Best Online Stores For Suits

By Chris Kolmar - Oct. 30, 2020

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Suits are a necessary staple in a professional wardrobe.

They’re great for work, special occasions, and any time you really want to impress and put your best foot forward. In certain industries, suits are practically a requirement for important meetings or even everyday workwear.

In this day and age, you can get practically anything from the comfort of your own home with online shopping. And that includes suits — of all types, styles, and price ranges. Online shopping is quickly overtaking traditional “brick and mortar store” shopping, and retailers have recognized and adapted to this need.

This article gives a rundown on some of the best online stores for all your suiting needs.

Whether you’re looking for a customized luxury suit, an affordable suit that’s ready to wear, or even a second hand or vintage suit, these ten sites have got you covered.

Basics of Suits and Online Shopping

Where you go to find your perfect suit all depends on what style of suit you’re looking for, the level of customization you want, and your desired price range.

The difference between ready to wear and tailored suits is the level of customization. Tailored suits are custom-made to be fitted to your specific measurements. Thus, they are instantly well-fitted, and typically more expensive. Ready to wear or “off the rack” suits are pre-made and mass-produced in generic sizes and don’t have a customized fit.

When it comes to suits, the most important aspect is the fit. An ill-fitted suit of the finest quality materials will never look as good as a cheap, well-fitted suit. This is why many people spring for custom-tailored suits.

However, ready to wear suits can also fit quite well. It’s possible to find an off the rack suit or separates that look great on you, especially if you have an “average” body type. Some sites offering ready to wear suits even have options for small alterations to better fit you. Or, you can take a suit of any kind to your local tailor to get a perfect fit.

As custom-tailored suits are more expensive and often not able to be returned and refunded, we suggest keeping it more classic with these suits. Tailored suits in classic fits and colors are perfect “go-tos” to look incredible for any occasion. Ready to wear suits often have much more generous return policies, and lower prices, making them ideal for more bold or daring choices to try out.

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Whatever route you choose, be sure to have a tape measure in hand and a working knowledge of your basic measurements and size. When in doubt on sizing, always go bigger so that it’s easier to make alterations if necessary.

Perhaps pick out a tie, dress shirt, and/or shoes you already have that you could use to match to a suit of your choosing. Or, if you prefer, you can get all the essentials and accessories for a perfect suit look from any of these sites.

Ready to Wear

  1. Nordstrom. If you’re looking to buy a suit from a classic, reputable, and quality retailer, look no further. Nordstrom offers a fantastic selection of suits from a large variety of brands.

    The prices are on the higher end, but they have a generous return policy if your online purchase is not as you expected, as well as frequent sales. They also offer in-store tailoring if you live near a physical location. With the quality and services offered, your suit is sure to last a while and fit well.

    Try a classic Armani or Ted Baker wool suit for a sharp look. Or, invest in a stylish Brunello Cucinelli suit that’s sure to stun. Nordstrom not quite in the budget? Check out number 10 on this list for a perfect alternative.

  2. Brooks Brothers. Pioneers of ready made suits, Brooks Brothers is the perfect option if you are a suit connoisseur or if you’re looking for a high-end luxury ready to wear suit for your collection.

    They offer alterations on all online purchases, ensuring that you’ll have a perfect fit. If suits are a major part of your style and wardrobe —and if you’re willing to invest anywhere from $600 to $1,000+ on a quality suit — Brooks Brothers is the choice for you.

    Try a timeless classic selection of a dark-colored blazer and trousers in fitted or classic fit. They also offer a selection of stylish and classic overcoats and well-made leather belts for a put-together, professional look.

  3. Men’s Wearhouse. For years, Men’s Wearhouse has been a household name and staple in men’s suiting. However, they are often overlooked as a rental-only business, catering only to grooms needing a tuxedo in a pinch. In fact, they offer a wide range of retail suits from a variety of exciting brands, from Calvin Klein, Joe Joseph Abboud, Lauren by Ralph Lauren and more. Their online store boasts an abundance of fits, styles and price points, starting at $119.

