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    31 Beautiful Swimsuits That Only Look Expensive

    Cute swimsuits, all blessedly under $50.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A retro option to turn you into the pin-up model you know you are.,

    See BuzzFeed's write-up on this high-waisted one-piece.

    Promising review: "Love! I bought two colors. I would buy them all but I would like to stay married. 😬 I would recommend fitting your bottom as the top seems adjustable for the most part. Fabric is nice enough. Fully lined. Very happy!" —Alicia

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes 2–14 and 20 patterns).

    2. A mismatched bikini with a ruffly top that will look so dramatic when the wind blows., Amazon

    Promising review: "OMG y'all! I am so much in love with this suit and I'm ordering more! I am a chunky monkey and love my curves and I ordered a 2XL just to be sure! It fit perfectly everywhere! The bottoms weren't too tight, just right. The top of course is my favorite and the straps unhook in the back, which is great because I don't care for tan lines! This is one of very few two-pieces I wear and let me tell ya it's beyond perfect and I get so many compliments! Great buy, do it!!" —Nina

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in S–XXL and two colors).

    3. A flounce swimsuit that shows off your shoulders. Hello, shoulders!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Probably my favorite suit ever!! Super cute, comfortable, and very flattering!!! I also love that it looks cute even if you take your arms out of the sleeves so you don't have to worry about the awkward tan lines. I wish there were more colors, I'd buy every one!" —Chelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    4. A black sarong-front swimsuit for a classic look you'll never get sick of.

    black scoop swimsuit
    Swimsuits for All

    Get it from Swimsuits for All for $36 (available in sizes 8–24).

    5. A bright cut-out bikini that's about to turn the beach into your own personal runway.

    model in neon green bikini with cut outs on the hips and shoulder
    Ego Swim

    Ego Swim is a Black-owned brand based in New York that makes swimsuits meant to empower and support body positivity.

    Get it from Ego Swim for $36 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).

    6. A crochet cutie to add some crafty charm to your summer look.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this bathing suit. The quality far exceeded my expectations and the size is spot-on. I love that it comes with two sets of straps: a thin version, and a thicker version. You can also wear it strapless. The boning in it feels amazing and the crochet is beautiful." —Beccaboo23

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 11 colors, and sizes 2–16).

    7. A one-shoulder swimmy that's seriously just a stunning work of art!

    green one piece with one shoulder and a cut out side

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and three colors).

    8. A strappy high-waisted bikini offering an ultra-stylish choice that'll make all your other swimsuits super envious.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely wonderful!! I'm heavy-chested so I didn't expect it to fit up top, but everywhere else is great! It's very stretchy and the material is exactly what you'd expect from a bathing suit. Very sexy, fits well, and good quality for the price!!" —Ruth Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four styles, and sizes M–3XL).

    9. A simple piece with a laced-up neckline that doubles as a bodysuit you can wear with a skirt or pants.,

    Promising review: "I love this swimsuit SO MUCH! I get sooooooo many compliments on it every time I wear it. I usually wear a large but I ordered an XL and it fits perfectly." —Kayloz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 12 colors).

    10. A faux wrap one-piece to wear to your next luxurious yacht party (can I come?).

    yellow swimsuit with ruffle wrap front

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and five other styles).

    11. A rainbow striped one-piece for anyone who thinks beach umbrellas have great style (me).


    Get it from Yandy for $32.95 (available in sizes 1X–3X).

    12. A tied one-piece in a lovely maroon color that will really pop against all those palm trees you'll be lounging by.

    one piece with tie waist

    Promising review: "This suit is really beautiful and has really nice, thick material. First time buyer here and will buy again! As others said, it IS pretty cheeky — I will probably wear a sarong with it, but overall very nice for the price!" —Nancy L Barett

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    13. A long-sleeved swimsuit for my fellow sun-fearing folk that know to keep their shoulders covered.


    Promising review: "Can I say how much I am in LOVE with swimsuit! It fits perfectly, allows you to choose the level of appeal you want with the zipper, and the print is AMAZING. I feel like going to the pool right now just so someone can see me in it!" —Mrs. M

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in sizes 4–20 and four patterns).

    14. A cut-out bathing suit chic enough for pretty much any type of beachgoer.,

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE this swimmy!!!! It is SO flattering!!!! Proud of this purchase." —Kacie Ann Tuerck

    Get it from Amazon for $25.55+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    15. A geometric wonder you'll love the shape of.


