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Backpacks are perfect for anyone who commutes or carries a lot of gear when out and about.
Whether you’re looking for style or utility, there’s a backpack out there to meet your needs.
We asked our team for their favorites and incorporated picks from our other guides, too.
Backpacks became my go-to item when I started working in an office. Simply put, I found it to be the best way to carry all my daily essentials – laptop, book for the commute, and lunch when I remembered to pack it – without destroying my already tension-prone shoulders.
Although the word “backpack” still reminds me of middle school, modern-day styles are anything but childish. It’s possible to find a backpack that’s equal parts cool and functional, too.
A good everyday backpack should fit what you need, come with built-in organization, and shouldn’t strain your shoulders and back.
Here are the 13 best backpacks we love:
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Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack
A favorite backpack among members of the Insider Reviews team is the Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack. It’s a wonderful carrier because of its eight color and three-size options. The backpack’s quick-dry neoprene material is water-resistant, hand-washable, and perfect for gym trips, work commutes, and day hikes alike.
There’s an interior pocket to store your laptop and even a pouch to hold an extra pair of shoes. This work-life balance bag, as Dagne Dover describes it, is also insulated and evenly distributes weight to add comfort to its sophisticated design.
The weather-resistant Tortuga Outbreaker was tested by Jen Gushue, guides editor, along with eight other top travel backpacks on the market, and it was a top-performer for its convenient storage options — enough to house four-to-five days of travel necessities. Aside from the zipper-bordered main compartment, there are two large mesh compartments on the opposite side, as well as impressive organization pouches throughout.
The adjustable harness system features a wide hip belt that makes traveling customizable and comfortable. It’s a splurge for sure, but worth the price tag.
Timbuk2 Impulse Travel Backpack Duffel Bag
If you’re looking for a shoulder bag that can store as much as an airport carry-on, but want to spend a little less than the Tortuga pack, the Timbuk2 Impulse Travel Backpack Duffel Bag is a comparable all-in-one option. It will store anything you need in its sack-like structure and comes with small side pockets and a water-resistant pocket for shoes or laundry.
Even when fully packed, Jen Gushue noticed it felt lighter than some of the smaller-capacity bags they tested, and it also landed a spot as one of the top picks in the best travel backpacks guide.
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The North Face Jester Backpack
Whether you’re commuting to class or en route to the library, the backpack’s durably-padded design features a large main compartment, two mesh water bottle pockets, and even a reflective bike light loop for evening campus walking.
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JanSport Big Student Backpack
Style and Beauty Reviews Fellow Katie Decker-Jacoby swears by this backpack for its durability, size, and storage — the trio that made her repurchase it when she was a student. She loves the flexibility of the polyester material and its ability to endure all weight and wear. It’s also the top overall pick in our best backpacks for students guide.
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Dakine Split Adventure 38L Backpack
For an easy-to-carry backpack for weekend trips, the Dakine Split Adventure 38L Backpack is especially fit for those who don’t want to roll luggage with them on a flight. Home and Kitchen Reporter Owen Burke said he hasn’t found another bag broken down so simply and thoughtfully, from its convenient laptop sleeve and two outer compartments to its suitcase-like inner straps and interior storage pockets.
Out of these features, Burke is most impressed by the laptop sleeve. It doesn’t run all the way to the bottom of the bag but instead sits an inch or so up, so that when you place (or drop) your backpack, you’re not running the risk of damaging your laptop — a flaw he has found in some other designs.
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Yeti Panga 28 Backpack
The Yeti Panga 28 Backpack is also one of Owen Burke‘s favorites, particularly for its ability to withstand any weather conditions. As a part-time captain, he noticed other “waterproof” backpacks not living up to their claim.
This carrier comes with a heavy-duty airtight zipper and is crafted with high-intensity tear-proof nylon and TPU. Burke’s Yeti even managed to find its way into the smoldering cinders of a bonfire and still came out shining. For easy access, he finds the addition of the velcro-attachable, waterproof Sidekick convenient.
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Fjallraven Raven 28L Pack
Aside from its versatility, the Fjällräven has a ton of internal sorting pockets. It’s made from durable G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco in recycled polyester and organic cotton, making the back panel and shoulder straps especially comfortable.
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Haerfest Large Nylon Travel Backpack
The Haerfest Large Travel Backpack‘s durable nylon materials, adjustable shoulder straps, and excess pockets aren’t the only features Style and Beauty Editor Ashley Phillips adores. The ability to store two laptops is a sleek and rare feature that makes it a standout.
Though Phillips says the large size is slightly overpowering for her five-foot-two frame, she finds it perfect for travel because of the front hidden slip pocket that easily stores boarding passes and other documents. Its generous size and reliable functionality make it a great option that also conveniently fits on top of checked luggage.
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Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack
The long-form, buckled Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is a multi-use carrier that’s exclusive to hiking. Though Personal Finance Reporter Liz Knueven has taken it on trails before, she finds it best for traveling and said she was never questioned by airline companies if it will fit in a bin or under the seat.
The polyester pack has many built-in compartments that are easy to store small items. Kneuven said it has held up, it’s affordable at less than $50, and comes in a variety of colors.
