I'm Devon, right now situated in South-Central PA, but graduate in May and who knows where I end up after that. I'm both excited and terrified about the future currently. I've been on Reddit for a long time and am a big fan of the Goodyearwelt and Rawdenim communities over there and for whatever reason, I had always just skipped a Styleforum membership. But being on Winter Break with an ungodly amount of time on my hands, I've decided to get involved over here as well.
I went to Germany at the beginning of this year to study abroad and ended up running a lot to deal with stress and homesickness, causing me to finally drop those pesky 15 or so pounds that I felt always kept me from looking alright. Feeling a bit of pride in my appearance for the first time in my life, I decided I should start dressing better as well. I don't think I ever dressed extremely poorly, but I was a big fan of matching sneakers to shirts and I wore a lot of baseball t's and pre-faded denim. I never stood out for looking good, of course, but I did at least always wear things that mostly fit and I take some pride in that fact.
As the months passed, I did a lot of brand research and realized that the brands I favored: Express and American Eagle, weren't very highly regarded as far as quality/style went and I decided to upgrade myself to Uniqlo and J. Crew and J. Crew Factory and I feel that the style and quality of those brands definitely eclipses that of my former brands. I still purchase American Eagle occasionally, I think a lot of their pieces still are pretty good, especially for the price. But more and more, I find myself wanting to go even further. I want higher quality raw denim, flannels and the like. I recently purchased my first Gitman Bros. Vintage shirt by proxy at their sample sale earlier this month and am so pleased with the weight and quality that I plan to wear it once a week, if not more often. Just today I purchased my Wolf vs. Goat rewards membership, as I know it's headed away shortly and would love to pick up a shirt or two from Mauro whenever I see something that piques my interest. I'm lucky to be close enough that I may stop in for a visit, just to figure out sizing. Other brands I'd like to move up to eventually: SNS Herning, Howlin', Inverallen, The Real McCoys, Homespun Knitwear, Merz B Schwanen, Viberg and some others I'm certainly forgetting. But I know it's a slow process.
It's great to be here and I look forward to probably lurking for 3 months and then eventually posting a few things.