Out of the thousands of clothing and accessory collections that circulate through stores each season, only a privileged few pieces are lucky enough to reach It-item status. There’s no real way of knowing which styles will bag the big following, only that those chosen few will start popping up everywhere: on the willowy model type ahead of you at Whole Foods, worked into your roommate’s Saturday evening outfit, on the homepage of every major street style blog. It starts to feel like the world’s coolest girls met up after Christmas and decided, "Okay, let’s all buy this next year."
With January 1 just a few days away—and the start of NYFW barely a few weeks later—it won’t be long until we see which designs dominate 2014. But first, let’s take a moment to remember what’s been trending for the last 12 months. Click through the slideshow above for the 10 most popular items of 2013.