An Unaltered Review: The Off The Rack E-Clothier Combatant Gentlemen

This post is part brand/product review and part how-to amp up your office style with a buttoned down shirt & one suit. Recently, there’s been a ton of buzz around the internet for the menswear e-commerce brand, Combatant Gentlemen. Set out to change the rules of what has become a pricey menswear market, Combatant Gent is making tailored menswear affordable for every guy. I’ve decided to tackle the brand head on and for this post and I’ve done it with minimal tailoring.


 Plaid On Plaid


Combatant Gentlemen Review on Men's Style Pro

Glen Plaid Three Piece Grey Suit & Blue Plaid Flannel ShirtCombatant Gentlemen | Green Knit Tie – Ties.com | Tie Bar – Frank & Oak | Brown Double Monk Strap Shoes – ShoePassion.com | Vintage Gold Collar Pin


Combatant Gent is an off-the-rack menswear e-commerce brand. Specializing in suiting (including tuxedo) and shirts, Combat Gent (for short) prices range from $120-$220 & $30-$40, respectively. At this price point, the brand is perfect for;

  • The guy that just graduated from college and needs their first “real” world suit and is kind of broke
  • Any guy looking for an amazing fitting shirt for under $50
  • The guy that wants to own a tuxedo, so they can (and should) stop renting (or for that special day) 

Why I decided To Shoot This Suit Without Any* Alterations

Most off-the-rack suits that I wear and feature on Men’s Style Pro have been tailored before being shot. That means, I take the suit to my tailor and typically have them tapered the legs and/or have the torso of the jacket taken in. Not all pieces have to be custom or made-to-measure to be made to fit you. The key to remember is that if you can find a suit jacket that fits well in the shoulders, a tailor can alter the rest of the suit. When you purchase a suit or tuxedo from Combat Gent, the pants always come unhemmed (measuring a 36 inch inseam). *This was the one alteration that has been done to this suit.

Suit Specs

  • Slim Fit Grey Glen Plaid Three-Piece Suit
  • 100% Italian Super 140 Wool
  • Ticket Pocket
  • Fully Lined
  • Double Vent Jacket

Suit Fits

Combat Gent offers two fits; Modern & Slim. The modern fit is made for the guy with a more athletic build (broader and more muscular). Whereas, the slim fit is a bit more tailored. 

My Suit (The Review)

Combatant Gent notes that their slim suit is a true slim suit, so you should size up to get the best fit. This suit is a 40 S. Typically, I’m at size 38 off-the-rack — so that will give you a frame of reference. I went with a 40 S because I wasn’t 100% sure how long the sleeves would be on the jacket and I didn’t want to have the shortened. In my opinion, it’s easier to have a jacket lengthen.

Pros

  • The fabric is spectacular. The bounce back was much better than expected (when balled up). Cheap fabrics stay wrinkled after being ball up and that wasn’t the case here
  • The jacket fits my torso and shoulder damn well
  • The price is very affordable. This three-piece, super 140’s wool suit is $220
  • Since this is an off-the-rack suit, the wait to receive it after purchase is just a few days
  • Shirts: Their slim fit shirt is a true slim fit! The torso is well tapered to my body and would never need alterations

Cons

  • I wish there was a tailored fit in regard to suiting. The slim fit, more specific pants, should be a bit more tapered. A tailored fit option could be the slimmer choice
  • More variety in suit fabrics

To Make This Suit Perfect

  • I’ll have the pant legs tapered from just above the knee, down through the cuffs just about a half-inch
  • The sleeves of the jacket have an inch of fabric to play around with, so I’ll have them let down a half-inch
  • I’ll probably have the waist taken in slightly.

Total costs of alteration = $60. Bringing the total cost of the suit, plus alteration to $280. That cost is still under what I’ve paid for any custom or made-to-measure suit.

Overall Brand Grade

Combatant Gentlemen is deserving of an A. Based upon;

  • Great Price (especially for a full suit)
  • Solid Product
  • Great Custom Service
  • Fit of their shirts

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro


Stripes On Plaid


Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Red Striped Buttoned Down Shirt & Glen Plaid Suit – Combatant Gentlemen | Striped Knit Tie – The Knottery | Pocket Square – Bo Concepts 


The notion that button-down collar shirts are only for “Casual Friday” and can’t be worn with your everyday suits is silly. A crisp button down shirt can make your suit look less stuffy and can add a bit of personality to you look. 

Using a muted grey glen plaid suit, you can play around with mixing patterns at the office without peacocking. From a faraway, your suit will appear to be solid and when people are close up, they can appreciate your sartorial prowess with your knowledge of pattern play. 

