The 20 Best Items Our Editors Bought This Year

By December 13, 2018Press

13 December 2018

In the ever-changing world of shopping, there are so many options available that it can actually be difficult to figure out what you want to buy. That’s why we decided to ask our editors the absolute best thing they bought this year, to inspire your shopping carts from gift ideas to the sometimes necessary “treat yourself” purchases. From the phone charger you never knew you needed and the beloved sandals that do live up to their reputation to the sought-after white button down shirt and the perfect travel backpack, these are the best items T&C editors bought this year, along with why they made the list of top purchases.

Gisele Pajamas

Eberjey
$120.00
“I never considered myself the ‘formal pajama type,’ until I discovered this luxuriously cozy Eberjey pajama set. They’re super soft, warm but breathable, and look adorable. I’ve even gotten away with wearing the pants out in public, and got compliments on them when I did (try at your own risk). Plus, I’m a huge advocate for indulging in a little luxury when it comes to your at-home life, and every time I wear these I feel amazing.”—Lucia Tonelli, Editorial Fellow, ELLEDECOR.com
Teint Couture Shimmer Highlighter
Givenchy
$42.00
“Want to know the ultimate test of a cult-favorite beauty product? Let six beauty-obsessed girlfriends borrow it for the same wedding, take hundreds of photos, and then see how many of them add the product to their personal collection. This Givenchy shimmer highlighter passed that test with flying colors. Putting on face highlighter is basically an art form, but this product makes the entire process a breeze. I can’t recommend it enough—either can my girlfriends.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor
White Tie-Front Shirt
Madewell
$44.98
“After years and years of searching for the perfect white button down shirt, I finally found one. Madewell’s classic cotton version has become the most crucial staple item in my wardrobe—I wear it so often, in fact, that I now can’t remember how I ever lived without it. ‘The shirt’ has even become a phenomenon on my Instagram (where I post photos of myself wearing it all the time) and my followers—who’ve since bought their own—frequently send me photos of themselves rocking it too.”—Lindsay Silberman, Contributing Editor
Sasha Dress
Tory Burch
$399.00
“I bought what is now my favorite summer party dress from Tory Burch this past summer—silk, spaghetti straps, mid-calf, in color blocks of cream, yellow, ochre, navy. I like the way it feels against my skin and its flowy-ness; I like the colors, which I don’t normally wear; and I like how it’s dressy (the silk, the sheen) but at the same time casual.”—Klara Glowczewska, Executive Travel Editor
Gold-tone Hoop Earrings
Laura Lombardi
$100.00
“I was gifted a pair of small gold hoop earrings this year, and they quickly became one of my most-worn pieces. I wouldn’t call them statement earrings, but even so they’re really eye-catching—I’ve had complete strangers compliment them from afar. If you’re looking for a chic pair of earrings that transition from day to night perfectly, these will not disappoint.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Drunk Elephant
“When it comes to Drunk Elephant, believe the hype. My friends had been raving about the brand for months before I gave their cult-classic Marula Oil a try, and now I’m obsessed. Apply just a few drops to your face for glowing, well-hydrated skin.” —Caroline Hallemann, News Editor
The Modern Snap Backpack
Everlane
“The perfect travel bag: big enough for a raincoat, water bottle, phone charger and all the rest, but sleek enough that you don’t feel like the ugly American.”—Elizabeth Angell, Digital Director
Women Ultra Light Down Compact Short-Sleeve Jacket
Uniqlo
$39.90
“Puffer jackets tend to turn everyone into the same vaguely Michelin-man shaped winter creature, but this ultralight Uniqulo jacket has a clever silhouette that’s perfect for layering and can be worn with literally anything.” —Elizabeth Angell, Digital Director
Palm Beach Leather Sandals
Jack Rogers
$118.00
“This might be shocking, but I got my very first pair of Jack Rogers sandals this summer and it was basically love at first wear. The sandals very muchliveup to the hype: they’re comfortable and well made, chic enough to match with almost anything, and addictive enough for me to buy 10 more pairs. I honestly don’t know what summer shoes I wore before them. I got a pair from Jackie O. collector’s edition capsule line, and in 2019 I’m planning on adding a few more to my collection.”—Maggie Maloney, Associate Digital Editor
Catalina Tea Length Fit & Flare Dress
Dress the Population
$182.00
“Full disclosure: I am not a dress person. I spend 99.99 percent of my life in pants and the only reason it’s not 100 percent is because it takes time to change between pairs of pants. But I adore this dress—so much that I bought it in three colors. Throw on heels and some sparkly earrings and it’s ready for a party; add a cardigan and some boots and you’re good to go for work. The construction and weight of the fabric belong on a dress that costs twice the price, and it manages to be sexy without showing off a crazy amount of skin. Did I mention it has pockets? Yep. It’s the platonic ideal of a dress.” —Lauren Hubbard, Contributor
Cropped Wool Cashmere Turtleneck White
