offering affordable made-to-measure suits in a wide range of different fabrics, colors and patterns, giving you a lot of the advantages of working with a professional clothier, at a much more attainable price tag.
Their offerings have continued to expand over the years, and today they offer a pretty great selection of suits that blend traditional wool with a bit of spandex.
While not quite as flexible as State & Liberty’s suits, they have enough stretch to move with you when you’re speed walking to work or hauling it through an airport to catch a flight.
(And enough wrinkle-resistance that you can probably get away with just throwing it in your suitcase and dressing comfy on the plane.)
But with Indochino, the big advantage is that all of their suits come in both off-the-rack and made-to-measure options.
In addition to getting a custom fit (which is obviously helpful if you have a broad shoulder, longer legs or any other unique physical attribute), you can also customize just about every other aspect of the suit.
You can opt for peak lapels instead of a notch, go for two side vents instead of one center vent, and even choose the size, shape and angle of your pocket vents, among (many) other customizations.
If you’re buying your very first suit then the sheer number of choices might be a bit overwhelming.
But if you’ve already got a few in your closet and you’re looking for something that will stand out, then turning to Indochino would be a good idea.
- Mix of traditional and performance fabrics
- Also available in Big & Tall sizes
Bonobos’ Jetsetter suit mixes traditional suit fabrics like worsted wool with a bit of performance fabric, to give you more stretch and comfort than a traditional suit.
This suit is actually a great way to split the difference between the stretchy-but-standard State & Liberty suits and the fully-customizable Indochino options above:
Like State & Liberty, Bonobos sells off-the-rack suits in a range of different color options, so they’re not fully custom and made-to-measure.
But while they don’t offer nearly as many customization options as Indochino, they do give you a number of choices that provide plenty of opportunities for optimization.
Once you pick your suit size, you can then select your preferred cut.
If you’re choosing from their standard suit sizes, you can select a slim, athletic or standard fitting blazer, which means there’s a lot less alteration work for tailors or dry cleaners to do later.
But they also have “extended” (aka Big & Tall) sizes. If you opt for an extended size, you can choose between a standard extended fit or a “prominent” fit, for guys who need a little extra room.
Best of the Rest ↓
The three options above constitute the best, most comfortable suits we’ve found, but they’re far from the only options on the market.
Below we’ve rounded up dozens of other soft, stretchy and breathable suits (including a couple more from both Bonobos and Indochino) that can work for everything from a lunch meeting or job interview to semi-formal events like weddings and funerals.
Spier & McKay
Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Goodfellow & Co
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