Well, it’s about that time when everyone reminisces about the year that was. Guardians of the Galaxy shocked the box office. Jimmy Fallon stole America’s heart. Kim Kardashian tried to break the Internet. And we discovered the handbag that changed our life. Find it, along with nine other fashion standouts, below.

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Piperlime Collection

The popular shopping site (yes, the one where you stalk Olivia Palermo’s favorite midi skirts) stepped into the big leagues this year by launching its own in-house label of trendy basics.

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COS

Move over, Zara. Our new go-to for affordable minimalism is COS. In about eight months, the H&M offshoot has managed to launch U.S. e-commerce and open stores in both New York City and Los Angeles.

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& Other Stories

Another new-to-the-States sister line of H&M is & Other Stories. The middle child of sorts, it’s a touch more sophisticated than the fast-fashion juggernaut, yet not quite as stark as COS. Shop it online or at its NYC boutique.

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Industry Standard

Quality denim, made in America, for less than a car payment? It exists.

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AYR

And now, we introduce the best-fitting jeans of all time: AYR. It’s the lady counterpart to men’s khaki emporium Bonobos. But more than just amazing (also American-made) denim, AYR also stocks some pretty great blazers, blouses, sweaters and tees to round out your everyday looks.

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Trademark

Of course the daughters of C.Wonder’s Chris Burch (and former stepdaughters of Tory) are going to anchor their new line around preppy pieces. But expect some serious Margot Tenenbaum vibes on the side.

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Rodebjer

Technically, this Swedish line has been on the indie scene for years. But it really took off this year with increasingly bigger and better shows at New York Fashion Week. And we would wear its billowy caftans any damn day.

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PIOL

Speaking of perfectly slinky numbers, meet PIOL, a new site that lets you customize your very own bespoke frock.

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DYLANLEX

Riiiight? We’ve never wanted a necklace so badly, either. And yes, it’s only one, singular, monster piece of sparkle.

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Dagne Dover

Here it is, our absolute favorite discovery of the year: the compartmentalized glory that is a Dagne Dover handbag. Your commute will be forever changed.

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