This post is a cry for help. It is also the single greatest thing I may have ever done for myself. In two months I will graduate college and move to New York to begin a new job in art financing and would like to bring together all of the knowledge that exists here to help me truly dress for success. I consider your assistance vital as not only have I found myself scouring Ebay for something to fit someone 5'8 with a 30' waist and 7.5 feet more frequently then writing my dissertation, I actually think I may now know more about tie construction then my topic. My life will soon oscillate wildly between the worlds of money and creativity. On one side, bankers who worship status designer clothing in their Churches of money and the sherbet cashmeres of Park Avenue for whom "summering" is a perfectly acceptable verb. On the other hand, the achingly cool whose MacGyver meets Marc Jacobs ability to turn a stained Buck a Pound item into every designers muse with little more then a needle and thread. Having split my time Masters in the UK splitting my time equally between these forums and classroom I have gown to disdain cheap fusing, corrected leathers, and a poor fit without ever having appreciated the power of the alternatives I leave my sartorial decisions entirely in your hands. As a soon to be former Top Ramen gourmand my current wardrobe consists of what you would expect, one dark wool suit suitable for interviews, a closet which could earn me a passport to Banana Republic, and a pair of dark brown and dark leather shoes. Since this I am interested in the following: - What would be the most versatile starter wardrobe I should aim to build? - How many suits, pants, shirts, sweaters, ties, and shoes? - In which colors and weights? - When and where should I buy each? - MTM vs OTR; Fused vs Welted; 7 Fold vs Reg? I have purposely not mentioned price until this point because I understand that this is a difficult transition and an investment in the future. Unfortunately, since New York rents will make me lucky to be able to afford something more comfortable or opulent then the gutter I would appreciate some consideration on which things are the must have barest necessities and which are the things that can come after I have sufficiently sold the dream to afford to dress as a man who appreciates quality and knows how to carry it. What is a reasonable budget to get started with and what are the smallest increments in which I can obtain the best things? Thank you for your help, my dissertation advisor and future love of my life are indebted for your intervention and assistance!