First post on here after lurking for a while, been reading around these forums and trying to get a sense of the do's and don'ts when it comes to suits and I have to admit, I am left with more questions than when I started.
I would first like to ask if there has already been a thread (with photographs if possible, it can sometimes be hard to visualize), which contains the basics of suits and what is "in", what is not, and what is appropriate for a professional environment.
The reason why I am asking this is that I will be travelling to Asia and will be staying in Singapore from August to December, and I would like to get some suits made during that period of time. Now, I will be graduating there and coming back ready to get on the market (in Finance). I have already read around about tailors, where to go, where not to go, and this information can be found around the forums quite easily (Iris Tailor seems to be the go to in Singapore), but when it comes to the suits themselves, alot of questions arise, not knowing what kind of fabric to choose (wool, cashmere, etc), with no knowledge of fabrics, pruchasing the fabric elsewhere and then bringing it to the tailor, lapel size, length of the jacket, etc (note: I am 5"8 and very slim).
I was referred to GQ's website and to the suits 101 slideshow, which was pretty useful but I would like to hear from other people what should be and what should not be on a suit, in a professional environment (e.g. banking).
As I previously mentioned, I will be graduating and as most students, I would not want to pay $1200 for a suit, I was looking at around $500 max per 2 piece suit hopefully (one grey, one navy and/or one charcoal).
Thanks for the tips
Edit: Should I also consider buying shoes here in Canada beforehand for the fittings or should I buy shoes in HK (where I will stop on my way to Singapore for 4-5 days) while I am there?
Edited by Suit Up - 4/27/12 at 1:00pm