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The Daily Edited Pebbled Leather Backpack
Nylon backpacks may be durable, but they’re not always the most aesthetically pleasing option to pair with formal workwear. When style and beauty editor Ashley Phillips needed something more spacious than a tote bag but that wouldn’t look out of place with a nice dress or silk blouse, she turned to this leather option from The Daily Edited.
The pebbled leather hides scratches more easily and the simple silhouette works as an alternative to a briefcase. The one drawback is that there’s no dedicated computer sleeve, but she found that there’s enough room to store a 13-inch laptop. You can also adjust the padded shoulder straps and add a monogram to make the bag feel more customized to you.
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Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack
The bag is overflowing with organizational pockets that keep everything in its place, so you don’t have to go digging for toiletries or your ID as you pass through airport security. You’d never know the Indi is a diaper bag because of its clean design, and as another travel hack, Saguin uses the fold-up changing mat as a portable work-from-home station. Currently, only the small size is available, but it’s typically offered in medium and large sizes too.
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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack
The Kanken backpack is another Fjallraven favorite, and it’s also the brand’s signature style. It’s offered in more than 50 colors and multiple sizes to best fit your storage and laptop needs. Along with its cool Scandinavian design, what makes this backpack special is a built-in sitting pad you can pull out at a moment’s notice. Senior story producer Emily Hein counts this bag as her go-to and says that “The included sitting pad is especially useful in the summer — a saving grace at parks and beaches.”
Hein also says there’s a good reason you’ll spot these so often on the streets of New York City. “It’s spacious enough to fit all my necessities for the day (including my 13″ laptop, albeit tightly), but not bulky or noticeably heavy.”
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Fine jewelry costs a bit more than costume, but you can still get quality pieces on a budget.
Brands and retailers like Catbird, Mejuri, and Vrai are changing the game.
We’ve rounded up our favorite pieces and retailers below.
With its inaccessible prices, technical terminology, and nebulous production practices, the world of fine jewelry is intimidating to step into and, for a generation that cares simultaneously about value, style, sustainability, and ethics, often a world that’s avoided altogether.
Not too long ago, we wouldn’t even have considered buying nice jewelry online. But with direct-to-consumer jewelry companies taking center stage, no middlemen or mark-ups mean that you can pay a palatable price that’s closer to the true cost of making that beautiful gold necklace. Plus, high standards for sourcing and production quell any fears that your purchase sets other livelihoods or the environment back.
These online jewelry companies will help you make the decision without overcharging you in the process.
The best places to buy affordable fine jewelry in 2021:
For everyday pieces that make more of a statement, Montserrat has a collection of playful designs that are easy to wear alone or layered with minimalist pieces.
A playful blend of pearls, charms, and 14-karat gold plated settings make up Montserrat’s jewelry line. With its enamel fruit designs, the latest collection transports you to a state of constant vacation. Though statement-making, the pieces are still dainty enough to layer with other pieces you own and an entire set won’t set you back more than $200.
What to buy:
The Limón Huggie Earrings (small)The Frutti Di Mare Fresas Set (small)The Seta Set (small)
Just by skipping the brand name, Italic lets you buy jewelry made in the same workshops as designer artisans at a fraction of the price.
Italic is a membership-based online retailer where you can find clothing, handbags, home goods, and more that are made in the same factories as designers like Miu Miu and Prada — just without the label and for a fraction of the price. Recently, it added fine jewelry to the mix. You can now pick up timeless additions like diamond necklaces and solid gold huggie hoops for as little as $225 and $150, respectively.
What to buy:
Gold Huggie Earrings (small)Diamond Eternity Band Ring (small)Diamond Solitaire Necklace (small)Baguette Diamond Pinky Ring (small)Solitaire Diamond Bracelet White Gold (small)
Look to Paige Sargisson for handmade solid gold and sterling silver jewelry that’s perfect for gifting and starts as low as $32.
Brooklyn-based designer Paige Sargisson makes custom pieces that run well into the thousands, but you’ll also find plenty of more affordable options as part of the 10kt & silver collection. Everything is made by hand out of solid gold or sterling silver and includes pieces like an opal-studded evil eye necklace ($350), tiny stud earrings ($32), and a calendar charm (from $735) that can be personalized to commemorate a special date.
What to buy:
Teeny Tiny Double Post Earrings (small)Evil Eye Small Ring (small)Zodiac Constellation Charms – Silver (small)Small Calendar Charm (small)
Known for its delicate rings and transparent sourcing, Catbird is the epitome of cool, affordable jewelry.
Cool, Brooklyn boutique vibes meet the ease of online shopping at Catbird, where you can find delicate $44 rings alongside sparkly $12,700 engagement rings. It’s fully transparent about the source of its materials, and donates 1% of all sales to non-profits including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. In addition to jewelry that’s crafted in-house, Catbird is home to other designers and beauty and home goods.
What to buy:
Mejuri provides dainty, minimal jewelry at an affordable price point.
Toronto-based startup Mejuri, founded by a former art director and a former engineer and third-generation jeweler, drops new pieces every week of the year, and without fail, its largely female clientele return again and again to its 14-karat gold, gold vermeil, and sterling silver jewelry that’s made for everyday wear. Mejuri’s mission is to have women “embrace a daily dose of luxury.” With plenty of under-$100 options, it makes fulfilling this mission very achievable.
What to buy:
AUrate offers both minimal, everyday pieces as well as bold statement pieces, so you can create a well-rounded jewelry collection.
