Let's be real: 2016 sucked. We probably invested in more ways to de-stress and self-care than we ever have before. And we must admit that some of the purchases we made this year kind of helped too, like finally getting that designer jacket we've had our eye on for years; picking up patches for an awesome DIY denim jacket; or stocking up on a great sports bra so we can ramp up our fitness routine. We found some great items on sale as well, thanks to Black Friday discounts or leftover store credit. Sure, this could all sound like a silly materialistic way to focus our energies, much like a lot of things that involve fashion and beauty. But if slipping into a pair of perfectly fitted Levi's Wedgie jeans makes you the slightest bit happier, more confident or at ease, then what's the problem? You do you! (That'll be our 2017 mantra.)
While we're on the subject of self-care, a lot of beauty products also made it into our top picks, from a shampoo and conditioner that goes easy on colored hair to a face scrub and mask that delivers Instagram-filter-perfect skin. The Year of Our Lord 2016 might have been a — dare we say — total trash fire, but at least we made it through with a glowing complexion and healthy hair.
Read on to find out what team Fashionista's favorite buys are from this year. Warning: If you don't own a pair of Levi's Wedgie jeans yet, a few editors will probably convince you otherwise.
Dhani Mau, Editorial Director
Alyssa Vingan Klein, Executive Editor
Tyler McCall, Deputy Editor
Maura Brannigan, Senior Editor
Maria Bobila, Associate Editor
Stephanie Saltzman, Beauty Editor
Karina Hoshikawa, Assistant Editor
Whitney Bauck, Assistant Editor
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