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Great Suit Less Than $1000

The Essential: A Great Suit for Less Than a Grand

You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand's signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.






Two-button wool suit ($695) by DKNY
More affordable suiting options, after the jump...

By The Fashion Editors
You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand's signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.

Two-button wool suit ($695) by DKNY
How Much Are You Looking to Spend? 

$ EXPRESS First-timers, we have found your starter suit. Veterans, we have found your next one. Express has nailed the charcoal suit, that founding essential of a man's wardrobe, taking a classic gray end-on-end wool, tailoring it in a trim, modern fit, and offering it up for less than $500. Left: Two-button wool suit ($426) by Express; cotton shirt ($80) by Banana Republic; silk tie ($160) and leather shoes ($550) by CH Carolina Herrera.

$$ SUITSUPPLY There is an unmistakable sense of luxury in every bold-patterned suit (because who else wears such a suit but a guy with plenty of standbys at home?), but there need not be luxury pricing. Exhibit A: Suitsupply's rich-looking blue-and-gray plaid suit, available to the masses for just mid-three-figures. Right: Two-button wool suit ($469) by Suitsupply; cotton shirt ($30) by Uniqlo; wool-and-silk tie ($135) by Boss; leather shoes ($1,710) by John Lobb.

$$$ J. HILBURN Was a time when the price tag on anything made-to-measure would scare a man straight to Walmart. Online retailer J. Hilburn has set out to halve the typical cost of customization with its direct-to-client business. Its local, real-world "personal stylists" secure your measurements; help select your fit, fabric, and custom details; and get you in an expertly tailored suit for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay. Two-button three-piece wool suit ($1,060) by J. Hilburn; cotton shirt ($99) by Suitsupply; wool-and-silk tie ($135) by John Varvatos; leather monk-straps ($345) by Allen Edmonds.

$$$$ CAROLINA HERRERA The designer who's long been a favorite among the women of the red carpet is doing some impressive tailoring for their dates. CH Carolina Herrera enlisted Spanish craftsmen to tailor a bold windowpane wool DB suit at a price that belies its luxury roots. Double-breasted wool suit ($1,395) by CH Carolina Herrera; cotton shirt ($99) by Suitsupply; silk tie ($195) by Emporio Armani; leather shoes ($285) by Vince Camuto.

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