It starts when you’re in your mid-to-late 20s. Seemingly everyone you know gets engaged, and Save the Dates start invading your mailbox. All of your money and vacation days during these years go right to an insane amount of weddings in Connecticut or Long Island or Napa Valley.
And whether you’re still mired in a wedding season that lasts three years, at the point in your career where you’re beginning to travel for business a lot, or a combination of the two, you need to stop carting your suit around in the plastic wrapping from your dry cleaner (or worse, folding it up and putting it in your weekender bag).
Neither of these moves protect your suit, it makes you look like an amateur, and it’s beyond unwieldy. Then you find yourself in your room at the Hampton Inn or whatever gross hotel chain you’re staying in for a wedding or a business meeting, trying to get the wonky iron to work. There’s a better way. Invest in a quality garment bag. You’ll only need to buy one and you’ll likely have it for your entire life. Check out 12 of our favorites.
Hudson Sutler Yorktown Garment Bag
The word “sutler” is an antiquated word that refers to a civilian merchant that sells gear and provisions to the military. You don’t have to be a military man to carry Hudson Sutler’s Yorktown Garment Bag, and that’s a good thing for you. Crafted out of durable canvas in preppy navy and red (the lining is red gingham), it’s the perfect bag to get you to and from a beach wedding in Nantucket (or, you know, Yorktown).
Samsonite Aspire GR8 Garment Bag
Your dad was a Samsonite man, and for good reason. The brand has been churning out virtually indestructible baggage for road warriors for decades, and the Aspire GR8 Garment Bag is no exception. Roomier than other more minimalist bags on this list, this is a garment bag that can double as a full-on suitcase, making it the only bag you’ll have to carry. The inside is equipped with a built-in hanger system perfect for multiple suit jackets (which are kept secure with compression straps) as well as mesh pockets for shoes and a built-in, zippered pocket specifically made for your toiletries, eliminating the need for a dopp kit.
Henty Wingman Garment + Gym Bag
Even if you’re more mountain man than businessman, you still need to wear a suit from time to time. But suiting up doesn’t mean you have to be uber formal while in transit. This Henty Wingman Garment Bag is perfect for the casual guy who still knows how to dress up. An exterior garment bag is made to wrap completely around a separate duffel bag that will house everything else you’ll need for your trip (ie: your shoes and clothes that don’t need to be carried around like delicate flowers). The bag comes with a bonus rain jacket that will wrap around the whole contraption to ensure extra protection from the elements, and features a dedicated zippered pouch that will fit up to a 13” laptop, but the best part is the straps that allow you to carry it like a backpack.
J. Crew Garment Bag
J. Crew is your go-to when you want to buy a nice suit without [completely] breaking the bank, so it makes sense that you’d also find a quality garment bag on offer there. Crafted out of black nylon with brown leather accents, this is a no-frills bag that will get you from point A to point B with your suit no worse for wear. Sure—you might look like you just got off a six hour flight, but your suit won’t. And that’s the most important part, right?
Filson Suit Cover
You might think of Filson for more rugged gear than for formal garb, but if you want your stuff to be protected from the elements, this is a brand you can count on. Made with water-repellant canvas twill (available in tan or army green), the garment bag can accommodate up to two suits and features bridle leather handles and accents, as well as a zippered pocket for extras (like ties or a pocket square).
SuitSupply Blue Suit Bag
If there’s anyone that knows the best way to transport a suit, it’s the people who make and sell suits for a living. That’s why it makes all the sense in the world that SuitSupply would have a garment bag on offer. This blue and black bag looks handsome enough to bring on a business trip, will accommodate one suit, and even has a removable toiletry bag on the exterior for extra essentials.
Hook & Albert Waxed Canvas Garment Weekender Bag
Hook & Albert was started by two guys who were passionate about men’s statement socks, and it grew from there (you might own a pair or four of their colored laces if you’re extra dapper). This Waxed Canvas Garment Weekender Bag takes everything that’s good about a weekender bag and adds a garment bag to it. Crafted out of durable waxed canvas (available in black, brown, navy, and army green), the bag unzips to lay flat, accommodating two suits and featuring a number of zippered pockets for your tie and other small accessories. The bag then folds back into a typical duffel bag which you can stuff with everything else you’ll need for the weekend. A number of exterior pockets cement this as the ultimate bag for two-day travel, whether it’s to your cousin’s wedding or a business meeting.
TUMI Alpha 2 Garment Bag
For years, TUMI has been a trusted brand when it comes to luggage, which is why you see so many TUMI outposts in airport terminals. This sophisticated Alpha 2 Garment Bag is perfect for a business trip, accommodating up to two suits with several deep zippered pockets for shirts and pants. It folds up compactly, making it perfect for the overhead bin, and because it’s crafted from ballistic nylon, it’ll stand up to whatever the TSA throws at it.
Ghurka Valet No. 237 Garment Bag
Born in the 1970s and named for the soldiers found in the Himalayas, Ghurka has been crafting quality bags and leather goods for over 40 years. Made with rugged cotton twill (available in tan, black, or army green) and featuring leather accents, Ghurka’s No. 237 Garment Bag can accommodate up to two suits, and features a small interior zippered pocket for small accessories. Take this to your buddy’s wedding and make all of your friends with their bags from the suit rental place look like amateurs.
Lexdray London Garment Bag
Lexdray is a relatively new brand that seeks to upgrade our everyday bags and gear, and with the London Garment Bag, they do exactly that. When closed, the bag looks like a regular bag you’d cart to the office everyday, but when unzipped, it looks like one of those portable caddies your girlfriend travels with that you’ve secretly been jealous of for years. Made with a dizzying array of pockets (mesh, zippered, and fold-out), your stuff has never been so organized when on the road. As a bonus, the bag comes with a removable fleece-lined pouch to stow your valuables in (and throw in the safe before you head out for the day).
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Stansted Garment Bag
Canada-based WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie specializes in making our travel gear look more elegant, so it’s no wonder they’ve decided to tackle the long-maligned garment bag. Made with a combination of water-resistant canvas and leather, the Stansted lays flat to accommodate your suit while the rest of the bag’s interior is equipped with zippered pockets for additional accessories.
Moore & Giles Gravely Garment Bag
Shelling out $700 for a garment bag might seem insane, but when you think about how much you spend on your suits, it seems appropriate to invest in something that will protect those $3,000 suits you ponied up for. This utilitarian garment bag from Moore & Giles will hold several suits while still having the room to accommodate a ton of your accessories—it has multiple interior zippered pockets (including a dedicated one for your ties) as well as a dedicated shoe pocket. Grab this and your trusty briefcase and you’ll be ready to crush that next business trip.