NAADAM
$175.00
“Never in my life have I received more compliments on a sweater than I have with this Naadam turtleneck. Every time I wear it, someone stops to ask me where I bought it.  Not only is the cut ultra-flattering, but it’s incredibly soft, too. And as a bonus Naadam products are ethically sourced and use only clean energy to power their facilities, so I can feel good about owning this sweater in every color.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor
Greek Yoghurt Face Cream
$36.00
“It is beyond me why this product isn’t at the top of every publication’s ‘best moisturizer’ lists. I have chronically dry skin and this is deeply hydrating without being greasy or smothering. I’ve been using it for five years now, and recently, have gotten my boyfriend, my boyfriend’s sister, and a few friends hooked on it as well. My boyfriend and I are so afraid of going without it that we’ve taken to bulk ordering five or six at a time. Korres, if you’re reading this, consider this my plea to not discontinue this life-changing product!”—Chloe Foussianes, News Writer
Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket
Orolay
$113.99
“Usually when I admire something on one of my fellow Brooklyn moms, I expect to find out that it’s impossibly expensive or hard to get. But not this time. This jacket has quietly popped up on the drop-off circuit on the Upper East Side and Brooklyn, and it’s like a chain letter: each person who gets it triggers three more. I get compliments on it constantly and I’ve had at least one person whip out their phone and use their Amazon app to Prime themselves one the next day. Here’s why: it’s incredibly warm, the perfect length, equipped with lots of useful pockets, and adjustable so it can accommodate a bulky sweater or a simple T-shirt and jeans.”—Elizabeth Angell, Digital Director
T300A Bluetooth Turntable
Crosley Radio
$199.00
“The best item I bought this year was not for me but for my parents—a Crosley T300A Bluetooth Turntable so they could listen to all their favorites, from Abba and Celia Cruz to Joan Manuel Serrat and Marc Anthony. As a fun extra, I also got them an annual membership to the monthly record club by Vinyl Me Please to add new music to their collection.”—Erik Maza, Style Features Director
Apple TV
Apple
$199.00
“I am firmly a member of the generation that has never had cable. I do, however, have logins for a slew of streaming services. For years, I was connecting my laptop to the TV with an HDMI cord. No more! This handy device has made my relaxing Netflix days even more chill.”—Chloe Foussianes, News Writer
Portable Charger Jackery
Jackery
$29.99
“The most practical thing I bought this year is a Jackery Bolt portable phone charger. It combines a backup battery with built-in Lightning and Micro USB cables, eliminating the need to carry a spare cable. While it’s light and small enough to slip into a pocket, it packs a punch: the 6,000mAh of power can charge most smartphones twice. After a friend saw me using mine I sent her one as a gift, and she said it’s one of the most useful presents she’s ever received.”—Sam Dangremond, Contributor
High Rise Chaturanga Capri
athleta
$64.00
“2018 was the year I finally got serious about my fitness routine, thanks in no small part to these perfect workout pants. Athleta’s black capris don’t ride up or fall down; they wash well; and they don’t show anything they aren’t supposed to. Plus, at $64, they’re a fraction of what some other brands cost. And when I pair them with the matching All In Bra, I *almost* feel like I could be a fitness influencer. What more could you ask for?”—Caroline Hallemann, Digital News Editor
Roomba 675
iRobot
$299.99
“I never thought I would spring for a Roomba, but now that I finally have, I can say that the amount of time it saves me in chores daily is something I will never be able to go without. Surely a splurge, it’s an investment that pays itself off by giving you less time to stress about how you still haven’t gotten around to vacuuming.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor
Ice Roller
Esarora
$11.99
“My friend introduced me to this ice roller last spring and I’ve been hooked since. It’s the one product I actually use every day, whether it’s because I’ve woken up feeling puffy under my eyes or when I simply want to pamper myself with a face mask and ice roll (rolling on top of a face mask is an anti-aging technique). When you read the list of benefits ranging from the reduction of varicose veins to calming skin after sun exposure to shrinking pores and increasing circulation and elasticity—it’s truly a wonder product. I’ve since bought rollers, upon their request, for my mom, sisters, and sister-in law and they’ve passed the news onto their friends.”—Charlotte Chilton, Editorial Fellow
Online Studio 1 Year Subscription
Tracy Anderson
$403.75
“After what seemed like years of toying with the idea of splurging on a Tracy Anderson digital membership, I finally took the leap— and it was more than worth it. Not only has this given me the ease of doing a mat workout I know I love whether I’m home or traveling, but because it is available whenever I want, I’ve never been more consistent about exercising every day. Sure, my arms are more toned, but the mental benefits of this structure have benefited me in ways that I couldn’t have imagined.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Digital Editor