There's nothing quite like a man in a sharp suit to gets heads a turning. With Melbourne's bustling party scene always on the go and more openings and festivals than is logically feasible, it always pays to have a trusted stylish suit hanging in the wardrobe, ready to slip on for a grand night out at the drop of a trilby. Here are our top picks for where to buy men's suits in Melbourne, you dapper fella, you.
If only the best will do and budget is no object, the best way to look a million dollars for not quite that much is to get a suit tailored specifically for you. That way it fits magnificently, you get to choose the style, cut, materials and the flourishes that complete the look, from shirts with just the right cuff to silk pocket hankies or a dashing tie.
Oscar Hunt | Melbourne
Oscar Hunt on Hardware Lane in the city is a super-styley space to get yourself fitted up. Plonk yourself on leather chesterfields parked on polished concrete floors while the boys walk you through their huge range, with custom-made suits starting at $845 and climbing to around $3000, depending on your requirements and the quality of your picks. The Oscar Hunt guys live and breathe suits, with an unrivalled passion and the knowledge to back it up. Far from aloof, the guys are super-friendly (not to mention reassuringly sharply suited themselves) and they'll even serve you up gentlemanly scotch while you make the all-important decisions. No shotgun weddings though – as it's tailor made, you'll need around six weeks up your sleeves.
Harrolds | Melbourne
Specialist menswear department store, Harrolds, is a stalwart at the posh end of Collins Street and a one-stop shop for men's suits in Melbourne. They offer a made-to-measure tailoring service with their team of tailors nipping and tucking your chosen suit till it fits just right. Whether you fancy slipping into a Tom Ford number, Brioni, Stefano Ricci or even Harrolds' own line in either a British or French cut, you'll walk out feeling like you belong at the top end of town.
V&J Menswear | Melbourne
Also in the city, V&J Menswear in Carlow House on Flinders Lane is another good option if you're after a smart suit. They'll guide you through their extensive range with a dedication to service that's coupled with charm. You can buy off the rack or go tailor-made, and they've got a great range of accessories, too, from tiepins to the ties to pin with them. They also have a custom-made shirt service, so you'll still look mighty fine even if you take off your jacket for a spot of dirty dancing.
Godwin Charli | Melbourne, South Yarra & Richmond
If you're keen to go Australian, we recommend Godwin Charli on nearby Little Collins Street for marvellous men's suits, or head to the outlet in Emporium, on Chapel Street, or on Richmond's Bridge Road. You can pick up a pure wool tux for a grand (it will pay for itself in no time) with standard suits at $899, including the funky checked Laurent in Hawksbury grey, or the classic Madrid in a dark blue pin stripe.
Ben Sherman | Chadstone
If you see yourself as a bit of a mod or want an off-the-rack solution that works well on a tall, slim frame, we love British brand Ben Sherman. Though you'll be able to pick up a Ben Sherman suit at Myer or David Jones (who both stock their own extensive range of suit brands), we recommend taking the trek to their dedicated store at Chadstone.
Paul Smith | Melbourne
Another spiffing British option is Paul Smith; they have a great little boutique at the top end of Collins and they get bonus points from us for their always awesome suit linings, bringing a splash of much-needed colour to proceedings.
Pierucci Men's Outfitter | South Yarra
Chapel Street's Pierucci Men's Outfitter is another go-to base for all things suit-related that makes every man that walks through the door feel special. Even better, some of their suits are less than half price right now, down to only $399. Everybody loves a bargain, even well dressed gents.
Topman | South Yarra & Melbourne
If you're on a super-tight budget, don't panic, there are still spiffy men's suits out there for you. You don't have to big a big spender to look pretty slick. Topman, over the road from Pierucci in the Jam Factory, has a great range of nicely cut suits that won't leave you dodging calls from your bank manager. They also have a handy personal shopper service so they can walk you through their natty range if you're a bit bamboozled by that sort of thing. If you're in the city, they've just opened a second, bigger, store in Emporium.
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