If there is a noob mistake, I’ve made it. Short, overly slim jackets, loud checks, tight, low-rise trousers, cheap shoes, cheap ties, shirts with terrible collars… you name it. I’ve spent thousands with very little to show for it. I’m now in the process of getting rid of my RTW stuff in favour of MTM, which I am just getting into. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, there are no short cuts. Especially when it comes to suits and SC’s.
Having said that, the biggest challenges noobs face are not not just about money; the lack of understanding about fit and proportion as applied to one’s own body results in poor choices more than anything. Also, while it’s easy to get caught up in menswear trends, it’s much harder to develop one’s own sense of style. That takes time.
I’m at the point now where I’m fairly confident the purchases I make will have longevity. This is in large part thanks to feedback. That, and basically just hanging out here to see what is well-received, which are not and why. You guys have been an absolutely invaluable resource in my menswear education.