Remember to buy quality gear, be it leather or textile, I have both kinds. Everything from mesh textile for hot weather, to full racing leathers. Remember gloves and boots are very important.
My personal choices for gear manufacturer's are,
Fieldsheer, for jackets, pants, gloves, all of my gear it Fieldsheer.
Oxtar, for boots they have since changed name to TCX.
Fulmer for all my helmets.
Casual armour I have Bohn Bodyguard system.
I know that starting out can be overwhelming, and be a bit expensive, but consider the cost of a trip to the ER, lost time for work, or worse.
Almost all my gear I've purchased off eBay, most of it used, saved major money that way, also there are websites that sell closeout gear for cheap.
And all major website have a closeout section,
An excellent website for review is http://www.webbikeworld.com/
Hope this gets you thinking, and any questions please feel free to contact me.