Do I have to buy expensive high fashion attire?

If I buy a sub $300 suit, sub $100 dress shoes, $30 tie, and $45 dress shirt as my business attire will I be ostracized at work?

I'm poor and have student loans to pay, but I feel like if I want to be one of the good old boys at work I'll have to buy some cuff-links, ferragamo shoes, Ferragamo ties, zegna suit, and a diamond earring (princess cut) to fit in. I do have a nice build and clothes fit on me pretty well so people always ask me "oh your shoes look good, what brand are they?" It's already enough that I have to hide the fact that I went to a public high school and when you look this good the questions just don't stop.


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May 28, 2010 - 9:52am

When it comes to fashion, it's all about fit and fabric. You can buy a decent JCrew wso/">suit on sale for around $200, get it altered to fit well on your body type, and you'll be fine. The worst is when guys spend money on clothes because it's a particular label and it fits like crap. I buy my wso/">suits made-to-measure from a guy in HK and the wso/">suits cost me around $600. The wso/">suits fit so well and every time I wear them, people will ask if I'm wearing Armani, Zegna, etc. I tell them it's custom and they automatically think I dropped $2K. The secret is all about the wso/">suit fitting me properly.

I've seen in a few issues of GQ where they take random guys off the street with improperly fitting clothes and remake their look with reasonably priced clothes with the proper fit. It's a great illustration of how something as simple as fit can make a huge difference in your appearance.

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May 28, 2010 - 1:17pm

I was introduced to this tailor through one of my buddies when he was an associate at Lehman. The tailor travels throughout the US a couple times a year visiting the major cities. You can go to (it's a crappy site, I know) and check out his upcoming schedule. When he comes to town, he'll take your measurements and you can pick which fabrics, color, and patterns you want. Six weeks later you get your wso/">suit or dress shirts. I've purchased 3 wso/">suits from him and have been very satisfied. I have a few dress shirts, which are $60 each and are made to measure which fit like a glove. The shirts fit better than any "extra-slim" fit shirts I've tried on at Banana Republic, JCrew, etc. I haven't tried the extra-wso/">slim fit shirts from Brooks Brothers but I've heard they fit fairly well.

May 28, 2010 - 12:11pm

You all are idiots.

PJC, if you came into work wearing any of that shit I would ostracize the shit out of you for being cheap with your $60k/year salary. And student loans? YOU WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOL, WHAT STUDENT LOANS?

And I damn well expect you to have rock on both ears. That's how it be done, son.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
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May 28, 2010 - 12:25pm

I hope you're joking mas1987. Aren't you unemployed at the moment anyway?

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May 28, 2010 - 1:19pm
I hope you're joking mas1987. Aren't you unemployed at the moment anyway?

Two things:

1) It's PJC's topic, do you think it's serious?

2) It's PJC's topic do you think I'm being serious?

3) No I am not unemployed at the moment.

And, no, I can't count.

"You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee
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May 28, 2010 - 1:35pm

if your smart enough to work at a bank your smart enough to see that buying nice fitted, good looking clothes that will make a better impression on you is a long term deal (investment in your career)

Think long term. If you look like shit, people will unfortunately treat you like shit. Look good but dont be a brand whore.

Jun 11, 2010 - 12:47pm

at bloomindales i stacked coupons on top of a sale and got a $1400 wso/">suit for $349. Even the salesman was impressed /claim

just gotta be a smart shopper. and to the person who was talkign about brooks bros slim, theyre my favorite wso/">shirt, im wearing one right now. Id take them over my hugo boss shirts any day.

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Jun 11, 2010 - 1:12pm

I, going to a non-target school in the midwest, have the time and the land to actually grown my own cotton and raise my own sheep. I hire illegal Mexicans to tend to my crop and care for my sheep. I also raise cattle for the specific purpose of crafting fine leather shoes for myself. The Mexicans feed them too. When I feel it is time for a new piece of attire, I send Jorge out to shear me some wool and gather some cotton. Jorge then brings the raw materials to into my barn where they are processed and made into fabric by the children of my illegals. My tailor, Mario, then crafts the finest wso/">suits and shirts on this earth. All my buttons are pure ivory, smuggled in by my guys from China, who also bring me the finest silk in the East. This, my friends, is the true way to dress oneself. Only a fool would waste money going to retail stores to acquire garb.

I've also learned through this operation that my illegals are also really good at rum-running.

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