Hello, all. First and foremost, let me wish you all a very happy new year. I hope everyone had a stellar 2012 and that 2013 is just as fruitful. 2012 was a great year for CGS. Abigail, our co-admin, turned out to be a very resourceful, intuitive addition to the CGS team and she helped bring this blog to the next level. Much of this past year’s success is due to her hard efforts and drive to make this community a welcoming and insightful one. 2012 also saw our first Q+A with a plus size clothing manufacturer and an accompanying editorial to boot. We also kickstarted our YouTube channel, ChubbyGuySwagTV, which we look forward to doing more with in 2013. And let’s not forget the slew of splendid submissions from CGS followers across the globe. These were my Top 5 for this year (in no particular order):
DylanDarko on 24 May 2012: This user has graced CGS with his presence on a few occasions. This submission, however, was superlative. The choice of colors in both the shirt and tie combined with the choice to roll up the sleeves of his jacket as if he Don Johnson on ‘Miami Vice’ made this outfit stand out.
Johnathan Rondina on 6 June 2012: Johnathan Rondina, who also goes by the moniker lifeontheplusside, is a follower and frequent submitter who hails from the Phillipines. This outfit stood out because of John’s eye for detail when it comes to color coordination and choice of accessories.
KennyZambonini on 10 July 2012: This year was a good year for graphic tees. In fact, graphics in general seemed to be really popular. Patterns became big again. Things got interesting. This submission, which has a dash of self-ascribed irony, had all of this and more going for it.
Hehasfreckles on 21 October 2012: Nothing beats a classafrass. Nothing. This submission wasn’t screaming classy, it was blaring it from a sound system at a rave reserved for the fatshion community. The bow-tie is crucial. The chinos are choice. But what really pulled this together was the grey blazer which fit him perfectly (especially at the cuff).
Fanufactured on 4 October 2012: Fanufactured became one of our biggest - and most interesting - submitters in 2012. All of his submissions have joined the century club (submissions with 100 notes or more) and he always has an extremely personal, very unique twist on each of his outfits. He truly emits a sense of taste and personality which is what swag is all about. This post, in particular, has great use of color, classic accoutrements, and a killer pair of loafers.
What caught your eye in 2012?