The 10 Best Travel Suits for Men of 2023

The J. Crew Ludlow Slim-fit Suit is our top pick.

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Best Travel Suits for Men of 2022

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It’s not always easy to look your best while traveling, especially for business. Red-eye flights, early check-in times, long journeys stuck in the middle seat — by the time you arrive at your destination, appearing put together can be a bit of a challenge. Finding the right suit to handle your travel routine can make all the difference between showing up looking a mess, and going straight from the plane to a professional setting without missing a beat. 

Thanks to advances in textile technologies such as the addition of anti-wrinkle materials, or changing the way yarns are woven so as to naturally avoid wrinkles, there are now suits designed specifically to withstand the demands of a rigorous travel schedule. Our favorite is the classic J. Crew Ludlow Suit, in high-quality Italian Stretch Wool for a stretchy, wrinkle-resistant suit that doesn’t look like a stretchy, wrinkle-resistant suit. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Whether you’re packing your suit carefully away in your carry-on, or wearing it on a plane or train, selecting the right one can make traveling look — and feel — like a more seamless, elevated experience. 

Here are the best travel suits for men.

Best Overall

J. Crew Ludlow Slim-fit suit jacket in Italian stretch four-season wool

J. Crew Ludlow Slim-fit suit jacket in Italian stretch four-season wool

J. Crew

Why We Love It: We love that it performs like a travel suit, but doesn’t look like a travel suit.

What to Consider: The fit is on the slimmer side.

J. Crew turned the suiting world upside down in 2008 with the introduction of its iconic Ludlow suit, which has since evolved into a range of different materials for all your suiting needs. Today, the Ludlow comes in a range of different materials, all of which punch well above their weight in terms of quality and price point. 

With the Ludlow’s signature slim, contemporary cut, this suit is made from a four-season weight-worst wool from Tollegno 1900, one of the oldest working mills in Italy, and has just enough stretch to it so you can move freely yet keep a pressed, tidy appearance. Double vents in the back and a 3-inch notch lapel closure give this suit an elevated look that makes it suitable for weddings, work functions, and everything in between. If you’re going straight from the plane to a professional setting, this suit does it all.

Price at time of publish: $450

Materials: Worsted wool, elastane | Colors: Charcoal, navy, harbor blue  | Sizes: 34/S to 46/L

Best Designer

Zegna Pinpoint Trofeo Wool Suit

Zegna Pinpoint Trofeo Wool Suit


Why We Love It: We love this classic Italian style.

What to Consider: This suit is on the expensive side.

Leave it to the menswear experts at Zegna to produce a timeless suit that more than pulls its weight. This suit is made from Zegna’s proprietary Trofeo wool, a superfine Australian merino characterized by longer and therefore more elastic fibers that make garments smoother and more comfortable — and have natural anti-wrinkle properties. We loved this suit’s smooth finish and subtle pattern. Sure, the price is on the steeper side, but it’s a versatile, beautifully made suit that will be in your wardrobe for many years to come. 

Price at time of publish: $3,990

Materials: 100% wool | Color: Dark gray | Sizes: 48 to 60

Best Budget

Jack & Jones Premium Boxy Suit

Jack & Jones Premium Boxy Suit


Why We Love It: It’s a fashionable proposition for under $200.

What to Consider: The proportions are on the contemporary side.

Why do suits have to be so corporate? Take a walk on the contemporary side with this option from Jack & Jones. It comes with a boxy fit that’s comfortable and forgiving for long journeys. It may not hail from the classical codes of menswear tailoring, but it has loads of personality — and for under $200, it makes for a great travel suit in its own right.

Price at time of publish: $127

Materials: Blend | Colors: Black | Sizes: XS-W30 to 2XL-W40

Best Sustainable

Topman Super Skinny Recycled Fabric Textured Suit

Topman Super Skinny Recycled Fabric Textured Suit


Why We Love It: It’s made from recycled fabric.

What to Consider: This suit has a very skinny fit.

London calling! Channel the style of Britain’s most fashionable rock and rollers with this super-skinny suit from classic UK brand Topshop. The price is right, the skinny fit is fantastic, and the material is made from a recycled fabric to minimize your carbon footprint. The material has a slight woven texture to it, as well, so while it’s still appropriate for professional settings, it has a naturally anti-wrinkle nature that makes this a versatile travel suit on either side of the pond. 

Price at time of publish: $127

Materials: Blend | Colors: Navy | Sizes: W28S to W38L

Best Three-Piece

BOSS Three-Piece Regular-Fit Suit

BOSS Three-Piece Regular-Fit Suit


Why We Love It: It’s a classic three-piece suit. 

What to Consider: You may need to have the separates tailored for a perfect fit.

Who can resist the iconic charms of a three-piece suit? And nobody understands classic menswear quite like Hugo Boss. What we like about this three-piece suit is that it comes in a high-quality virgin-wool blend with just enough stretch to keep wrinkles at bay during travel, and it’s cut in a regular fit, so there’s marginally more room in the pants, vest, and jacket than in most of today’s slimmer-fitting suits. That means it may fit you perfectly straight off the rack, but there’s also lots of room to work with in case you want to have this tailored for the perfect fit. 

Price at time of publish: $995

Materials: 96% cotton, 2% polyamide, 2% elastane | Colors: Dark gray, dark blue | Sizes: 34R to 42S

Best Lightweight

Buck Mason Carry-On Suit

Buck Mason Carry-On Suit

Buck Mason

Why We Love It: This suit is designed for all of your adventures.

What to Consider: It’s not quite formal enough for weddings or professional trips.

