In general, yes, 50 or 85mm is a more traditional portrait lens as you get the better perspective from standing further back from your subject. Getting in too close with a shorter lens can cause the models features nearest to the camera to be out of proportion.
However, 35mm is a nice length when taking in the subjects surroundings as well, a baker working in his bakery for example. Or of course, if you WANT your model to look out of proportion for artistic reasons, say a boxer and you want to accentuate the boxing glove that is thrust towards the camera. It can also be nice in street photography, so long as you don't mind getting up close and in the face of your subjects.
Nobody here can really tell you which you should buy. It is down to what you want to shoot and how you want to shoot it. Some people love the perspective from portraits shot up close with wide angles (although 35mm on a crop is more a "standard" lens on a crop camera).
Decide what you want from the lens and that will tell you what focal length you need. Anybody else is just telling you what suits their style.