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro


The Solid Pop 


Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Mint Green Oxford Shirt & Grey Glen Plaid Suit – Combatant Gentlemen | Knit Tie – Uniqlo | Custom “Baldy” Whole-Cut Shoes – Incedo Shoes


Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Combatant Gent Suit Review - Men's Style Pro

Thanks For Reading,

Sabir

 

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • Seems you’d be hard-pressed to find a better suit at that pricepoint, especially knowing you can avoid alterations (the process of getting alterations can be more prohibitive than the cost). Great find, and good to know for the future!

    • Hi Mugsy,

      You’re correct! You’ll never find suiting of this quality at this price anywhere. I spoke with the director of marketing and they’re planning on releasing new fabrics and colorways for the spring.

      – Sabir

      • Very cool! We’ll keep an eye out on them for sure. We know a lot of people that would be interested in CG as groomsman gifts.

  • Francis Lee Baker

    This is an awesome recommendation. I’m a recent graduate, so I can definitely relate to trying to dress well on a tight budget haha. I’ve always had trouble finding inexpensive suits that actually fit well. I’ll definitely keep this in mind the next time I’m in the market for a suit. What would you say is the average amount one would pay to have a suit altered? It would depend on the type of alteration, right? I’ve always assumed that tailoring is expensive, so I’ve never looked into having anything altered.

    Also, how did you go about finding your tailor? I’m assuming you use the same one for everything. Most guys in Kentucky don’t care about clothes, let alone having them fit well. I recently went to get fitted for a suit for a wedding and I was recommended a suit that just made me look boxy. I’m scared I’d have the same experience with a tailor especially since I’m a little bigger. Sorry for such a long comment, I appreciate the advice though.

    • Hi Francis,

      I’m happy to hear that this piece was helpful to you. I remember when I graduated from college 6 years ago, I was hardpressed to find some suits for my first job that weren’t complete crap. Combat Gent is hitting the mark where guys will start to learn the value of a dollar and their clothing.

      Best of luck,

      Sabir

  • Taylor Huston

    Hi Sabir,

    Can you provide us with your height and weight for reference? As a short but stocky guy (5’4, 145lbs, 41″ chest”, 15.5″ neck), I find it next to impossible to find off the rack suits and shirts that fit. For shirts a small is always too tight around the neck, and a medium is too big everywhere else. For suits Either it’s too small around the chest (looks good with my arms at my side but I have no range of movement) or it’s like wearing a tent.

    • Hi Travis,

      I’m 5’9″ and weigh 170 lbs. My check is 39″, neck is 15.5 and 18.5 shoulders. My issue with finding suits of the rack is the shoulder measurement. Their medium fit me perfectly.

      Best,
      Sabir

      • Taylor Huston

        Ugh. I wish I was 5’9. Being short and buff makes no fun for clothes shopping. Going to have to start going full on made to measure I think.

  • jrasero

    Bought a two piece slim black pinstripe 6 months ago. I am 5’5″, 145 pounds, normally wear a 34s jacket.

    I ignored CG’s advice to size up on the jacket and got a 34s and a 30″ pants and a 32″ just in case. The materials are terrific for the price and the suit is up there with some of the better department off the rack suits. The quality is very good and is defiantly much better than cheap options like J-Crew Factory.

    The 34s jacket fits well on the shoulders, had a perfect arm length and contouring, The length of the jacket might seem chopped/short for some but for a short guy like me it helps my appearance. The one issue I have with the jacket is the suppression in the mid section. I usually wear J-Crew/JCF suits and they have great contouring in the middle but Combatant Gentlemen middle was very linear and was tight when buttoned. I tend to wear the jacket open because of this.

    While I can overlook the jackets tighter fit in the mid section the pants are a different story. As Sabir stated the pants aren’t really slim on the leg. The 30″ pant was way too tight so I sent that one back and I had the 32″ taken in to a 30″. The modified 32″ felt great on the butt but lacked the slim profile I would hoped. To get the pants tailored to my liking would have cost probably as much as the pants alone so I have worn the pants as is.

    Overall for $160 you can do a whole lot worse. My advice is buy a few sizes or try the slim versus modern since you are provided a free return label. The quality and price alone make these suits a must try.

  • Jeanscuffed

    Yo Sabir, awesome post as to I bought a shirt from Combatant Gent. I believe I chose my normal neck size of 15 1/2. When I got the shirt the neck size and sleeve length were awesome but the cut of the shirt in my armpit was cut too high for my taste. When I say “too high” I mean it was really uncomfortable. Did you find this to be a problem with your shirt or did you order a size up in the shirt?

    • Hey Jeanscuffed,

      For me, the high armholes are perfect. To be 5’9″, I have a longer torso than expected.

  • Love the plaid – the color and details are subtle. Nice three different looks for the suit too.

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  • De’Von Johnson

    Love to see when a piece is thoroughly inspected. You’ve captured every detail from the material and feel to other pieces it could be paired with. Sabir, could you possibly give us a few pointers on what qualities you look for in a good article of clothing?

  • Als

    Hey Sabir,

    Great review. Quick question, how did you find the padding in the shoulders? I’ve read many people saying there was way too much padding and it detracted from the suit. I prefer a soft shoulder, just wondering what you thought of the shoulders in this particular suit?

    • Hi Als,

      The padding a surprisingly light for an off-the-rack suit, however; it’s not a natural shoulder.

      – Sabir

  • James Barrett

    Hey Sabir, How did the slim fit pants fit? I am deciding between their two fits. I prefer slimmer fits but I didn’t want them to be skin tight.

    • Hi James,

      The slim is definitely not too slim. For me, I could even have these pants taken in through the entire leg.

      – Sabir

  • Jose Marcial

    Question, You mention having the legs tapered in from the knee. What is the width measurement of the bottom of your pants? For instance I’ve been trying different tapers and have gone as slim as a 7 inch to as wide as 7 1/2. I was just curious as to what yours is for comparison’s sake. thanks.

    • I typically like a 7 to 7.5 as well! Always going with a progressive taper as opposed to a straight taper.

    • Kevin Corona

      Hey Sabir, -related question- , were the pants tapered below the knee when you first got them or do they come initially as perfectly straight leg pants?

      • Hey Kevin,

        The pants came like that in regard to the taper.

        – Sabir

  • jay

    Sabir-Great Review, after a few months of usage how is the suit holding up?

  • JD Roberts

    Hi Sabir, great article! I have a question. I am 6’2″ 205 and am thinking of going with combat gent for a black suit for a wedding. I want a suit that is more fitted, but not something that I have to get full blown tailored. The slim fit suits from CG seem like the way to go. Being that I have a more athletic build, do you think I should go a size up on the suit? I’m usually a 44R with 38 pants. So I was thinking 46R and 40 pants in slim fit. What do you think? Thanks!

    • Hi JD,

      I definitely wouldn’t size up. For a slim fit, it’s not extremely by any means. Stick with your 44 & 38. If you get them and need to go up a size, returns are free.

      – Sabir

      • JD Roberts

        Awesome, thank you!

  • Jon

    Hey Sabir, great piece! Question though: how’s the dress shirt quality? Would you recommend it?

    • Hi Jon,

      I definitely recommend the shirts. The fit is stellar and the construction is solid.

      – Sabir

  • Jayson

    What is your height and weight for referrence please?

    • Hi Jayson,

      I’m 5ft 9.25 inches tall (my doctor just gave me that .25 inches last week so I running with that). I weigh 173 lbs.

      – Sabir

  • Christopher Sandbach

    Hey Sabir, Great article! I am just out of law school, have one really nice suit and 2 others but as you can imagine in my field I will need many. I was curious about your rec to size up. I am 5′ 8 135lbs. I usually wear a 34r. I would like the suit to fit well and would like to avoid too much alteration, DO you think it would still be prudent to buy the size up?

    • Hi Christopher,

      I definitely wouldn’t size up. With you build, you’d require a fair amount of alteration if you sized up. It’s always best to get the closest to your size and have minor alterations done.

      Good Luck,

      Sabir

  • Michael d’Esterre

    They have some great products. But really disappointed in the customer service of Combatant Gentlemen. Take forever to help you out with a concern and then show little regard for the impact it had on you. Please note too that nowhere are you able to find customer reviews, but only ones done by pros. I prefer an Amazon platform with shopping where I can read customers reviews. I’m sorry Combatant Gentlemen, but I won’t be buying from you anymore.

  • Senor Esteban

    Thanks for the review. The clothes here look like good value for the dollar. The fact that the material is not substandard is really good to hear.

    But, do you really need to size up? I’m 6′ and just under 180 lbs. I take a slim suit normally in a 40r. I was wondering based on your review if the suggestion is to buy a 42r. Is that correct?

    Thanks

  • Joe Pesso

    Do you have anything to say about normal size men or tall men? I mean really, 40S…that almost a midget.

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