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2019 was a wild year in fashion. There were dad sneakers, orthopedic sandals, teeny-tiny purses and too many teddy coats to count. But surprisingly, none of those were classified as our editors’ favorites. Instead, we went for these 11 items and loved them so much that we’re going so far as to say they’re the best items we purchased all year. Considering we shop like it’s our job (because it is), that’s saying a lot.

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1. Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

“I’m the type of person who never takes off her jewelry, and unfortunately that means my pieces get dull pretty quickly. Not to mention, few things are more annoying than manually scrubbing each individual piece. This ultrasonic cleaner has been a true game changer. Nothing has ever made my rings shine the way this little machine does. And best of all, there’s zero manual labor involved.” —Angela P., editorial director of branded content

$40 at Amazon


2. Stuart Weitzman McKenzee Combat Boot

“I had been searching for the perfect pair of boots for, no joke, two full years. Then I laid my eyes on these back in the fall and I knew I’d found the ones. They’re comfortable, easy to wear and—most important—surprisingly sleek given that they’re essentially utility footwear. They were definitely a splurge, but I know I’ll have (and love) them for the foreseeable future.” —Brianna L., commerce editor

Buy It ($595)


3. Everlane Cropped Alpaca Cardigan

“I’ve been on a real sweater kick this year, but I think this one (a recent purchase) might be my favorite of the bunch. It’s soft and warm, and it looks a little different from all the other cardis out there, thanks to the high neck. The rose color makes me feel like I’m wearing a cotton candy cloud, and I would wear it every day if I could!” —Katherine G., associate food editor

Buy It ($100)


4. STATE Bags Women's Crosby Fanny Pack

“Blame Tan France, but I finally decided to embrace the fanny pack—except I only allow myself to wear it as a crossbody (because, fashion). I have to tell you, it has changed my life. As a new mom, I carry, at minimum, three bags. The number of times I’ve had a mini panic attack looking for my purse only to find that it was slung over my shoulder but out of sight was vast. This fanny pack is sleek and hits right at my chest, so I always know exactly where my wallet and phone are. Better yet, I can access them in a micro-second. Best decision of 2019!” —Rachel B., director of special projects

$145 at Amazon

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5. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

“Working at a publisher, I feel like I’ve been inundated with ‘the best product for great skin’ and nearly everything falls flat. Nowadays, I rely on two things for my skin: my dermatologist and my P50 PIGM 400. I can’t pronounce it and honestly can’t live without it.” —Corley M., manager, people and operations

Buy It


6. Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Activity Gym Play Mat

“During those first few months when my baby loved being held all day, every day, this was a total godsend. I could plop him on there while I got dressed or made coffee and he was perfectly content. It almost even made tummy time bearable (almost).” —Alexia D., senior SEO editor

$52 at Amazon


7. G by Guess Gessy Combat Boot

“I bought these boots a couple months ago, and I’ve been wearing them nonstop ever since. They’re so comfy and they go with, like, 95 percent of my outfits. I had another pair like this from the same brand that lasted more than six years, so fingers crossed that these hold up just as well.” —Kara C., assistant commerce editor

Buy It ($60)


8. Madewell The Medium Drawstring Transport Tote

“Pretty much everyone and their mom has this bag, but it’s for good reason. It matches everything, holds a ton and gets better with age. I opted for the drawstring version because it keeps my things a bit more secure when walking down NYC sidewalks. I even bought a fun rainbow strap to add a pop of color.” —Rachel G., associate managing editor

Buy It ($168)


9. Ariel Gordon Jewelry 14k Pearl Swing Hoop Earrings

“I stalked these earrings for a few weeks before I pulled the trigger, and let me tell you, they were worth every penny (and every minute spent staring at them on my computer screen). Not only are they super light and easy to wear every day, but they’re also slightly statement-making, so they have the ability to make even a T-shirt look dressed up. And at just under $300, they feel like an investment piece I’ll have for years and years.” —Dena S., fashion editor

Buy It ($295)


10. Stutterheim Stockholm Long Print Raincoat

“This year I finally invested in a good raincoat, and I’m obsessed with my pick. The length and hood height are ideal for my tall frame (not an easy thing to find). Plus, it says Stutterheim on the back, and I like to think that if you looked really quickly you might think it said my last name, Stiefvater.” —Sarah S., editor

Buy It ($249)

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11. AGOLDE Ren High-Rise Cropped Wide-Leg Jeans

“These jeans from Agolde. I first rented them through Nuuly and absolutely fell in love, so Idecided to go for it and buy a pair. I wear them maybe three times a week. They just hit me in all the right places. When you find a pair of jeans that does that, it can give you a mood boost that lasts for months.” —Abby H., associate fashion editor

Buy It ($178)

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