GOACA’s top ten bestsellers of the year—so far

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OK, time for my semi-annual disclosure of how I make money on this blog, people, and here goes: I receive a commission on sales of many (but not all) of the items I feature here, through affiliate partnerships. I also receive analytics of my sales, which allows me to see what  you click on, what you buy, what you keep, and what you return. I always find this information pretty fascinating, and a while back I started sharing it with you now and again. So here’s 2020 so far, starting with this Rachel Comey jumpsuit, which I wasn’t surprised so many of you went for—it’s got a slouchy, elegant silhouette, and I really like how it’s cut to look like two pieces instead of one.

Nili Lotan’s Tel Aviv pant is probably my most-worn and favorite trouser at the moment: it’s got a roomy enough fit, but appealingly slim lines too. I don’t own it in this olive hue, but I’m really tempted.

You guys really, really like Rag & Bone’s Slade blazer, which made this list last year as well, and it’s not hard to see why: It’s so  polished-looking, and yet decidedly casual in feel. It also comes in a nice variety of hues.

I do like a side stripe, and this pant from Current-Elliott has really good ones.

I purchased this really reasonably-priced robe on Etsy at the beginning of the summer, and it took forever to arrive (it ships from India) but the wait was so worth it: it’s super-soft, and has a sweet pink print.

These Rag & Bone jeans have a high-but-not-too-high waist, and a nice straight-leg cut. They’re also currently on sale.

I went for these faux-leather joggers a while back, and adore them: they’re as comfortable as sweats, and truly look like real leather.

A lower-waisted  straight-leg jean, for those of you who refuse to roll with high waistlines.

Such a pretty floral print on this satin popover from Vince, and right now it’s more than half off.

I think these Onitsuka Tiger sneakers are just so classic and old-school, and I dig the wee pop of color against the black.

 

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23 Thoughts on GOACA’s top ten bestsellers of the year—so far
    Rita
    26 Oct 2020
    2:34pm

    I see the Slate colored Sieve bra from Negative Underwear didn’t make the cut (this time!). I linked and bought that bra the same day. I loved it so much I went back a week later and bought a 3-pack (Buff). So comfortable. I’m hoping they have a Black Friday sale or something as I want some more colors. Dare I say I’m obsessed? Anyhow, thank you for your transparency regarding sales and commissions. And the great recommendations.

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    Kate
    26 Oct 2020
    12:51pm

    I always find this post so fascinating, and it’s nice to see there’s some chic, long-wearing pieces in here.

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    simone
    26 Oct 2020
    3:41pm

    Ooh, love all of it! I clicked through for the Rachel Comey jumpsuit and the Tel Aviv pants and sad they’re too pricey for me! I wonder if you can you do a post on the bestseller list for GOACA’s on a budget?

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    Tahe Z
    26 Oct 2020
    11:38am

    I think this is great what you’re doing. I have tons of respect for what you do and although it seems like a lot of fun to go on the hunt for cool stuff to share with your readers, it has to be a lot of work! I’m glad you and others are able to make a living this way and thanks for doing the work that many of us don’t have the time or desire to do. I’m more than happy to click those links to support your business. However, do let us know when you plan to clean out your closet, because I will drive my ass to NYC in a hazmat suit to partake.

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    Ann
    26 Oct 2020
    11:39am

    I always hesitate to buy pants on line, but these are all great options. I have Rag and Bone jeans, and love them. How do you find Nili Lotan pants run, and also the Spanx leather joggers? Happy to buy from your links, and would appreciate any sizing knowledge you have.

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      Kim France
      26 Oct 2020
      12:14pm

      Lotan generally runs true to size, and I find that the joggers did too.

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        Ann
        26 Oct 2020
        6:23pm

        Helpful. Thank you!

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    rachel in berkeley
    26 Oct 2020
    1:19pm

    It makes me crazy that a $500+ blazer isn’t lined.

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      Rae
      26 Oct 2020
      1:44pm

      I have owned the Slade blazer for about two years now and wear it more than any of my others. I too was surprised at first to find it was unlined. It certainly looks like a sharply tailored and traditionally constructed jacket…instead it feels like wearing a soft but heavy cardigan and just looks sharp and tailored. My concern upon purchasing it was that it would quickly soften and loose it’s shape. That has not been an issue and I love wearing it because it is cozy and soft.

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    kimbersam
    26 Oct 2020
    1:21pm

    I love that the Current and Elliot pant is named the Confident Pant!

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    Rae
    26 Oct 2020
    1:38pm

    So interesting! Unsurprisingly I guess, I have purchased two of the items you posted here– the Rag & Bone Slade blazer and the CofH midrise jeans. Both are fabulous, as you promised, and in my regular clothing rotation. Thank you!
    I wonder if you would consider doing a related post again soon where you tell us how you style the items that you’re wearing regularly. Did you know you would add style icon to your CV?

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    Amy Chen
    26 Oct 2020
    7:52am

    Would you be willing to share more about how much you make?

