Hi, I've recently determined the need to develop a wardrobe since I'm about to finish a decade of military service and can't count on the government to dress me anymore. I've ordered a navy superfine herringbone Benjamin Sartorial suit, that I'll have tailored after it arrives, and some basic slim fit shirts from 5th and Lamar. This leaves me with shoes, belt, and tie for a basic outfit with $300 left in budget, and the wildcard of my KIA Bracelet. So here are my questions:
1. Is there any good reason I should have to take of my KIA bracelet? I've worn it for nearly five years now every single day, it commemorates the first one of my men I lost. It's a simple all black one with just name, location and date, no fancy symbols, and is in good shape. I wear it on the left like most people would a watch, and am willing to replace it with an exact copy when it gets too dinged up. I'll be going on job interviews soon, in a field far away from the Army so I'm afraid it won't be understood. On the other hand these jobs are in the technology sector, not finance or the like so I would think there would be some leeway from CBD. It is roughly similar to this if anyone doesn't know what I'm talking about: http://www.rangerjoes.com/KIA-Bracelets-Custom-Pack-of-5-P2167.aspx
2. I friggin dig oxblood/burgundy shoes. I knew nothing about men's clothing before getting on here, and I can't get over how much I actually care about them. It seems like they're appropriate in most situations and I'm confident about wearing them even for a job interview. AE's are the only things close to my budget right now, and they'll have the tent sale soon. I was wondering what type of prices to expect from that, and any recommendation for style. Right now I'm between the McClain and the Park Ave's, but am open to suggestions.
3. I have a decent (I think) darker brown Johnston and Murphy belt, but if I get the burgundy shoes the belt needs to be reddish correct? Should I just order one from AE with the shoes?
4. Tie, I got know clue here. I learned the 4IH from Drill Sergeant Guyer in 2002, and have only worn black GI tie since. Put This On seems to be big on grenadines and I like them, but I'm afraid that it would be a bit pricey. I'm also worried if there is any issue with the texture going with the herringbone suit. I'm super open to suggestions here.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my life story and for any advice.