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A showstopping mesh dress you can use as a base for basically any special event’s ensemble. Or just when you wanna jazz up your day. It has mesh! So it breathes!


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Promising review: “I bought this for my birthday party this month (July). The dress came on time, fit me perfectly in every area and the material was fantastic for the price. I found no downsides to this dress other than the mesh is hotter than it looks. Having been born in the summer I’m used to it but it’s definitely toasty! I thought it was a beautiful addition to my closet. Dark but not tacky is my fashion goal lol. I found it to be a bit itchy, but I have the most sensitive skin of all time. Overall I’d buy this dress again, I loved it and so did everyone else!” —Kelly

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 2/4–22/24 and 12 styles/colors).


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Promising review: “I bought this for my birthday party this month (July). The dress came on time, fit me perfectly in every area and the material was fantastic for the price. I found no downsides to this dress other than the mesh is hotter than it looks. Having been born in the summer I’m used to it but it’s definitely toasty! I thought it was a beautiful addition to my closet. Dark but not tacky is my fashion goal lol. I found it to be a bit itchy, but I have the most sensitive skin of all time. Overall I’d buy this dress again, I loved it and so did everyone else!” —Kelly

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 2/4–22/24 and 12 styles/colors).

2.

Cat-eye sunnies that’ll help you maintain your air of mystery and keep the sun out of your used-to-the-indoors eyes.

reviewer with dark hair and red lips wearing the sunglasses with a cat eye and pointed outer corners


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Promising review: “I love these sunglasses so much!!!! All the sunglasses I buy are $400+ but I came across these and loved the style and shape! I was not disappointed! They’re so chic and so light and great quality! Get them. I got a pack of two and love them both!” —Sandra

Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors and two-packs).

3.

Or some round sunnies to show some of your edges aren’t so sharp.


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Promising review: “It’s pretty hard for me to find round glasses that fit my larger face without making me look like I’m part of the three blind mice, but these were perfect! I think these would work really well with smaller faces, too. They’re a great pair of everyday glasses. The case is super sturdy and zips as well. It comes with a cloth to clean the lens. A lot of more expensive brands have flimsy cases. The polarization is great because it doesn’t distort color and reduces glare making it easier on your eyes, but iPhones also have this so together, it’ll make your screen look pretty weird. Besides that, amazing glasses” —Ange

Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).


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Promising review: “It’s pretty hard for me to find round glasses that fit my larger face without making me look like I’m part of the three blind mice, but these were perfect! I think these would work really well with smaller faces, too. They’re a great pair of everyday glasses. The case is super sturdy and zips as well. It comes with a cloth to clean the lens. A lot of more expensive brands have flimsy cases. The polarization is great because it doesn’t distort color and reduces glare making it easier on your eyes, but iPhones also have this so together, it’ll make your screen look pretty weird. Besides that, amazing glasses” —Ange

Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six colors).

4.

A vegan felt hat with a message for anyone doubting your inclinations. Cheers to something that fits your *lewk* and gives you a little extra shade.

person wearing a black hat with a brim that reads "morbidly inclined"


Witchwood

Witchwood is a one woman-owed, -designed, and -run small biz. The owner Molly prints most things by hand and is currently shipping most of the chic goth products out in 7–10 business days. But it’s well worth the wait!

Get it from Witchwood for $30.

5.

And speaking of shade, a parasol to keep the sun off your face and rains from ruining your ‘do. Also, um, what an amazing photo prop.

side view of the umbrella with a pointy tip and black and white alternating panels


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Promising review: “Held up fairly well to semi-strong winds while I was walking, kept my from being sun burned and rained on equally while walking around downtown, and it looks awesome and people gave lots of compliments.” —Krys

Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in six color combos).

6.

An SPF 50 mineral sunscreen lotion with tinted options for your face because no one, let me repeat, NO ONE should be walking around sans SPF. No excuses! But the uptick in temps is a solid reminder.


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Promising review: “This sunscreen spreads so well. A little goes a long way, and if you are Black, it won’t leave you looking ‘ashy.’ It also has a very light smell. I like it!” —Jaliane

Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in several shades and sunscreen types).


