If there’s one thing most men know, it’s that a classic suit never goes out of style. From fresh blues to simple greys, smart, sophisticated tailoring – dressed up or down – is appropriate for almost any occasion.
However, with trends, prints and cuts ever changing, there’s an argument in defence of affordable suiting. Bought in the right colour and cut for the wearer (and with a few nips and tucks from your tailor), there’s no reason why a £200 suit can’t look like it cost £2,000.
Thus, here are some of the best suits of the season, all at under £500 a pop.
1. ASOS Skinny Suit In Green
A key colour trend for AW15, green makes an eye-catching alternative to standard blacks, blues and greys.
ASOS’ take comes in a modern cut with a single button opening and peak lapels. The blazer will also make a great separate to wear with dark denim, and for an extra £22 you can transform it from a two-piece into a three-piece; proving this set-up exceptional value for money.
Available at ASOS, priced £85.
2. Suitsupply Hudson Brown Herringbone Suit
Taken from Suitsupply’s new autumn/winter 2015 collection, this light brown suit offers something a little different without going overboard.
Sharp, sophisticated and easy on the eye, the herringbone wool fabric used by the Amsterdam-based business is the perfect texture for taking on the colder months in style.
Available at Suitsupply, priced £299.
3. Charles Tyrwhitt Mid Blue Windowpane Slim Fit Travel Suit
For something slightly more understated, but still on-trend, try this affordable number from British tailoring brand Charles Tyrwhitt.
The deep navy blue windowpane cloth is constructed from 100 per cent wool in a birdseye weave. Not sure what that means? Check out our guide to the nine fabric patterns every stylish man should know.
Available at Charles Tyrwhitt, priced £299.
4. Mango Slim-Fit Cool Wool Suit
Slim silhouettes have dominated the tailoring world in recent years, with a tapered, form-fitting cut providing a contemporary update on the menswear uniform.
This temperature regulating Cool Wool two-piece by Mango showcases the shape at its best, with its nipped-in waist and peak lapels helping to create a powerful V silhouette that is all business.
5. T.M.Lewin Levy Grey Check Skinny-Fit Suit
High street name T.M.Lewin is well versed in accessible tailoring and its Levy suit comes with just a few tweaks to the classic make-up.
The retailer’s light grey option is overlaid with a subtle burgundy check, adding depth to its slim form, while pearlised-effect buttons deliver a luxury feel.
Available at T.M.Lewin, priced £149.
6. Reiss Menenzies Slim-Fit Suit In Copper
British retailer Reiss has worked hard to ensure its suiting selection lives up to its premium reputation.
This copper-coloured offering in a pure wool weave strikes the balance between smart and casual, ready to work just as well with a shirt and tie as a T-shirt and trainers.
7. Jaeger Wool Pick & Pick Classic Suit
Coming in at just below our budget cut-off, Jaeger’s wool pick & pick suit makes the most of texture.
The classic cut is slightly more generous than slim-fitting alternatives but is still sharp enough for the office. Pair with brown brogues and a crisp white shirt.
Available at Jaeger, priced £499.
8. Next Black Nep Fabric Slim-Fit Suit
Next’s black and white fleck suit sits at the smart-casual end of this rundown. The nep fabric delivers a standout finish but doesn’t impede on its versatility.
Dress up with a shirt and tie for work in a relaxed office or wear with a T-shirt or light gauge knit for a meal out in a high-end restaurant.
It goes without saying both halves pack a punch as separates, too.
Available at Next, priced £140.
9. Ted Baker Veerity Diamond Jacquard Suit
Ted Baker states that this design is one for men who want to “brave the boardroom in style”.
The micro jacquard pattern brings the soft blue shade to life, added to by additional details such as the paisley lapel pin and patterned lining. This playful suit is ready to be taken seriously.
10. Hugo Boss Navy Slim-Fit Virgin Wool Suit
High in quality, low in fussy details, that’s the approach of German powerhouse Hugo Boss with its luxurious virgin wool suit in navy.
The pared-back finish positions it as a go-to piece for business meetings and will ensure it slots seamlessly into your nine-to-five rotation.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £480.