There’s no better way for a man to look sharp and stand out than by pulling on a well made, well cut suit.
Like a suit of armor for the modern era, there’s just something about a suit that makes you look and feel simultaneously powerful and refined.
While wearing a suit is a great idea, traditionally, buying a suit was… well, kind of a pain in the ass.
It required going to a department store or suit shop, dealing with salesmen that were often more pushy than helpful, and constraining yourself to the limited inventory that was available through that particular store.
By contrast, the explosion of the online menswear industry over the past few years has made buying a well made and affordable suit online a lot easier.
Today there’s a wide variety of online outlets competing to sell suits in nearly every size, style, fit and fabric imaginable. And with so much competition, they’re offering incentives like free shipping, easy returns and (occasionally) steep discounts that make buying a suit easier and more affordable than ever.
Finding The Best Places to Buy Inexpensive Suits Online
In fact, if there’s one problem with buying a suit online nowadays, it might be that there are too many options to choose from.
With dozens of online shops selling suits of varying (and in some cases, highly questionable) quality, it can be hard to identify which outlets offer suits that are both cost effective and well constructed.
Fortunately, that’s where this post comes in.
Below are 12 of my favorite places to buy an affordable suit online, along with explanations about how to get the most value out of each outlet.
A Quick Word on What Constitutes an Affordable Suit
For the purposes of this post, I’m defining an affordable suit as $400 or less.
Is it possible to buy cheaper suits? Absolutely. Do I recommend it? I don’t.
Suits are one of the few items that I think are worth shelling out for. Sure, you could buy a suit for $250 bucks, but it’s going to be so cheaply made that it’s unlikely to last for more than a year.
By contrast, you could pick up suits at any of the outlets below, and as long as you’re not staging Bond-like fights atop moving trains, they likely last for years (and depending on your usage, maybe even decades) to come.
So with that caveat out of the way, let’s look at some of the best online outlets to buy affordable suits that will help you look sharp without shelling out big bucks.
Where to Buy Affordable Suits Online
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Number one with a bullet. Nordstrom’s baby-brother store sells many of the same high-end brands as the flagship department store, but at a significantly discounted rate.
It’s not uncommon to see suits that would be sold for upwards of $600 at the flagship store (like the Vince Camuto suit pictured above) go for $200 or less at Nordstrom Rack.
What’s the catch, you ask? To be honest, it’s actually not much of one, which is why NR is at the top of my list.
Often the merchandise that ends up here is from previous seasons, but let’s be honest: suit styles don’t change that quickly. If you can buy something right now that the flagship Nordstrom store was selling for twice the price just six months ago, you should jump on it.
Bonobos began life as a company because its founders couldn’t find pants that fit, so they set out to create them.
Since then they’ve expanded into shirts and suits, and carved out a niche for themselves as one of the most stylish and comfortable menswear brands on the market.
Their Daily Grind suit starts at $400 and not only looks great, but has a bunch of little touches that make it comfortable and easy to wear.
The pants have a bit of gel tape set into the waste band, which helps them grip onto your shirt and keep it tucked in, while the jacket has a sweat guard at the armhole, to keep any moisture from sneaking through.
Don’t let the fact that he’s a billionaire fool you:
Famed dick-pic enthusiast Jeff Bezos sells plenty of great suits for a fair price. (Don’t worry—that link doesn’t go directly to his dick pic. This isn’t that kind of “men’s website.”)
Bezos’s embarrassing selfies aside, Amazon really has emerged as one of the best places to buy menswear of all kinds, and suits are no exception.
With plenty of name brand options and Amazon’s famous commitment to undercutting its competitors on price, there are a lot of deals to be found here.
Another plus about buying your suits from Amazon is that you can take advantage of their extensive user base, and all the crowd-sourced intel they provide. Most outlets offer free returns nowadays, but buying a suit online that you haven’t seen in person can still feel like a bit of a gamble.
But many of Amazon’s suits have been reviewed extensively, which can help you feel a lot more confident before deciding to pull the trigger.
Don’t let SuitSupply’s $700 tuxedos fool you:
They also sell suits that come at a much lower price point, but still maintain the remarkably high quality that the brand has become known for.
SuitSupply’s suits start as low as $358, though at that price point the options are a little limited. Fortunately, their Blue Line starts at just $399, and features multiple colors and shades in their classic (and in my opinion, damn-near perfect) Napoli cut.
Normally you’d expect to pay at least 100 bucks more for suits that are this well made and this well cut. You could easily pick up a couple Blue Line Napolis for $400 each and build a timeless and enviable collection that will keep you looking sharp for at least a decade.
When my friend Shane got married back in 2015 I served as one of his groomsmen, and recommended that we go with Suitsupply. I picked up a Napoli in light grey that’s still my go-to lightweight suit.
In fact, I was so happy with the experience that when I got married four years later, I went back to Suitsupply with my groomsmen, and each of them picked up a medium grey Napoli that they’ll probably have for the rest of their lives.
Arguably Suitsupply’s top competitor, Indochino also offers well made suits for entry level prices, but they do it with a twist.
Whereas Suitsupply sells a wide selection of off-the-rack suits in traditional sizes, Indochino’s suits are made-to-measure.
You input your specific measurements into their website, choose the style, fabric and details you want, then Indochino sends you a suit made specifically for you.
I picked up an Indochino suit when I was in the wedding party of (yet) another friend, and as a huge Suitsupply, I went into the whole process pretty skeptical. I assumed that buying a made-to-measure suit wouldn’t be that different from buying a suit off the rack and then getting it tailored.
