The Best Swimsuits For $50 Or Less

Finally, beach season is here. Some of you may even have a long-awaited summer vacation on the horizon. Sure, you probably have a drawer of bikinis at the ready for your next getaway, but swimwear is one section of our wardrobe that could always use an upgrade.

Keep in mind, though, that upcoming jaunt will only be the first of your many forays into the water this year. You’ll likely enjoy many more sand and pool moments through August (remember August?). So, chances are you’ll want to spring for a few new suits in the coming months. Rather than dropping your entire budget on a single fancy one now, keep your purse strings on lock with an under-$50 option to start. Ahead, we found a few affordable styles to make a splash in this season.

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20+ Under-$125 Dresses To Show Off In

By now, you’re ready to wave goodbye to your drawer of constricting pants and leggings. You’re probably so ready that you’ve made a comprehensive shopping spreadsheet that includes all of your favorite leg-baring finds from around the web. But before you sort that whole thing in order of price to save your budget, read on. We’ve done the legwork for you.

Dressing your best for the sunny seasons shouldn’t mean crying away your hard earned cash on your dream Mara Hoffman puffy sleeved sleeper gown (but if you’re able to, power to you, we’ll watch on enviously from the sidelines). Summertime is prime for doing away with your inhibitions and trying all of the best (or craziest) new trends the fast fashion retailers and indie designers are pumping out for less than your vacation deposit.

Ahead, find the season’s best dress that look like a million bucks, but actually ring in at $125 or less. You’ll never have to blow a whole paycheck on one look again.

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17 Vintage-Inspired Swimsuits For Retro-Lovers

You’ve probably already picked up on the prevalence of high-waisted briefs, balconette tops, and bandeaux in this season’s crop of swimwear. The new wave of swimsuit brands breaking into the scene seem to share a soft spot for retro silhouettes — which is something we’re all for. Because these Old Hollywood styles come in cute cuts, colors, and patterns that make us feel like we’ve stepped straight out of a ’50s romance film.

Ahead, you’ll find the halter-top maillots, flirty ginghams, and ruched bottoms that will give you a chance to feel a little bit like Marilyn (or Audrey, or Grace, or Elizabeth) at the beach this summer.

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It’s Time To Stop Sleeping On Zara’s Sister Brand

We know, we know. It’s hard not to be easily seduced by Zara ’s constant stream of new arrivals, especially at the start of a new season. But as much as we (and The Devils Wear Zara) love a good Zara find, it’s difficult to predict whether the piece you’re obsessing over will become the next dress — you know, that blue off-the-shoulder one everybody seemed to own. So that’s why we’re sharing this crucial wake-up call: It’s time to stop sleeping on Bershka, Zara’s sister brand.

Despite being geared to a younger audience, Bershka still has all warm weather must-haves you’re after. From chunky sneakers to feminine blouses and dresses, denim midi skirts, and fanny packs, you can shop all your spring and summer essentials with a click of a button (or at its brick-and-mortar store if you’re in New York City). And you won’t have to worry about it draining your bank account, either — every piece ahead is under $60.

Don’t believe the hype? Here’s 28 Bershka pieces that are just as good as Zara’s (if not better).

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9 Newly Launched Swim Brands To Keep You Ahead Of The Game

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, swimwear is one of the fastest growing spaces in terms of just how many new brands pop up each year. But with an abundance of options to choose from, it can be difficult, if not outright daunting, to figure out where to start when shopping for a new suit. While we have a few guides on the best silhouettes and styles to buy, there’s only one way to ensure you won’t be sporting the same suit of the moment as everyone else: getting a head start on the newest labels.

As much as we love our Solid & Striped low-cut one-piece and H&M halter bikini, even we can admit they’re far from the most original options out there. While cute, if individuality is your thing, you’re better off looking towards less ventured territory with pieces from some newly-launched labels. From minimalists to Instagram maximalists, there’s a brand out there for everyone. Here’s nine labels we’re keeping an eye on in 2018.

Faithfull The Brand
This Bali-based brand quickly became a favorite of L.A. celebrities with an affinity for that boho look. In August of 2017, the brand branched out of its usual array of two-piece dresses with an equally-as-enviable collection of swimwear.

