Thought I had replied to all...let me start again.
Thank you all for the kind well wishes on my first retirement. I'm truly enjoying the excitement of new and interesting clothes every day. I owned 1 suit prior to joining the civilian workforce and nothing but cheap ties and shoes. I've been trolling the various men's style blogs for help and hints. First time I've posted. I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm pleased with the helpful comments and lack of holier-than-thou haughtiness.
A few comments on the outfits:
- No black above. Shark skin grey and navy
- Agree on the exploding polka dot pocket square...DW hates it period. I've worn it differently and like it.
- I can't dimple a tie to save my life. I get it right 1x in 10.
- On buying too much at once, the clothier gives a substantial discount to retiring military. After the first go, it goes up (but still a decent discount). I asked him how many suits I needed in rotation "to start". He said 6...it's more than a "suit for each day of the week" so I can mix it up.
I bought 3 sports coast @ Mens Wearhouse to round out the wardrobe. Gray, navy and a brown check. 2 pairs of odd wool pants -- black and gray. I own 3 pairs of AE -- 2 black and 1 dark brown. I have 4 merino or cashmere/cotton mix v-neck sweaters to mix/match into the rotation (pic #6--cognac sweater with light gray suit). All in all, a pretty decent start.
Again, thanks for the feedback.