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    38 Things That'll Probably Make You Look Cooler Than You Actually Are

    "What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold." —Ancient Proverb

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    1. A sheer T-shirt dress for anyone who needs to communicate externally that they've only been listening to Billie Eilish in their Air Pods since When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? came out.


    Promising review: "Cute, comfy, and perfect for concerts! Helps if you want to cover up but not worry about overheating. Looks cute on top of any outfit!" —Cassidy U

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL, as well as four colors).

    2. A Topo Chico art print so everyone knows that YOU know what the true best seltzer is.


    Get it from MizSant on Etsy for $15.

    3. A small modern tote for carrying all of your influencer essentials: a small ring light, tinted moisturizer, a tapestry with a cactus on it in case of emergency., Amazon

    Promising review: "This purse is too cute! I wish I would have found it earlier in the spring or summer, but the color, quality, shape, and structure are amazing! Theres nothing wrong with a cheerful yellow in the fall. I see myself getting a lot of good use out of this bag. It is also the perfect size. I have a feeling a friend, sister, or my mom will be asking to borrow it often. Love, love, love." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50 (available in nine colors).

    4. A coffee dripper — 2019 is the year you stop bothering the barista you have a crush on and become your own barista you have a crush on.,

    Pop a filter into the brewer and pour in hot water. The coffee will drip into the vessel of your choice and voilà! Coffee! Size one brews up to two cups, size two up to four, and size three up to six. This dripper also comes with a scoop.

    Promising review: "This thing has been a straight up life-changer. That sounds dramatic, but hear me out. This brewing method allows for the MOST precise taste. I'm now able to taste the different flavor profiles and hints of this and that; I had questioned if people could REALLY taste those things or if they were just making it up to sound cool. Nope. They were drinking pour-over coffee with the V60. My husband and I use this bad boy every single day and I can't imagine life without it. Coffee has become this incredible art to us now and I think we owe it all to this little ceramic device. It does take a few extra minutes to get the job done, but it's a labor of love and I've never felt burdened by it. If you're looking to make cheap coffee quickly, you're in the wrong spot. But if you're looking to journey down a road of incredible coffee, this is your jam. It makes strong coffee and one cup will do ya!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50+ (available in plastic, metal, glass, and ceramic, as well as three sizes and nine colors).

    5. A Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner pen for absolutely nailing that cat eye — and not in vain. This formula lasts all heckin' day. Just ask my eyelids who have been covered in this stuff for six years straight.,

    Promising review: "Stila Stay All Day liner is now a must have in my makeup bag. I love this formula — it applies smoothly and dries quickly. The color is an intense black. I apply at 5 a.m. everyday, and when I go to take it off after 8 p.m. it still looks perfect. I also wear contacts and have sensitive eyes and was easily able to wear this product without irritation. It lasted me close to four or five months, and I use and I use it probably five days a week." —Michelle N

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in nine colors and two tip sizes).

    Read more about its intense staying power in "Stila Makes The Best Liquid Eyeliner, Fight Me." Stila also won best mid-priced liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. A pair of round, mirrored sunnies that say "That's right, I'm Miranda Bonnaroo, heiress to the Bonnaroo fortune, and I demand respect.",

    Promising review: "These are the coolest inexpensive sunglasses ever! Love how carefully and delicately packaged these came. Received many compliments. I highly recommend. The make is pretty sturdy, especially given the price. Only think is if you have a large face or head these might fit too snug. Other than that highly recommend. Took these on vacation and they do not have any scratches despite me throwing them around." —Kaitlin M. Ramirez

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in eight colors).

    7. A tulle A-line skirt to channel Carrie Bradshaw in the most literal way possible, short of putting on a Sarah Jessica Parker mask.

    Promising review: "This skirt is amazing! It fits well and is beautifully put together. There are about five or six layers of tulle plus an attached slip, which keeps it from being see through. The elastic on the skirt was very comfortable and did not move all night. I did not have to adjust it once. I will buy this skirt again in other colors. The material did not itch. It came in a package folded very tight but fluffed up after a couple of days on the hanger. This is a great buy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50+ (available in sizes 2–26 and 41 colors).

    8. A cross-back apron that will make you feel like you work in the Bon Appétit test kitchen, which YouTube has made me believe is the coolest place to work in the universe. Ok, ok, BuzzFeed's pretty sweet too, but I certainly don't get to wear a minimalist apron.


    Promising review: "I simply love this apron! Easy to put on, no ties around your neck or waist. Very comfortable to wear in the kitchen. Have already had compliments from company at a recent gathering. Love it!" —LMH1917

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 (available in eight colors).