AUrate offers both the solid foundation pieces and the unique statement pieces that you’ll need for a jewelry refresh. Everything is crafted in New York City, which also means that NYC dwellers can enjoy same-day delivery of 14- and 18-karat gold, AAA pearls, and ethically sourced diamonds (the rest of the country gets free shipping).
What to buy:
For handcrafted pieces that won’t break the bank, Soko is a go-to.
At the helm of the movement towards “ethical fast fashion” is Soko, a jewelry startup with an innovative, efficient, and empowering model that uses technology to connect with independent artisans in Africa. Soko’s jewelry is guaranteed to attract attention, not only for its unique sourcing and manufacturing origins but also for its structural, powerful style. These hand-made pieces are produced from less conventional, but more affordable materials like brass.
What to buy:
The pieces at Auvere are investment pieces, but they’ll appreciate in value over time.
For top-line luxury, specifically 22- and 24-karat gold, at surprisingly affordable prices, Auvere is the place to go. There’s a range of feminine and more masculine designs, so there’s something to fit everyone’s style. There’s no denying that the architectural pieces are investments, but you get what you pay for — pure gold, wrapped into beautiful designs without the mark-up — and they’ll only appreciate in value over time.
What to buy:
Ariel Gordon designs cute, delicate jewelry that is meant to be worn over and over again.
This Los Angeles-based brand is a celebrity favorite and it’s easy to see why. Launched out of her apartment while Gordon worked as a Hollywood publicist, the collection is made up of pieces designed to be worn over and over again, transitioning from occasion to occasion without losing quality and durability. Its charm pieces, which include animals and flowers, are truly sweet designs that’ll brighten your day.
What to buy:
The Last Line
For those who love bold, beautiful jewelry, The Last Line is a must-shop.
Founded by a Parsons grad and industry veteran, The Last Line wants to be the one and only place you buy all your jewelry. That might not be as ambitious as it sounds considering the brand sells everything from show-stopping rainbow pieces to chunky rings to classic gold hoops. If you thought fine jewelry couldn’t be fun or colorful, The Last Line is here to prove you wrong.
For jewelry that is effortlessly cool, look no further than Gorjana.
If you love the “I-just-threw-this-on” jewelry look, you’re going to want to check out Gorjana. If you haven’t heard of it already, this Laguna Beach-based brand is well-loved for its range of affordable, gold-plated pieces that range from simple and dainty to funky and trendy, that pretty much all cost under $100.
Ethically sourced and conflict-free, Stone and Strand has its own capsule collection while also curating other like-minded brands on its site.
Stone and Strand produces its own high-end jewelry and curates other like-minded brands on its site, creating an online space where shoppers aren’t intimidated to explore fine jewelry. Most pieces are made of 14-karat solid gold — though you can also find more affordable gold-plated options — and the diamonds and gemstones used are ethically sourced and conflict-free. Its first capsule, Good Girl Tools, sets the tone for the types of jewelry you can expect from the rest of the brand: bold, pretty, and wearable for every day.
What to buy:
If you tend to be indecisive about purchasing jewelry, you’ll love Verlas‘ at-home try-on service.
Investing in a nice piece of jewelry without trying it on first can feel risky. If you can’t make up your mind right away, Verlas makes it easy to make sure you’ll love your new piece. The brand offers a try-at-home program where you can try any three pieces from the site for 15 days. The test pieces are made of replica materials (like cubic zirconia and brass), but when you’re done, you can choose the ones you love best and then order the real deal made with diamonds and gold. If you want to pass on them all, that’s okay too. Of course, if you know what you want right off the bat, you can go straight to purchasing it too.
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Skeptical about buying diamond rings online? Vrai helps to streamline the process.
This downtown LA-based company only uses solid gold and Diamond Foundry diamonds, which are physically and chemically indistinguishable from mined diamonds, and created using solar energy. Vrai’s simple and timeless pieces will delight minimalists and anyone who hates to be plagued by pages and pages of choices. Couples should take advantage of its free home try-on program for wedding rings, which decreases the pressure of choosing the perfect ring.
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Customized wedding rings are super affordable thanks to Holden.
When wedding ring shopping gets so stressful that it detracts from the real experience of starting your life with someone, that’s a problem. Holden is making it easy to shop for and customize wedding rings that start at only $249. Simply request a free ring size kit, choose your ring profile, width, metal, karat, and finish, and add an optional engraving, and your rings will be made-to-order with 3D printing technology.
What to buy:
Couple gives couples the opportunity to purchase their engagement rings online.
The idea for Couple began when one of its co-founders had difficulty finding an engagement ring for his now-wife and saw an opportunity to also lessen the environmental and ethical challenges of mined diamonds. Couple works with lab-grown diamonds that look identical to mined ones (and are actually of higher quality) so that marriages can start off on the right foot — with trust, transparency, and thoughtfulness. Many of the rings can also be engraved for a truly personal touch.
What to buy:
Knife Edge Ring (small)Classic Thin Ring (small)The Halo Ring (small)The Pavé Signature (small)
If you love a ring stack, you’ll love Gemist‘s wide array of rings that you can layer.
Love a finger full of stackable rings? You’ll love Gemist’s wide variety of affordable pieces. The brand offers a streamlined at-home try-on process, where you’re given three costume rings to play with for two weeks. Enjoy the pieces? Just let Gemist know, and they’ll send you the custom pieces after you send your testers back. Gemist also has a variety of earrings, wedding bands, and engagement rings, too.
