Thank you for reading and offering your advice.
I'm now approaching 29 and have just landed a position in a large company in the London Bridge area.
Previously my working career has been in a startup where the attire was smart casual. I was the most formally dressed person there in a formal shirt and trousers.
The new office is business casual which from what I've gathered observing the people around the office during the interview process is suit without tie.
This has lead to a problem where I need to quickly acquire appropriate suits and shoes for work to get me going until I can afford to spend a bit more on my wardrobe.
At present I have 1 charcoal suit, more than enough shirts, and that's about it for appropriate attire.
My budget is around £700 with the intention to add suits, shoes etc as the months/years go on.
I've been looking at TM Lewin and Charles Tyrwhitt because they seem to offer good value but I'm open to other suggestions. Would 2 more suits, with 2 pairs of trousers each be enough to get going? A navy and a grey?
On the shoes front, I do not have any black shoes. If I'm buying decent leather shoes, I understand I can't wear the same pair every day. As a result, I'd need to purchase 2 pairs of black shoes. I've been looking at the L1 range from Loake, the shoes by Charles Tyrwhitt and Herring entry range. They're all a similar price of £120-140. If I need to purchase 2 pairs, I'm not sure I can go any further up the range at the moment but would love to hear options here.
Looking forward to your thoughts and advice!