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5 September Buys for Women of All Sizes

This column isn’t just going to be about the politics of body diversity in fashion or about how to style certain looks. Every so often, I want to talk about my favorite things — a list that changes often, since I get bored easily. This month, I’m excited about sheer socks, under-eye patches, and, believe it or not, a fire-engine-red corset.

Photo: Christian Urbina

These Topshop jeans are my all-time personal favorite. They’re stretchy and cute and they look good with comfy sneakers like this Adidas pair, which I don’t even want to wear because I love them too much to see them get messed them up.

Photo: Christian Urbina

Distressed denim will forever and always be a thing in my life, so when I saw this oversize black-denim dress from River Island I bought it immediately. And I love sheer socks with all kinds of shoes: boots, closed-toe heels, open-toe heels, or low-cut sneakers. I get mine from Bad Meaning Good, which currently has five or six different colors that I’m obsessing over.

Photo: Christian Urbina

Thanks to my Middle Eastern background, I have stubborn dark circles under my eyes, but these under-eye patches from Que Bella are miracle workers. I leave them on for 30 minutes after I shower, and when I take them off I feel so refreshed. If my bags are looking really scary, I’ll put the masks in the fridge for 20 minutes before I use them.

Photo: Christian Urbina

Another look I’m into right now is all red. I had to style a photo shoot two months ago and have been trying to copy it in my closet ever since. And though I’m not interested in training my waist, I do love the aesthetic of a pretty corset. This one from Orchard Corset has a lace-up back so you can move around in it.

Photo: Christian Urbina

Last but not least, these three face masks from L’Oréal are changing my face game. I try to do one mask at least once a week, and because of the variety in the pack, I can target certain areas that need more attention to see faster results.

Photos by Christian Urbina.

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5 September Buys for Women of All Sizes