Most Loved Items of 2021
There’s nothing like a little self-reflection at the end of the year.
Today, I’m reflecting on the year in fashion in order to figure out what I used and loved most.
I have done this kind of roundup before, but this year, I’m specifically not talking just about items I purchased in 2021. Because I think it makes way more sense to talk about items that have stood the test of time, whether I added them to my life this year or several years ago.
2021 was a weird year because I spent the first half of the year doing Zoom school at my apartment in New Haven due to the pandemic. As you can imagine, I wore a lot of sweatpants.
After I got fully vaccinated in May, I temporarily moved to Virginia for a summer internship. I was working in-person and doing pastoral care visitations. It was also very hot and muggy. So that necessitated an entirely different wardrobe.
Then, school started back up in person in New England. Again, total wardrobe shift.
The items I feature below reflect those various shifts.
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My cashmere sweatpants from Quince felt like a ridiculous luxury item when I first got them. But I wear them so frequently during colder months – which is more than half the year in Connecticut – that the cost per wear is minimal. See review.
4 | Ribbed Tees
Ribbed knit shirts are my ride or die item. I will always stand behind Everlane’s pima rib cotton tees. I also picked up a few of these from Target. I like them because they can be dressed up or down so easily, and always conform to the body for a flattering fit.
I wanted this bag as soon as I saw it, but I wasn’t sure about the price point. While it’s definitely a kind of trend item, the style recalls vintage camera bags, which lends more versatility. And it is the perfect size while also being lightweight. I got mine on eBay at a significant discount. It’s still available on the Madewell site.
This seems like a silly item, and the fact that it’s made with polyester fleece means it needs to be washed sparingly and preferably with a Guppy Bag. But it is SO warm, even in 40 degree weather. I love it because it is practically weightless, which means it’s a great layering option (I really don’t like heavy, constricting things).
10 | Tiny Cross Necklace
Ideally, I would have found something sustainably-sourced for this necklace. But I wanted something very specific. I inherited my grandma’s cross necklace, but it is big, clunky, and yellow-gold. People kept telling me I looked like a mob boss when I wore it. This one just works better on my frame.
Among non-clothing purchases, my best buy for the year wasn’t actually a buy. I love using my iPad to save and highlight class readings. I received it as part of my compensation for an internship.
What are your most loved items this year?