Your Complete Guide to Affordable Suits

Your Complete Guide to Affordable Suits
Shopping for a suit on a budget? You don't have to be made of money to look suave. Check our definitive guide on how to wear a stylish suit for less. Whether it's the fit, colour or fabric, it's the small details that make your suit stand out. If you don't know where to start then here's our complete guide to budget suits so you can be looking fresh, regardless of the price. Read more Men's Style Guide features. shopthelook

How to Wear Your Affordable Suit

Black Suit & White Shirt Combination

To kick off any guide of best cheap suits, we always have to begin with the classic. Timeless and versatile between formal events, the black suit is an essential for your wardrobe. Widely available in slim, skinny and regular fits, you're are not restricted to finding your perfect suit. Like many (essential) black clothes, this suit is easy to mix and match with any shirts and accessories of choice. Forget the stress of finding the suitable colour as whites, light pinks and blues will always have you looking effortlessly stylish.
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Black Tuxedo & White Shirt Combination

Alternatively, if your standard black suit isn't smart enough, then consider investing into a classic tuxedo (without breaking the bank). Our very own The Idle Man tuxedo is guaranteed to do the job for when you need to dress prim and proper. An easy throw-on with a white shirt, this suit is sure to spruce up your formal wardrobe.
mens slim suit tuxedo the idle man
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Pinstripe Navy Blue Suit & White Shirt Combination

If you want to add a pop of colour to your look or add that extra bit of suave, then opt for a navy pinstripe suit. Pair with a white shirt and a simple tie of choice, finish the look off with some dark brown shoes, preferably derbies or brogues. The shoes will add a smartened down effect but still keep you looking clean-cut and defined.
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Blue Pinstripe Blazer & White Shirt Combination

Still looking for a bit of individuality to your formal wardrobe, then don't be afraid to go the extra mile on your print! It makes a change from the standard navy or black suit, and is sure to add a little personality to your look. Our Editors choice is the white and navy pinstripe suit jacket teamed with deep navy chinos. While you might be tempted to finish the look with a simple smart black shoe, compliment the navy by opting for a tan pair of loafers. Lastly keep the look simple and don't be too quick to reach for a tie. A simple pocket square is sure to do the trick of adding that extra detail needed to your suit.
mens vito suit striped slim fit
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Fabric

Wool Suit & T-Shirt

In terms of fabric, it's essential to know that you get what you pay for. Splashing out, you can afford fabrics such as seersucker. But when choosing the best affordable suits, stick with natural fabrics like wool. Fabrics such as polyester are always cheaper. However, in terms of quality, wool moves better and is much more breathable than plasticized poly fabric. When opting for the fabric, mix and match and play around with your textures. Always remember, when personalising your suit, don't feel you have to focus on the accessories and prints.
the idle man navy suit
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Tweed Blazer & White Shirt Combination

If a full wool suit isn't for you, or you much rather wear the fabric in small doses, then don't be put off opting for tweed. Common when dressing for the smart-casual occasions, opting for a tweed blazer provides free choice of trousers. For us, at Idle HQ we prefer to keep our look defined and match our tweed blazers with a straight leg chino. When it comes to colour, always make sure you keep your tone consistent. By that, we say don't go for a bright blazer and dark trousers. Instead, go for a muted grey blazer and a light beige trouser, or if you feel the need of colour opt for other neutral colours.
the idle man tweed blazer khaki
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Colours

When it comes to choosing the colour of your best cheap suit, stick to the main four colours. These four colours are the best options as they can be used at any formal event and work, suit everybody, can be combined into any wardrobe, and finally due to their neutral colour can be teamed with any shirt and tie with ease, so you have less style stress to deal with. Our Editors key colours are:

Beige Suit & White Shirt Combination

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