Best suits for men 2018: look sharp in these suits

No man's wardrobe is complete without a suit, make sure you're suited and booted with this selection of classics

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Wearing a suit can be like stepping into new skin. In saying that, you should feel comfortable in your suits and know how different styling options can affect your look. Whether for work, weddings, formal occasions or just to look dapper, having the right suit is an important style choice. 

There’s a wealth of options out there, from budget £100 suits all the way up to £1000 and beyond. Spending more isn’t always the better option. It’s important to note the level of quality you’re after versus how you’ll actually wear your new suit. 

So without further ado, here are our picks of the best suits for men.

How to choose the best suit

A good suit can make you look taller, slimmer and accentuate the shoulders. It can also help with making the right impression in your career. Selecting the right suit also sends a message that you’re switched on with your styling choices.

With so many suits available it can be easy to get lost in the swathes of choice. To decide what you’re after, first think of the occasions you’re dressing for. If it’s for work, then a sharp, button-down style might be the way to go. If it’s a formal event then a tuxedo could do the trick.

The centrepiece of your suit is the jacket, of which there are single-breasted and double-breasted variants. 

Single-breasted, which usually features between one and four buttons and a notch lapel, is the one you’ll expect to see most often. A double-breasted jacket, which features peak lapels, is the more formal choice and features between four and eight buttons on the front. It's a little more traditional, and can look stunning if styled correctly.

You’ll want to find a fitted silhouette if you’re after a taught cut, but there are also structured and sack silhouettes depending on your body shape. 

One important thing to note is the suit jacket shoulders. If they do not fit then the suit can’t be tailored for you. 

On that note, if you’re buying an off-the-rack suit, it’s definitely worth getting it altered to fit right should the dimensions be off. It’s always a worthy investment, and can cost as little as £15.

1. Tom Ford O'Connor Prince Of Wales Checked Wool Suit

Classic tailoring from Tom Ford

Reasons to buy
+Made in Italy+Prince of Wales Check+Great quality+Classic design

If your prefer more classic, grown-up tailoring, then Tom Ford is your man. The 'O'Connor' suit is made in Italy, it's tailored for a slim fit, with strong, padded shoulders, generous lapels, and three front flap pockets.

The suit is made from a Prince of Wales checked wool that is exceptionally smooth to handle. Of course, you have to complete the suit with the matching trousers.

2. PRADA Navy Super 120s Wool-Flannel Suit

Classic, contemporary, and incredibly stylish

Reasons to buy
+Clean lines+Timeless design+Modern+Nothing better than a navy suit

Established in 1913 as a leather goods retailer, Prada is renowned for their excellence in crafting timeless pieces for the modern gentleman. This navy suit, with its clean lines and modern, streamlined silhouette is a perfect example of that, making it a very worthy investment.

The suit is cut from Super 120s wool-flannel, and tailored for a slim fit. Pair it with a crisp white shirt, or a roll neck for a more informal look.

3. AMI Beige Slim-Fit Cotton-Twill Suit Jacket

Perfect for summer weddings

Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Cool and relaxed+Can be worn separately or as a suit+Easy movement

Looking for a summer suit? Maybe you're attending an outside wedding? Either way, you'll want to wear this cool and relaxed suit from AMI. Tailored from cotton-twill, it holds its shape with minimal internal structure.

You can wear it on its own as part of a relaxed outfit, or for something more formal you can pair it with the matching trousers.

4. KINGSMAN Harry's Navy Super 120s Wool And Cashmere-Blend Suit

A classic suit from everyone's favourite spy film (after James Bond)

Reasons to buy
+Double-breast makes a statement+Cloth from William Halstead mill+Based on Colin Firth's suit in Kingsman+Sim fit

Undoubtedly one of the best things about the Kingsman films is the tailoring. This double-breasted suit is styled after Kingsman Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth, and, if added to your wardrobe, could really make a statement.

This navy example is made from a Super 120s wool and cashmere-blend cloth, which has been sourced from the famous William Halstead mill – a manufacturer of fine fabrics since 1875. 

4. PAUL SMITH LONDON A Suit To Travel In Soho

A perfect suit to travel in

Reasons to buy
+Flexible+Durable+Comfortable+Crease resistant

Are you a frequent traveller? Then this Paul Smith 'A Suit To Travel In' is perfect for you. The black two-piece is cut from high-twist worsted wool giving it a natural bounce and recovery, making it resistant to creases. 

The collection was tested by gymnasts and free runners to prove the design's flexibility and durability. The jacket is cut in the brand's signature 'Soho' fit which leaves room through the chest and is tailored through the waist and hem.

