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Perhaps you’ve heard: men's suits are back—definitively, radically, triumphantly. The best suits under $1000 reflect that mood wholeheartedly. Wearing a suit is downright fun again: It means you have a reason to be dressed, to be out in the world, to celebrate.
Whether you’re in need of something big and brash to cause a stir at an upcoming wedding, or a sharp, versatile two-piece to nail your return to the office, there’s a top-notch suit out there for you that won’t break the bank. We know, because we found them all. From workday corduroys to classic gray flannels, here are the 14 absolute best suits for men under $1000.
You can never go wrong with a mid-weight charcoal suit, and you especially can't go wrong with a mid-weight charcoal suit designed by Sid Mashburn—the Atlanta haberdasher who does classic American tailoring better than just about anybody.
We're not sure exactly how Todd Snyder managed to concoct such a good suit for well under $1,000, but we're certainly not complaining. If you haven't worn a suit in a while, the aptly-named Foundation is a fantastic place to start, largely thanks to its comfortably tailored fit (a far cry from the usual department store fare) that never veers into shrink-wrapped slim territory.
J.Crew's signature Ludlow model was the bang-for-your-buck suit of the early 2010s, and though the brand still make the Ludlow you remember, it has also added several other options to the mix, including an unstructured version with a much softer silhouette that lends itself to wearing as separates. This one balances the elegant drape of wool with the softness of cotton, all done up in professorial check that'll look killer with derbies and a knit tie.
If you're a little surprised to see Banana Republic on this list, we don't blame you. Hell, we nearly missed it ourselves. But the Banana Republic you recall from the mall is back in the saddle again and their revamped suits are galloping their way into our closets. Thanks to a refined silhouette, surprisingly solid construction, and quality fabrics from top-notch Italian mills, BR is giving their competitors a run for their money. The Gavin suit features a slick black herringbone fabric made with Italian linen and covered buttons for some added panache.
Suitsupply's democratic pricing—and nearly-endless array of options—makes it a reliable source for the kind of left-field suiting you'll actually look forward to wearing. And, yes, they are known for some seriously cinched tailoring, but they've eased up on the silhouettes in recent seasons and this Roma suit is a good example. The chocloate-y brown linen fabric is delicious, the wide lapels are downright sumptuous, and of course the construction is better than you're prepared for.
For what's it's worth, COS sells a coordinating pair of pants, too. But if your calves are crying out for some breathing room right now, spring for the shorts, and don't hesitate to wear them as separates.
If you're eager to channel airport style's glorious ‘90s heyday (or need to pack light), Bonobos' Italian-milled suit is for you. The stretch wool won't wrinkle as easily as its linen counterparts, but the added stretch means you can hunker down in economy without worrying about it cramping your style—and still roll straight from the tarmac to the reception.
Suits aren't all about weddings and job interviews. Some suits were made to get some damned work done. Alex Mill's Mill suit is made of a rough-and-tumble cotton twill and styled with workwear in mind. It comes in a range of classic colors including navy and olive and looks just as good as a set as it does as separates. With a chambray shirt and hardy boots, you're ready to carpe diem.
How do you make a classic black suit feel all kinds of fresh? You supersize the lapels and drizzle in a little Boogie Nights flavor.
The unabashed fashion freaks at Acne might not be the first group that comes to mind when you think of office-ready tailoring, but they're consistently behind some of the best slyly rigorous suits in the business. Tropical wool blends of that caliber don't usually come this cheap.
Dressing for summer weddings can be tough, and any sartorial snob who says that summer suits can keep you cool is too far up their own you-know-what. That being said, if you have to brave a blazing hot summer wedding, this unlined, au naturel option from Polo is a great option. The creamy white colorway is way easier than a bleach-white counterpart and the unstructured jacket feels more like a tee than it does a suit so you can make it through the ceremony as one solid piece and not a human puddle.
Drawing on classic workwear suits of yesteryear (like, the late 1800s), Barena's suit somehow balances an elegant vibe with an everyman quality. It's a go-to for the kind of Nice Normal Style that guys like Ryan Reynolds are champions of.
Buck Mason's Carry-On suit is one of the best-fitting, best-priced suits out there, period. It's got a perfectly sized lapel with a 3-roll-2 button stance that menswear aficionados love, and a supremely comfortable unlined construction. Coupled with a lightweight and very slightly stretchy cotton twill, it's an ideal suit for traveling or as your daily uniform.