And while the transparent pricing model already makes Everlane fairly accessible, it just got even easier to fill up your closet thanks to the retailer’s huge Summer Sale. Starting today, July 19, you can find nearly 1,000 styles for men and women at up to 60% off.
Everlane doesn’t often host sales, so this is one event we recommend checking out. Most of the styles included are summer pieces, like crewneck tees for $12 and a pair of strappy sandals for $19, but you can also get ahead of the fall season with classic cashmere sweaters discounted to just $40.
The sale will continue while inventory lasts, but with prices like this, we don’t expect that to be very long. Just keep in mind while making your selections that many, though not all, of the items are final sale.
It’s been a year and four months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Although vaccination numbers are increasing daily, it is still super important to have proper face masks. According to the CDC, it’s recommended that unvaccinated people continue to wear face masks in public. It’s also worth noting that some places like public transportation and private businesses may require you to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
To help you stay healthy, we rounded up all of the articles we’ve written about cloth face masks so far. Below, you’ll find the best places to buy them online as well as what to look for and how to wear them effectively.
Etsy has a large selection of homemade masks for sale. It’s a great place to find quality cloth face masks if you haven’t found one by a well-known name brand that you like. Buying from Etsy is also a great way to support small businesses.
Amazon offers a handful of brand name masks, along with generic face masks in large bulk and one-time use surgical masks. Previously, Amazon limited purchasing surgical masks and other medical-grade equipment to verified healthcare workers, but as supply and demand have evened out, you can now pick them up here too.
The Uniqlo Airism Face Mask was a major hit when it launched in Japan early last year. By the end of 2020, it became available in the United States — and it was clear why they were so popular. The masks are lightweight, breathable, and washable. They’re great for wearing in hot weather as well as for double-masking over a surgical mask. They’re available in sizes for adults and kids.
Everlane makes a variety of face masks, from basic cotton options that are great for running quick errands to more fitted options with a contoured nose. The masks are sold in packs of two, three, or five, and each purchase benefits the ACLU.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, doubling up on face masks is a good idea and “makes common sense.”
If you already have single-use surgical masks, you should still invest in a good cloth face mask for doubling up. Here, we’ve rounded up the best masks for double-masking and a full explainer on why it’s a good practice.
If you’re particularly interested in masks that are easy to wear in the summer, you’ll want to go with one of these lightweight options. Materials like linen or lightweight cotton are still protective but a bit more comfortable to wear in the heat.
Many of your favorite brands in the textile industry (including those that normally make clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, and more) are using some of their resources to produce masks. Whether you’re a brand loyalist, you want a mask that matches some of your other wearable items, or you simply want a mask from a brand you’re familiar with, you’ll find it here.
How to solve common annoyances associated with face masks
From eating and drinking to concealing your mouth from those who read lips, there are some annoyances that come with wearing masks. Fortunately, there are also solutions to these problems — and none of them include skipping a mask altogether.
Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been less than two weeks since your single-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, you are not fully protected and should continue all safety precautions outlined by the CDC.
Why is it important to wear a face mask?
Wearing a face mask decreases the likelihood of you potentially transmitting the virus, but if everyone in the community around you wears a mask, then it decreases the likelihood of them transmitting it to you.
Whether you’re asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, or showing mild symptoms that could be brushed off as a common cold, there’s still a possibility you’ve contracted the new coronavirus and can unknowingly spread it to others. For this reason, the CDC recommends that everyone, not just those who show symptoms, wear a face mask outside the home.
Note that cloth face masks are not medical grade and that additions like filters have not been proven to be any safer or more effective.
What to look for in a face mask, according to the CDC
A snug fit that sits comfortably against the side of the face and does not gap; ties or ear loops that keep it secure; completely covers the nose and mouth, and fits securely under the chin; two or more layers of fabric; breathability without restriction; and the ability to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.
How to measure your face for a face mask
While most masks are designed to fit most faces, some will come in more specific sizes like small, medium, and large. If you’re stumped on which size to order, the best way to figure it out is to measure your face and then choose based on the brand’s size chart. You’ll want to use a garment tape measure to get these two measurements:
Measurement #1: Across your face — Going over the bridge of your nose and under your eyes, measure the width of your face.
Measurement #2: From nose to chin — Start from the bridge of your nose and go down to the bottom of your chin.
How to properly wear a face mask, as recommended by CDC’s Dr. Paige Armstrong
If a company has been thriving for years, it’s safe to say they probably make pretty good stuff. Ray-Ban has been making functional and cool eyewear since 1937. Today, the brand still offers some of the best sunglasses on the market. Here, we lay out why we love these sunglasses and answer frequently asked questions about the brand.
What kind of UV protection do Ray-Ban sunglasses provide?
While sunglasses have become a fashion accessory all on their own, at the core of it, they’re made to protect your eyes. Every pair of Ray-Bans delivers on this front. All Ray-Ban lenses have UV protection, but the exact level varies among the types of lenses. Here’s what Ray-Ban offers:
Classic lenses absorb 85% of visible light and block most blue light while providing a “natural vision” because they don’t alter the colors you see around you.
Mirrored lenses reduce glare for visual comfort near snow and water. Colors look clearer and brighter.
