The GOACA bestsellers of the year

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Let’s have a moment of transparency, since that’s a good thing to do now and again: the way I make money from this blog, as I have shared in the past, is by earning a commission when you guys make certain purchases. If I didn’t operate this way, there’s no possibility I could bring you GOACA and call it my living, so I’m grateful for that and I hope it’s cool with you. Anyway, because of this arrangement, I have all sorts of analytics that tell me what you bought—and more importantly, what you didn’t return. And the number-one bestselling item of this year—and I’m pretty sure of any year since GOACA’s inception, as it led by such a wide margin—is this down coat by some random company I’ve never heard of called Orolay that sells for just over $100 on Amazon. I bought it after reading about it, and I do truly think it looks like some fancy Japanese designer, and that it cost a lot more. It’s also suitably warm, with a huge, fleece-trimmed hood that keeps me dry when it’s raining and the dogs need walking.

This was a little bit of a surprise, because these wool pull-on trousers aren’t cheap, but I can attest first-hand to the fact that they are deeply comfortable and flattering.

This Allsaints leather moto jacket has just enough interesting detail but not too much, which is maybe why so many of you went for it.

These faux leather leggings from Spanx must be as good as everyone says, because you snapped them up too.

I have written about On Gossamer’s mesh underwear on a few occasions, but it really is the best: light as air and breathable, and it never, ever gives panty line.

And finally: why wouldn’t a ton of you have gone for this well-priced cashmere sweater?

 

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28 Thoughts on The GOACA bestsellers of the year
    Deb in TX
    27 Dec 2018
    8:02am

    The pants just came in, I love them! and the mesh underpants are great too. Thanks so much for your blog, I’ve been a reader/buyer for some time. I also love your fragrance recs, big fan of all things Portrait of a Lady.

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    Liz
    21 Dec 2018
    8:31am

    I think that coat must be for tall people only, because I’m 5’1 and looked like I was wearing a sleeping bag. It’s a lighter green in person, too, and looked a lot cheaper in real life. My husband laughed at me in it. I thought the reviewers on Amazon would have agreed with me, but apparently people really love it.

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      Eloise
      21 Dec 2018
      11:17am

      This fellow short person thanks you for your review as I was debating the coat for the second time.

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    c.w.
    21 Dec 2018
    9:25am

    It’s fun seeing these best sellers and hope it becomes a yearly feature. And I happily confess that I have participated in making these come up on your radar!

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    Laura Jean
    21 Dec 2018
    9:31am

    I bought that coat (in black) the day you blogged about it and I love it. I get tons of compliments on it.

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      EW
      21 Dec 2018
      1:36pm

      Same for me. Got it, love it, loads of compliments; It turned super cold and rainy here in DC and this coat *is* like wearing a stylish sleeping bag…its like a slightly more flair-ish Uniqlo thing

      with the No.6 clogs, R13 jeans, chan luu scarves and assorted items, I like to think I contribute to keeping KF stay in biz, for at least an hour or something ; )

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    Jennifer
    21 Dec 2018
    10:13am

    Hi, Kim! I noticed that no plus-size items made the list (as far as I can tell), so I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate that you do include plus-size items in your posts regularly. It’s because of you that I know about Universal Standard, and I’ve bought several things from them in the past year. I’m on a bit of a shopping break at the moment, but I’m going to be more conscientious about clicking through from your site when I buy things in the future. Thank you again for helping women like me to feel included!

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    elise
    21 Dec 2018
    11:33am

    I’m wearing that sweater as I type! Love it! Thank you so much for always bringing us inspiring and interesting posts. Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing break and Happy New Year!

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      Kathy Houretq
      21 Dec 2018
      7:18pm

      I bought black and burgundy versions of this sweater and I love both. Thanks for drawing my attention to the sweater – I never would’ve found it without you!!

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    mlinky
    21 Dec 2018
    1:39pm

    I almost bought the pants, but ended up with a slightly less expensive pull on. I love them, and even though I carry weight in my hips, they are astoundingly flattering. https://thackernyc.com/collections/bottoms/products/ren-draped-crop-pants-black

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    Viajera
    21 Dec 2018
    1:59pm

    Thank you! That was what I thought the situation was and it is good to know. I think this is the first year I actually put some $ in your pocket. (I may actually return the shoes, but I don’t want to. Long boring story involving my feet.). It would be nice if these retailers at least sent you a t-y card when you introduce us to new makers.