Buck Mason earned fans around the world for its incredibly soft, well-cut t-shirts, and this entry into the suiting category is no exception. It’s made from 5.5-ounce cotton twill that breathes easily and has a touch of stretch for comfort, especially when you’re on the road. It’s unlined, which contributes to its breathability, and lightweight, plus it’s garment-washed with enzymes and fabric softener for a broken-in, lived-in feel. This is a light cotton suit that will seem like you’ve had it forever.

Price at time of publish: $165

Materials: 97% cotton, 3% elastane | Colors: Anchor, jet, khaki, sage | Sizes: XS to XXL

Best Colorful

Theory Wool Gabardine Tailored Blazer

Theory Wool Gabardine Tailored Blazer


Why We Love It: It has a unique, highly wrinkle-resistant wool gabardine material.

What to Consider: It’s a single-button suit, which skews contemporary.

Menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver — formerly of J. Crew, now of Theory — has made fans around the world for his considered, contemporary approach to menswear, and this sleek Theory suit is no different. 

We fell for this burgundy-hued suit the moment we saw it, and were even more impressed to learn that it’s made from a high-quality, high-performance wool gabardine material that is water- and wrinkle-resistant. Watch as rain droplets bead right off your shoulder. If the burgundy is a bit adventurous for your taste, it also comes in a wonderfully staid khaki color.

Price at time of publish: $595

Materials: 95% wool, 5% elastane | Colors: Bordeaux, sand | Sizes: 36 to 48

Best Double-Breasted

Suitsupply Dark Green Custom Made Suit

Suitsupply Dark Green Custom Made Suit


Why We Love It: This suit offers a flattering, classic fit.

What to Consider: There is a two- to three-week lead time.

We love that the Suitsupply Dark Green Custom Made Suit is lightweight, breathable, and fully unlined — yet has the structure and classic appeal of a double-breasted suit. It comes in a sharp wool fabric, which keeps its shape over time. The ultra-fine Biellesi Traveller wool used in this suit is woven into a high-twist two-ply yarn, which gives the fabric a coil-like resistance to wrinkles. And since it’s made to your precise measurements at under $800, this suit has the look and feel of a much more expensive piece, but it comes at fantastic value. 

Price at time of publish: $798

Materials: 100% wool | Colors: Dark green | Sizes: Custom made only

Best Linen

Boglioli Solid Linen Suit

Boglioli Solid Linen Suit


Why We Love It: It’s breathable and lightweight, but looks classic and cool.

What to Consider: The price point is a bit high.

From the masters of Italian style over at Boglioli, this gorgeous suit is great for travel. Sure, it will gently wrinkle here and there, but that’s part of the appeal of wearing a natural fiber like linen in the first place. Simply hang up the jacket while you’re on the plane or train to keep wrinkles at bay, and by the time you land you’ll be looking as effortlessly cool as all the great icons of Italian menswear. This suit is unlined, making it lightweight and breathable, so it’s perfect for warmer climates, and the lightly slubbed linen fabric gives it a casual, comfortable, jet-setting type of appeal.

Price at time of publish: $2,095

Materials: 100% linen | Colors: Bright blue | Sizes: 38 to 46

Best Seersucker

Haspel Commanders Navy Seersucker Stretch Sport Coat

Haspel Commanders Navy Seersucker Stretch Sport Coat


Why We Love It: It’s perfect for hot, humid climates.

What to Consider: This suit comes in a wide range of sizes, so take the time to find your perfect fit.

Nobody makes a better seersucker suit than Haspel, which is largely credited with inventing and popularizing the style. What we love about this Commander's Navy version in particular is that it has a sleeker, more sophisticated and universal appeal than its blue-and-white-striped seersucker cousin. As long as you take care to hang up your jacket on the plane, you’ll find that it’s near impossible to wrinkle. And thanks to seersucker’s category-leading breathability, you’ll also find that this suit keeps you cool in even the stickiest situations, making it a worthy travel companion wherever your adventures take you

Price at time of publish: $395

Materials: 97% cotton, 3% lycra | Colors: Commanders navy | Sizes: 38R to 50L

Tips for Buying the Best Travel Suits

Pay attention to the material

When traveling, it’s all about finding materials that perform. Nothing puts a damper on your travel plans quite like a suit that won’t breathe or that wrinkles too quickly, so it’s important to choose the right material. Not all 100% wools are created equal, for instance. If you’re going the 100% wool route, make sure that the yarns used are high-quality, longer-spin fibers — that way, the yarn feels smoother, and will naturally be more wrinkle-resistant than lower-cost, lower-quality yarns. A small amount of stretchy synthetic such as elastane can give your suit some wrinkle resistance, but anything over 2% or 3% can give the suit a sort of low-quality, “stretchy” appearance, so less is more when it comes to the stretchy stuff.

Know your budget

Travel suits range widely in price, with fast-fashion options coming in at under $200, and luxury options going well into the thousands. There’s no need to necessarily spend outside your budget — these days, the suit market offers something for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What’s the best way to travel with a suit?

    The best way is to wear it while you’re traveling, so it doesn’t get bunched up in your suitcase. Most airlines will offer to hang up your suit jacket for the duration of your flight. If you can’t wear it, garment bags are a great way to carry your suit on the go.

  • How do I fold a suit for travel?

    If you do need to fold your suit into a suitcase for your travel plans, it can be done. Lay your suit face-down on a flat surface, and then fold the left shoulder back, turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck the left shoulder into the right. From there, fold the suit in half lengthwise and then horizontally. The key is to make sure you aren’t stuffing your suitcase too tightly, because that will cause unnecessary pressure on your suit while it’s packed away, which can lead to pretty deep creases that will be tough to remove once you get to where you’re going. 

Why Trust T+L

For this article, T+L contributor Todd Plummer researched dozens of men’s travel suits and used his own personal experience in menswear and as a travel writer to round up the perfect list.

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