I Took the Risk of Buying These Amazon Fashion Items—Here Are My Honest Reviews

One sleepless night about a month ago, I did what any person would do when they're up later than they should be with a smartphone in hand: I opened up my Amazon app and went to scrolling. This time, though, I wasn't shopping around aimlessly for things I didn't need. With a few get-togethers on my social calendar, I immediately started looking for affordable going-out tops that felt special enough for a night out with friends. After settling on a few picks, I headed for the swimwear section in search of trendy bikinis that could finally bring some life into my lackluster lineup of swimsuits. Before I actually fell asleep, I had a whole cart full of sunglasses and sandals to boot. 

As great as two-day shipping and a vast amount of options can be, experienced shoppers know that buying clothes on Amazon can be hit or miss. Sometimes, you luck out with a trove of reviews to reference, but other times, you're left to take the risk and try things out for yourself. With the exception of a few items, everything I ended up buying didn't have much of an endorsement. But that's the thrill of shopping, right? As a market editor, I take trial and error in stride, so I didn't mind clicking buy for a little fashion experiment. Keep scrolling to read my honest reviews and to see which items were hits and which, according to me, missed the mark.

Freckles Mark Aviators


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My sunglasses collection is practically bursting at the seams right now, but before you pass judgment, I had good reason to buy these: I don't already own a pair like them, and versions of these thick-framed, colored-lens aviators have littered my Instagram feed since January. Oh, did I mention they are less than $20? Overall, there really isn't a con to these sunglasses. Since getting these trendy aviators, I have worn them nonstop.

Rating: 5/5

Modegal Boned Mesh Corset


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Part of the reason for my late-night Amazon buying binge was to find a suitable going-out top for my nights out ahead. I've had my eyes on a corset top for a while now but could never bring myself to pay the $200+ they usually go for. This one had rave reviews and, as I later found out, has gone viral on TikTok. Fortunately, the hype is warranted. The boning feels supportive yet not too restrictive, and the material feels substantial. I later compared it to another more expensive corset top, and it was virtually identical in construction and fit. I'm already plotting on the other colors.

Rating: 5/5

Wrangler Wrancher Dress Jeans


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Technically men's pants, these cowboy "dress jeans" have a reputation among editors as one of those word-of-mouth hidden gems. After first hearing about these through my fashion friends, Vogue editor Liana Satenstein's rave review prompted me to finally pull the trigger. As someone who's a relative stranger to men's sizing, I ended up ordering five different sizes until I settled on a decent fit. Gleaning from the reviews, I already figured I had to size up, but I didn't expect the tireless amount of trial and error. Pro tip: You'll want to size up two to three times your normal corresponding size. I desperately wanted to love these, but ultimately, the fit just didn't do it for me. The waist was entirely too big to fix with even a little styling magic, and the silhouette clearly wasn't designed with curves in mind. Some pros: I do love the anti-wrinkle material and the pleated look—they looked pretty polished and, dare I say, The Row-esque. I'm tempted to take these to a tailor to see if I can get them taken in to match my measurements. 

Rating: 2/5

Soly Hux Three-Piece Swimsuit


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If you're an avid reader of Who What Wear, you know we rave about Soly Hux's trendy, affordable bikinis. This one hit right on the three-piece swimsuit trend we've been seeing everywhere, but it's at a price that's decently lower than similar designer versions. What really sold this suit for me was the expensive-looking print. I could easily imagine seeing something like this at a Net-a-Porter or Shopbop. After giving this a thorough wear test, I was pleasantly surprised by the material. It didn't feel thin or flimsy. Like other Amazon reviewers pointed out, one huge thing to consider is that this bikini runs small. Specifically, the cups were way smaller than expected, so if you're busty, you may want to size up or skip this one entirely. If you do purchase this, I found that I had more coverage after removing the molded cups.

Rating: 3/5

Mosanana Tracer Sunglasses


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I did tell you that I have an unhealthy obsession with sunglasses. I couldn't help myself and added these to my cart after spotting the similarities to a Versace pair I've had on my wish list for forever. The packaging was unexpectedly luxe, and the frames themselves felt weighty despite the price.

Rating: 4/5

Wskeisp Square Toe Mules


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My first impressions upon trying these on: They're surprisingly wide foot friendly and could easily pass as shoes I'd expect to pay three times their price for. Next, I immediately added two more colors to my cart (yes, I was that excited). These are easily one of my favorite purchases of the lot and are a certified hit as far as I'm concerned. From the square toe to the flared heel and croc-embossed print, all of the details make these shoes feel so elevated. Most of all, these sandals were extremely comfy even after I walked dozens of blocks on uneven concrete.

Rating: 5/5

Tob Criss Cross Lace Up Crop Top


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Another summery going-out top I couldn't resist buying. Since midriff-floss tops are all the rage, I decided to try the trend for myself without the heavy investment. I love that it's adjustable, meaning you can maneuver the straps in a number of ways. Be forewarned, though, that it's definitely low-cut.

Rating: 4/5

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.