Great thread. Here's my post.
2013 was the year I first got really into fashion/style/whatever. I first started to care somewhat about my style midway through 2012 which was my final year of high school after getting dumped. I bought a few random things of Asos but that's about it. I think this was my first fit pick. My biggest and best purchase of 2012 was in September was when I bought my indigo nudie jeans.
This is pretty much as far as I went through 2012. I bought a pair of Meermin's a size and a half two big too, but dealt with it and wore them to my end of year valedictory.
Then 2013 rolled around, I started my course in Computer Science, and more relevant to this thread, I started my interest in clothes. I bought a few shirts on the Mr Porter sale. I wore this APC shirt quite a bit.
Over the next few months I was heavily influence by Classic menswear, and started dressing far to old at Uni and just in general, looked like a dickhead to be honest. I purchased a bunch of Epaulet chinos, some OCBDs and gingham's and wore them everywhere. I also purchased some Grenson Dylans in tan, Black Grenson Sids, Brown Suede Herring brogues.
One GREAT purchase, but that I am getting rid of was my Apolis Wool Chore Coat, which I wore with this. Still a KILLER coat.
But boy did I look like a dickhead. Felt great at the time, wish I could go back and bitch slap some sense into my self though. The main reason I wore outfits like that was mainly due to wanting to separate myself from what I had known kids my age to wear, snap backs etc. Google swag and I'm sure you'll see what I mean. I am living at home which meant I had a huge disposable income from working heaps and having literally zero bills. This was a bad thing, as I bought a lot of crap and dressed completely the wrong way. The one good thing that did come of this was that in April, I purchase a TOJ 0. It rolled around in September. I was so happy with it, and still love it. This is where my mindset started to change, and I started to adopt a more casual approach, wearing tshirts and black chinos with sneakers etc. I also purchased some common projects along the way, that in effort to wear more of them, also forced me to wear more casual outfits. I always thought looking good and doing casual would be impossible, but I'm happy I've been proven wrong. I sold a lot of things, and am still in the process of getting rid of things.
At around the start of October, I finally had a realisation that I was being a dickhead, and decided to sell most of my stuff. I did though, order a suit from my local MTM guy, Oscar Hunt, as I have my brothers wedding coming up in a weeks time actually. That was possibly my best purchase of the year. In November I also ordered a TOJ MA-1 and Minimalist Double Rider. Quite excited for those two.
Another major problem I faced this year was buying my shoes online in the wrong size. I bit the bullet, saved my pennies and went to Henry Bucks, my local menswear store and shelled out top dollar for a pair of Church Double Monks, which will go great with my suit, and have helped me get the right size for other purchases.
Over the last few months my wardrobe has become much more coherent. But over the last few weeks I have decided to minimalise a lot of my things down and get rid of the clothes I barely wear. The only things I wish to buy is a new backpack for uni as I have a light brown one which clashes with my mainly black and white clothing, a pair of Chelsea boots and a reigning champ crew. Then I plan on having a no purchase period for 3 - 4 months, if of which I can do, I will get a Patch Pocket charcoal Harris Tweed blazer through Oscar Hunt, inspired by Margaret Howell's blazers.
These are the kind of outfits I generally wear today.
Of 2013, I learnt three very important lessons.
1. Take things slow, I could have spent the money I wasted on a lovely overseas holiday or a decent chunk of savings.
2. Dress your fucking age and don't be an idiot.
3. Go MTM for things that you can. Get a tailor to make you a perfectly fitted shirt and chinos, then send them to luxire to copy. Not only is this often cheaper than buying OTR, with the perfect fit, you can also have all the options you want, like button adjusters on your trousers, which I love. Gosh I love luxire.
My goal for my wardrobe is it do have a very minimalist wardrobe, and besides basics such as pants and tshirts, is too have EVERY piece in it, a piece that I love 100%, almost a wardrobe full of grails.
Thankyou very much for taking the time to read my post.