Charles Tyrwhitt vs JoS. A. Bank vs Men’s Wearhouse, etc: We Compare

Short Answer: When choosing a new suit, there are several national retailers to consider. In general, stores like Brooks Brothers, JoS. A. Bank, and Suitsupply offer the highest quality suits and largest selections of add-ons and accessories, but they also come at the highest price points. However, stores like Charles Tyrwhitt, Macy’s and Men’s Wearhouse still offer high-quality materials but with a more affordable range of prices. Boston Store, JCPenney, Kohl’s, and Sears are the most budget-friendly options, but they have more limited selections and lack the quality that comes with the more expensive suit fabrics. For a detailed comparison of the major men’s suit retailers, see below.

Men’s Suits, Dress Shirts, and Formal Wear Compared

To compare retailers, we look at each store’s selection, fabric quality, and average price for a suit (jacket and pants). Generally, wool is considered to be the highest quality suit fabric. Suits made of 100% wool or cotton will be the most expensive, but they will also likely last longer and hold a comfortable fit better than suits made from blends of polyester, linen, etc. This may be something to think about when considering where to purchase a suit; some stores might offer suit pieces at lower prices, but if the fabric wears out quickly, you might find yourself purchasing multiple pieces in the time that a higher quality, more expensive suit will still be fitting well.

You may also consider whether or not you can purchase everything you need at the same store — for example, JoS. A. Bank offers a comprehensive selection of formal wear and related items, while Charles Tyrwhitt does not offer things like fragrances or watches.

Many of the stores listed have tips on their websites about measuring yourself and determining the proper style for you. If you often have trouble finding the proper fit, you could try visiting a store to get fitted, or having your suit custom made to your measurements. Below, we note which retailers have in-house tailoring services.

Ultimately, your decision about where to purchase a suit will depend on your priorities, but to help with the decision-making process, we compare the major suit retailers in the U.S. in terms of selection, price, and quality of materials. You can use the table below of a quick comparison, then click any store or scroll for more details.

Store Selection Suit Price Fabric Quality In-House Tailoring?
Boston Store No custom suits or tuxedos; may not have some other small accessories $150 to $450 Medium No
Brooks Brothers Comprehensive $400 to $1,300 High Yes
Charles Tyrwhitt No custom suits, fragrance, or watches $300 to $600 High Yes
JCPenney No custom suits or tuxedos; may not have some other small accessories $100 to $350 Medium No
JoS. A. Bank Comprehensive $300 to $1,000 High Yes
Kohl's No custom suits or tuxedos $100 to $300 Medium No
Macy's No custom suits or tuxedos $150 to $1,000 Medium to high Yes
Men's Wearhouse Comprehensive $200 to $1,000 Medium to high Yes
Sears No custom suits or texedos $150 to $800 Medium No
Suitsupply No fragrance options $350 to $1,100 High Yes

Boston Store

  • Selection: Blazers and sportcoats, cufflinks, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars, watches
    • Does not offer: Collar stays, custom suits, handkerchiefs, sport shirts, tuxedos
  • Suit price range: About $150 to $450 for suit jacket and pants (sold separately)
  • Fabric quality: Medium; most items are made from blends of cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and wool
  • In-house tailoring: No
  • Find a Boston Store

Brooks Brothers

  • Selection: Belts, blazers, collar stays, cufflinks, custom suits, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, handkerchiefs and pocket squares, shoes, socks, sport shirts and coats, suits, ties, tie clips and pins, tuxedos, watches
    • Does not offer: N/A
  • Suit price range: Around $400 to $1,300 for a full suit (sold as a unit)
  • Fabric quality: High; most items are made from 100% wool or cotton
    • Materials are either grown in the USA or imported from other places, including Italy, and many items are completely manufactured in the USA. Shirts are treated to resist wrinkles and puckering at the seams.
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
  • Find a Brooks Brothers

Charles Tyrwhitt

  • Selection: Belts, blazers, collar stays, cufflinks, dress shirts, dress pants, pocket squares, shoes, socks, sportcoats, suits, ties, tie clips, tuxedos
    • Does not offer: Custom suits, fragrance, handkerchiefs, sport shirts, watches
  • Suit price range: About $300 to $600 for a full suit (sold as a unit)
  • Fabric quality: High; dress shirts are made of 100% cotton (or Egyptian cotton), and other items are made of 100% wool.
    • All items are imported into the U.S., Charles Tyrwhitt also has a six-month quality guarantee that allows you to return purchases within this time period.
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
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JCPenney