    Men’s Wearhouse also offers alterations for online purchases, and the option to buy online and pick up in store. If you are looking for an assortment of low to medium-priced, high-quality suits, Men’s Wearhouse should be your first choice.

Tailored

  1. Black Lapel. With 71 different custom-made suit options, Black Lapel is the perfect choice for anyone with a moderate to high-end budget who won’t settle for anything less than the best.

    Black Lapel is renowned for having the best online customization process out there, offering custom tailoring for not only suits, but every part of your professional wardrobe. However, it’s also quite simple to follow for less experienced suit buyers.

    Because this site offers an incredible level of customization, you’re able to get an absolutely perfect fit right down to the shirt and tie. With the range of options, you’re also able to customize your look to your specific preferences, including buttons, lapel types, vents, pockets, and more.

  2. Indochino. This is a great place to get a custom tailored suit, especially if it’s your first time doing so. They walk you through an in-depth and simple process of measuring that takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.

    Indochino offers custom-made suits directly from the Indochino brand at a price point that runs a few hundred less on average than sites like Black Lapel. Because of this, it can be a great option for your first custom-tailored suit.

    Just choose your suit type and color — we recommend trendy yet classic colors like burgundy or light blue — and customize away.

Second Hand

  1. Etsy. Online thrifting — much like regular, in-person thrifting — is all about your search game. However, with online thrifting, you have the advantage of being able to use keywords and brand names to find what you’re looking for. Get familiar with the words for all your specific preferences to optimize your searching.

    Etsy is a site where re-sellers and creators alike can sell their wares of all kinds. Here you can find not only second hand suits and vintage suits, but also folks offering custom tailoring.

    If you like (and if it’s in the budget) you can even get a one-of-a-kind suit that doubles as an art piece. Etsy is a home to many artists, and many sellers offer incredible hand-painted or hand-crafted clothing.

  2. Depop. Depop, like Etsy, is a platform for independent users to sell their gently used clothing. Once again, it’s all about the search, so you may need to take some time to look around for something that works for you.

    Depop is the best source for buying vintage clothing online, so check it out if you like to rock retro styles. Depop tends to have fewer options for male or masculine clothing, but they can still be found with some good searching.

    To find your perfect Depop vintage look, maybe get some style inspiration from old menswear runways. If there’s any brand or time period that sticks out to you, try searching it up! Otherwise, just have fun browsing and seeing what’s out there

Budget-Friendly

  1. JC Penney. This is the best site if you’re looking for a classic, no-frills staple suit at a very affordable price. There are tons of stylish and handsome choices here, as well as some big and tall sizing options, so have fun trying out suits and finding which works best for you.

    Most of the suits available can be purchased for under $200, and there are frequent sales which cut the price point down even further. Select brands also offer big and tall sizes, allowing you to find the perfect suit no matter what fit you’re going for.

    If you need an inexpensive suit ASAP, or if you’re new to suit-shopping and looking for a brand you can play around with, JC Penney is a great choice.

  2. ASOS – Budget-friendly suits don’t have to be boring or generic. ASOS offers suit options that are just as trendy, fun, and young as their more expensive counterparts. ASOS is the perfect place for stylish suits with lots of personality that won’t break the bank.

    ASOS suits are great if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd. These suit options are suggested if you work in a creative or semi-informal industry, or if you’re looking for the perfect “going out” look. They also offer plus sizes and tall fits

    Try searching for skinny or slim fit suits for a cool, modern look. Go as edgy as you want with nontraditional fabrics, bright colors, or bold patterns. With options as affordable and stylish as ASOS’ (and with a good return policy), feel free to experiment as much as you want

  3. Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retailer for the Nordstrom department store chain. This means that it offers the same designer clothing you might find at Nordstrom, but for a greatly discounted price. Thus, if you’re looking for a high-end quality suit on a modest budget, this is the choice for you.

    Nordstrom Rack offers both classic and trendy name brand suits, so browse to your heart’s content. However, goods from this retailer don’t stay in stock for long, so if you find something you like be sure to snatch it up quickly.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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