holy crap, what a fire storm....i think this is the most activity this thread has seen in a while.
nothing spookier than scanning recent threads and seeing an old picture of yourself. wow!
i admire rye's honesty, otherwise what's the point of this forum. i myself am always eager for constructive criticsm. i dont regard myself as "fashionable" at all, i wear the same jeans everyday and recently have only been alternating t-shirts with different shoes....boring really. I have the utmost respect for rye, smart, berlin, and sauce (among others) and hope to reach there level someday.
there's really no magical formula to my style, just jeans, shirt, and shoes. I suppose my fits are more "fitted" than the average american but that's about it. if you're serious about good denim, make some measurements of yourself, look at pictures you like online and compare their body type to yours. this will give you a good idea which jeans are right for you. more than likely you'll order the wrong size initially but at least you'll have a pair to compare against your next pair.
as for shoes check yoox, ebay, and sufu/steez markets daily for good deals....add some american apparel and POW.....there's braidkid.