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, cufflinks, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars, watches
    • Does not offer: Custom suits, collar stays, handkerchiefs, tuxedos
  • Suit price range: About $100 to $350 for suit jacket and pants (sold separately)
  • Fabric quality: Medium; most items are made from blends of cotton, polyester, spandex, viscose, and wool
  • In-house tailoring: No
  • Find a JCPenney

JoS. A. Bank

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, collar stays, cufflinks, custom suits, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, handkerchiefs and pocket squares, lapel pins, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars and pins, tuxedos
    • Does not offer: N/A
  • Suit price range: About $300 to $1,000 for a full suit (sold as a unit)
  • Fabric quality: High; suits and pants are made of 100% wool and dress shirts are 100% Egyptian cotton.
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
  • Find a JoS. A. Bank

Kohl’s

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, collar stays, cufflinks, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, handkerchiefs, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars and clips, watches
    • Does not offer: Custom suits, tuxedos
  • Suit price range: About $100 to $300; some suits sold as a unit
  • Fabric quality: Medium; most items are made from blends of cotton, polyester, spandex, viscose, and wool
  • In-house tailoring: No
  • Find a Kohl’s

Macy’s

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, collar stays, cufflinks, dress pants, dress shirts, dress socks, fragrance, pocket squares, shoes, suits, ties, tie bars, watches
    • Does not offer: Custom suits, tuxedos
  • Suit price range: About $150 up to $1,000 (sold as a unit)
  • Fabric quality: Medium to high; more expensive items are 100% wool or cotton, while other items are made from blends of linen, polyester, rayon, spandex, and wool
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
  • Find a Macy’s

Men’s Wearhouse

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, collar stays, cufflinks, custom suits, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, handkerchiefs, lapel pins, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars, tuxedos, watches
    • Does not offer: N/A
  • Suit price range: About $200 up to $1,000 (sold as a unit)
  • Fabric quality: Medium to high; most items are made of a mix of cotton, polyester, and wool, while more expensive items are 100% cotton or 100% wool.
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
  • Find a Men’s Wearhouse

Our previous research details the prices for Men’s Wearhouse tailoring and alterations.

Sears

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, cufflinks, dress pants, dress shirts, fragrance, handkerchiefs, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties, tie bars, watches
    • Does not offer: Custom suits, tuxedos
  • Suit price range: About $150 up to $800; some suits sold as a unit
  • Fabric quality: Medium; most items are a mix of cotton, polyester, rayon, spandex, and wool
  • In-house tailoring: No
  • Find a Sears

Suitsupply

  • Selection: Belts, blazers and sportcoats, collar stays, cufflinks, custom suits, dress pants, dress shirts, pocket squares, shoes, socks, suits, ties and tie clips, tuxedos, waistcoats
    • Does not offer: Fragrance
  • Suit price range: About $350 up to $1,100
  • Fabric quality: High; items are made from a wide range of luxury materials, including alpaca, cashmere, cotton, linen, mohair, silk, and wool. Clothing will either be made 100% from a certain material or will be a mix of these fabrics.
  • In-house tailoring: Yes
  • Find a Suitsupply

In Summary

When you’re comparing stores that sell men’s suits, you can consider the store’s selection of suit pieces and add-ons, the quality of its clothing, how well the suit fits, and cost before you make a decision. If you’re looking for the highest quality suits and you don’t have a tight budget — also, if you want to be able to get everything you need in one store — you may want to consider Brooks Brothers, JoS. A. Bank, or Suitsupply. If you’re looking for pieces that are still high quality but at more affordable prices, you might consider Charles Tyrwhitt, Macy’s, or Men’s Wearhouse. If you are most concerned about staying within a strict budget, Boston Store, JCPenney, Kohl’s, and Sears should have the formal wear items you need.

For more on men’s fashion, we also compare the products, prices, and quality at Lacoste and Polo Ralph Lauren.

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