Depending on how many you have to attend and how much money you have to shell out, wedding season may not elicit the same wide-eyed excitement as it does for Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers. But you have to be a really cynical bastard if you don’t get even a little bit psyched to watch two people get hitched, consume copious amounts of free booze and food, and possibly see the groom’s drunk uncle dance to Hotline Bling.
Most of the style focus at a wedding is rightly directed toward the bride and groom (and really, just the bride). But that doesn’t absolve your from pulling together a sharp outfit for the nuptials. And while at some point in every man’s life he should wear a custom-made Savile Row suit, a spring wedding in your 20s or 30s might not be the ideal time. Let’s face it, you’re not always on your best behavior at a wedding and you want something that looks good while still being, shall we say, forgiving.
Fortunately, fashion’s startup revolution has created a number of brands that design incredible suits at prices that won’t leave you heartbroken, should that 17th John Daly cocktail spill on the jacket. Some of the older guard menswear brands have followed suit (pardon the pun). What that means for guys is we can buy a suit for $500 today that is vastly superior to what was available even 10 years ago.
So as wedding season approaches, we found five great suits for $500 or less that will leave you looking better than everyone else at the wedding. (Except the bride and groom, of course.)
DOCKERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY FILLMORE
Dockers has expanded greatly over the years, but if there’s one thing the brand is known for, it’s khakis. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Dockers created this sharp Fillmore suit in, you guessed it, khaki. The two-button jacket looks polished with its peak lapels and the slim-fitting pants have an adjustable waistband that comes in handy when you go too hard on the passed hors d'oeuvres.
J.Crew helped reinvent the suit game when it came out with the slim-fitting Ludlow in 2009 and it is still one of the best bangs for the buck out there. This version, in a wool-linen blend, is ideal for a spring wedding. The linen keeps you cool, while the wool prevents you from turning into a wrinkled slob. The light blue color also distinguishes it from the navy and grey suits you’d wear to the office. Weddings are supposed to be fun, after all.
INDOCHINO STRETCH COTTON
You may not stand by your moves the next day, but even the staunchest wallflower can’t help busting a move on the dance floor at a wedding. So it makes sense to have a suit that can move with you. This cotton suit from Indochino mixes in just a little bit of Lycra to give the pants and blazer the right amount of stretch. As with all Indochino suits, you can have upload your measurement profile to have the suit made to measure for your body.
BONOBOS FOUNDATION CHAMBRAY
While more traditionally seen in shirts, chambray is also a great fabric in tailored clothing. The light blue creates a wonderful color that is sure to catch the eye of that one bridesmaid that doesn’t have a boyfriend. Bonobos’s suits are available in either a standard or a slim fit. The standard is a great option for more athletic guys because it’s roomy where it needs to be and trim everywhere else.
SUITSUPPLY NAPOLI GREY FAUX UNI
When it’s tailored and styled correctly, a grey suit is as far removed from the world of I-bankers as a Bernie Sanders rally. Suitsupply models this suit after the great Neapolitan designs with a softer shoulder and a more casual notched lapel. It captures the off-handed style that Italians call sprezzatura to a tee. The suit is all linen, so it will get wrinkled, but a few creases won’t make it any less cool.