>You really should have stopped going there as soon as you realized it was shit, but everyone was content with 4chan until a time came when they weren't so it depends on when that was. I also have no idea about what the state of /fa/ was back then. I'm more of a /v/igger really, so I've always had a home.
I started going there back around 2011, when the suggested look was 511s, desert boots, a slim-fit shirt, a pea coat, and a Hitler Youth haircut. After a little while, the streetwear and completely impractical gothninja stuff started taking over the board. Pics related. Then traditional /fa/core and more menswear-oriented stuff ended up getting labelled as "dadcore" (which, funnily enough, started off as a false flag made to look the streetwear posters look bad according to a post I saw on there back then).
>This is somewhat true for me as well. Though I think my tastes might be classified as somewhat wiggerish, I grew up in the poor BLACK part of the city. I really like sneakers but it's hard to go through with buying anything when I know it's most likely overpriced shit assembled in a sweatshop. That probably applies to pretty much any kind of textile good in the modern world today really.
I had a pair of '80s high-tops that I really liked back in high school, but they fell apart so soon that I stopped wearing tennis shoes. It's been leather chukkas for me ever since then. I'd be open to trying some minimalist black high tops if I knew I could trust the construction, but I'm pretty skeptical. I've been wearing the same pair of boots for years now, and they've held up well even if they're not perfect.
>That's the important part. I think I have a pretty decent sense of casual fashion that I just picked up on my own, but I would be hopeless when it comes to anything else without /fa/ or other online resources.
/fa/'s biggest benefit for me was understanding the importance of fit. I was actually into getting custom shirts made for a while, but I've since stopped. Working out ended up changing my shirt measurements to the point where it feels like I could bust out of them, so now I just stock up on snug-fitting t-shirts and buttonless long-sleeved shirts. That might be a problem in the long run, since from what I've seen the baggy look is coming back in style and it could get harder to find those kinds of shirts.
I've really come full circle in terms of style with the lazy t-shirt-and-jeans look, with the difference being that now I'm able to tell what is and isn't going to look completely terrible on me.