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Building a Wardrobe in a Hurry

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by BeneeNFA, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. BeneeNFA

    BeneeNFA New Member

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    First, thanks for taking the time to read this. I've had a very sudden and rapid change in careers and will be going into consulting with a firm that will essentially require me to build a brand new wardrobe. Expected dress code will be between formal and business casual. So I am looking to build an entire wardrobe consisting of at least one more suit, a few dress watches, a refined bag, shirts, dress pants, shoes, socks, ties, etc. Just looking for any advice on suggested staples, brands, colors, etc.

    At present I essentially have one tailored navy suit, a few tailored white shirts, a single blue silk knit tie, and a pair of AE Strands in walnut. I'm 6'3", 195, and fairly athletic for build reference. I'm budgeting probably $3000 to $5000 for this but it's flexible.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

  2. notdos

    notdos Senior Member

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    Birmingham, Al
    I’d look at SuitSupply for sportcoats and suits, Luxire for shirts and jFitzpatrick or Carmina for shoes. YMMV

    Phillip :)

  3. johng70

    johng70 Senior Member

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    I wouldn't worry about a watch right now. I think you need to get more info from people at the new consulting firm. I work in IT. I used to do consulting and I work with a lot of consultants. None of them wear suits on a regular basis. You can eat up your entire budget with suits and never end up wearing them. Dress shirts & wool, gaberdine slacks are the norm. Now, I don't know what consulting you do or where so it may be different. But if I were still doing IT consulting where I live, I could get by just fine with 1 suit since I probably wouldn't wear it but maybe once a year. In fact, I wouldn't even spend money on ties. A tie in many places is just a choice (a choice made by few) and certainly not a necessity.

    The key would be to check with some of your new peers to see whether suit and or tie is common or rare. You don't want to be the guy wearing suit pants without the jacket/tie so you want to make sure you only buy as many suits/ties as you really need. You can always add later - but when you're just getting started it's better to have essentials first.

  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Distinguished Member

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    "I'm 6'3", 195, and fairly athletic for build reference."

    SuitSupply is not a realistic option.

    There's always Brooks Brothers. Location matters, as for what stores are around to visit, because trying on a suit before buying is nearly a necessity. Also, for clothing weight. The next suit purchase should be in medium or dark gray, single-breasted wool.

    Size too is important. For example, XL for ties means fewer options than the L size. Obviously, woven is the type to acquire.

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