As Vogue editors, we often wax poetic on the latest runway must-haves and home-decor treasures, but not every item we gush about on this website ultimately ends up in our closets and homes. Our discoveries are nice to behold—they’re lovely to look at and inspire fun conversation—however, of all these cool things to buy, what did we actually end up purchasing? Each month we’ll highlight those special finds our editors welcomed into their lives—all the things that made us buyers rejoice.
At the end of every year, it’s only natural to do some reflecting on the past 365 days. Here at Vogue, we’re wistfully taking a moment to reminisce on our absolute favorite purchases of the year. For some, 2021 presented an opportunity to upgrade our homes, whether with an architectural couch for our living rooms or a mood-enhancing lamp for our bedrooms. Others happily invested in timeless fashion pieces—like Khaite’s tote bag and Vogue’s very own sweatshirts.
If you’re looking for cool things to buy, you’ll find more details on the items we gladly opened our wallets for below.
Virginia Smith, Global Head of Fashion
As an avid pants connoisseur, I know my way around a pair of wide-leg trousers, and these are perfect. I’m actually considering buying a second pair.
Stella McCartney Mona houndstooth wool flared pants
Julie Tong, Senior Commerce Editor
My favorite purchase of the year is Khaite’s Amelia tote. It is a bag I’ve had my eyes on since 2019, ever since I spotted the ultimate Khaite girl, Katie Holmes, with it on her arm. It’s the perfect shape and size to carry all of my bits and bobs to the office or double as a travel bag. Timeless and elegant, it’s a worthy investment and one I plan to carry for many years to come.
Rickie De Sole, Executive Fashion Director, Vogue.com
I mean this very genuinely: I love this navy-and-black Vogue sweatshirt that I bought from the Vogue shop this summer. At 5’3″, I wear a size XS and find myself throwing it on constantly—with jeans over the weekend, with a silk slip skirt to the office, or after a workout with leggings. A very unexpected best purchase!
A close runner-up is this adorable outfit that I got my daughter from the Spanish childrenswear label La Coqueta. It gives me such joy getting her dressed up in this charming outfit.
Vogue sweatshirt with patch logo
La Coqueta Adelita smock girl dress
Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer
This DIY lamination kit has kept my eyebrows looking feathery and full all year long—hands down the best purchase I’ve made besides my new house.
Elevate the Beauty eyebrow and lash lamination kit
Corey Seymour, Senior Editor
The entire Tumi/McLaren luggage collaboration is, frankly, jaw-dropping (and I’m talking about luggage here). The backpack is my new daily commuting go-to, but the four-wheel carry-on is truly next-level. That it’s the perfect size is, of course, a given, but the removable suit compartment and the hanger bracket and the various entry-point options and the featherweight-ness of it all has me brainstorming long-weekend flights merely to have an excuse to use it again. (The built-in USB port and tracing program—in case this gorgeous piece is ever lost or stolen—are exceptional grace notes.)
Tumi Aero International Expandable 4 wheel carry-on
Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor
Let 2021 be known as the year I discovered the perfect shade of red-red lipstick. Thank you, Gucci!
Gucci Rouge à Lèvres satin lipstick
Elise Taylor, Senior Living Writer
Is it cheating if I name two favorite things I bought this year? Because these Max ID icy blue tumblers go perfectly with these cheerful color-block napkins from Misette—and, when paired, have gotten me many compliments from dinner party guests.
Max ID NY exclusive set-of-two ghost tumbler glasses
Misette colorblock embroidered napkin set
Michella Oré, Beauty Assistant
This is, hands down, my favorite purchase of the year. Not only is the Super Puff incredibly lightweight and warm, the cropped cut and liquid-shine finish (I bought mine in black) add a certain polish and edge to anything I might wear underneath.
Super World The Super Puff Shorty jacket
Clarissa Schmidt, Commerce Producer
I discovered—and purchased—so many new things this year, choosing just one seems impossible! But if I had to choose what’s bound to be a longtime favorite, I would definitely highlight Living Proof’s Full Body shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been on the hunt for a gentle volumizing recipe for so long that this duo feels like the holy grail. I love how voluptuous and full my hair looks after every wash. I can’t stop recommending it to all my friends.
Living Proof Full shampoo
Kiana Murden, Beauty Commerce Writer
I’ve recently started using the Nars Soft Matte Foundation—a hydrating yet mattifying formula that gives me both the coverage and the poreless look I desire. Packed with hyaluronic acid, micro-algae extract, and an anti-oxidation complex, this liquid foundation seriously doesn’t budge or get overly oily throughout the day. A dream, truly.