If you still associate dress clothes with comfortable, you’re doing it wrong. Your suit should be your go-to outfit for the office – something you look forward to wearing. As comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans but looking even sharper and snappier. And when you’re constantly on-the-go, catching cabs, trains and red-eye flights as a part of work (or pleasure), this becomes even more important.
You don’t want to be sitting in a tight, uncomfortable suit for several hours, only to get up and head to work or a meeting with wrinkles and creases all over it. And you certainly don’t want to sweat through it as you head to gate. That’s where travel suits come in. Grab one of these, pair it with some smart, functional luggage, and you’ll be traveling in pure crease-free comfort. Here are some of the best travel suits that will suit your constantly on-the-go lifestyle.
One of the most popular travel suits out there – English fashion designer Paul Smith created A Suit To Travel In, a classy wool suit with in an elegant SoHo Slim Fit – a look slightly more blocky and English than Armani, for example, but still stylishly slim. The jacket is wool with a viscose lining, and has been treated to be crease-resistant, so it can be stashed in your suitcase and worn the same day, without needing a trip to the dry cleaners. And, it’s made in Italy. Cheap? Nope. Versatile and stylish? Indeed.
A sub-$500 suit from Nordstrom? Sign us up, please. This solid navy suit is made from Tech-Smart Wool, which is essentially 98% wool and 2% spandex, for a stretchy, breathable material that doesn’t crease and is supremely comfortable even on long-haul flights. In fact, there’s a whole bunch of nifty additions for that purpose, like a comfort-stretch waistband. Inside, Nordstrom has included a bunch of extra pockets (11 in total, including the regular suit pockets) so you can stash items easily on the go. The pants come unhemmed, but Nordstrom will hem them for free at any store. And that Trim Fit looks baller.
We weren’t familiar with Bluffworks until we saw this suit, but they are a travel-oriented clothing brand that looks like they know what they are doing. The Gramercy Travel Suit is made from a lightweight, 100% polyester fabric that is breathable and quick-drying, making it a breeze to wear on the road, and resists wrinkles and creases, and is entirely machine-washable – something your usual work outfit isn’t. The back is lined, but the sleeves aren’t. And there are 10 total pockets for stashing all your gear. If you’re looking for something just a little bit more casual but every bit as comfortable, the Bluffworks Travel Suit fits the bill. And will definitely cut down on some dry-cleaning bills.
While M.J. Bale’s Superfine Merino Suits may not be your traditional travel suit, the Australian brand claims they are more than cut out for it. A few years ago, they decided to embark on a round-the-globe trek to demonstrate how durable and comfortable these suits really are. M.J. Bale suits come in all different cuts and forms, but their Superfine suits are cool, comfortable and supremely soft – 99% Superfine virgin wool and 1% elastane. We think they deserve a spot on this list. They’re distinctly Australian, too.
We actually had no idea Brooks Brothers made a breathable, travel suit, but it turns out they do. The BrooksCool suit is made from a wool/poly/Lycra blend, meaning it’s stretchy, breathable and super-comfy, as well as being both wrinkle and water-resistant. And that’s in addition to looking as classy as you would expect from a Brooks Brothers suit. Slim cut, slim lapel and side-vents.
What’s that? Only the best for you, even when on the go? Burberry hears you. They made this three-piece wool suit as part of the Travel Tailoring collection, which uses a special blend of “memory fabrics” to flex with the body and remain light and breathable the whole time. The shell is 100% traditional wool, while the 100% wool, the jacket lining is 94% cupro, 6% elastane. (Cupro is a recycled cellulose material that is frequently used to create beautifully-draping clothes). Slim and classy, with Melton undercollar and notch lapels. Exactly what you would expect from Burberry, with some modern touches.
The J. Crew Ludlow is an all-around winner no matter what, and the fact they’ve made a travel version of the slim-fitting suit just makes it all the better in our book. The Ludlow Traveler Suit is made from a special three-ply wool woven in the famous Tollegno mill, with a special twist that makes them more elastic and resistant to wrinkling and creasing. A light, partial Bemberg lining makes it more breathable when you might happen to work up a sweat – so it’s good for the heat of summer, too. Lastly, you can mix and match it with the athletic Crosby Suit to get the fit that works for you.
Tough to forget Bonobos. They one of the first clothiers to be making travel clothes that still looked stylish, and while the Jetsetter may not be as travel-oriented as some of the others on this list, it works just as well – hence the name. The Jetsetter is made from a 98% wool, 2% elastane blend that feels like your typical 4-season weight, but doesn’t get as wrinkled and breathes more easily, making it perfect for sitting all day on the plane. Jacket comes in Slim, Standard and Athletic, while the pants come in those three plus a Tailored option, as well as any size you could need. Fit is Bonobos’ thing. Gorgeous and stretchy.
Ministry of Supply was another original in the Performance Dress Clothing scene, so we had to include them too. The Velocity Suit Jacket uses a 61% polyester, 33% viscose, 6% spandex blend for 4-way stretch and resilience, as well as total wrinkle-resistance, and is semi-lined to allow for more freedom and movement. A curved back yoke allows for a more comfortable, athletic fit on the shoulders. And it’s totally machine-washable, so cleaning on the road is a breeze. So far, it only comes in Black and Charcoal. We look forward to seeing it in Navy or Blue when the time comes.
The Havana Traveller Suit uses 100% Wool Traveller fabric, woven by Lanificio Cerruti in Italy. It’s slim, un-structuctured and casual, while still remaining sharp and classy for when you need it. The Havana uses a Natural Shoulder, that is unpadded and designed to follow the natural curves of the body. Whatever you want to wear with it, it will look good as a full suit or as a sportcoat, and take you straight from the train to the office, and everywhere between.
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