Yes, grunts, it's already that time of year again where we huddle around our computers and share our best and worst credit card swipes of the last 12 months. You know the ones I mean. The ones that made us laugh or cry or maybe fixed us a sandwich after a long day of work or Styleforuming. Let's keep this simple: Pick three or four pieces for each category and add pictures, unless it's something stupid no one wants to see like a J. Crew flannel. Also, tack on a few words explaining your reasoning for each selection. And just for extra, end-of-the-year fun, update us on how the purchases you dubbed your best last year are faring. Are they still great or can you barely stand to be in the same room as them and secretly hope someone spills an entire bottle of ink on you just so you can have a valid excuse to never wear it again? *ahem* Best Krane Cyrial Aviator Jacket: This is a recent purchase, so I'm still in the honeymoon phase with this thing. But fuck is it lux. Just a warm coat with impeccable detailing. The fur collar isn't gaudy and feels so nice against my neck that I risk being labeled a hipster douche by keeping it slightly popped up when I'm walking around outside. Epaulet Exploded Flannel: SF has reconditioned my conditioning for what I deem acceptable to spend on clothes, but I still look a few times before I leap with shirts. This is one of the few leaps I took that I haven't regretted at all. It's my favorite shirt and yeah, it's loud as shit, but it weaves in with pretty much anything else I own. W+H Service Boots: I spent the last month of 2009 harassing people who owned this boot via PM and ordering and sending back/re-selling this boot from online vendors and forum sellers. Thankfully, it was all just practice for the real deal when I came across a decently worn pair in my size. These things practically murdered me when I chose my summer trip to NYC as my first time to really walk around in them, but they've become comfortable like sneakers since. I love the worn, dusty look paired with the low profile sole. Uniqlo S-002 Gray Denim: I chose this denim in black as one of my favorite '09 purchases and the gray iteration hasn't fared any worse. Bought for $20 this summer, they've become my go-to denim and the thing that makes me contemplate whether I actually even like indigo denim. Epaulet Burgundy Trousers: Ah these things. My favorite pair of summer pants and the item that made me realize I like being dandy as fuck during the summer, even though I'm not down with that shit once leaves start falling. They're also the thing that made me break my own guidelines for this thread in number of items you should pick for each category. Wearing red pants in Michigan will also make you synonymous with "the guy who wears red pants," but I mostly just liked them because they were comfy and purrrty looking. Worst Wolf vs. Goat Chinos: Sorry, dudes, these things sucked. I think Mauro's a swell guy with some serious ambition. But the lousy cut was a fitting end for a product that got delayed like five or six months. Some people loved these things, but I thought the top block and the legs were like if Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde had to be represented in a piece of clothing. Epaulet Gaberdine Trousers: This is all about me forgetting that I don't look good in really light pants. I loved the texture and the fit, but I don't think I've ever worn a pair of light trousers and thought, "Ohhhh yeah." Got these hemmed before I decided they didn't work for me, so coupled with eating the tailoring fees, reduced resale price + shipping fees, it wasn't a smart buy for me. Cheap Uniqlo Summer Shirts: This is mostly because I didn't want to wait two hours in line to try them on and thus paid for my sins in shitty, awkward fits on the shirts. They were cheap, but they still got a collective five or six wears before I realized how stupid they looked. 2009 Update Epaulet Purple Flannel: Just sold this. Still loved how it looked, but the darting in the back just didn't get along with my frame in this size. Apolis Activism Vandenberg Jacket: Looking to sell this now (and you should totally buy it!), but only because the Krane jacket is all I want to wear now. Uniqlo S-002 Black Denim: Haven't worn much this fall, but only because those damn gray S-002's are hogging all the time when I decide to cloak the lower half of my body.