    9. A pack of transparent socks to add the perfect trendy touch to any humdrum look. Ugh, even your TOES are stylin'!


    Promising review: "Great sheer socks. I get so many compliments on them. I don’t like knee highs or low cut socks so these are just perfect and cute to boot!" —TLGA

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four styles).

    10. An agate stone pendant for serving some geologist realness. Anything sounds cooler if you put "realness" after it — that, like geology itself, is just science.


    Promising review: "This is a very nice piece and it even comes in a pretty gift box. The gold plating looks great combined with the raw cut, natural stone, creating a piece that could be either dressy or casual. I wanted a natural agate stone necklace that looked both earthy and elegant and this fits the bill perfectly. The stone I got does look different from the one pictured, but it is very close in size, shape, and natural variation, with striations on the top and the crystal on the end. Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase." —PS

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four styles).

    11. A subscription to Dia & Co so amazing clothes simply arrive at your door every month. "What's cooler than being cool?" Having a stylist hand-select incredible outfits and accessories just for you.

    Each month, you get a curated box of clothing and accessories selected by a personal stylist based on your preferences. Try everything on at home, and keep the items you like! Available in women's sizes 14–32 (0X–5X).

    Get it from Dia & Co starting at $20/styling fee per box.

    12. A gold bar set that will elevate your home car from "half-empty bottle of Jäger stored horizontally in the freezer" to "craft cocktail bar where every drink is $17 and tbh worth every penny."


    The set comes with a shaker, muddler, bar spoon, double-sided measuring jigger, hawthorne strainer, julep strainer, two pourers, and a recipe book.

    Promising review: "This literally stole my heart when I saw it, the brushed gold is beautiful. I have a dark wood bar and the gold just pops against it." —Vidur G.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

    13. A wool beret for giving your wardrobe a ~French twist~. Berets have been, are, and will always be painfully stylish.,

    Promising review: "I made the impulse decision to buy a beret after watching Rushmore a few too any times, and I haven't regretted it yet. It fits nicely and is higher quality than I expected from the price." —Ellie G. Winthrop

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    14. Some lapel pins to prove that YES you are on Twitter dot com and YES you are aware of Tea Kermit and This Is Fine Dog.

    smallarmspins, YeaOhGreetings

    Get them on Etsy: the "This Is Fine" pin from smallarmspins for $9.94 and the Tea Kermit from YeaOhGreetings for $10.

    15. Chunky Chelsea boot heels so rock and roll, as soon as you don them, you'll instantly know every word of Joan Jett's discography. (Do not hold me accountable for this claim.)


    Promising review: "Beautiful shoe for a gorgeous price! I've had them for a week now, and I've worn them to work everyday (8–10 hours with significant walking around). I have no blisters, and the only discomfort I have is in my calves because I'm not used to wearing heels every day. I even bike to and from work (two miles each way) and I've had no problems. I have no arches so I have Dr. Scholl's orthotics which fit perfectly, and I highly recommend the combo for anyone who plans on wearing these all day every day like me." —Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $23.13+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and two colors).

    16. A string light curtain, because nobody has ever hung up string lights in their apartment and NOT gotten a million compliments from friends immediately.


    Promising review: "There are so many different settings for these lights, and I am in love. The length of them is awesome. I have tall ceilings so they cover the whole wall, which is nice. I fell in love with setting three. They're also a warmer color so they're not harshly bright. I put this fun boho woven piece in front of them and it looks really cool." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A mini skirt that might intimidate the rest of the clothes in your drawers with its raw hem detail, ease of wear, and effortless cool factor.


    Promising review: "I was apprehensive about buying jean-material clothing from Amazon, but I'm so glad that I did. This will be a staple in my spring/summer wardrobe! Know your measurements, follow their chart... and thank me later." —Alexis Little

    Get it on Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes XS–XL, as well as 18 washes).

    18. A Seinfeld reference book so you can easily bring up episodes in conversation, assuring everyone you're absolutely committed to timeless comedy AND the never-ending '90s trend.


    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    19. A denim jacket, because John Travolta didn't wear denim on denim on denim for years playing Vinnie Barbarino on Welcome Back, Kotter for us to ever move on from the trend.

    Promising review: "What and awesome find! I’m usually not a big denim jacket person because they don’t fit my shoulders, but this jacket is amazing! I got it for my trip to San Fran and pretty much wore this everyday. I have broad shoulders, so I usually size up on jackets to fit. But after reading the reviews, I decided go with my norm of large. It fits perfectly. I don’t feel constricted, you can roll up the sleeves, the length was perfect, and it goes well with jeans or dresses. Love. Love. Love." —JT

    Get it from Amazon for $28.49+ (available in sizes S–XL, as well as two washes).