Polarized lenses block more than 99% of reflected light around you, eliminate glares, and enhance contrast. Everything looks clearer and brighter.
Does Ray-Ban offer prescription lenses?
Another great feature from Ray-Ban is the ability to get prescription lenses. Choose from a wide range of classic Ray-Ban frames and make them yours with custom prescription lenses. You can even make them polarized.
Of course, nice lenses need to be complemented by equally nice frames, and luckily, Ray-Ban has those, too. You can find high-quality metal and acetate options in small, standard, or large sizes to get the perfect fit. A majority of Ray-Ban customers go for the standard size, but if you’re on the fence, you can check out the brand’s size guide.
The high-quality frames, protective lenses, and just-right fit make Ray-Bans equal parts performance and fashion. That means they’re just as fit for a leisurely day on the town as an active day on the water, in the snow, or wherever you like to go.
What kind of sunglasses does Ray-Ban make?
From the iconic to the contemporary, Ray-Ban has a strong selection of stylish pairs fit for every face. You’ll probably recognize Ray-Ban’s three most classic pairs: The Aviator, The Wayfarer, and The Clubmaster. While eyewear trends come and go, these three pairs are classics. Insider Reviews social media associate Victoria Gracie swears by her Ray-Ban Clubmasters. “In the past,” she said, “I’ve had trouble finding sunglasses that fit my face well, but Ray-Ban’s Clubmasters seem to do the trick. The quality is also top-notch – I’m not as careful as I should be with my Ray-Bans, but they’re still in pristine condition, and the mirrored lenses don’t even show any scratches.”
Personal Finance Insider reporter Liz Kneuven has both prescription and regular Ray-Bans. She credits her love for the Erika sunglasses ($153) to the unique shape that’s slightly round but still angular. “Before those glasses got really popular, it was hard to find anything that shape. They’re just so flattering,” she says. “For me, it’s all about the shape. I’ve owned and shopped for several pairs of nice sunglasses, but I’ve never been able to find any other round-ish ones that complimented my face shape like the Ray-Ban Erikas do.”
The Round Metal sunglasses ($161) are by far my favorite Ray-Bans, and truthfully, my favorite sunglasses ever. I’m already on my second pair. Inspired by musicians in the 1960s, the style is just retro enough. They’re understated but universally flattering, and they edge up pretty much any outfit I wear. Whether it’s a sundress and sandals or ripped jeans and a plain white T-shirt, the gold frame and dark green lenses on these match everything. While they are a little pricey, I feel like I’ve gotten more than my money’s worth of wear. Plus, I’d rather pay a little extra for comfort, quality, and the peace of mind that my eyes are actually protected from the sun.
Style and beauty editor Ashley Phillips is also a fan of the Round Metal sunglasses. “I like how these have a cool retro feel, but at the same time they go with basically everything. And even though the wire frame looks delicate, I’ve owned this pair for years and it’s still in great shape.”
How much do Ray-Bans cost?
The range of prices you’ll come across when shopping for sunglasses is huge. You could pick up a pair for five bucks at the local bodega or drop over $500 on a pair from your favorite designer label. Ray-Ban falls pretty central on the spectrum, with pairs starting around $150 and going up to about $500 for ones made with an ultra-light titanium frame.
With Ray-Ban, you know you’re getting quality lenses and durable frames that can keep up with you through whatever activities your day brings. Cheap sunglasses are a great way to try out new trends without spending too much money, but many pairs are more fun than functional and don’t offer enough UV protection. On the other hand, just because a pair of sunglasses is very expensive that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a higher quality UV protection. You may be paying more for the designer label. I’ve spent more than $150 on sunglasses from other brands and was ultimately disappointed at how they (barely) blocked the sun from my eyes. From these experiences, I’ve decided that $150 on a pair of Ray-Bans is actually pretty fair – just do your best not to lose them.
Ray-Ban is a heritage brand, and for good reason. They’ve stayed true to the classics, but have also managed to keep up with the trends without losing sight of their brand. The end result is a brand with universal appeal that everyone from your younger brother to your best friend to your grandma will be proud to rock. Whether you’re a Ray-Bans loyalist, or new to the brand, it’s definitely a great place to pick up your next pair of sunglasses.
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Swimsuits for All carries sizes 4 through 40, prioritizing often-ignored body shapes and sizes.
3 people from our Insider team tested the brand’s swimsuits and loved the look and fit of them.
For more options, check out our reviews of swimsuits from brands like Everlane and Summersalt.
Shopping for swimsuits can be a stressful, vulnerable, and frustrating experience. It’s doubly so when your favorite store doesn’t carry a cute style in your size, or when all the ones in your size were clearly treated as afterthoughts.
Swimsuits for All has been around since 2005 and continues to push the boundaries of style and size in the women’s swimwear space. The brand makes stylish, size-inclusive women’s swimwear in sizes 4 through 40. Its lineup includes one-pieces, bikinis, swim dresses, tankinis, and cover-ups, and most of its suits cost less than $100. Even for the ones that cost more, you can usually get them at a generous discount during one of the brand’s many online sale events.
Among its many original styles, it has also launched special collections with plus-size body positivity advocates like model Ashley Graham and fashion blogger GabiFresh. We tried a piece from each of these two collaborations, in addition to one of the brand’s original styles. Our testers range from sizes 8 to 20, and share their thoughts on the look, fit, and feel of their suits. Many sunny beach trips later, the verdict is in: the swimsuits look and feel great.
