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I need to put together a business casual wardrobe and get some nice dress shoes

obsessis

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I might be starting a new job with a business casual wardrobe. what should I get for staples?

I am also interested in getting some dress shoes. What styles are nice/popular now? Are there any good shoes in the $100 price range?
 

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Hi,

You'll probably need long-sleeve dress shirts (in white and light blue), chinos or wool pants, a sportcoat, and two pairs of dress shoes (black and dark brown). Details about what you already own, office environment, and so on would lead to more specific advice.
 

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I'm in a similar situation. I'm transitioning from a business-dress banking job (suit/tie, sportcoat/dress pant/tie) to a business casual corporate job.

Most of the people I saw during my office visits were wearing one of two outfits:
1. Cotton chinos (khaki, olive, navy, etc.) and a button-front sport shirt; or
2. Wool slacks (or chinos) and a polo-style/golf shirt.

I've chosen to dress one step better, dress pants and patterned dress shirts. Since I intend to lose some weight over the next few months, I didn't want to buy expensive shirts that won't fit (and would be too costly to alter) in a year; so, I shopped some discount stores (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Syms) and low/mid-range department stores (Foleys and Dillards) for discounted shirts. I found several respectable options in the $15-30 range. I bought four new dress pants pants in the $100-150 range since they're much more easily (and affordably) altered.

As stated previously, Allen Edmonds are a good bet and can usually be found in the $100-150 range on sale. A step down the quality/price ladder would be Johnston & Murphy.
 

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