But I can honestly say that my Indochino suit is by far the best-fitting suit I’ve ever owned, and I loved having the ability to customize all the little details, like deciding on everything from the lapel style to the inner-lining.
Plus, Indochino runs sales at the end of every season to clear out inventory, meaning there are multiples per year where you can pick up a perfectly cut suit at steep discount (sometimes as much as 40% off).
This might just be the sleeper pick for “best suit deal on the internet.”
Though lesser known in the states, Spier & McKay is basically a Canadian competitor of Suitsupply and Indochino.
They definitely don’t have the same marketing budget as some of the other stores on this list, but they do have comparable quality—and that combination makes them especially appealing to anyone looking to pick up a good suit at a reasonable price.
Spier offers a great variety of suits available in two cuts, contemporary and slim, and all of their suits are handmade from fabrics sourced directly from mills in Europe and Asia.
I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that they deal directly with the mills, the favorable exchange on the Canadian dollar (or all of the above), but one way or another, Spier & McKay is able to offer some incredibly well made suits for some impressively low prices.
British brand ASOS sells both their own in-house brands along with other brands, all of which fit with ASOS’s modern and fashion-forward aesthetic.
What do I mean by “fashion-forward”? Think slim fits, unique patterns, and one of the widest variety of colors of any store on this list.
If you’re looking for a suit you can invest in today and still be wearing 20 years from now, ASOS may not be your best bet.
But if you’re going to a wedding this year and you want a trendy color or unique style to help you stand out amidst the black-, navy- and grey-wearing crowd, this is the place for you.
Banana Republic has long been one of my go-to stores for everything from shirts and sweaters to pants and outerwear, because I love the way they blend a timeless aesthetic with modern colors, patterns and fabrics.
And their suits are certainly no exception. Like many stores, they rotate their suit offerings seasonally, but they always carry a few all-season options in classic colors like blue and grey.
While the starting price for Banana’s Suits isn’t the lowest, one of the other reasons why I’ve long been a fan is that Banana runs big sales a couple times a year, and when they do you can grab a stylish suit for a pretty ridiculous price.
It’s worth noting that literally every time you log on to BR’s website something will be on sale, but when you look closely at the details, suiting is often excluded (unfortunately).
Your best bet is to keep an eye on BR around major holidays. Traditionally, they run a huge sale on Black Friday/Cyber Monday with no exceptions, which is probably your best bet to grab a suit.
And there’s usually a big sale some time in the summer as well, so it might be worth signing up for their email list so you can keep your eye out.
Why is J.Crew Factory on this list and not J.Crew itself? Because of one crucial word: “affordable.”
I love J.Crew as much as the next guy, and their Ludlow suit is practically the perfect combination of classic-meets-modern. But it ain’t cheap.
Fortunately, J.Crew Factory stores offer a much more affordable alternative in the form of their Thompson line of suits. Like the Ludlow, the Thompson features the sort of classic styling that not only looks great now, but will likely continue to look great for years to come.
But unlike the Ludlow, there’s no reason to refinance your car if you want to pick one up. The Thompson’s start at a lower base price, and unlike J.Crew’s flagship brand, Factory is always running various sales that might allow you to score a further deal.
(No wonder I named J.Crew Factory the number one J.Crew alternative for guys!)
British brand Ben Sherman (try saying that five times fast…) makes suits that remind me of a modern-day Peaky Blinders: they give off a vibe that’s rebellious and modern, while still invoking a classic dapperness that’s stylish as hell.
Bloomingdale’s makes the list thanks to both the range of their offerings and the crazy price range they offer on some pretty solid brand names.
At the time of this writing, they have Michael Kors slim fit suits, which usually go for about $500, on sale for $450.
But because the Michael Kors suit is a clearance item, they actually take another 50% off when you add it to your shopping cart, meaning you can pick up a $500 suit for less than $250.
Not all of their suits are marked “clearance,” of course, but because they’re a huge store with a ton of inventory, you can almost always find a few good deals.
When you hit their website, make sure to sort by “Price (Low to High)” to see the best deals up top.
And speaking of big chain department stores, Macy’s rounds out the list for basically all the same reasons that helped Bloomingdale’s make the cut above.
Macy’s also has a huge inventory and runs frequent sales that can allow you to grab a good-looking suit for sub-$200. At the time of writing, they have a light blue slim fit “performance stretch” suit from Alfani, pictured above, on sale for just $180—and that’s $180 Canadian, which is the default price their website displays for me here in Toronto.
In US dollars that’s just $135.84 (thanks, Google!) for a pretty good-looking suit in a unique and dapper color.
The internet is a hell of a thing. Not only can you stream all of the
porn TV shows and movies you could possibly want to watch, but now that you know where to look, you can also find some pretty great suits at some pretty great prices.
Of course, knowing where to buy your suit is only the first step. The next one is learning how to wear a suit with style.
The problem, however, is that in the more casual world we live in, most guys don’t wear suits in their day-to-day lives, and end up looking and feeling uncomfortable when they go to weddings, job interviews and those other rare occasions when they need to suit up.
To find out how to not just wear a suit, but rock one, check out my (ridiculously comprehensive) post about how to wear a suit with style.
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As the founder of Irreverent Gent, Dave shares smart style advice that helps guys look sharp, and smart-ass jokes that make them wish he’d just stick to advice. When not blogging, he loves working out, obsessing over the MCU (#ILoveYou3000) and pretending to know about wine when his wife takes him somewhere fancy.