The Internet Has Spoken—These Are the Top 5 It Items of the Month

Trends emerge at the speed of light these days, so to keep you up to date on what the fashion crowd is wearing and posting about, we're launching a new series that highlights all the It pieces currently flooding our Instagram feeds. Each month, we'll walk you through the items that have swiftly made the rounds on Instagram, earning them It status.

Remember the last time we did this roundup? If not, let me break it down. If you're familiar with this story, then simply continue on to get your download on the coolest pieces in the fashion world right now. If you're new here, you can consider this story your monthly cheat sheet on the most popular fashion items on Instagram (and across the internet, for that matter). We've spotted the following going-out tops, ankle boots, and It bags on the more than one of the many fashion insiders we love to follow and a notable celeb or two (hi, Hailey!), so we're taking it upon ourselves to report on the emerging It items. Keep reading to discover the defining pieces of January.

Bottega Veneta Shoulder Pouch Gathered Leather Bag

Another day, another Bottega Veneta It bag. The brand that's setting all the trends right now just launched its latest handbag—the Shoulder Pouch Gathered Leather Bag—and it's a shoulder bag iteration of its infamous oversize pouch that we've likened to the ruched shape of a croissant. Fashion insiders are already clamoring to get their hands on the new It bag, but there are similar options at a range of price points from brands like Staud that we adore just the same.

Manu Atelier Boots

Manu Atelier's newest version of its futuristic Duck Boots is painted in a black-and-white checkerboard motif that feels especially cool for right now. The ankle boots also feature a square toe and inverted heel, two details that are defining all the coolest shoes right now. In fact, the more we looked, the more we realized that two-tone boots are all over the market right now, a few of which we've included below.

Nanushka Kisa Leather Pants

Leather pants are a timeless wardrobe staple, and Nanushka has set out to make them cooler than ever. Its Kisa pants feature a wide leg and Western-style belt that gives a new spin to the classic pants. Fashion girls have mostly been sticking to the same styling idea when wearing the vegan leather trousers: neutral knits and classic handbags do the trick.

& Other Stories Square-Neck Jacquard Top

If you've read these roundups in the past, you'd know that it's not every day an affordable fashion find makes its way into the top five of the month (they're usually very designer-heavy), which is why we're especially excited to highlight this perfect top from & Other Stories. With a jacquard texture, square neckline, and puffy sleeves, it's everything we want in a going-out top.

Balenciaga BB Slippers

Hailey Bieber and Sofia Richie both own the easy flats and have been wearing them on repeat since 2020 began. With a square toe and double-B logo, these shoes make other flat slides pale in comparison. Though the Balenciaga pair is a luxury investment, we're already seeing similar square-toe flats and flat slides in a range of price points, so really anyone can get in on the look.

Hailey Bieber Balenciaga BB mules



On Hailey Bieber: Jacquemus Lima Sweater; Gramicci Boa Fleece Pants; Staud Frida Bag ($112); Jennifer Fisher Mini Samira Hoop Earrings; Balenciaga BB Slippers ($1190); Celine sunglasses; Tiffany & Co. necklace