2013 was a pretty good year for me. I really slimmed down my wardrobe and got rid of a ton of older clothes that didn't get worn much. I pretty much have developed my sense style at this point and although it's nothing flashy, I'm super comfortable with it. I came to Styleforum initially in search of raw denim info (as I'm sure many people do). I love keeping an eye on the WAYWT thread but I don't bother with fit pics bc the majority of what I wear is simple - jeans, chinos, button downs, sweaters, tees, etc. but all of good quality - and most importantly to me especially this past year, I try to buy US made goods as much as possible. I'm a strong supporter of small businesses and try to keep my clothing purchases following suit when possible.
Top Purchases of 2013:
Oak Street Bootmakers Natural CXL Captoe Trench Boots - I have been living in these things all fall/winter. I feel like a sturdy pair of boots should be a staple of every guys wardrobe and these fit the bill perfectly. They work dressed up (to a certain extent of course) and in casual wear. Love them. I'll be rocking these for a looooooooong time. Looking forward to grabbing OSB boat shoes this summer.
3sixteen Shadow Selvedge denim - technically I bought these in 2012 but they didn't get much wear until this year so I'm including them anyway. I got rid of all my other jeans (except NF pomegranate selvedge) so I pretty much live in these when the weather is cool. Holding up great, fading is coming along nicely. I love them. Probably will give them their first wash soon. definitely a class above the NF denim but those jeans are great as well. No complaints either way. (same jeans above)
TOJ A2 Brown Lamb Bomber - ordered an A2 in June, got it in early October just when the weather got cool enough to wear it...couldn't have worked out better. I got a perfect fit on my first try so I'm ecstatic. I've gotten more compliments on this jacket than any other piece of clothing I've ever owned.
Wolf Vs Goat clothing - I joined up as a loyalty member with WvG this year and it turned out to be a great investment. I have 3 overdye oxfords, 2 other button downs, a few henleys, a tee, a sweatshirt, 2 chinos...all great quality and made in the US. Mauro is awesome to work with. Love everything WvG does...now I just need to make a trip to meet Mauro and see everything in person. I'm about an hour away from him. (kickass blue overdye in the pic above)
SNS Herning - 2 Stark cardigans and a V-neck sweater. Dark Green melange stark (with some blue...I don't remember the name but I think it's from 2 seasons ago) - I bought this one from a user here on SF and it's awesome. I love it so much I bought a Triple Grey stark this season but I'm willing to part with it for another SNS sweater. If I keep it, no harm done. Starks are awesome...my only nitpick is the collar is just a little too high and over the course of a day of wear the collar tends to flop out to the side a bit much...looks kinda funny to me but doesn't stop me from wearing them at all. I grabbed the V-neck sweater off a sale somebody posted in the Sales Alert thread here. I think something like $180 on sale for $30 if I remember right. Couldn't pass that up! (really old pic but you get the idea)
Nike - Flyknit lunar kicks and AW77 sweatpants. The sweats are great for lounging. I needed sweats with ankle grabbers and these fit the bill perfectly. The flyknits are probably the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn and they have held up well. I wear them running and to the gym several times a week since June or July and they are going strong.
It's safe to say that almost everyday I'm wearing some combo of the above. Especially this time of year. Simple wardrobe...no flashy designers...just well made proper fitting clothes. I'm easy.
I have my first shirt from Epaulet coming in the mail today hopefully so I'm looking forward to checking out more of what they offer. WvG and Epaulet will become the basis of my wardrobe I'm thinking. Those 2 companies can cover my style perfectly.
I need to up my CM game a bit but my office is casual so I don't need much. I'm getting married in October so I'll be looking to get a suit made for that. Will def go through either EP or WvG.
Also think I'll probably grab a LBM 1911 jacket at some point this year and a few wool trousers.
If TOJ sticks around I'll grab a BCDR in some sort of tan or whiskey colorway. I was between that and the A2 when I placed my first order...still really want a BCDR but I'm holding off for now.