I've never been a fashion-conscious kind of person, though I expect that will change soon as I have tried wearing a few nice shirts, slacks, and so on and I really enjoyed the way I felt (and the different responses I received from people).
That being said, I currently know almost nothing about fashion. I've been a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy for a long time.
I just got invited to an interview in 3 days, which is very short notice. It's for a $70k/year job with outstanding benefits, raises, and a very nice pay increase schedule. I figure that probably warrants a suit.
I tried a few of the more reputable places in town, but the first didn't have any jackets in my size (I think the guy said I was a 48 for the jacket - but I have no idea what that even means). The second place said they could help me, but tailoring could take up to a week. My only other option (again, with a 3 day window) was to hit the local Men's Wearhouse. From what I understand, they're a joke and should be avoided, but desperate times and so on.
I bought a jacket and slacks (which I'm assuming is considered a "suit," correct me if I'm wrong). I'm going to be buying everything else today, but I'm not entirely sure what all I need.
1. I think most cheap dress shoes will be fine as nobody will be looking at my feet. (I'm trying to keep everything cheap until I can learn more about style and my preferences - plus I'm in the process of losing a LOT of weight.) Is there a certain style I need, or just any dress shoes?
2. The suit is a dark navy color (they were somehow out of black). I'm guessing I should probably get some socks of the same color (or would black dress socks work?).
3. I also need to get a nice shirt, but I'm not sure if I'll need that tailored or not. I plan on wearing the jacket the whole time - my limited understanding is that one should keep the jacket on, regardless of whether it's hot in there or not. If I'm wearing a jacket, will it matter if the shirt is tailored? I'd probably have it done anyway, but time is a factor and I'm concerned that I can't get this done by Monday evening. Advice?
4. Belt or suspenders? I always thought that you had to wear a belt with slacks, no matter what - even if you use suspenders. The guy at MW told me one should do either/or and not both. Thoughts on that? Also, which should I go with? Like I said, I'm losing weight - but I am currently short, stocky, and hefty. Suspenders sound like they'd do a better job and be a better option for a guy losing over 50 lbs. Also... dumb question (I'm sure most of mine are) - but are suspenders to be worn OVER a dress shirt? I always thought those were considered a form of underwear and should be between the underwear shirt and the dress shirt. And on that note - is there any particular kind of underwear shirt I should wear (white t-shirt, tank top, nothing)?
5. Accessories. No clue what to do there. Cuff links. Tie pins. Pocket squares. I don't know anything about any of that stuff, and I don't want to go over the top with anything. The invitation for the interview said to dress "business casual," but I know that most candidates will be wearing suits. So... should I bother with any extra stuff?
Edit: 6 - I almost forgot! I suppose I'll need a tie! Anything I should know about the size, shape, or color of the tie? I imagine that being short and big will be factors here. Also, does the type of knot matter?
Also, if any of this stuff helps, I'm between 5'6" and 5'7", 33 years old, very broad shoulders and a deep chest, but also a gut that I'm working very hard on losing (damn near 10 lbs per month so far and about 50 lbs more to go). I've always been one to sweat easily (even back when I was in great shape) - so having this cheap suit kind of concerns me. I just spent a little over $300 on the jacket/pants/tailoring - which I realize is cheap, but like I said before, I just needed something quick. I'll get much nicer clothing once I learn more about men's fashion and my personal preferences.
Thanks to anyone that reads all of this and is able to give me some advice - I really do appreciate it. Any other questions/comments/advice are definitely welcome. I'm here to absorb as much information as I can!