Ookioh
Ookioh may be our personal favorite on this list. With an all-female creative team (including Sarah Godshaw of Sidway Swim), this label touts original styles and an eco-friendly ethos. Best of all, everything runs under $100.

Galamaar
Launched in June of last year, Galamaar is the latest swimwear brand to focus on clean, minimalist styles. The company also roots itself in sustainability, crafting its suits from fabrics made from recycled ocean waste.

Les Girls Les Boys
Agent Provocateur alum Serena Rees kickstarted a new, co-ed intimates brand rooted in streetwear trends just last year. Since then, she’s expanded Les Girls Les Boys’ offering with a full-fledged swim collection that’s ’70s trends-meets-athleisure. Expect unexpected styles and fabrics, like velvet bikinis and tracksuit-inspired drawstring monikinis.

Caroline Constas Mer
Caroline Constas has quickly become queen of resort wear trends. Best known for her off-the-shoulder tops and colorful gingham prints, she’s a staple for vacation packing. In December of last year, she expanded her line with a collection of swimsuits perfect just as Instagrammable as her ready-to-wear pieces.

Juillet
For barely-there but still tasteful swimwear, Juillet is your match. Since launching just last September, the brand has proven its place with 411K Instagram followers and a handful of designs that sold out just after their release.

Bluebella
Want cute swimwear but don’t have the big bucks? Turn your eyes towards Bluebella, a London-based lingerie brand that recently introduced swimwear this spring. It offers a crossover of the brand’s best-selling lingerie looks into bathing suits, and none of them exceed $54.

EBW Swimwear
We’re accustomed to hitting up Everything But Water every time we need a new suit; there’s hardly a swim brand the retailer doesn’t carry. But for the first time ever, Everything But Water has launched an in-house collection called EBW Swimwear. Where the styles are simple, it’s the sizing customers should really be looking towards. The new collection will include three bikini tops available in cup sizes D-DD.

Outdoor Voices

Yours and everyone else’s favorite workout apparel brand is now making (drumroll please!) swimwear. Whether you’re the active type who’s constantly hopping from your bike to the beach or you just love all things OV, this collection is calling your name. Don’t wait – numerous pieces have already sold out!

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People Are Praising ASOS’ Latest Move Towards Inclusive Fashion

ASOS has gained a reputation for inclusivity over the years. From refusing to airbrush models’ stretch marks and showing how clothes look on different body types, to using a more diverse range of models than most brands, it’s led the way — and now, the retailer has made its fashion even more accessible.

ASOS has launched a tie-dye waterproof jumpsuit with wheelchair users in mind, ahead of festival season. It enlisted the help of BBC reporter and GB Paralympic hopeful Chloe Ball-Hopkins, 21, who is also shown modeling the jumpsuit on the site.

“So over the last several months I have been working with @ASOS to create a fashionable, yet practical waterproof all in one!” Ball-Hopkins tweeted. “Not just for people like me in a chair but for anyone. It’s about making fashion accessible! So what should be next?!”

The project came about after Ball-Hopkins, a BBC Bristol sports reporter who is also training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, emailed ASOS with her suggestion. She had the idea after getting wet at a festival last year, she told the BBC. The jumpsuit is designed with a zip around the waist, making it easy to get in and out of, and a waterproof breast pocket.

“Whether that’s to put your phone in, or you’ve got medication or information you need to have on you in case of emergency, you can have it on you and know that it can stay dry,” she said. “It was just literally those little tiny details that make the difference to people like me. We don’t want to have to look like we’re just doing practicality, we still want to be able to look fashionable.”

The reaction on social media has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly among people with disabilities, campaigners, and the charities fighting for their rights, suggesting that such a product was long overdue.

Disability and lifestyle blogger Shona Louise, 20, wrote a moving post about the importance of the jumpsuit in a world where progress on disability-related issues often feels slow.

Countless others also applauded ASOS for its move towards even greater inclusivity, with many calling on other brands to follow suit by catering to differently abled people.

Now which fashion retailer will be next?

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