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Promising review: “This sunscreen spreads so well. A little goes a long way, and if you are Black, it won’t leave you looking ‘ashy.’ It also has a very light smell. I like it!” —Jaliane

Get it from Amazon for $9.29+ (available in several shades and sunscreen types).

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And an SPF 30 body sunscreen that’s beloved by reviewers with melanated skin. It rubs in (like, actually rubs in) and doesn’t leave any ashy white effect.

Buzzfeed writer holding a bottle of the sunscreen


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My colleague Marquaysa Battle also swears by the stuff (and she’s so great about skincare!). Here’s what she has to say:

“Babyyy! This was the best beauty find of 2020 for me. The first body sunscreen I’ve found that does NOT leave me looking ashy. Wearing sunscreen regularly (yup, even in the fall) is one of my new self-care methods and I feel good putting this on knowing it a) doesn’t look ghostly on me and b) was made by Black women just like me.”

Promising review: “My daughter used the original formula and I used the kid’s version. We wore it outdoors all day in direct sunlight at the beach and pool (without reapplying like we’re supposed to). It worked well, and we didn’t have that white hue from other sunscreens. Now, I feel more inclined to wear it more often. Even better, our sensitive skin didn’t react to it, not even on our faces.” —amsirahC

Get it from Target for $15.99.

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Or if you really wanna go the extra mile, a SPF 50 body sunscreen I use (and actually need to re-up). It has a delightful faint cucumber scent that’s noticeable in the breeze and feels more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen. So hourly reapplication will leave you protected and looking normal, not all streaky.

four models' forearms of varying skin tons witht he sunscreen on it


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In an attempt to compensate for what felt like a lost summer, I did several local beach trips back to back to back in August of last year after hiding inside since March. I burn immediately during a normal year (as one of the palest white people you’ve ever seen), so I was especially worried about being out in the sun after that long. It was no sweat with this sunscreen. This stuff comes out in a lotion-like consistency and soaks in super fast. I was able to easily reapply every hour or two (which I find works best for me, despite whatever a sunscreen’s label advises) without looking all streaky. For a few years I was using spray-on sunscreen and always ALWAYS missed spots while spraying. Not an issue with this one! After my first beach trip using it, I basically turned into a salesman for it to my friends. If all of that doesn’t convince you, it has green tea and hyaluronic acid which has done my skin well. Oh, and it’s cruelty-free!

Promising review: “I like the consistency of this sunscreen. It almost feels like a mix between a sunscreen and a serum/moisturizer for your body. This was easy to rub in and had no white cast after you spread it over yourself. The light scent was also pleasant and non-irritating!” —JUSTINE C

Get it from Amazon for $18.

9.

A pair of stretchy bike shorts that’ll become part of your WFH, working out, lounging, *and* just-about-anything-else rotation. They’re gonna look so good with all your horror T-shirts.


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FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

Promising review: “Great quality, great material, non see through, lightweight, very comfortable. The cotton is very soft and the fit is flattering from all angles. The elastic on the waist is secure enough for running, without being too tight or uncomfortable. Great use for working out or loungewear; however, my only complaint is they do get a tad bit loose in the leg as you wear them when running, so they may ride up a bit in between your thighs when you run. For me it is not bothersome and I have ordered multiple pairs.” —Aisha

Get them from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in two colors). Also check out a similar pair of bike shorts in sizes XL–7X.


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FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

Promising review: “Great quality, great material, non see through, lightweight, very comfortable. The cotton is very soft and the fit is flattering from all angles. The elastic on the waist is secure enough for running, without being too tight or uncomfortable. Great use for working out or loungewear; however, my only complaint is they do get a tad bit loose in the leg as you wear them when running, so they may ride up a bit in between your thighs when you run. For me it is not bothersome and I have ordered multiple pairs.” —Aisha

Get them from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in two colors). Also check out a similar pair of bike shorts in sizes XL–7X.

10.

Chunky sandals to let your toes breathe without sacrificing that height. Love. To. Tower. Over. Everyone.

reviewer wearing the chunky sandals with a T-strap and ankle straps


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Promising review: “These shoes were the most comfortable platform sandals I’ve ever worn, straight out of the box. I was leaving a cold climate to vacation in a warm one, so hadn’t broken in these shoes at all and immediately was walking long distances over uneven streets with no problem. Feet never hurt. Sandals are sassy and look as good or better than advertised. Easy to dress up your outfit and remain comfortable.” —frequentcustomer

Get them from Amazon for $29.90 (available in sizes available in sizes 5.5–11 and five colors).

