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A Fashion Editor reveals the Best Affordable Swimwear for Summer 2022

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It’s not always a good idea to spend a lot of money on a new one-piece, bikini, or tankini. There are many affordable options for swimwear that look just as good, are as functional, and are as flattering as the pricier ones. Hear that? This is the sound of your wallet sighing in relief. We’re talking sustainable styles and trendy high-waist designs to pieces made for every body type under the sun, whether it be a big-boob-friendly bikini, an ideal-for-longer-torsos one-piece or a plus-size silhouette that will hug your curves in all the right places–all from our go-to brands. Think: Summersalt, Madewell, Aerie.

We’ve put together a new crop of 25 affordable suits to make it easy for you to have a Hot Girl Summer. You can even get two or three of them while you’re at the store – they’re just that affordable.

1. J.CREW CLASSIC STRIPE BIKINI

We’re loving this J.Crew swimsuit. This silhouette is timeless and chic, and perfectly fits the 5-star resort vibe.

2. SUMMERSALT THE SIDESTROKE ONE PIECE

Summersalt is a favorite place to find high-quality, flattering swimwear at a reasonable price. This brand’s most popular swimwear is the Sidestroke one-piece. Partly because of its fun and slim tri-color design, and partly because it comes in a comprehensive size guide. It basically guarantees that you will order the perfect fit the first time.

3. MADEWELL SECOND WOAVE BIKINI

This Madewell suit is a great choice for beach parties because it’s retro and sporty. You can mix and match the sizes of the top and bottom to find the best fit for you.

4. SOLY HUX PRINTED TRIANGLE BIKINI

Okay, solid-colored suits may not be for you. Noted. This triangle bikini is available in over 100 (yes, 100!) prints and patterns. They include everything from the 70s-inspired floral pick to a swirling blue and orange and blue marble design.

5. ZARA ASYMMETRICAL SWIMSUIT

You don’t have to spend a lot but still want a suit that will make an impression. This suit is guaranteed to make heads turn with its asymmetrical design and eye-catching floral embellishments.

6. ANDIE THE LUNA ONE PIECE

Andie suits are simple, stylish and often available in long-torso sizes. These suits are affordable at around $95, but you will find them on sale. We recommend that you act fast if you do find one in your desired size or color. They sell quickly. We love the combination of a full-coverage top and a collar bone-baring blouse right now.

7. KONA SOL BANDEAU FLOUNCE ONE PIECE

Classic blue-and-white gingham combined with a flirty, strapless neckline give this timeless suit a vacationing-in-the-Hamptons appeal. The Target style’s bottom half provides more coverage than any other suit, without looking too dowdy or matronly.

8. ZARA COMBINATION SWIMSUIT

This strapless, one-piece swimsuit is sure to make you think that black swimsuits are boring. It has a unique neckline with puffed details and an open side panel that shows off the most flirty bits of skin.

9. SHADE AND SHORE RUFFLED BIKINI

This adorable suit is made for those with larger busts. We aren’t sure which feature we like best: the adjustable straps or the leopard pattern, supportive but not too wide underwire cups, or the fact it costs less than $30.

10. J.CREW SQUARENECK ONE PIECE

This is proof that one-pieces are flattering, stylish and far from boring. This baby blue suit has a square neckline that gives it an elegant, sophisticated feel. The ruched front with drop back will flatter every curve.

11. MADEWELL SECOND WAVE CUTOUT SWIMSUIT

A one-piece with simple, yet elegant cut-outs is the best option for days when you want to show your skin. Madewell’s mint green one-piece is currently attracting our attention. The flirty open panel on the front and semi-openback on the reverse make it stand out.

12. XHILARATION KNOT FRONT BIKINI TOP

While there is a lot of discussion about suits that are suitable for larger busts and A-cups, what about those with smaller chests? This top has a knotted front bust. It will give volume and definition to your area, without any padding, so you can confidently hit the waves.

13. AERIE DOUBLE STRING TRIANGLE BIKINI

Aerie has plenty of choices to choose from, whether you prefer the strappy triangle or a more feminine, wrapped style, a high-cut short or a cheeky, booty-baring bottom. The brand doesn’t Photoshop its images so you can enjoy the fact that these models have cellulite and acne just like normal people.