Here are the 3 best Swimsuits for All bikinis and one-pieces you can buy:
Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit
A simple, black one-piece is a wardobe must-have — you can’t go wrong with its timeless look. Insider senior video producer Shirley Cheng likes how this swimsuit is a twist on the classic, black swimsuit because it looks anything but basic thanks to the lattice details. She sized down and found that to be the right move for her.
What’s great about this swimsuit is that you can adjust it to your liking. There’s self-tie halter straps and a hidden underwire bra with removable soft cups. But it also features Power Mesh tummy-control lining and front shirring to keep you feeling secure. Plus, if you’re concerned about how the suit fits on the bottom half, it’s quite literally got you covered with full bottom coverage.
Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit (small)
GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set
Basic bikinis are versatile mainstays for summertime, but to add a little something extra to your collection, you might want to check out the tie details on this set. The detail appears on both the top and the bottoms, and is fully functional. However, the two separates are still simple enough to mix and match with other suits, as well.
You can get the right fit for you with the adjustable straps and G-hook back closure that has three adjustments. Swimsuit top sizing can be tricky, but this one fits by band and cup size, making your decision much easier. Former Insider Studios associate editor Hattie Weber can vouch for the fit and comfort of this bikini set. She also appreciates the brand’s wide variety of other styles for plus-size bodies.
GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set (small)
Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief
A swimsuit you can customize almost sounds too good to be true. However, the fold over brief in this set does exactly what its name suggests. You can modify the rise of these bottoms by simply folding them up or down, making this a versatile piece that you can pair with other tops.
The top is also adatpable with its self-tie halter straps and double G-hook closure that has two adjustments. Insider senior consumer insights associate Jennifer Hernandez loves wearing the bottoms with a higher rise, although she also likes folding over the top to jazz up the plain briefs. She additionally appreciates how there are separate sizing options for each piece of the set, since one’s top and bottom measurements can vary.
Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief (small)
Although mothers may be challenging to shop for – humbly resigning to the phrase “you don’t have to get me anything” – we can safely say she’ll love any of the gifts in this guide.
This list can help you find what you’re looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she’s into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there’s a unique gift for Mom, below.
For a gift that’s fresh and delicious, send Mom a box of Georgia peaches. She’ll be sure to love this farm-to-table gift that’s handpicked, packed, and shipped right to her doorstep through Goldbelly. The Pearson Family has been growing peaches in Georgia for over 130 years, so you can’t go wrong with this pick.
Your mom’s soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She’ll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry.
A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that’s both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom’s essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder.
Summer’s here, which, for some moms, means it’s time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom’s life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She’ll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.
Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She’ll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners.
A digital picture frame for remembering the good times
It’s hard to find a mom who isn’t obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she’s all set.
Slippers may seem like a pedestrian gift for Mom, but they don’t have to be if you shop the right pair. The Coquette features Ugg’s signature sheepskin interior and exterior, plus a lightweight outsole that can also travel outside. You can read more about why we love this slipper in our review of our favorite Ugg slippers.
Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She’ll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials.
Don’t let the price of this hair dryer scare you away from gifting it to your mom. If she’s the type of mom who loves taking care of her hair, the Supersonic is extra speedy and quiet. She’ll appreciate that this gift makes her morning routine easy and enjoyable. We’ve also mentioned this Dyson favorite in our guide to the best hair dryers.
A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity
When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from “The Office” or most-loved musician. Whether it’s for her birthday, Mother’s Day, or a different milestone, there’s something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.
Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator.
For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.
A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She’ll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you.
A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography
You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom.
The Fire Tablet will be Mom’s new best friend. Choose from four different colors and 32 GB or 64 GB storage. She can spend up to 12 hours reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music before needing to recharge. It’s the perfect handheld size for switching between her emails, video calls, and shopping lists, too.
Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand’s smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.
Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping.
She can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices.
Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.
The weighted sleep mask that’s the ticket to instant sleep
Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position.
A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things
MasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It’s interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site’s classes for the year.
You can never go wrong with a cardigan, especially one as comfy as this. If your mom is like mine, she has a go-to “restaurant” sweater or “movie theater” sweater. Gift her a new favorite with this minimalist ribbed design.
Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that’s based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula’s color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.
Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.
The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets.
Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that’s a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift.
Hydo Flask’s products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that’s otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs.
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A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick.
There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming.
We’ve ordered bouquets from The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems and both offer gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they’re delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she’ll love on any given day.
The Sill is a relatively new startup that’s making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe.
Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company’s delicate jewelry, too.
Milk Bar’s treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B’Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here.
A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside
Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray’s Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It’s a mouthwatering gift for Mom that’ll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray’s Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.
Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom’s hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.
Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She’ll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house.
After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.
If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month.
On the other hand, if she’s tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.
Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets.
Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process.
At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom’s favorite. We’ve even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens.
Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you’ll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family.
A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home
Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It’s a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen.
A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat
The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines.
Dagne Dover’s Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go.
An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials
A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman’s everyday style and keeps her organized when she’s constantly moving from place to place. You can get this Italian leather wallet from Cuyana in seven colors. We really love the Stone leather version that has a surprise red lining on the inside for a pop of color.
