How/where to buy clothes to dress well on a budget?
I'm graduating in May and moving out to Houston to start a new job. For the first couple years, at least, I'll be working in a lab, but I still want to dress fairly nice because I'd like to eventually get into sales. I also want one or two fairly nice suits for assignments and meetings, etc. Problem is, I dress like a college student: jeans, t-shirts, old button-downs that don't fit very well. I want to re-vamp my wardrobe to be a bit more professional. I don't want to buy all the stuff at stores like American Eagle, Hollister, etc., but I also can't afford the stuff I see in GQ (although that's the kind of style I'd like to have.) My budget for clothing is probably max $4000-5000 right now. What are the essentials I need, and where can I get them at stores that isn't Gucci and Dolce?