5. Hugo Boss Grey Novan/Ben Mélange Super 120s Virgin Wool Suit

Should be your go-to buisness suit

Reasons to buy
+Sharp looks+Streamlined cut+Resists creasing

Impress your clients or colleagues with this streamlined suit from Hugo Boss. It's cut from fine Super 120s virgin wool and tailored with Boss' signature sharp lines. The jacket is fully lined in satin so it'll resist creasing, and is finished with a felted undercollar. The trousers have neatly pressed creases that'll stay sharp through long days of back-to-back meetings.

6. DRIES VAN NOTEN Navy Wool-Twill Suit

A stunning, understated navy suit

Reasons to buy
+You can't go wrong with navy+Slim-fit+Unfinished hems+Understated and refined
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Dries Van Noten is known for bold prints and elegant pieces with an avant-garde edge. But the designer comes from a family of tailors, and this navy suit is proof that the designer is equally adept at creating smart, refined, timeless pieces.

The navy suit is made in Italy from wool-twill. The jacket is fully lined for smooth layering and has lightly padded shoulders to broaden your frame. The trousers are left with unfinished hems, so they can be tailored to the perfect length.

7. OLIVER SPENCER Cream Double-Breasted Cotton Suit

Stand out with this classic cream suit from Oliver Spencer

Reasons to buy
+Classic, sophisticated style+Stands out+Comfortable fit+Double-breasted 

Oliver Spencer's 'Kildale Cream' suit is a great option if you're looking to stand out at a summer wedding or garden party. The double-breasted suit is ideal for those with a stockier build as the shape naturally broadens shoulders and draws in the waistline. Make sure you pair it with the matching trousers.

8. POLO RALPH LAUREN Navy Slim-Fit Suit

Perhaps the ultimate adaptable suit, it'll see you through a day in the office or a formal event

Reasons to buy
+Can be worn anywhere+Size adjustment on trousers+Unfinished hems

If you're looking for a suit which will see you through a day in the office, but can also be worn at smart events on the weekend, this classic navy suit Polo Ralph Lauren could do the job. It's cut from wool-twill for a slim fit, the jacket has shoulder-broadening notch lapels, while the trousers have side adjusters at the waist for an exacting fit. The unfinished hems can be altered to your preferred length.

10. SAINT LAURENT Black Slim-Fit Wool-Gabardine Suit

A contemporary cut from Saint Laurent

Reasons to buy
+Durable wool-gabardine+Unfinished hem+Sharp and sleek tailoring+Black

The label founded by Mr Yves Saint Laurent in 1961 still retains its sleek style and sharp tailoring – this black suit being a perfect example of that. It'll work for just about any occasion, and is meticulously tailored to make you look a million dollars.

It's made from durable virgin wool-gabardine that'll hold its shape for more than just a few wears, and the trousers have been left unfinished, so you can hem them for your desired style.

11. Hackett Satin-Trimmed Tuxedo

A classic design in luxurious trim

Reasons to buy
+Detailing+Comfort+Everyone needs a tux+Adjustable side tabs on trousers

Whether or not you’ve worn one before, sooner or later every man needs to don a tuxedo. The go-to suit for formal events, the question is always whether it’s better to buy or hire them seeing as they generally aren’t worn often.

This one from Hackett is definitely worth buying, which features a wool and mohair blend with satin trim. The slim-fit jacket has padded shoulder fittings and there are adjustable side tabs on the trousers to add a boost of comfort.

12. Dsquared2 Paris Suit

When classy should be casual

Reasons to buy
+Casual styling+Comfortable construction+Want be dressed up or down

This Italian-made Paris suit from Dsquared2 strikes a nice balance between smart and casual, giving you the ability to dress up with a collar and boots or down with a T-shirt and sneakers if you wish.

That’s thanks to the easy-to-wear wool blazer, which has a notched lapel collar and two buttons up front. It also features a welt pocket on the chest and flap pockets at the waist. The slim-fit trousers have four-pocket detailing and unfinished hems at the cuffs. This is all finished with tonal stitching to give a sharp but relaxed look.

13. Tiger of Sweden Jil Suit

When dapper meets understatement

Reasons to buy
+Quality construction+Elegant, mature styling
Reasons to avoid
-Better in professional contexts

The Jil suit from Tiger of Sweden comes here in 'iron gate' grey with a delicate light blue check pattern. It has a bit more of a reserved, understated style if that’s what you’re looking for. 

Detailing includes a notched lapel collar, two-button closure and lined interior held together with tonal stitching. The slim-fit trousers feature four-pocket styling but are only partially lined.

14. HUGO by Hugo Boss Check Two Piece

Quality on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Versatility+Reasonable price 
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks standout features

This HUGO by Hugo Boss check suit is a solid budget option if you’re shopping around for a reliable, versatile look that won’t break the bank. Constructed from virgin wool fabric, this ‘C-Ryan/C-Win’ two piece gets the job done. 

Cut for a slim fit, the lined single-breasted jacket has a two-button front. The flat-front trousers feature clip-and-hook fastening and two welt pockets on the back. 

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