StillHerexxx wrote:When you have a career and steady job 6 to 7 is a solid number, but more would not be absurd. Of course undergrad or law school students won't have that many. No one expects you too. Thats why everyone says get a charcoal and navy suit and you are set. Two suits that can get your through law school and early career. If you buy nice suits that last, you will have a hell of a lot more than a handful after a few years.
It really comes down to how you're dressing yourself. If you're in law school, you can get away with having two wardrobe categories: suit and not-suit. If you want to be a little more nuanced, you can double the categories: interview suit (always impeccable, never leaves the closet except for an interview), regular suit (networking events, court for clinic, etc.), business casual, and everyday. Some people have seven suits specific to various law school related occasions, four levels of business casual, and five or six different varieties of everyday wear.
These three categories describe three broad categories of people: those who need to wear clothes to leave their homes (they have a suit for suit-days, and they have a bunch of other shit they wear interchangeably); those who understand that in certain situations, you're expected to generally comply with a particular dress code (this is most people); and those who have a particular wardrobe for virtually any situation they may find themselves in (or will go buy one if a new situation arises), have dress black cap-toed oxfords in three levels of formality (not to mention their 30 other pairs of shoes), and get really enthused about how outrageous their socks are (which I am totally with GS on).
If you're wearing a suit every day for work, and have been at it for long enough to optimize your wardrobe, folks in the first category will have like three identical suits (either from JC Penney if the person is cheap, or from some big-name label if they're not), seven dress shirts (blue or white), and maybe ten ties (two of which have golf bags or cartoon characters on it, and seven of which they got from their dad/wife/favorite thrift store). In the second category, you will probably have accumulated 6-10 good quality suits (but prefer to wear only maybe 2/3 of them), at least fifteen ties, a dozen or so dress shirts of various colors and textures, and three good pairs of everyday dress shoes. In the third category, you have a closet literally full of MTM (or better) suits, a few hundred ties (most of which you would never wear because they're a couple years out of style), custom-measured shirts for any occasion, three-day rotations of both black and brown shoes (with a dozen situational dress shoes for various occasions), and a couple different types of tuxedo (just in case).
All three groups manage to maintain employment, make money, get laid, and live happy and fulfilling lives. The only real difference is that folks in the third category (in which I am assuredly located, and where I'd suspect GS exists as well) aren't really sure how the folks in the other two groups manage to survive.