11.

Or some Dr. Martens fishermen sandals in case you’d live in those wonderful clunky soles for the rest of your life. These sandals are like your fave boots’ cousin.

chunky black sandals with horizontal straps across the foot and an ankle strap


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FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

Promising review: “These are AMAZING I feel like a ’90s goth queen lol. Please though, everyone is super correct in that they run BIG. I sized down, I’m normally a women’s 7 or 7.5 depending on the shoe, so for these I ordered men’s 6. They fit perfectly!” —PG

Get them from Amazon for $70.08+ (available in sizes ).

12.

A glam face mask that’ll pump up the style of most any outfit. Like, I’m ready to host a ball just to wear it. Where shall I send your invite?

model wearing a black face mask with white ruffles as an accent


Tia Adoela

Tia Adoela is a NYC-based, woman-owned biz founded by Teni “Tia” Adeola (who was born in Nigeria, raised in London) in the summer of 2017 from her dorm room(!!!), drawing inspiration from the Renaissance period and her art history background to create the designs. (Don’t even ask me about what I was doing in my dorm room.) I came across this brand and had to do some googling after I saw someone in an episode of YouTuber KarenBritChick‘s series “What Everyone is Wearing in New York” street style series donning this orange mask from the brand. (BTW, that someone was raving about the mask and said it was comfy.)

Type Of Fit: Stretchy Straps

Pocket For Filter: No

Fabric Type: Hand-wash only

Shipping Time: 1–2 weeks; made to order

Get it from Tia Adoela for $45.

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A batty pinafore (that also comes in a ton of colors!) for those who hate pants and love layering.


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Promising review: “It’s so cute! I absolutely love it! It fits me a perfectly. Ita a must buy for anyone who loves pastel goth clothing.” —Lil.lipop

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–4XL and 18 patterns/colors).


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Promising review: “It’s so cute! I absolutely love it! It fits me a perfectly. Ita a must buy for anyone who loves pastel goth clothing.” —Lil.lipop

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–4XL and 18 patterns/colors).

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A killer tank to rep your favorite Michael and let your arms out to breathe. Wear *this* around your aunt who complains about how you never wear colors.

black tank top with Michael Myers from the Halloween movie hiding behind a bush with a rainbow in the background


Jad Is Rad / Etsy

Jad is Rad is a Las Vegas-based biz that specializes in tons of cool horror designs. I bought my brother a very cool but now sold-out enamel pin from the shop for Christmas and it was a huge hit.

Get it from Jad Is Rad on Etsy for $24.99+ (available in unisex sizes XS–2X and also in white).

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A breathable lacey tank because you say you could live in a Victorian collar year-round but your sweat glands prove otherwise.


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Promising review: “Wore my shirt as a dress to a dungeon tour. Loved the way fit and how sexy it felt.” —Ashley Sproulls

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XL–5XL, 0X–5X and 14 colors).


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Promising review: “Wore my shirt as a dress to a dungeon tour. Loved the way fit and how sexy it felt.” —Ashley Sproulls

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XL–5XL, 0X–5X and 14 colors).

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A Loch Ness monster necklace that’ll pop when layered over turtlenecks during cruel April weather or later on your bare neck when the heat feels downright monstrous.

model with turtleneck with a Loch Ness monster choker layered on top of it


Little Rooms

Designer Ester Delug launched LA-based Little Rooms in 2007 with a love for history, science, space, and the unknown incredibly evident in all the designs.

Get it from Little Rooms for $85 (available in gold- or rhodium-plated).

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And a giant water bottle that comes in black (plus lots of pastel goth hues!) so maybe one day someone will call you a water monster too.

two water bottles that have markers on the side with motivational messaging to inspire you to drink water throughout the day


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Promising review: “Before purchasing this item I absolutely know that I wasn’t consuming enough water. This makes it pretty simple and you will actually finish in a relatively short period of time. I also love that this has a handle compared to other designs. This is probably one of the simplest yet best $20 investments in yourself that you will make.” —That chic

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in 10 color combos).

