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The Most Satisfying Fashion Purchases 'Glamour' Editors Made in 2017
December 31, 2017 1:30 pm
Trends come and go, but there's something to be said for the purchases that keep their value beyond the end of a season—the items you wear to bits, way beyond the point where you need to replace it; the one you reach for when your outfit needs an extra something; the one that you're so. damn. glad. you made every time you put it on. As the year comes to a close, it's worth looking back fondly on those truly special pieces that completed our closets this year, and that we can't imagine our lives without. For some, it came from a spur-of-the-moment splurge; for others, it was a buy that was plotted months in advance. We asked 15 Glamour staffers to share their most satisfying purchases from 2017, and their answers capture that range, both in terms of product and how it changed their wardrobes. If you're in the market for an item that's worth every dollar, take any one of these suggestions for instant fashion gratification.
A New Day Leopard Faux Fur Coat, $39.99, Target
"It's a recent purchase, but I'm loving this faux fur leopard coat that I picked up at Target. It was a spontaneous purchase. I was literally on my way to pick up flour for my mom before Thanksgiving and saw this out of the corner of my eye. It just spoke to me. Destiny! It’s a bit out of my comfort zone—I usually gravitate toward sneakers and low-key looks—but that’s why I love it. It adds some sass into my wardrobe. I've worn it with everything, everywhere—literally, to work, a ’20s theme party, the movies, a fancy holiday event... Leopard is a neutral. Whenever I wear it I get compliments—and honestly, I like that it was so cheap. A spontaneous 'me' gift is an easy way to bring a little happiness into my life."
—Anna Moeslein, digital entertainment editor
Mango High-waist Corduroy Trousers, $79.99, Mango
"I'm a pretty selective shopper, but when I think about a piece of clothing for months I know it's worth the splurge. After seeing a pair of wide-leg, blush-pink, corduroy pants at a Céline market appointment in May, I finally snapped them up in October. Though the pinkish tone was a risk—I usually buy designer pieces in neutrals for max wearability—it ended up working out perfectly. I usually wear 'em with a black or grey sweater for day and a silk cami and a blazer at night. I got so many compliments that I almost bought another pair, but scooped up this Mango version instead."
—Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, senior market editor
Muji Polyester Cotton Linen Rectangular Soft Box, $12, Muji
"Obviously, this isn't clothing or an accessory, but it is the one thing I bought in 2017 that changed my wardrobe—or, at the very least, got it way more organized. These soft boxes from Muji have been incredibly helpful in sorting my closet. I have one for scarves and winter accessories, one for leggings and workout clothes, and one for sweatshirts and miscellaneous sweaters. I stack them in a corner of my room and under my bed, and—voilà!—I free up a ton of storage space."
—Ana Colón, digital fashion editor
ASOS Warehouse Rib Long Sleeve Roll Neck Top, $47, ASOS
"For my birthday, the person I was dating at the time got me a book about Gloria Steinem and I subsequently became slightly obsessed with her. Almost immediately, I decided that my Fall 2017 aesthetic was going to be Gloria, and this ASOS turtleneck was my gateway drug. (Have I even bought tinted aviators in my pursuit of this lewk? Hell yeah.) I used to never try to pull them off, but once I bought my first one, I was hooked. Now I basically wear them 5 out of 7 days a week with a miniskirt or flared jeans. This year was really hard for women in a lot of ways, so wearing something that's a wink to this feminist icon helps me conjure a little hope. And since I feel like everyone looks a little bit pissed off in a turtleneck, I actually recommend that more women go hard on turtlenecks as we go into 2018 to show we're not fucking around."
—Cady Drell, sex and relationships editor
Gucci Leather Double G Loafer, $840, Gucci
"For better or worse, I'm a unapologetic fast-fashion/bargain/thrift store shopper to the core—I find the act of searching and scoring deeply rewarding. My desert-island item in my closet is a puffy-sleeved top from Zara; I'll pop into any H&M or TJ Maxx that crosses my path; Etsy is my favorite pastime; and my wedding dress was $66 (true story.) But, every so often, I'll hook myself up with a piece from a brand I genuinely love, and this year it was a pair of white Gucci loafers, which won't only last forever (or until I buy another pair), but look baller with everything marginally less fancy in my closet."
—Perrie Samotin, digital deputy editor
Zara Check Miniskirt, $35.90, Zara
"I’ve been dying to get a checked miniskirt since I had to give up my old Catholic school uniform skirt. I created a Pinterest board of ways I could style the skirt, and I saved options from fashion bloggers on Instagram. But there was always something wrong with each skirt I tried on and bought: I looked in thrift shops, high-end, and low-end stores, and nothing ever seemed to fit right. Then, I randomly saw this skirt at Zara and thought I would give it a shot. I do regularly shop there, especially for basic items or one-off pieces that I’ve been dying to try. It’s very versatile: I’ve worn it with chunky knits, with body-suits and a leather jacket, or with a button-up shirt and a blazer. It’s special because it holds a bit of nostalgia for me, and it’s just satisfying to wear knowing how long it took for me to find the right skirt.
