« on: January 15, 2007, 05:45:57 PM »
Avoid the Men's wearhouse and other "cheap suit" places, their suits are cheap and they look cheap. Go to Macy's, Bloomingdales or Nordstroms during one of their big sales - usually around a major holiday or they might still have after Christmas sales and have one of the sales associates help you. Plan on spending a couple hundred dollars. After you choose your suit, take it to a professional tailor and have it properly fitted for an additional fifty dollars. No one should "wear a suit off the rack" and tailoring will give you the polished finished look. The main thing to look for is pants and jacket sleeves that are long enough and the jacket to fit in the shoulders and not be too long in length, everything else will be adjusted to fit you. While at the department store, the sales associate should measure your neck and arm length for your dress shirts. You may want to purchase shirts that have up to an extra inch in the neck. Stick with white, light blue or yellow shirts. Cuff links are optional, just make sure you purchase the correct dress shirt if you want to use cuff links, e.g. no buttons on the wrist. Ties should show some personality but should not be dizzying or distracting. Make sure your tie matches you dress shirt, e.g. do not wear a solid lime green tie with a blue dress shirt however, you could wear a tie that has minor lime green accent. Lastly, spend the money and buy some quality dress shoes and a matching belt. If you have any money left over, buy a really nice watch, e.g. Omega, Tag, Baum, etc.