After several years of ski bumming and assorted expeditions, I have recently landed a dream job with the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. The next orientation in DC will probably begin in about 4 months. After 6 weeks, I'm off to wherever they sent us. This role requires professional business attire. Today, my IT job requires no more than the casual end of business casual. As a younger man, I worked as a paralegal in a conservative old Boston firm, but all that remains of that wardrobe is a serviceable Gianfranco Ruffini and a somewhat dowdy but well-constructed Oscar de la Renta. (I hope I have not just made the equivalent faux pas of mentioning Bose on an audiophile forum, Gerber on a knife forum, or XD on a serious gun forum. I beg your forgiveness if I have.) As a forum veteran and somewhat of a SME in other subject areas, I am reluctant to ask the classic newbie question here (and I have read this), but here goes: What/where should I read or look if I want to construct a conservative, classic man's business attire wardrobe without spending a fortune? Parameters: I am a young 38 years old. I'm cool, but State generally, and FS in particular, features a very conservative look. I am 5'9", 160lbs, 30" waist, ~40" jacket, slim athletic build. I will spend at least the next 4 years in "hardship posts", which could be anywhere from Siberia to the tropics. I need to acquire all or most of this wardrobe before I will know exactly where. I will mostly be working indoors. No, I will not be carrying in this role. Based on my work at the law firm (7 days/week), I predict that I may be able to get by with 4-5 suits to start. Also, I imagine that I'd like to have about 10 shirts, about a 2-work-week supply, in the event that laundry services or my time to access them are limited. (Various new-hire reading that State has provided mentions black-tie and white-tie in a protocol context, but I'm going to hold off on a tux for now.) Where should I look? Online? Local department stores? Menswear big box stores? TJ Max? Like every noob in every hobby, I want to identify items with a lot of bang-for-the-buck, but would prefer to spend a maximum of $1500-$1700 or so (4-5 suits and ~10 shirts only; ties, shoes, belts, socks, and watch I can figure out). What styles should I look for for the conservative State setting, without looking too stodgy? Any brands that offer conspicuously good value in my price range? By way of analogy to wristwatches, I'm looking for the menswear equivalent of Orient or Seiko. To be clear, I'm not the new ambassador to anywhere. This is a junior position, so I'm not expected to show up in a world-class suit and a $400 shirt. On the other hand, I'm representing the US so I'd like to present a professional image, while avoiding the "cheap suit" look glaringly evident even to those of us who are not versed in style. Sorry for the long post, but I am excited about this lifestyle change and the advice I could get here. Thanks!