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. Hugo Boss Novan Three-Piece

High on dapper looks

Reasons to buy
+Colour+Luxury detailing
Reasons to avoid
-Not your everyday suit

When you want to look dapper, go for a sharp three-piece suit. This ‘Novan’ from Hugo Boss is cut from virgin wool for comfort and has a clean-cut profile. While the three-piece suit can be a little over the top in everyday settings, such as at the office, they get bonus versatility points because you can simply leave the waistcoat out when you need to.

2. Hackett Satin-Trimmed Tuxedo

A classic design in luxurious trim

Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
-Not the absolute cheapest

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.

3. Dsquared2 Paris Suit

When classy should be casual

Reasons to buy
+Casual styling+Comfortable construction
Reasons to avoid
-Not a budget item

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.

4. 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.

5. Chester Barrie Gingham Suit

For a more professionally-geared style

Reasons to buy
+Reliable work suit+Versatility
Reasons to avoid
-A bit basic

This blue business suit from Chester Barrie features a self-tone gingham check pattern. It exudes an intellectual, professional style and should be on your list if you’re looking to impress at the office. Although the cut is relatively fitted, there should be plenty of breathing room for different body types.

6. Maison Margiela Double-Breasted Suit

Power dressing at its finest

Reasons to buy
+Elegant detailing+Makes a statement
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest option

You can always count on Maison Margiela to help you stand out, and this suit with a black twill blazer is no exception. It isn’t cheap and is certainly not one you’d be wearing every day of the week. But if you’re looking for a high quality statement suit, that is it. Detailing includes a notched lapel collar and double-breasted front button closure. With tonal stitching throughout, the trousers also feature pleating on both the front and back.

7. 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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