    I am still thinking about the leggings too, so there’s that.

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    Kathi
    21 Dec 2018
    2:21pm

    Bought the coat, love the coat!!

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    LG
    21 Dec 2018
    2:52pm

    Ooh, I didn’t get that coat because I don’t buy down (cruelty reasons and allergy reasons) but am also short, so it looks like it wouldn’t have worked on me anyway. This was an interesting post–I like seeing what folks bought! I think I’m in a lower budget bracket than most of your readers who buy things but I’m fascinated by what folks choose (and I love seeing your style even though it’s generally just eye candy for me!) I also appreciate that the higher income bracket posts are keeping GOACA going for the rest of us, so thanks y’all!

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    Tamara
    21 Dec 2018
    3:16pm

    I think I’m at 3/6, but only because I missed the size/availability opportunity!! (And I had just bought a logo jacket before you posted that one, lol) Great picks!!

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    Gayna Dupont
    21 Dec 2018
    4:09pm

    Bought the coat and it is great! I have become an Ulla Johnson fan because of your posts and many other web retailers to which you have introduced me, sometimes to my financial peril! Wishing you the best in 2019, and look forward to hearing from you.

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    bonnie
    21 Dec 2018
    4:14pm

    Bought the coat and love the coat. I’m only 5′ and thought it fit well. Was happy to finally make a “donation” to GOACA, as I’ve been a loyal reader for years! Happy holidays!

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    Erin
    21 Dec 2018
    6:24pm

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing— and for keeping us all dressed so snazzy.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    23 Dec 2018
    12:57am

    I just love everything you do here: Creating a cohesive, supportive group of open-minded intelligent GOACAs for one. But also, getting me to think of fashion and style in new ways – so what if it’s not rocket science – it’s freakin’ FUN! Enjoy your time away, Kim!

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    Another Rebecca
    21 Dec 2018
    7:25pm

    Everyone who bought the coat: does it run true to size, especially in the larger sizes? The reviews on Amazon were all over the place on fit, and I trust you more, anyway.

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      JW
      25 Dec 2018
      3:03pm

      It runs true to size. I thought it looked huge on the model, so I couldn’t really tell by the reviews or the pictures. But GOACA comments say true to size, and they are right. I got the olive and I love it.

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    rebeccaNYC
    21 Dec 2018
    11:12pm

    I can’t turn a corner without seeing that coat! 4 of my friends own it, along with every other woman on the Upper West Side. That alone makes me not want to buy it. But it is cute.

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      Kim France
      22 Dec 2018
      8:11am

      It hasn’t reached quite the same critical mass here on the Lower East Side, fortunately.

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        CC
        22 Dec 2018
        9:31am

        In Park Slope/Boerum Hill, I now see two women a day in it, sometimes three! I haven’t got it but in person the navy looks especially awesome.

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      melsybelsy
      24 Dec 2018
      6:35am

      Same! I also live on the Upper West – I see it everywhere. I like it best in Navy. I first learned about it on this blog – my first thoughts were – does everyone read GOCA?

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    Theash
    22 Dec 2018
    8:43am

    Kim, I’m new to GOACA (Sassy basically got me through middle school) and I love that you do this roundup! I wish every blogger embraced this kind of transparency. Anyway, I also bought “the coat” and it looked terrible on me (I’m 5’8”) but I returned it and bought a different, longer Orolay coat with neon orange accents that I get compliments on ALL THE TIME. Orolay makes decent stuff.

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    CC
    22 Dec 2018
    9:33am

    I bought the underwear thanks to you, Kim! In fact, better to write many thanks to you — Where the hell have those bikinis been all my life?

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    Seneca Doane
    24 Dec 2018
    9:27am

    I had been thinking about those Spanx leggings after a previous pair of faux leather non-Spanx leggings (literally) lost their sheen. Just ordered. Happy to help…I’m on your site all the time.

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    Joannawnyc
    25 Dec 2018
    9:04am

    I have not seen any one in that coat in Poughkeepsie, not even a student! Still thinking about ordering it as I need a short, warm, less expensive jacket for driving.

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