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

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by obsessis, May 18, 2006.

  1. obsessis

    obsessis Member

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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?
     


  2. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    if you're willing to double your shoe budget, Allen Edmonds has a shoe bank, you'll get very good quality.
     


  3. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    Check out www.tmlewin.com

    4 shirts for 100 pounds. go with the luxury fabrics. it's one of the best deals going.
     


  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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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.
     


  5. southbound35

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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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