14. SOLY HUX TIE DYE BIKINI

The tie-dye trend that started in quarantine is not slowing down. You’ll find this set in at least one of the 62 available colors and patterns. This number also gets bonus points for the matching scarf that you tie around your waist. This is the perfect beach OOTD in one fell swoop.

15. BEACHISSI TANKINI

Tankinis are often criticized for their lack of coverage. However, we love the style. It is almost as easy to wear (and go to the bathroom) than a one-piece and has nearly the same coverage. The suit has a very subtle midriff showing and adjustable side ties to prevent the waist from digging in. Straps up top can be adjusted as well.

16. L.L.BEAN SQUARE NECK ONE PIECE

This swimsuit is incredibly flattering thanks to its square neckline and all-over print. It also has UPF 50+ protection so you can be sure you are protected from the sun’s damaging rays, no matter how long you spend at the pool. For those with long torsos, it also comes in an extended length.

17. SWIMSUITS FOR ALL BLACK LATTICE PLUNGE A ONE PIECE

Although this suit doesn’t have an underwire it is very sexy. However, the adjustable straps with soft molded bra cups and soft molded bra cups provide support for anyone with large boobs who wants to spend time at the pool or beach. The suit is fully lined with Power Mesh tummy control fabric. This helps to create a flattering silhouette. Don’t worry if the white fabric suddenly becomes X-rated when you take a dip in the swimming pool. The same lining makes sure that the fabric stays opaque, no matter how many swims you take.

18. TEMPT ME HIGH NECK PLUNGE MASH RUCHED ONE PIECE

We named this suit the “Amazon Coat” of the summer in 2020 to celebrate its popularity and it has only improved. You can now choose from 39 different colors, which is a huge increase from the original 13. Some styles are priced at $28-$32, while others will only cost 14 dollars.

19. CUPSHE V NECK RUFFLED ONE PIECE

This suit is extremely affordable and has been praised by many for its full bottom and ruched center (which covers any bumps or lumps) and the flirty ruffled straps. These ruffles are a great option for anyone with a smaller bust who wants a little lift up the top. It also comes in black.

20. SWIMSUITS FOR ALL AVENGER SASHI WHITE BIKINI

The simple black-and white halter is a popular choice at Swimsuits For All. It is also a very popular item. The thick band beneath the bust and the double straps at neck offer a lot of support for larger breasts, without looking like a bra. The slightly higher cut of this bottom waistband was also a huge hit with reviewers. Although it’s not an overly high waist like the ’50s, it’s just high enough to hold everything in place. It’s lined, so you can dive in with confidence without worrying about your bikini becoming completely sheer.

21. LA BLANCA HALTER SWIMSUIT ONE-PIECE

Although it may look like a basic one-piece from front to back, the halter tie is a great addition to this suit. The interlocking back detail gives the suit a hint of support without being too obvious. Are you not a fan of the pink color? You can also get this number in eight other colors.

22. CALVIN KLEIN PLEATED A ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

This bathing suit is not the most affordable on this list at $80. It’s still a worthwhile investment, as it’s both timeless and offers full coverage. There’s a lot to like here, from the square neckline to four-way stretch material to the pleated front panel to the sewn in molded cups and the pleated front panel. What about those classic colors? They’re our favorite.

23. MADAME EVERGLADE EVERWIRE HIGH WAIST BIKINI

While most swim trends will fade and become obsolete, palm prints will remain in fashion for many years. This flattering, high-waist bikini is a winner for anyone looking for a suit that will last several summers and won’t break the bank.

24. CUPSHE WRAP TOP FLORAL BOTTOM BIKINI

A solid color top is a great way to reduce your bust, shoulders, upper-half, or overall size. This can also help to boost your hips and bum. This Cupshe style is only $27 and features molded cups with thick banding that provide ample support for larger busts.

25. HILOR FRONT CROSSOVER ONE PIECE

This halter-neck one-piece is another Amazon bestseller. It has received over 4,000 5-star reviews from women of all sizes. The brand recommends sizing up, and most reviewers agree. To prevent any weird stripes appearing, the straps and middle stripes of the suit are sheer.

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