Buying men's clothes in London
September 29, 2011 5:19 PM Subscribe
Where should I shop for men's clothing in London for an office job? And what should I wear?
posted by PercussivePaul to clothing, beauty, & fashion (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I need work clothes. I have been a grad student forever; my last "business casual" job was years and years ago and I don't have much left from that time so I am starting from almost scratch. I am also moving to London for this job and need advice on where to go shopping or how to dress.
I was told by my boss that "we dress informally in the office, although do bring smart clothes for the occasional meeting or presentation". I am parsing London "informally" to mean a slight step above North American "business casual" -- dress shirt or sweater, nice pants (no khakis or jeans) and of course no sneakers; and I would interpret "smart" to mean add a tie or a blazer or both. Am I on target here? Possibly informal means casual in which case I only need a few of these "smart" items.
And where should I shop? I am not so good at dressy clothes. I mostly shop in vintage stores and have kind of an academic/hipster style. I kind would like to project a more professional grown up image at this job, but I also like to appear colourful and stylish, though in a subtle way. So not super flashy, yet not just fade-into-the-wallpaper. Since I rarely have to buy this kind of clothing I can't tell you where I would normally shop. Banana Republic? I don't really love that place but I have bought stuff there before out of necessity. That's the best I can do. If it helps, I am 28 years old and of fairly average size; size-medium anything usually fits me.
And... what should I expect to spend for a semi-complete wardrobe - maybe one full suit, a couple shirts, another pair of pants, one or maybe two pairs of shoes? Can this be done for like £500? What's a good affordable option?