If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag.
With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she’ll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric and stovetop tea kettles.
Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn’t mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.
Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks.
There’s no better feeling than finding a gift that you just know perfectly aligns with your giftee’s tastes and personality. Searching for unique gift ideas that feel special and tailor-made for a specific person is no easy task. Thankfully, Urban Outfitters is the ultimate source for fun gifts that are quirky and unique enough to truly stand out.
Whether it’s clothing, tech, home accessories, or anything in between, Urban Outfitters gift options cover a wide spectrum so you can shop for everyone on your list. We combed through its vast selection ourselves to put together a list of our top Urban Outfitters gifts.
Here are 27 quirky and cool gifts from Urban Outfitters:
A cookbook is a pretty standard gift for any foodie, but this one is different from the rest. It not only shares delicious recipes, but it also helps readers release their feelings while creating the dishes. They can make recipes like Pounded Chicken Parmesan, Feeling Sad French Onion Soup, and Tune-It-Out Tinga.
Whoever you’re shopping for likely already owns a camera or has one built into their phone. But those cameras probably can’t capture photos underwater. This 35mm camera is the perfect gift for summer, allowing them to do underwater photoshoots with their loved ones.
For the cat and horoscope enthusiast, they’ll have a blast with this 500-piece puzzle. While it’s challenging to put together, they’ll enjoy the end results. Cats that represent each of the twelve horoscope signs cover the puzzle, with bright colors and beautiful illustrations.
A book with creative cocktail recipes they’ve never tried
If the person you’re shopping for can’t seem to find exciting, new cocktail recipes, get them this book. It shares creative renditions of 21 classic drinks. They can’t get bored with these fresh takes on cocktails like the Manhattan and Negroni.
This versatile mini backpack is large enough to fit everything they need for a weekend day out and about, while still being compact enough for easy on-the-go travel. A handy side and front pocket make accessing essentials easy, and it comes in an array of color options from classic black to an ombre-style pink and red.
A fleece blanket that will keep them warm all season long
They can sail around the neighborhood or work on their fancy footwork at the boardwalk. These colorful skates are both an eye-catching accessory and an easy mode of transportation. They come in green, pink, and blue.
This set of three gold or silver chain necklaces will allow them to mix and match however they want. They can wear all three together to take the guesswork out of layering, or they can pair each individual chain with their go-tos for a new take on their favorite look.
Turn any backyard, patio, or rooftop into the ultimate at-home movie theater with this mini projector and screen. It can be adjusted from 32 inches to 150 inches to fit just about any space and easily hooks up to a gaming system, cable, or streaming box. Pair this with some fun bean bags for an extra comfy setup.
Subscription services like BirchBox and Stitch Fix have gained a lot of attention over the last few years, spurring more and more brands to take the subscription route in order to provide unique experiences for their customers.
Alltrue is one such company capitalizing on the trend of sending clothing, beauty products, and home decor via subscription – but what sets it apart is that all the products inside its boxes are sourced from socially, economically, and environmentally conscious brands. The product team at Alltrue, which until a recent rebrand was called Causebox, works with the founders of companies doing social good and asks them about why they give back, who they are directly impacting, and where their products are made. An open line of communication between Alltrue and its partners ensures that the companies are following through with their missions and goals.
Co-founders Matt Richardson and Brett McCollum made giving back their ultimate vision for the company – and to complete that vision, Alltrue volunteers with and donates to different charities to help them with their growth and impact. Past charities have included Speak Your Silence, which helps those affected by sexual abuse and assault to move forward. Others, like Trees for the Future, work to end hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa through agricultural practices.
How does Alltrue work and what does it cost?
The bright, charming packages are created and sent on a seasonal schedule – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Like most subscription services, the boxes come in a convenient package and arrive at your door on a scheduled basis. I received a spring box and had a really lovely experience with it – from the moment I got my box to the time I spent actually using the products inside.
Alltrue offers customers two subscription options: the quarterly subscription ($54.95 per box), and the annual subscription ($49.95 per box, a total of $199.8 per year). After choosing your preferred method, you’ll create an account online and begin your customization process.
Each seasonal box offers six to eight new products – each one from a socially conscious brand, and some even created exclusively for Alltrue customers. If you sign up for the annual subscription service, you can customize your product options based on pattern, color, or product type. The best part about the box is that it includes a little notebook in each package so you can read a story behind every product included.
Your Alltrue will ship within the first couple weeks of the seasonal months and it typically takes two to eight days to arrive. If you chose the custom Alltrue, you’ll be able to tailor your delivery preferences.
What’s inside an Alltrue box?
The actual box is cute and colorful, but the reason Alltrue is so special is because of the items housed inside. Each box comes with six to eight products that are all cruelty-free, sustainably sourced, and intended to serve, support, and empower disadvantaged communities. They all include some combination of jewelry, skincare/beauty products, accessories, home decor, wellness products, and even artwork.
My box contained items from every one of these categories – my favorite items were the Megan Portfolio Clutch from Glass Ladder Co. (valued at $120), and the Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask (valued at $54). I was also able to choose certain items like the Cleobella Silky Scarf and the Marina de Buchi Luxe Charm Bracelet, along with a few others (a perk of signing up for the annual membership).
Is Alltrue worth the cost?
