The Best Summer Suits Under $200 (Plus one under $90)
***UPDATE*** Thanks to the very observant Jason who left a comment in the comments section below, we all know that the INC Cotton/Linen Suit just went on sale at Macys.com Plus, since the purchase will be over $99, you can get free shipping with the code: promo99. Not bad at all…
***DOUBLE UPDATE*** This is flat out ridiculous. The Macy’s INC suit just dropped to $75.00
Summer usually means choosing cotton over wool. And that means suits get a whole lot cheaper. The perfect J.Crew Fine Stripe Ludlow is only around $350, the dependable Banana Republic cotton linen standard is about the same price, and a light Khaki Sateen from Express will set you back a little over $250. Pretty cheap when you consider the wool versions of those suits can run at least $100 more.
But even if that group is out of your price range, don’t panic. You’ve got options. Here’s three of the best modern-fit summer suits under $200 that won’t leave you disappointed. Plus a super-cheap bonus pick for those guys with zero cash to spare.
1. Macy’s I.N.C. Cotton Linen Blazer – SALE $51.99 (reg $100) | Pant – $21.99 (reg $50)
If you want a summer suit that’ll keep you cool and grab some attention, you won’t find a better deal than this one from the Macy’s house brand INC. The fit is terrific off the rack, and the bright white will make you look like you just flew in from Monaco. It started outat $150, then dropped to $100. Now it’s only $75.00. For the entire suit. Unreal. Do yourself a favor and keep your shirt, tie, shoes, and accessories muted. The white says it all.
2. Express 1-Button Sateen Peak Blazer – SALE $124.60 | Sateen Producer Pant – $59.90
The Corded Cotton and the aforementioned stone colored Cotton Sateen suits by express are also great buys, but neither come in under $200. This “Chalk” Sateen one button jacket and pant pairing is something Express.com can’t put together for you, and that’s why it’s on sale. Express customer service claims that although the Chalk colored Cotton Sateen Producer pant is no longer available on the web, it should still is available in stores. So, go try and find your size in the pant (make sure it’s the chalk color) then get the jacket through the web. $185 total cost.
3. L.L. Bean Signature Traditional Twill Blazer – $135.00 | Matching Pant – $55.00
This is about as laid back as a summer suit can get, while still maintaining a level of refinement. The cut on these suit seperates from the new L.L. Bean Signature line looks fantastic. (Click to the back view on the same jacket in Moss to see what I mean) The Patch Pockets will make it too casual for some, but it’s still a more than decent summer suit pairing for under $200.
4. Under $90 BONUS: Old Navy Micro Stripe Suit – Jacket $49.50 | Pants $29.50
Old Navy’s cotton blazers are one of the best kept secrets in affordable men’s style. I own two, and after tailoring they’re perfect with jeans or chinos. As far as the fit and quality of these micro stripe suit separates, don’t take my word for it, take it from Tristan who left a comment on the original feature about the pair:
“I just picked up this combination last night. Planning to wear it to a friend’s outdoor reception that’s leaning towards the casual end of the formal spectrum. My fiance and I think it fits and looks pretty sharp even before any tailoring. Its a 100% cotton shell and inside partial lining. The sleeves are lined with polyester, and it’s got a center vent. I’m hoping to accomplish a laid back but classy look. My first choice would of course been J.Crew’s cotton ludlow suit ($366), but this Old Navy summer suit is a nice substitute, and at $80 I’m less concerned about the potential stains on an off-white suit.
For More Summer Suiting Ideas, try these: