So we're thinking about three things;
- Fit: have the fit of your current suits examined in the tailor's thread on this forum. They will tell you what to look out for
- Image: You want to be smart, but not flashy, in an office where most people don't wear suits. You'll be the best judge of this, but you don't want to come across as a prat. So do think about whether a suit every day is a good idea, or whether you want to build toward that, eg. by wearing a blazer/sports coat or by working on the details (nicer ties, pocket square, shoes ...)
- Quality: For your budget, I'd look indeed towards M&S, Tyrwhitt, etc. I have no experience with M&S, Tyrwhitt is decent for the price. However, if you can stretch the budget just a little, enterprises like Bookster will do you a decent suit/sports coat, which will be a big step ahead. Also, consider your local vintage clothing store
And last, but perhaps most important: get good shoes. They betray more about you than you'd care to think.
Thanks again RogerC appreciate the time taken.
I'll find a better pic of me suited up(the one in the pic I posted is the only suit I have at the moment) and post it up in the tailor's thread.
Good point about the office. I came in with a full windsor today and people were asking me why I did, I told them it's because the shirt I'm wearing has a spread collar so I needed a wider, more symmetrical knot and so far apart from one chap they've given me a slightly quizical look! You also get the classic(lame) 'You got an interview today?' joke.
The chap I mentioned actually is one of the few guys that wears a suit everyday and he has pointed me in the direction of T.M. Lewin as that's where he gets all of his, any opinions one them would be great. Just had a quick look at the Tyrwhitt site, those suits look very nice.
I'm currently wearing brogues but they're relatively cheap (£35), I also have a nice but not expensive knee length black coat that looks smart. My ties and belts I've bought from Moss(think they're Dehavilland?). I've always seen them as quite good but I guess that's my ignorance coming into play.