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Reader Style Faves of 2021

Reader Style Faves of 2021

My brain is not built for the tedious tasks needed to be completed by year end. But one report I look forward to running is our best sellers from the last 12 months. And every December, I share those top picks here.

Today we’re featuring your top picks in style: clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tomorrow, stay tuned for the best of beauty. 

I have to say, in all the years I’ve published a recap, this one is the most cohesive and representative of our aesthetic. It’s classic, timeless, practical, and modern.

Everything below is still in stock, although I’m sure sizes are getting limited.

Several bestsellers have sold out, like blazers and novelty blouses, but by and large, this list is a core wardrobe. So if you need to add or replace any of these in your closet, know that these are the pieces our community loved most.

Reader Faves of 2021: Style Picks


Readers' Style Favorites in 2021


Girlfriend Chino Pants

Girlfriend Chinos in Tan

Girlfriend Chino Pants, $55 

Meet the best selling pant of 2021. I know, I was surprised too!  But these casual “girlfriend” chinos are a welcomed break from joggers and jeans. The model shoes them cuffed, but you can absolutely wear them uncuffed. 

Available at J.Crew Factory, in sizes 0 – 24, in regular and petite, in khaki, grey, white and navy. 

Old Navy Power Slim Jeans

Power Slim Straight Jeans, $35 

And speaking of jeans, the hands down favorite are these mid-rise, dark wash, “power slim” jeans. If you’re thinking of trying a pair of ON jeans, and like a skinny cut, these are a fantastic option. 

Available at Old Navy in sizes 00 – 30, in regular, tall and petite

Blanket Scarf

Madewell Blanket Scarf

Blanket Scarf, $16 

I love blanket scarf, and this one is light but still keeps you warm for only $16. 

Available at Nordstrom, made by Madewell. 

Strapless Bra

Wacoal Strapless Bra

Strapless Bra, $68 

One of the items on my never-ending “to-do” list is to clean out my underwear drawer over winter break. And I bet, if that’s also something you would like to do, you’re probably missing some essentials.

You don’t need a strapless bra until you do. That’s why I always recommend picking one up before you need it. The Wacoal Red Carpet Bra has a cult-like following. It’s comfortable, fits well, and doesn’t move all around. So no constantly fixing yourself all night long.

Available at Nordstrom in natural (above), brush and black. 

V-Neck T-shirt

Land's End V-Neck T-Shirt

V-Neck T-shirt, $12

Earlier this year, we tested and rounded up the best white tee shirts that are (1) affordable, and (2) not see-through. 

Your favorite on the list turned out to be the Land End classic, v-neck t-shirt. 

Available at Lands End in 2 – 18, in regular, petite and tall. 

Duck Boots

Duck Boots

Duck Boots, $19.99 

These popular duck boots are classic in style and practical to wear on cold, wet days.  Originally $69.99 they are marked down to $19.99. You can pair them with any bottom and look cute while staying warm. 

Available at Macy’s in brown or navy.

The Starling Loafer

Birdies The Starling Loafer

The Starling Loafer, $98 

There’s nothing else to say about the Starling Loafer by Birdie’s that I haven’t already said a 100 times. This is the second YEAR they’ve been on the best sellers list. I like to think that over the holidays, how many of us will be hosting our families, wear the same, insanely comfortable flats. 🙂

Available at Birdie’s in a variety of colors and patterns. 

Classic Denim Shirt

Banana Republic Classic Denim Shirt

Classic Denim Shirt, $98

This classic denim shirt has been on our best seller list every week since we first featured it. You’re probably sick of seeing it in our round ups. BUT if you want one, this is the one to get. 

Available at Banana Republic in XXS – XXL in regular, tall and petite. 

Leather Satchel

Tory Burch Leather Satchel

Leather Satchel, $278

It’s feels like forever since a bag was on our top selling report. Who needs a bag when you’re stuck at home? So I was thrilled to see this Tory Burch Satchel was so popular. It’s still available at Nordstrom, with 30% off. 

Available at Nordstrom, price reflects 30% off promotion

Mini Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings

Mini Tortoiseshell Earrings

Mini Tortoiseshell Hoop Earrings, $32

Pair these mini tortoiseshell hoop earrings with any of the dozens of turtlenecks we featured this year. I wore these the other day with the fleece turtleneck from J.Crew Factory the other day, and it quickly elevated a comfortable outfit into something more thoughtful.

Available at Nordstrom.

Perfect Leather BeltMadewell Perfect Leather Belt

Perfect Leather Belt, $48

There’s a reason this is called the “perfect” leather belt. It’s simple, and easy to wear. No fuss. And it’s available in black or pecan with your choice of silver or gold-tone buckle. 

Available at Madewell in four classic colors, in XXS – XXL.Use code HOLLYJOLLY for 25% off.

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

The Amazon Coat Orolay

The Amazon Coat, $160 

Listen, I love this coat so much. It’s one of the top selling coats on all of Amazon. I wore it just the other night to see Christmas lights with my kiddos. It’s incredibly warm, stylish, and affordable. 10/10 from me, so I’m glad to see so many readers love it too. 

Available on Amazon, in a range of colors, in sizes XXS – 5X Large.

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Reader Style Faves of 2021

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Mary B

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

I have the coat ( absolutely love!) and two belts, also the earrings. The earrings were larger than I expected and I dont wear them as much as I thought I would. Ordering the chinos today. Thanks and happy holidays!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

So happy to hear this! Thank you for your support this year!


Tuesday 14th of December 2021

I have the coat, the jeans, and the chino pants. Love them all, and grateful to have found you and your recommendations. My other fave is the plaid sherpa fleece (in black) from Amazon. Happy New Year in advance! (Now I'm checking out those earrings...)

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

Love hearing this! And Happy New Year to you. Thank you for supporting us this year.

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