—Khalia Hawkins, digital administrative assistant
BDG Girlfriend High-Rise Jean, $69, Urban Outfitters
"I've had a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans for over two years now and wear them at least a few times a week—however, they come pre-destroyed, and I needed a pair that didn't look damaged. I had been searching for an alternate for a while that I liked, and finally found these. Now, I'm a believer in Urban Outfitters BDG jeans; I'm wearing them as I type this! They last forever and the fit can't be beat. My other go-to are the brand's super high rise black skinnies . I have many, many graphic tees and will wear them tucked into these jeans all. The. Time."
—Emily Geraghty, senior video producer
Rebecca Taylor Off-the-Shoulder Cherry Blossom Dress, $209, Rebecca Taylor
"About two years ago, I realized how much money I was throwing away on cheap dresses and set a goal: I'd limit my shopping to four times a year—whenever the big seasonal sales happen—and go big on a few key designer pieces. This led me to fall quickly in love with Rebecca Taylor. The fits look as beautiful on my size 10 frame as they do on the size 0 models, and the fabrics drape in that real expensive-looking way. Timed right, I often find $500 pieces knocked down to $200. I scored this dress over the summer and can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on it. There are only a few sizes left now, but I've got my eye on this dress for the next sale."
—Lindsay Schallon, senior digital beauty editor
Balenciaga Speed Mid Sneaker, $695, Nordstrom
"I first saw these Balenciaga sneakers on the Instagrams of sneaker heads and streetwear enthusiasts. I immediately wanted them, but they were sold out everywhere. I was waiting for my size to be restocked for about six months before actually purchasing them. I finally found them in the best, most fateful way possible: I bought them in Paris, during my first Paris Fashion Week. I had 10 minutes in between showroom appointments, and coincidentally was right outside the Balenciaga store on rue Saint-Honoré. They had one pair left in my size and after searching high and low in New York without luck, I didn't hesitate to buy them. I love special purchases when I'm traveling to commemorate the trip. Since then, I've worn them with everything, in every possible way."
—Amy Hou, market editor
Veda Grand Leather Jacket, $498, Veda
"I’ve been looking for the perfect leather jacket for a few years now. Seeing as it’s something of an investment piece, I wanted to make sure my first purchase was the right one. If I’m being totally honest, I found out about the company through an Alexa Chung series on YouTube, looked them up online, spent a few days with the tab open in my browser, then eventually took the plunge. I love this jacket so much for so many reasons—primarily because it’s a cropped style, so at 5’1”, it fits me like a glove (i.e., no super long sleeves or awkwardly long torso). Plus, it does what all perfect leather jackets are meant to do: It goes with everything, it looks better with every wear, and it somehow gives me the slightest illusion of—dare I say it—being cool."
—Melissa Haney, digital analytics manager
Charlotte Chesnais Saturne Earring, $450, Quiet Storms
"I discovered these earrings while working on jewelry market work for the magazine. I knew I needed an update to my classic hoops, and I was obsessed with these as soon as I saw them. I purchased them from Quietstorms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; it's my favorite jewelry boutique that features emerging designers. I wear these earrings with a smaller, micro-diamante hoop that just hugs the ear from Maria Tash to create a sculptural illusion. They're a conversation piece for sure."
—Jaclyn Palermo, associate accessories editor
Stuart Weitzman The Grandiose Bootie, $375, Stuart Weitzman
"I finally bought the Grandiose Stuart Weiztman booties that I had been eyeing for over a year. They were marked down to 40% off—still completely out of my budget, but I caved and bought them anyway. They're nude, suede, and have the cutest chunky heal that goes with just about everything—though I've totally destroyed them because I wear them all the time. Despite their scruffs, they're still my favorite shoes, and not just because they have Gigi Hadid's seal of approval. The nude is out of stock now, but you can still get them in black and a few other colors."
—Kate Friedman, digital editorial associate
Khaite Wallis Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $1,150, Saks Fifth Avenue
"I pretty much have my style down pat—my go-to look is a good raw denim with a blouse or sweater and boots—and I know which brands work best for me. But since a full closet of one brand would be a bit odd, I try to support new designers with similar aesthetics to mine. When Khaite launched in Fall 2016, I was in love. And this year, my favorite purchase was one of its cashmere sweaters. It's beige and blue striped and oversized but cropped, so that it pairs well with high-waisted jeans and ankle boots. It's not available anymore, but check out this one that's in stock at Saks Fifth Avenue."
—Elissa Veluto, accessories director
Louis Vuitton Epi Figari PM, $495, The Real Real
"I had been surfing The Real Real for months for the right bag. (I had originally wanted the Louis Vuitton Cluny.) It can take a while, since specific styles don’t come around often—and when they do, you have to make sure that it’s in a condition you’re okay with. This bag was a splurge, and it’s a little more luxe than most things I own. I throw the bag over my shoulder when I have somewhere nice to go, or when I’m going to a work event. It makes my outfit look a little more elevated than my usual bucket bag does. It feels like it’s one of a kind, even though it’s not. I hunted it down for so long that I feel like it’s a serious fashion feat! I even had a designer see me wearing it and track down the same style on a resale site. How’s that for validation?"
—Lauren Chan, fashion features editor