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      Rae
      26 Oct 2020
      8:05pm

      Let me begin by saying that I am not proposing that either Kim or Amy reveal their yearly income. That said, I would love to see a discussion of salaries and “women’s work” and worth here–either as a post or podcast episode. I have a close friend who specializes in training for executive women. She argues that the only way to close the wage gap is transparency in pay and increased cultural comfort in discussing money. She says there is a culture of comparison and “knowledge is power” that she sees for men and one of complete silence for women. In my own experience I work primarily with families below the poverty line who seem to have very little understanding of how huge the gulf is between their net worth and the affluent families they aspire to join.

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      Tanya Hahni
      26 Oct 2020
      3:00pm

      Somebody shamed me about asking how much they paid for something almost 30 years ago and I still think of it on occasion with a slight sting. I hope you have have thicker skin than I do Amy but I think it would have made me feel better, and possibly totally forget all about it, if someone had piped up and said that they were curious too or that there was nothing wrong with that question. <3

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      Kim France
      26 Oct 2020
      11:21am

      I don’t know, Amy, do you feel comfortable telling me what you make?

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        Jen Schwartz
        30 Oct 2020
        9:58am

        There’s no need for such a snippy response. You should be ashamed of it. Regular readers help you make money. And Amy made a respectful comment, yet you slammed her for it. Maybe it’s because you’re trying to hide how much you make from affiliate links.

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    Eloise
    26 Oct 2020
    7:54am

    I love when you share this info! Those CoH jeans were such a “so close but yet so for” for me that I’m still thinking about them even though Shopbop has indicated it has received my return. The recommended “one size down” was on point (even accounting for pandemic pounds) and in the mirror, looked great – front and back, and wouldn’t require hemming. I was so excited but when I sat down they “pouched” a ton right above the crotch and were too expensive to relegate to wearing with only long tops. Sigh. Question: Do you get commission from anything purchased via your link or just the particular linked item(s)?

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      Kim France
      26 Oct 2020
      10:04am

      If you go to, say, Nordstrom as a result of one of my links, I earn a commission on whatever you buy.

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    JB
    26 Oct 2020
    9:51am

    Please know I don’t mean this as a slight or an attack. I really enjoy this blog and think you’re smart, stylish, and interesting. But in the spirit of transparency, I’m also curious about how much you pay for items like these. A sizable discount – or receiving things as a gift or in exchange for a mention – gives you a different perspective than ours. I think that is something many bloggers forget about. Nili Lotan’s $325 chinos look fabulous, I agree – but when you actually have to pay that amount for them – they become a whole lot less attractive. I appreciate very much that you are mindful of price points and often recommend great buys – but every time I see Nili Lotan and other pricey favorites of yours on the blog, I can’t help but have a feeling you don’t pay what we do. And usually the exact same items appear on similar blogs – which makes me think the makers have sent “gifts” to their favorite influencers. Nili L chinos feel at least twice as expensive than they need to be, even through a small producer, fair-wage, fair-trade lens. I appreciate your candor – but I also think being frank about whether you’ve received items at great discount or for free would make your relationship with your readers even more authentic.

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      Viajera
      26 Oct 2020
      1:55pm

      Very interesting comment. Fashion does have a lot of mystique to it. I would imagine – all I can do, since I don’t buy fancy stuff – that only 2 things get people to shell out. First, if it looks really really good. Second, if it “says something” about the wearer. And what people usually want clothing to say is, “I have good taste and not that many other people have this ___.” (Well I just thought of a third category, people with so much money it doesn’t even matter. ) And the manufacturer is aware of all this, and they target certain markets. To me, the most fascinating people in a way are the ones who only care about #2, and don’t mind looking bad. (Though I suppose, they are not aware. Meow!!! Don’t worry I never say things to people IRL. I just think them.) … … I have no idea what it all means, but I will forgive almost anything if the manufacturer treats the workers well. Then our planet. And then the rest somewhere in there. … … So to get back to your point, it is a very good one. I tend to think the thing to do is buy only things you like that fit in the budget, but, it’s easy for me to say since, well, I’m fashion-lazy. Plus, there is almost zero temptation for me since I dislike most things (but not most people), most of it will never fit, and I’m not going in stores. … … Sorry, I guess I felt like talking. I’m not even sure this is relevant! Sorry about that.

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      Lisa Pearce
      26 Oct 2020
      10:58am

      I’ve wondered the same thing . And then look at these types of pieces in Cdn $ and brands like Nili Lotan and Anine Bing become pipe dreams.

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    Kim France
    26 Oct 2020
    10:07am

    I generally discourage gifts because I don’t like feeling like there’s a quid pro quo. Very occasionally, somebody I link to will send me a gift as a thank you. The only two brands I receive a discount on are Maria Cornejo and 6397. I WISH I received a Nili Lotan discount!

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    Cola
    28 Oct 2020
    9:51am

    Can any of the purchasers of the Rachel Comey jumpsuit comment on its fit? Specially I’m wondering if it would work on someone (me) with a long body? I’m 5’7” but it’s like I should have been 5’11” and my legs didn’t cooperate . I’ve shied away from jumpsuits all these years because they never fit me and also because of middle school gym suit PTSD. That said, this Rachel Comey one is really Siren song calling my name.

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