December 11, 2015

The 5 best clothing and apparel items I bought in 2015

Every year, I buy a lot of stuff, especially clothes, and, at the end of the year, I try to take stock of what worked out for the best (and what didn't). This year, in addition to my annual basic stockpile of Marks & Spencer black tights, Uniqlo HeatTech turtlenecks, two pairs of Tod's flats, go-with-anything Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots, Patagonia puffa coat, and fluffy AEO holiday onesie (seriously, I buy these items every single year), here are the five best clothing and apparel items I bought in '15—the most-worn, most loved, most obsessed-over-because-I-love-them things that most accurately outwardly represent my current state of mind and perception of self. This is profound stuff you guys.

— TWO rib knitted rollneck merino dresses at Karen Millen: I bought one, loved it so much, so I bought another one. I can never resist a Karen Millen knit dress for everyday wear.
Lounge pants at Aether Apparel: Slim-cut sweatpants with the softest insides.
Free 4.0 Flyknit sneakers at Nike: Mushy yet somehow supportive and acceptable for weekend outdoor wear.
Barbour lined Beadnell jacket at Orvis: Warm and not muggy like waxed Barbour jackets (which i love, still). Neat and tidy and smart looking while still comfy.
Tasseled loafers at custom shoemaker Ducker and Son: Bought with a little bit of a block heel. I've worn these pretty much every day for the past three weeks. Makes satisfying and important clunk-clunk noises when I walk down the street.

Honorable mention goes to the Ann Demeulemeester asymmetrical dress I bought at Liberty a few months ago, in late summer. The one I linked is red, but I have the black one—and I'm pretty sure they're all sold out. It goes with everything, has a stretchy belt, and I can wear it with sneakers without anyone looking at me funny.