As it’s my job to sort through every clothing item, shoe style, and accessory on the market and dig out the best ones, gatekeeping isn’t really an option. It would go against everything I was hired to do. But that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes want to keep a very small (but mighty) number of items to myself—not only so that they don’t sell out before I break myself down and buy them but also so that I know I’ll be the first person to wear them. Alas, wanting to do something and actually doing it are two very different things, which is how this curation of should’ve-been-gatekept pieces came to be.
Below, you’ll find a treasure trove of fashion finds that I’ve come across and considered hiding away in the last few weeks. I have high standards, so you know they’re good. Whether it’s an on-sale discovery that shouldn’t be as cheap as it is or a soon-to-be-viral item that’ll be gone in weeks or maybe even days, the pieces featured in the list below should not be slept on for one more day. Don’t make me regret sharing them. It took a lot, so I expect all of you to react accordingly.