18.

An angelic option sure to set your heart aflutter. I own this and it’s the *best* compliment bait.


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I own this dress in black (read my full review of Choies Angel Wings Skater Dress at #1) and it looks just as cool IRL.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and three colors).


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I own this dress in black (read my full review of Choies Angel Wings Skater Dress at #1) and it looks just as cool IRL.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and three colors).

19.

A floral tapestry to brighten up your living space just a little bit BUT not too much. Also you don’t have to worry about these flowers dying.

vertical tapestry hung on a wall with a black background, moon phases and stars, and flowers for a border


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I knoooooow, florals for spring.

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes).

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And a larger tapestry you can tote along as a picnic blanket to prove to your friends that you DO leave the house in the daylight.

living room couch with black and white tapestry hung up on the wall featuring skulls and other gothic symbols


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Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes and ten designs).

21.

A slinky slip dress that’ll look SUPER hot but move with you whether you wear it with tights and a thin turtleneck underneath or tights-less and with a light jacket. I should know — I own it and adore this dress.

model wearing black slip dress with plaid blazer and white boots


Aritzia

Get it from Aritzia for $118 (available in sizes 2XS–1X and 13 colors).

22.

A baby doll dress made of breathable cotton you’ll find every which way to wear once you figure out just HOW cute it looks. Also, no one will believe you snagged it on Amazon.


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Promising review: “I’ve worn this dress multiple times when I just needed something to throw on. It is quite short so if you know you will be outside or doing a lot of sitting/standing etc., wear some bike shorts under it. Overall super cute and super comfortable!” —Bianca v

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–2X and seven colors).


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Promising review: “I’ve worn this dress multiple times when I just needed something to throw on. It is quite short so if you know you will be outside or doing a lot of sitting/standing etc., wear some bike shorts under it. Overall super cute and super comfortable!” —Bianca v

Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–2X and seven colors).

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Rainboots that look like sneakers because even though your music taste leans toward a rainy disposition, you don’t want precipitation to cramp your style.

model wearing high top sneaker-like rain boots


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Promising review: “I am so happy with this purchase! Wore these to a music festival that was muddy and rained later on during the night. My feet were completely dry and the shoes aren’t ruined, just used baby wipes to clean them off and they’re ready to go again. They look so similar to the all black high top Converse sneakers. They fit very true to size, I’m usually a size 9.5 but I ordered a 10 and I believe going down a half size would’ve been better but I just wore a thicker sock to take care of that problem.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and a variety of styles).

24.

A breezy dress to lounge around in at home or pose for gorgeous nature photos. See? You like going places that aren’t haunted forests.

reviewer wears short sleeve black maxi dress and puts hands in pockets


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Promising review: “This is a nice summer and fall dress. It’s heavy enough to keep you from being cold indoors during the summer and outdoors during the fall, but breathes enough that you can wear it in the heat. The dress is a little shorter than I imagined it would be; I’m only 5’5″, but it was more a midi length than a maxi on me. It’s still very cute on and I always get lots of compliments.” —Sara

Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and nine colors).

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Or a maxi dress with a high slit for allll the movement you could ever desire.

plus size model in strapless max dress with a slit on one side


Noctex

Noctex apparel was founded by Negin Izad and is based in Canada. The company specializes in androgynous and shape-shifting layers you can get lots and lots of wear out of in a move away from fast fashion. Its values embody simplicity, functionality, utility, and ethical manufacturing.

Get it from Noctex for $60 (available in sixes 1XL–3XL).

26.

A ~luminous~ backpack that looks gray in daylight but really lights up at night in pastel goth-friendly hues. You’ve gotta carry your picnic blanket, snacks, and bottle of wine to the park in something. Might as well be this beaut!


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Promising review: “It’s about the size of a large purse, has a small zip pocket, and two other small pockets inside. The drawstring and front clip are both sturdy. The straps are not padded, but are comfortable enough and stay where I’ve adjusted them to be. It seems sturdy. It’s also really reflective! It looks dark under normal daylight/indoor lights, but it’s really bright and colorful with a light shined on it. Love it!” —Charli

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).


