I’ve been living in this size-inclusive unitard for workouts and lounging around

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Since quarantine first began, I realized I had more clothes for attending events than I did for staying home. But as of late, my homestay apparel hasn’t stood a chance against the Universal Standard Next-to-Naked Bodysuit. Why? Because this plus-size-approved unitard truly makes you feel naked.

Personally, cute athleisure has been the go-to for me. Wearing athleisure in quarantine reminds me that I have the freedom to either workout and look good or not workout at all and still look good and feel comfy. But the Universal Standard Next-to-Naked Bodysuit is like luxury athleisure for the summer.

Unsurprisingly, comfortable plus size unitards can sometimes be a diamond in the rough. To be honest, the only other one I own isn’t for working out and it’s not made out of the most comfortable fabric.

The Universal Standard Next-to-Naked Bodysuit, however, is light, airy and feels like a second skin. Made from sweat-wicking, antimicrobial fabric developed by the size-inclusive brand, the bodysuit is water absorbant — and great for backyard yoga in my humble opinion.

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Another neat part of this superhero-like suit is the “not” built-in bra. The contoured stitching underneath the bust gives you some super comfortable bust support, but there’s absolutely no padding. Also, the bodysuit comes in black (shown above), navy and ivy.

Shop: Next-To-Naked Bodysuit – Black, $95

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Shop: Next-To-Naked Bodysuit – Navy, $95

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Shop: Next-To-Naked Bodysuit – Ivy, $95

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The bodysuit has a plethora of five-star reviews and many say it’s also super comfortable to wear. One customer said this bodysuit “feels better than skin.”

“I just love this garment! So much that I need to order another,” they wrote. “Not only does it fit true to size and is wonderfully made, [but] I can actually see myself fussing with it to turn it into much more than a workout ensemble.”

If you’re wondering if there’s a shorter version of the bodysuit, there is — the Next-to-Naked Bodyshort. It’s $7 cheaper, and you can wear it as an undergarment for long dresses. However, for now, the boyshorts version only comes in black.

Shop: Next-to-Naked Bodyshort – Black, $88

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Though the bodysuit is just under $100, there are some other budget-friendly alternatives. Girlfriend Collective, a sustainable activewear brand offers The Unitard, which is described as if “your favorite cami and coziest leggings had a baby,” per the website. Even Skims carries the $68 Sculpting Bodysuit, in which the brand recommends sizing up for a more comfortable fit.

But, if you do decide on the Next-to-Naked bodysuit, you’ll be glad you splurged on a second skin for the summer.

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