How did everyone fare this year? Best buys? Worst buys? Pieces that eluded you? What you plan to buy for the next year? We can revisit this at the end of the year and see how disciplined everyone was / which items surprised or disappointed / etc. Yes, I'm aware not all collections are fully detailed for the year at the moment, but it seems like a good time to make the thread. 2013: Surprisingly good: Aspesi quilted blazer: I throw this thing on all the time for both casual and business casual situations. Not overly padded, but still warm and comfortable. Received maybe the first or second week of this year. As cool as expected: Stephan Schneider blackwatch cotton bomber: B&S swap that worked out great, comfortable with some subtle details, an older piece I never noticed really from lookbooks Forum hype pickup: Inverallan 6A crolly MTO: I went with a single donegal for this one as I figured it will get more wear out here being lighter, it's significantly lighter than my double donegal loden 6A, worth I think - pity they stopped Best beater buy: Uniqlo MA-1: it's no ToJ/BR/KVA/Rick but I treat it like a hoodie and it does the trick, for $50 retail I can't complain The one that got away: VISVIM Indigo Kano: the sizing was just slightly off, but the fabric was really cool and it helped me understand why some people beast VISVIM so hard Close miss: SS paraffin jacket: I pre-ordered the navy on navy 100% wool version and it just didn't fit my body quite right, maybe I needed to give it time to settle down but I played it safe and returned The jury is still out: Robert Geller hooded bombers: borderline too small I think, but I can get away with just wearing over a single layer in my climate - might end up selling these Still going strong: MMM black scored side zips + Loake jodhpurs + MMM lamb 5-zip: 2012 buys that have been great, I finally topy'ed both of these and they're my goto boots, the MMM were much maligned due to the texture but I think it's a case of bad shop pics, I paid less than $300 for each pair and they've been worth every penny and then some. The matte 5-zip was hated on quite a bit too, but it fits me as well as RTW can be expected to and I didn't expect super robust and thick construction so it didn't disappoint necessarily in that regard. Overall, I probably experimented more thoughtfully this year, but I can't say I've really "figured" out my stride. I was pretty lucky I guess in that I didn't really pick up anything that I felt was a total fail (I'm not counting sizing issues), but maybe that's because I was a bit less impulsive? Who knows - I certainly spent my fair share of money and took a hit on a few things, but I think I did it somewhat more carefully (if that makes any sense). I also started posting fit pics, which I think has helped out. Even when I don't receive direct feedback, I think about my fits a bit more. 2014: I'm probably going to focus more on proper CM stuff this year and I won't really list it here as it's probably not relevant for most readers. Here are some of my SW&D expectations: A couple Schneider items from each season VISVIM Virgil boots *eta* or maybe some Carpe back/sidezips or their Jun equivalents Buttero side zips I'm at a point where I think my workweek business casual stuff is more than satisfied, so I'll hopefully be able to avoid "boring" chino/OCBD type purchases. I think I'll try and pare down/evaluate what I currently own while taking a small number of chances on new things. What is it about the pieces I wear most that I enjoy? Am I really a single aesthetic type of person? Who knows. Anyway, some possibilities include Margaret Howell and SEH Kelly.