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Promising review: “It’s about the size of a large purse, has a small zip pocket, and two other small pockets inside. The drawstring and front clip are both sturdy. The straps are not padded, but are comfortable enough and stay where I’ve adjusted them to be. It seems sturdy. It’s also really reflective! It looks dark under normal daylight/indoor lights, but it’s really bright and colorful with a light shined on it. Love it!” —Charli

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

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A crop top with a pocket skeleton pal that, don’t worry, you can also snag in black.

red crop T-shirt with a breast pocket that has a skeleton climbing out of it.


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Now I wish I had a skeleton version of Polly Pocket. Yep, I’m that old. Please, if you have the serum from Death Becomes Her, HMU.

Reviewers say that it’s a bit smaller than expected, so size up if you can.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and a variety of styles).

28.

An eyeliner wing stamp that’ll be great for *any* time of the year so I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend it to you now while we’re all easing a bit back into the world and you’re likely a bit out of cat-eye practice.


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Promising review: “I am not one to write reviews often, but this product has exceeded my expectations! I normally use liquid liners such as Kat Von D Tattoo, but this has drastically reduced the time it takes for me to create a winged look! I personally prefer a longer wing, but this stamp provides a template to work with and reduces the amount of time to create ‘sister’ wings — they’re pretty much twins now! The eyeliner pen itself it’s a bit broad for me, but the pigment is great!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in two sizes).


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Promising review: “I am not one to write reviews often, but this product has exceeded my expectations! I normally use liquid liners such as Kat Von D Tattoo, but this has drastically reduced the time it takes for me to create a winged look! I personally prefer a longer wing, but this stamp provides a template to work with and reduces the amount of time to create ‘sister’ wings — they’re pretty much twins now! The eyeliner pen itself it’s a bit broad for me, but the pigment is great!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in two sizes).

29.

A pair of faux-croc shorts as a glam consolation for it being too hot out to wear a leather jacket.

model wearing pleated black faux crocodile texture shorts with a matching belt


Nordstrom

Get them from Nordstrom for $29 (available in sizes XL–XL).

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And if you’ll deign to wear denim, some distressed denim shorts might just become your summer go-to bottoms.

model wearing gray short shorts with frayed hem


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Promising review: “Stretchy material. These fit perfectly, they’re comfortable, and looked great! I haven’t found a comfortable pair of jean shorts that fit right in a long time!” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and a variety of styles).

31.

A lacey kimono you can rock over shorts and a T-shirt now or as a swimsuit coverup later.


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Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in one size and 21 colors).


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Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in one size and 21 colors).

32.

A bikini with hardware or one that’ll coordinate with your tarot deck so you’ll still feel like you, even if your friends are dragging you outside during daylight hours.


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Promising review (for the one on the left): “I like it a lot, it’s a bit smaller in a sense that it’s cheeky but if you like cheeky than order your normal size.” —Carmen

Promising review (for the one on the right): “In LOVE with this bikini!!!!! Definitely going to buy more colors — the style is great on any body type and the lace back is gorgeous. The bottoms are VERY cheeky though, so for a more modest/covered look I would switch out the bottoms.” —Hot dog

Get them from Amazon: bikini with hardware for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–L and nine colors) or the star one for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–L and four colors)


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Promising review (for the one on the left): “I like it a lot, it’s a bit smaller in a sense that it’s cheeky but if you like cheeky than order your normal size.” —Carmen

Promising review (for the one on the right): “In LOVE with this bikini!!!!! Definitely going to buy more colors — the style is great on any body type and the lace back is gorgeous. The bottoms are VERY cheeky though, so for a more modest/covered look I would switch out the bottoms.” —Hot dog

Get them from Amazon: bikini with hardware for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–L and nine colors) or the star one for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–L and four colors)

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Or a backless one-piece in a variety of styles that include black so you won’t have to feel like your selling your soul for a Hawaiian print. (To each their own.)

reviewer with large chest wearing the one-piece suit with high waist bottoms connected to halter top


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Promising review: ” I would recommend fitting your bottom as the top seems adjustable for the most part. I wore this while working out to see if I would slip out and I didn’t at all. I think it depends on the person. I also kept the removable cups in for support. It needs to be tied tight around the neck to ensure the girls stay put.” —Alicia

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 24 styles).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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