No need to apologise - although the general sentiment in this thread is that your questions have been answered many, many
times. The search function isn't the best by any stretch, but you can glean some useful information. I've saved you some time by enclosing a couple of threads which I would recommend that you peruse.
First, let's start with some basic principals:How should I start my business wardrobe
An excellent primer that should be read, re-read and whose points should be left to percolate in your mind over a period of time, in which you should be busy doing the following:
1. Lurk moar
2. Read moar
3. Develop a zen like patience
The latter is incredibly important and overlooked. It will save you frustration and potentially a lot
of money. Myself? Would have saved me approximately 410 euros in shoes (black whole-cuts and a lovely pair of brown quarter brogue oxfords a size too big
There was a recent thread with some excellent beginner suggestions to planning one's wardrobe. Essentially, can be boiled down to:
1. Living environment (climate)
2. Working environment
I live in the UK [London]. Hence, it rains. A lot. From experience (3 pairs of leather shoes re-soled), I would suggest that one has at least
2 pairs of shoes (one dress and one casual) with Dainite soles. You are in China, and depending on which province you are in, you'll probably may not need Dainite, but most probably need a lot of cotton / linen garments. I would avoid fresco and seersucker for now, and stick to the basics.
In terms of your work environment, you've mentioned that you're an English teacher and want to wear Sports Coats (SC) and trousers. This means in terms of shoes, it's probably best to avoid oxfords (better with suits) and stick to smart derbies (balmorals).
Another suggestion to the beginner's wardrobe is stick to foundational pieces i.e. those that can easily
be mixed and matched with other pieces. Hence, why the numerous suggestions that one's first SC should be navy. Other options are a (dark) green and/or oatmeal / dark brown. Avoid patterns for the time being e.g. POW (c.f. foundational pieces) and stick to solids and/or textures. Far, far easier to mix and match with a limited wardrobe.
In terms of shirts, stick to (light) blue solids and lighter colours and patterns that are easy to match e.g. gingham. Solid foundational pieces that will work with a SC, with / without a tie and dark / medium grey trousers and tan chinos. Why dark / medium grey trousers and tan chinos? Foundational pieces that will work with your SC, tie and shirt combination far, far better than other colours.
In terms of shoes, look towards Allen Edmonds, Loake 1880s or Meermin for good entry-level shoes (good construction, calf leather, goodyear welted). I would suggest dark brown because it is easier to wear with SC and odd trousers than going with a tan. Burgundy or oxblood works. You'll probably have a number of decent choices in the darker brown than burgundy.
Belts. Black and dark brown. In fact, since you're wearing SC with / without tie and odd trousers, then you'll probably won't be wearing black shoes. In that case, scratch black belt and have dark brown belt that matches your shoes.
Now that is out of the way, we have the problems with which to contend:
1. Which province in China
2. Chinese post
I lived in SW China for 6 months and bought my clothes before I arrived in China; given that foreign clothing would be very expensive in China and hard to find. Also, Chinese post is unreliable and I personally would not risk sending anything remotely valuable via Chinese post and/or expecting to receive anything. I sent a couple of small presents to my ex and her son in SW China for Easter a couple of years back. Address - both in English and Chinese - were exact. Neither arrived. £20 worth of gifts disappeared twice. Nothing too expensive but annoying. From speaking with my Chinese friends / teachers, the post is hit and miss - more the latter in direct correlation to the expense of the item. @MikeDT will have more experience in handling this issue, but given your location then you may have no alternative than online ordering - in which case, solving the Chinese post problem is your No.1 priority
. That or expensive trips to Hong Kong.
Ok, here are some threads to get you thinking:Manton's list to how to be well-dressedJRD's excellent thread on SCsThe Sports CoatRTW Shoe HierarchySatisfied with SolidsTie Basics 101Would You Wife It?
What the hell!?.. ignore the last thread (seriously, a fantastic thread - but not quite relevant to the subject at hand).
Unfortunately, Vox's excellent conceptual piece on 'cognitive dissonance' has disappeared (scales of coherence and formality in choosing one's wardrobe). If anyone can email it, it would be greatly appreciated.
That should be enough to get you thinking (especially all the images).
One other point: don't fret that most pictures are MTM / bespoke. You can get perfectly decent RTW clothing and fits providing that you take time to understand your correct
measurements and visit a reliable alterations tailor.
Hope that helps!