Hey. A little background - I studied art as an undergrad, lived really cheap in a pretty bad part of brooklyn for five years, and now I'm in my first year of law school. I don't have alot of money, but I need to upgrade my wardrobe.
Here's what I have - sorry if I sound like an idiot I've always been a skateshoes/jeans/hoodies kid. But i'm growing up - i swear, haha.
So i have - 1 dark gray suit (Hilfiger - the color is nice, the fit is acceptable, its cheap but it's been serviceable so far - i can probably wear to more casual things still, but looking to upgrade).
1 pair of slip on calvin klein something in black.
a couple shirts and a couple ties.
So I need an interview suit - getting the right size and fit in a suit is tough for me, i'm kind of inbetween sizes (43R) with long arms and broad shoulders and a belly, so i can't wear anything slim cut. I'm also living off loans, so I can't really spend much here.
This is what i got: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/outfit.do?cid=56527&oid=OUT23380
after considering several inexpensive options, I decided to get the Banana Republic Tailored Fit suit in Navy - Fits pretty good, figure i could have it taken in if i need to, sleeves are good, and it was 30 or 40 percent off the jacket and the pants so it was in my price range.
Looked at some other suits - jos a bank, ralph lauren, etc - jos a bank seemed to be on the cheap side, the wool didnt feel great, and the sleeves on the lauren were like 2 inches short.
As i couldn't go higher, I think the banana was a pretty good choice for me, but i was curious to see what kind of advice i could get here ...
Next is shoes - I need a pair of lace up black oxfords - Have been looking at the inexpensive ones: namely, AE Provo - (would prefer the leeds but cant afford it, also like the kenilworth), CH Air Adams looks ok, there's a florsheim for like 110 at nordstroms that looks decent ....
Not sure where to go with the shoes. Never owned a nice pair of dress shoes, so any help would be appreciated.
So, aside from that, I am just looking for some general advice on suits (i will be getting probably 2 more as I start working this summer), Dress shoes in general, Conservative tie suggestions, etc.
Thanks for the help in advance ..