It's been two years, so it seems overdue that we acknowledge some of those among us who have shaken the shackles of sartorial miscues. As with the original thread, this is not an all-inclusive examination of everyone who has improved with the passage of time. So if you don't see yourself, it doesn't mean that you haven't improved, you beautiful flower, you. It just means I got too eager to finish this post before I got to you. Or, your fits still suck and you just don't realize it yet.
Case No. 1
User ID: caseyfud
Possible Real Name: Casey Fuderson
Join Date: Feb. 2011
The Story: Casey, or The Fud as he's known to his close-knit band of real-life friends, originally graced our corridors with a steady stream of unremarkable fits such as the left side of the above image. Casey's remarkably unremarkable contributions didn't draw the ire of SW&D, due in large part to a mild-mannered and meek demeanor not seen since the days of Clark Kent.
Despite such bland, inoffensive clothing, Mr. Fuderson never quite looked comfortable. Just look at the left-side of the above image! He looks as though he fears he's going to be found and berated for his flimsy polo shirt and Lens Crafters glasses any moment.
But Casey is an example of what can happen when you heed some of the non-snarky advice doled out by the grizzled veterans of Streetwear & Denim. New frames and hairstyle change alone made a marked difference. It didn't stop there. I'm not sure what happened to the polo shirts, but they might as well have ended up in a bonfire, because we haven't really seen them on Casey since. A few key purchases (e.g. his often-used Stephan Schneider cardigan) have allowed him to create edgier outfits with more agreeable color palettes.
Congratulations, Casey! You've gone from looking like the guy who picks up someone's daughter and delivers her to her real date that dad wouldn't approve of, to looking kind of like the real date that dad wouldn't approve of.
Case No. 2
User ID: snowmanxl
Possible Real Name: Snow
Join Date: March 2010
The Story: Our resident boxer is a walking, breathing, and I guess, boxing, example of how critical it is to dress to your body type. For months, snowman worked his way through a hodgepodge of items favored by our little community: raw denim and ToJ outerwear to name a couple, which feels like cheating since those are the two items featured in the picture above. The point is, snowman posted fit after fit that featured nice clothes, but didn't work for him. Bottoms especially became a hot-button topic where the man of snow was concerned. It seems unfathomable now, but snowman reeled off quite a long line of stinkers before chucking aside what was popular and focusing more on what was better suited for him. Gone was the slim, raw denim. In its place were trousers of various luxurious fabrics in silhouettes that were more flattering to his proportions.
And who can ignore what happened above the neck? Not I! Gone were the glasses (not pictured, but well remembered by those of us who were around back then) and how about that hair? Snowman finally put down the shears, and in the months that followed, revealed that he had been keeping away a mane of hair (long, beautiful hair!) usually reserved for Vidal Sassoon ads.
Snowman is a lesson to the newbies and folks who get caught up in forum hype: Even the cool stuff doesn't necessarily work for you. Find what does and you'll find yourself struggling to keep off a snowman-like smile from your face.
Case No. 3
User ID: mike868y
Possible Real Name: Michael 868
Join Date: Oct. 2010
The Story: Not everyone can post a photo of themselves dressed in full elf garb and live to tell about it, let alone live it down, but mike868y has proven to be not everyone. More specifically, he's a someone with a user name that's really fucking irritating to type out.
After wisely deciding that elf attire was not the type of workwear best suited for him, MIkey embarked on a long, and at times, painful journey of self-discovery and contemplation. Most notably: What fucking piece of outerwear was he going to buy???
I don't recall if he ever figured that one out, since I blacked out after the second or third time he decided he for sure wanted a ToJ whiskey bomber. Despite perhaps veering too far into the "take your time" mindset, Mikey's method illustrates a valuable lesson: There need not be any rush to fill your closet. A wardrobe carefully pieced together over time can be more rewarding and cohesive than spending $90,000 during a Mr. Porter sale for that instant-wardrobe swag. Just don't take so much time if the question is which elf outfit to buy. The answer is always "both."
Case No. 4
User ID: bows1
Possible Real Name: Lyka Bows
Join Date: April 2008
The Story: The well-groomed and cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow bows1 -- not to be confused with bows2 or bows3 -- projects the image that he's had his shit together since he wandered into this world. Not so! In fact, it was not so long ago that our dear Mr. Bows was dinking around with with weird Banana Republic-like blazers and shirts, complete with chinstrap for that full, all-around unappealing look.
But then, bows1 was all like, "Enough of this," which is layman's talk for "I'm moving to NYC, buying some pomade" and never not wearing almost all black again." It's a transformation that's worked well for our resident videographer. Left behind was the khaki blazer, chinstrap beard, and 20 or 30 pounds. In his new concrete surroundings, Bows has proven that a wardrobe built upon charcoals and black can be way more visually interesting than a closet that looks like it housed a peacock slaughtering. The key, as we've seen steadily whenever bows1 posts in WAYWT, is a reliance on beautiful materials, interesting textures, not to mention a glare that just won't quit you:
Give yourselves a pat on the back, Styleforum Success Stories. You provide a beacon of hope that the next wet-behind-the-ears lad who strolls by these parts in a terrible outfit is absolutely capable of turning the proverbial corner with the right adjustments and attitude.
There's really nothing left to say, but: