Hi all, I've been a lurker for some time and I was hoping I could get some advice. Next month I'm going to start working at Nordstrom in men's sportswear. Primarily I am looking to get significant retail/commissioned sales experience at a well known company on my resume. Not to say I don't like/enjoy clothes, but they haven't really been a life-long obsession! I do have a few nice suits, but not very many; I recently graduated from college and my suit collection is very much in its infancy. I don't want to harass my supervisor with endless questions about what sort of clothing is suitable. In any other department I'd be required to wear a suit; but sportswear has a less strict dress code (business casual or so). Ironically, this makes sorting through my current clothing and deciding what to purchase much more difficult. Basically, any work outfit has to be at least three pieces: trousers/shirt/tie, trousers/shirt/vest, jeans/shirt/sweater and so on. Denim is allowed, no shorts, no tennis shoes. I would like to spend a moderate amount of money on new clothes to begin, and get a variety of things and see what works best from the perspective of selling and personal comfort. I was thinking that maybe the outlet stores of well known labels would be a good place to start (eg Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren). The employee discount is nice but the casual clothes at Nordstrom are still a bit too pricey for me to start. Shoes are the only item I'd really like to spend a lot on, since I'll be spending most of the time on my feet. Avoiding frequent dry cleaning would be very nice, but does anyone think it would be better to wear a suit (or blazers/sports coats) even though it is not required? Otherwise, I'm just looking for some general advice and suggestions on what I should purchase. I'm 5"6, ~140, typically wear 15.5 32/33 shirts, 36s/38s coat.