More often than not, what the fashion world crowns an It piece and what we actually want to own are two very different things. As a digital fashion editor, I’m constantly scouring the internet to uncover these buzzy It pieces, and in doing so, I’ve become acutely aware of all the latest items to earn cult status. What I’ve learned is that more often than not, these “famous” items tend to not be the most wearable—all for the ‘gram, you know?
So I recently made it my mission to test-drive some of the most famous fashion items in person and give them my brutally honest review. Would those Bottega Veneta sandals be comfortable to walk in? Would those Gucci sunglasses look too over-the-top? I went out to a few retailers like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in search of these beloved garments I’d seen in street style galleries and Instagram feeds galore, and after hauling armfuls of options into my dressing rooms and snapping the pics to prove it, I can honestly tell you which items lived up to their hype and which ones simply didn’t translate as well in person.
From the sandals seemingly every fashion person owns to several Insta-famous dresses, scroll down to see the dressing-room shots of what I tried on, and find out which pieces are 100% worth it.