    20. And some patches for your denim jacket. I cannot HELP but recommend these The Rock and Dwight ones. But be careful, you may be approached by too many people trying to compliment you.


    Get them from PatchMates on Etsy: the Rock patch for $4.20 and the Dwight patch for $4.20.

    21. A tote bag from BuzzFeed's "Eating Your Feed," because if you're really trying to be with it, ya gotta get sustainable. This bb is great for carrying real groceries, but has the distinct perk of just being ironic if you're using it to carry anything else.


    I use this tote pretty much every day, and idk, it makes me feel pretty cool!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (originally $21.99).

    22. A pair of distressed Topshop jeans your elderly relatives will 100% rib you about. That's how you know they're working. 😎


    Promising review: "Love how they fit! I ordered a size larger than I usually do and it was perfect! Not hanging off me but not squishing me so much." — lisanationrise

    Get them from Nordstrom for $44.98 (originally $90, available in sizes 25–36).

    23. A record player to signal to everyone who enters your apartment that you care about the analog sound of recordings. Whether or not you actually do is another story, and one that in this situation doesn't really matter.

    All jokes aside, owning a record player and collecting vinyl is super fun. Need some new albums? I recommend Eternity of Dimming by Frontier Ruckus, Blue by Joni Mitchell, Historian by Lucy Dacus, and On The Line by Jenny Lewis.

    Promising review: "A very sturdy product and built to last. It is very well designed and great for the price. I love how it is easy to travel with. It was a Father's Day gift and my dad loved it." —T. Ficklen

    Get it from Amazon for $59 (available in 18 colors and patterns).

    24. A tie-front dress with a small cutout so it always appears as if you've just returned from a glorious vacation. "Ah yes, I just got back from Martinique!" said the person who flew home from Martinique eight months ago.

    Promising review: "This dress was everything and more. I purchased it in red and navy, as I couldn’t decide which color I liked best for my vacation to Dominican Republic. I kept both because they were so beautiful. I wore one on the plane — that’s how comfortable the dress was — and so I landed in beautiful DR looking FABULOUS! I felt very pretty. I wore the red dress twice on my trip. Couldn’t be happier." —jicole24

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 26 colors and patterns).

    25. A classic Moleskine notebook for writing down all of your lofty thoughts the moment you have them. Can't let those nuggets of genius* escape! *[doodles of Spongebob]

    Promising review: "The classic. My dad got me hooked on these when I was a teenager; he has used them for years and years at work. Great size. I love to doodle and write in these notebooks. It's about the size of a paperback book or a standard DVD case. I always buy one before trips so I can plan my itinerary, sketch landmarks and food, and write about my experiences. The pages are fairly durable. Even when you're writing with an ink pen, I find there's little to no bleeding." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $15.42 (available in 14 colors and four page styles).

    26. A pleated skirt in a number of bold patterns, because NOBODY can tell you not to wear a flamingo print skirt to an 8 a.m. meeting. If they try, let me know, and I'll march down there and tell them what's what.

    Promising review: "I purchased the NYC pattern skirt as well as the pink rose pattern, and they both look exactly as pictured. I was actually surprised at how vivid and saturated the colors were when I opened the package! Very nicely sewn and quality material — I genuinely believe these will last a long time, which is important to me. I have already worn the rose print skirt about two times now, and have received a lot of compliments on it. I 100% recommend these to gals who love the retro and pin up looks! These will be a staple for your closet!" —Emily S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 44 colors and patterns).

    27. A Porter Bowl if you want to flex on your coworkers. Yes, you remember to make lunch, yes you're singlehandedly saving the planet, it's nbd.


    Promising review: "Awesome product. Really good to have reusable containers like this for work-week lunches, and this one is both functional and generally suave looking." —Eliot

    Get it from Amazon for $21.25+ (available in plastic and ceramic, as well as 10 colors).

    28. Wide-legged pants that can only be worn with confidence. But I dare anyone to put on these high-waisted stunners and not feel like they own the room.

    Promising review: "I love these pants! I've ordered two colors. They're great for the summer with a crop top, but also dressed up with a blouse for work!" —Jillian Thomas

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and12 colors.

    29. Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in a bold shade curated by Rihanna herself. If i need to explain to you why that's as cool as it gets, I don't think even the lipstick can help you.


