Flashy footwear (or any footwear for that matter) and statement coats have fallen by the wayside these past few months, with no place to go and really no places to wear them. However, there is something to be said for the items in our wardrobes that have the power to instantly put a smile on our faces, even if we’re only wearing them to dress up at home.
Last week, the holiday season kicked off early with a weekend of joy and celebration following the news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had won the presidential election. For many, weight was lifted and hope was restored. With moods boosted and the holidays ahead, we’re feeling like getting dressed up again, and are looking at our favorite, feel-good fashion items as a sartorial pick me up. Here, 17 Vogue editors share those honorary pieces that feel most special, whether it’s a personal piece of jewelry, an investment they hold near and dear, or a dreamy, statement-making item like a foxy, shearling-trimmed coat.
Steff Yotka, Fashion News Editor
I look and feel like a Christmas present in this dress, and that’s just delightful!
Emily Farra, Senior Fashion News Writer
I always get a little mood boost when I wear my Sea quilted coat. It’s lightweight and squishy, almost like an actual blanket, and the mash-up of patterns and colors brightens even the dullest outfit.
Rickie de Sole, Executive Fashion Director
Looking down at my feet and seeing sparkle gives me instant joy. I love how dressy and still casual these Manolo Blahnik slides are. And nothing gives me more joy than getting through the day without losing something! This brilliant Tom Ford Airpod case keeps me from losing my headphones in the depths of my handbag.
Alexandra Michler, Director, Fashion Initiatives
I have a vintage tapestry coat that I adore. It is the saving grace during chilly months as I am always excited to wear it. I am obsessed with this Gabriela Hearst coat—it is way out of my price range but one of those admirable pieces that is sustainable and new, yet feels vintage.
Madeline Swanson, Accessories Editor
I hate being restricted in any way by my clothing when working from home, and thus, ‘zoom tops’ are not part of my repertoire. Then how, you may wonder, do I stay polished over video cam? The answer is simple: the detachable zoom collar. These ruffly little bundles of joy are likely popping up everywhere on your insta feed right now (and for good reason), but the original (and best) is from La Veste. Its ability to transform literally any shirt (i.e. pajama top, baggy tee, moth-bitten sweater) into a prim and proper fashion moment makes it the most versatile piece in my wardrobe right now.
Alexandra Gurvitch, Editor
The coat of my dreams is the Saks Potts Foxy coat and I feel very fortunate to own it. Every time I wear it I feel special, like a princess. I have recently been thinking of getting it in another color because I love it so much and am afraid of wearing it down.
Hildy Kuryk-Bernstein, Contributing Editor
As I look longingly at the heels in my closet gathering dust, and see only flat days ahead, I wanted a sneaker that would be a break from anything else I had —a vibrant, furry, and fun shoe that hasn’t failed to make me smile every time I’ve put them on. Neon for fall!
Laird Borrelli-Persson, Archive Editor
I received a cashmere From the Road wrap as a gift from someone whom I admire. It’s huge, handwoven in Nepal, and feels like a safe, warm hug when I wrap it around me.
Chloe Malle, Contributing Editor
My lime green Leorosa cardigan with rose velvet buttons puts a spring in my step every time I put it on, even if I’m just stepping into a zoom meeting.
Madeline Fass, Market Editor
Last weekend’s news called for a blinged out bag and what I refer to as my princess boot: a calf height, purple brocade pair from Dries Van Noten (similar style below) which haven’t been worn since September of last year. After the year 2020 has been, I almost forgot the simple pleasure a clothing item, in my case a pair of boots, could bring. Everytime I wear them I am reminded of the excitement and happiness I felt when I first bought them. They’re just as fun to wear as they are to look at.
Rachel Besser, Market Editor
I’m still working from the already frigid midwest, and have been on the hunt for a sleek puffer coat to help keep me warm through the upcoming winter months. When Jil Sander and Uniqlo’s latest +J collaboration dropped yesterday, I immediately had my eye on a navy and black puffer that looked warm and polished. There’s no joy quite like feeling warm in Chicago’s upcoming icy temps.
Willow Lindley, Accessories Director
Sweaters bring me so much joy. This time of year, I can’t help but want to stock up on all my favorite softies that feel like a warm hug.
Mai Morsch, Associate Market Editor
One of the biggest, and by far the best, investments I’ve made in my wardrobe is my classic black Acne Studios blazer. Friends of mine know, it really is my signature. I style it open over a t-shirt or sweater for the office or travel days, closed with a silk bra for dinner, and have even worn it over a gown for a black-tie event. I’ve had it for four years and, as long weather permits, wear it at least twice a week. Though there is nothing frilly about it, it’s the piece of clothing in my closet that makes me smile with confidence just as much as the day I bought it.
Charlotte Diamond, Assistant Market Editor
My Monica Rich Kosann locket, complete with a photo of my parents on one of their first dates and a sweet shot of my dog, is a constant reminder that those I love are always close to my heart. It’s hard to have a bad day when my family is always with me!
Julie Tong, Commerce Editor
One of my favorite joyful fashion pieces is one I haven’t worn since my birthday earlier this year, but it always puts me in a cheerful, celebratory mindset. My Saks Potts Dorthe jacket is both an instant mood-booster and stress-reliever. While its faux fur-trimmed collar and cuffs are a far departure from my usual understated style, it’s always the perfect pick-me-up, especially when accompanied by a glass of champagne.
Ciarra Zatorski, Assistant Market Editor
There’s just something about a wrist full of Roxanne Assouline that is sure to put a smile on my face! Perhaps it’s the lively tones, the unique designs, or the nostalgic, beaded bracelets reminiscent of summers past. My go-to is the Little One’s playful yet luxe set, which keeps my spirits high with just one glance at the wrist.
Liana Satenstein, Senior Fashion Writer
I love this sweatshirt of this old kvetchy man lighting a menorah. It’s by the Instagram account @oldjewishmen aka OJM. Nothing more I love than to be cozy with my OJM…merch.