The $50 price tag per Alltrue isn’t a hefty cost when you consider the value of the contents inside. Each box has an estimated value of over $200 – according to the website, my products added up to $341.90.
There are definitely a couple of items that I won’t use all too often, so in my opinion, the value of the box isn’t as high as estimated. But, the option to personalize my box made me enjoy the products inside even more.
The bottom line
The convenience, overall cost, and quality of the products make the Alltrue a good investment, particularly if you’re signing up as a way to treat yourself. I feel better about using the office items, accessories, home products, and skincare simply because they are all eco-friendly and sustainably sourced.
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Shopping for wedding bands online might seem daunting, but these sites make the process stress-free.
Our favorite wedding band sites are easy to navigate, have tons of options, and are eco-friendly.
The engagement ring might be the star of the show when a couple decides to get married, but the wedding bands officially seal the deal. That considered, taking the time to invest in something timeless is pretty important.
Sometimes engagement rings and wedding bands come together as a bridal set, but many people decide to shop for a wedding band separately to better reflect their personal style. That’s why we decided to do a deep dive into the world of online wedding band shopping to find the best websites to purchase your forever ring from. These five take the cake for being the best of the best when it comes to buying a wedding band online.
Ritani‘s website has hundreds of gorgeous wedding bands to choose from, no matter what your budget is.
With hundreds of wedding bands and what seems like endless customization options, it would be hard not to find your perfect wedding band on Ritani’s website –– and it helps that the site is super easy to navigate. You can choose between women’s and men’s wedding bands, diamond, 9-stone, gemstone –– you name it. You can even filter the results by specific types of ring finishes, styles, natural or lab diamonds, price, delivery date, and more. If nothing catches your eye, you can start from scratch and create a one-of-a-kind wedding band.
What to buy:
Men’s 8mm Tungsten Diamond Wedding Ring (small)Women’s Classic Thin Knife-Edge Wedding Ring (small)Five-stone Asscher Cut Diamond Wedding Ring (small)
Joseph Jewelry is super informative and offers tons of variety when it comes to finding the perfect wedding band.
LeJoseph Jewelry has an impressive amount of high-quality inventory. The website lets you filter by style, metal, finish, features, and price to help you narrow down your list. The company also specializes in custom hand engraving, and its “Design Your Own” option is listed first on the site’s tab options. In other words, if you’re looking to create something exclusively yours, this is the place to go. If you have any questions, there’s a responsive and knowledgeable customer service team at the ready, in addition to a blog dedicated to answering FAQs and covering other jewelry-related topics. The company gets extra brownie points for holding itself to high standards of sustainability and ethics, too.
What to buy:
Custom Men’s Mokume Wedding Band (small)Custom Hand Engraved Wedding Band (small)Custom Baguette Diamond Eternity Wedding Band (small)
Don’t want to shop in person but still want the experience of trying on rings? With Clarity is the perfect happy medium.
With Clarity is the perfect happy medium if you don’t want to shop in person but still want the experience of trying on wedding bands. First, filtering your search results is super easy. You can choose between men’s and women’s metal bands or bands with diamonds. With Clarity also offers complimentary engraving services and totally customizable rings. Customers can choose two replica rings, created with 3D printing, and preview them for a three-day period before committing.With Clarity has one of the most informative sites we’ve come across, and it’s super transparent about its diamond ethics, too? One of the best parts of buying your wedding band from With Clarity is its budget-friendly prices, discounts, sales, and price matching promise. Whether you’re looking to spend $150 or a couple thousand, there’s definitely a ring to fit your preferred price range.
What to buy:
Satin Round Diamond Men’s Wedding Band (small)Diamond Basket Solitaire Wedding Band (small)Three Stone Trellis Princess Diamond Wedding Band (small)
Nature enthusiasts and fans of unique jewelry: Krikawa is the best of the best when it comes to exquisitely-detailed wedding bands.
Krikawa is the place to shop for unique wedding bands that will surely stand out from the rest. Each ring is made to order and can be created from scratch, but if you want a base to work with, Krikawa offers designs like dragon scales, piano keys, giraffe skin, dragonflies, and snakes. Krikawa’s site is easy to navigate and breaks up its design options to make finding your perfect ring completely your own. It’s also a totally eco-friendly brand and only uses conflict-free diamonds, fair trade and lab-created gemstones, and recycled metals.
What to buy:
Feather Embrace Wedding Band (small)Ring O’ Roses with Diamonds Wedding Band (small)Channel Twist Wedding Band (small)
Brilliant Earth takes sustainability one step further than most jewelry companies, all while offering gorgeous, high-quality products.
With over 400 wedding rings and bands, plus endless customization options to choose from, Brilliant Earth might have a slightly slimmer selection than some of its competitors, but the quality of its chic and modern jewelry makes the brand stand out. Another one of the many perks of shopping with Brilliant Earth is how informative the site is, whether you’re just starting out in your ring-shopping process or are deciding on finishing touches. There’s even a “find my matching wedding ring” feature where you can see your engagement ring and wedding band side-by-side. There are also several flexible payment options, and that’s on top of free 30 day returns and resizes and free shipping within the US both ways.
What to buy:
Versailles Diamond Ring (3/8 ct. tw.) (small)Lunette Diamond Ring (small)Petite Comfort Fit Wedding Ring (small)
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