First off, I want to say hi. I'm a fairly new member, and lurking around here has taught me a lot, even since before I made my account. Over the past ~8 months, I've transitioned from hardcore graphic-tee-mode to dressing fairly well, and I want to maintain my improvement. With that in mind, I'm looking to start regularly wearing real shirts, pants, and shoes, but I'm not sure where to start. I have a decent amount of money to commit, but nothing too wild (~$3000 cap), and I'm looking to get the best bang for my buck. To which brands should I go for which items? I'm a young, slim guy, standing at just under 6'1", so that's definitely something to consider.
Here are the brands I was thinking could make up a foundation of clothing for my wardrobe:
Shirts - RLBL, Brioni, Borrelli, hopefully with some Kiton in the future
Pants - I have no idea where to start with these. I'm looking for a slim cut, and I presume that RLBL would be able to provide that.
Shoes - I started with AE, just picked up a pair of Carminas, and now have my eyes on EGs and Lobbs
Sweaters (v neck/crewneck/cardigan) - Polo RL, maybe some RLPL or Loro Piana if one sale
Socks - Right now I mostly have Hugo Boss, but I'm hoping to pick up some Pantherella on sale soon
Ties - Drake's, not really sure what else to look out for
As for more "regular wear" items (which will be bought later, as they can't really fit into my initial spending)
Watch: 50s or 60s Omega Seamaster or Constellation. Not because I want to be "cool" with a vintage watch, but because I much prefer the looks of vintage Omegas to current ones, and they tend to be far cheaper than new watches.
Prescription glasses: Not sure; I've seen some decent Polo RL and Oliver Peoples pairs
Belts - No clue
Am I on the right track? Which brands should I seek out, and which others should I avoid? Keep in mind that this isn't my endgame by any means; I just want to have a fair amount of respectable clothes so that I can dress well on a daily basis, even if not in the absolute highest quality of clothing.
The second part of my post: How/why can people afford to sell high end clothing on ebay/Styleforum for ~75% off, especially when it's NWT? I've been checking ebay for the likes of RLBL and Brioni shirts, and most that I've found are around $130, down from $400+. The same goes for cashmere Polo RL sweaters, and the occasional Loro Piana item. Is this stuff fake? For someone looking to restart his wardrobe, paying $110 for a $375 RLBL shirt sounds like a great deal, but it's almost too good to be true. Verdict, please?