    Promising review: "Girlfriend go to your closest Sephora right now! It's soooooo creamy and pigmented and not drying what so ever! It feels like I'm wearing nothing! So worth it had to write a review!" —andreaahi

    Get it from Sephora for $18 (available in 24 shades).

    30. A quirky A-line dress that tells the world three things: 1) You're not afraid to wear a bold pattern 2) You're a proud plant parent 3) You're awesome,

    Try a petticoat ($4.99+ on Amazon) for a look similar to the reviewer on the right!

    Promising review: "I thought this was going to be one of those stiff cheap print fabrics because the price was low, but I thought the print was so cute I'd deal with the fabric not being the best. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was soft, adorable, and MUCH higher quality than I expected. I would have been happy with this dress if I had purchased it from ModCloth or similar at twice the price. It was true to size. Fully lined, just awesome. Love." —Allison Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes 4–18, as well as eight patterns).

    31. Temporary tattoos to give you the edgy look you so desire without the whole — ya know — paying thousands of dollars to have that edgy look forever thing.


    Get them from SeventhSkin on Etsy for $19+ (available for the left arm, right arm, as a full set, and in black and white or color).

    Check out "48 Temporary Tattoos You Just Might Decide You'll Want Forever" for even more temp tattoo goodness.

    32. A whole lot of velvet scrunchies so you can have over a *month* of fresh hairstyles. Scrunchies are BACK, BABY, and six-year-old me is shaking.


    Promising review: "This was amazing for the price. Free People and Urban Outfitters sell scrunchies for 6–12 dollars a piece at the same quality as these ones. Loved most of the colors, and they're great quality. They aren't heavy on your head like some scrunchies and tie up your hair just like a basic hair tie only cuter." —austen

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $8.99.

    33. A set of artificial succulents in pots to keep up appearances that you actually know how to keep any kind of plant alive. Just put them on a high shelf and nobody will ever be the wiser.


    Promising review: "I love these little succulents! They were exactly what I wanted. I considered making my own succulent display but realized these were a lot cheaper, so I gave them a try and they’re perfect for my bookshelf. Super happy." —Courtney

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99.

    34. A pack of temporary hair color chalk so you can look super rad for the day without being known as "Green Haired Suzy" for the rest of your natural life.,

    Promising review: "These are a great deal. Doesn't take much to get the color in even dark hair. You get a good amount and the choices are more than any other product we've tried. Washed out with one shampoo, so I have no complaints. I won't have to buy more any time soon." —Trenten

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99.

    35. Or some Manic Panic semi permanent hair dye if after giving Green Haired Suzy a trial run, you decided this was who you were truly meant to be.,

    Promising review: "Best hair dye ever! It’s vegan, and makes my hair really soft! The color is amazing. It’s vibrant and really cool! It suits any clothing and makes you hair really soft and shiny! A tip that I used was I put Vaseline along the edges of my face and ears to make sure the dye didn’t get in my face. Amazing product. I will be buying from this company again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available in 48 colors).

    36. A midcentury modern futon to stun all of your guests with your keen eye for design and seemingly large budget...even though this killer piece is under $300 and from Amazon ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


    Promising review: "Very impressed with this couch especially for the money! We put it in our Airstream trailer, and it has taken the design to another level. So happy we pulled the trigger on this. I also like the mustard color — unique and funky. It is firm but still comfortable." —William Skiles

    Get it from Amazon for $290.99 (available in 10 colors and five styles).

    37. Vans Old Skool skate shoes so even if your skating days are behind you, it'll at least appear as if you still rip. Scrape them against a curb a few times for maximum believability.


    I have these shoes and love them with my whole heart.

    Promising review: "Best skate shoe for street skating. These were the best shoes I've ever had. I don't go for those big puffy styles. I like to feel the board. These shoes are responsive and comfortable. I usually wear 10.5 but I bought 10 because my feet won't slide around, and the canvas stretches a bit for a very customized feel. They were a little stiff at first, but nothing a day of skating couldn't fix. definitely buying another pair. Oh, they look sweet too, if looks even matter compared to function." —Idesiretheend

    Get them from Zappos for $59.95 (available in men's sizes 3.5–13, women's sizes 5–14.5, and 43 colors).

    38. And of course, a copy of Infinite Jest, perfect for the shelf or for gluing to your hand until the end of time.


    I don't think I need to include a promising review because you've probably gotten an unsolicited one from some random guy every time you've stepped foot in an independent coffee shop since it was published.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.19, Barnes and Noble for $16, or from a local bookseller through IndieBound.

    You in the mirror to yourself every morning:


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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