Originally Posted by TimeCollector
I studied for the CCNP and am now job hunting. I eventually want to get in banking and the stock market, so my clothing selection is with those ambitions in mind.
I have a $500 gift card from Nordstrom and $1500 cash to spend.
My plan is to buy 5 french cuff dress shirts @ $100 each at Nordstrom, 3 dress pants @ $150 each, 1 pair of black dress shoes @ $400, and a blazer @ $600.
In 6 months I will be comfortable spending another $1000.
TimeCollector, welcome to StyleForum. For the time being, I'd recommend getting the bare essentials for interviewing:
-Canvassed navy or charcoal suit that FITS (Hickey Freeman is always in plentiful supply at around $400 to $500; Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald and Madison suits will be about $700 this week with the 30% off corporate card discount --- get a reputable SA to get you fitted)
-MTM dress shirts from a place like Brooks Brothers aren't a bad idea. Go for barrel cuffs and a semi spread collar. Avoid the online tailors for now. There's a good chance they'll come out wrong the first time.
-You could also just use your Nordstrom card to buy shirts, ties, and belts. Just make sure they fit in the sleeves and collar.
-1 pair of black calfskin laceups for $250 to $300 (see the low price selection at Herring Shoes
; or maybe a pair of Allen Edmonds from the Shoe Bank)
Once you get a position, come back for advice on expansion.
You can wade into the B&S forum for the best prices on the net after you get a better sense for fit, etc.