    Promising Review: "This bathing suit is actually comfortable to wear. It looks just like the image. I can honestly say this suit makes me feel more confident than traditional swimsuits. The material is good, and feels like it will last." —W.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes S–XL).

    16. A tankini dress that's basically formalwear for the ocean. Hello, fishies, I'm here for sea-prom.,

    Promising review: "OK excuse me, but no one told me this suit would be this damn cute!! I love every thing about it! Being plus-sized, I discovered it's hard finding a bathing suit (or anything for that matter) that is cute and won't break the bank. This suit definitely delivers. I will be buying more in different prints. 10/10. What are you waiting for? BUY THE SUIT!" —Audra Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 22 styles, and sizes XL—5XL).

    17. A deep-V swimsuit for such strong tropical vibes, don't be surprised if a toucan lands on your shoulder., Amazon

    Promising review: "Beautiful! I love it! It is super elegant, and the deep V adds just the right amount of sexiness." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and four colors).

    18. A tasseled bikini that won't leave you hanging.,

    Reviewers say this suit runs a little small.

    Promising review: "This is much better quality than I had thought it would be. I had almost purchased the designer suit to ensure a good fit but I’m glad I opted to try this one first!" —Elyse Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in sizes 4–14 and four colors).

    19. A patterned one-piece that just might be the key to your most fashionable beach trip yet.


    Promising review: "A very fashionable one piece bathing suit! I love the print. Fits very comfortable and has a good stretch. Does not cover the entire butt area. Love the print so much I would probably also wear it as a top under pants! :)" —Patty's Kloset

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 10 styles).

    20. A bikini with a strappy top that maaay give you some interesting tan lines, but worth it imo.

    bikini with ladder style cut out front

    Promising review: "I was super shocked this actually fit and the quality is bomb. I have a hard time finding affordable swimsuits that fit because of my chest. The large actually fit great without any gapping issues. It's super cute, and I'm excited to wear it." —Ambernicole

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 19 colors).

    21. A strappy two-piece that'll be your summer love this year. Picturing you and this swimsuit taking long romantic walks on the beach. :'),

    Promising review: "I was so skeptical but I'm glad I ordered. I was scared it wouldn’t fit or the material would be cheap and tear easily. I was wrong. The fit is perfect and the material is thick and stretchy. I received so many compliments. Shipment was quick also! Definitely a good buy. I’m actually looking to buy more colors." —Sancia Ellis

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in seven styles, and sizes XL–4XL).

    22. A patterned one-piece for beach days when you're feeling cheeky.,

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this suit but it fit amazing! If you’re looking for a cheeky one-piece, this suit is for you! I wore it in Hawaii and got a lot of compliments on it!" —Kyli

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 18 patterns).

    23. A criss-cross one-piece that comes in a variety of trendy print and color-block options. Cow print? Mooooo-ve over, other suits.

    Aamzon, Amazon

    Promising review: "Holy cow this suit is stunning. Because of the design, it's very customizable to shape and size, and could easily fit someone much taller than me or someone with a long torso. The shoulder straps are very long and you secure them by wrapping them behind your neck/shoulders then tying them up however you like. The colors are vibrant and the material feels like excellent quality. I got a handful of bathing suits to try and this one by far was the most stunning and well-made." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 37 colors).

    24. A gingham bikini for cottagecore swimmers who wanna bring strong picnic vibes to the pool.

    checked navy and white bikini with tie shoulders

    Get it from Boohoo for $8 (available in sizes 4–14).

    25. A simple, retro one-piece for people looking to recapture the magical beach style of the '80s and '90s. *cues Baywatch theme*,

    Promising review: "It's perfect! I kept reading rave reviews and was scared to take the jump because most one-piece suits don't fit me the same since I have a M/L top and a full XL bottom. The contrast makes it difficult to find anything that connects top to bottom (jumpsuits, overalls, swim suits etc.). But I'm pleasantly surprised! I love it and it's my husbands new favorite suit. It is super cheeky, borderline thong, and for girls with bottoms — you may need to adjust often! But overall, this was well worth the price." —Anny Ro.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 30 styles, and sizes S–2XL).

    26. A ribbed one-piece that's pretty much the LBD of swimwear. In other words, a must-buy.

    black one piece with little v neck neckline

    Get it from Missguided for $22 (available in sizes 0–8).

    27. An orange tie-front swimsuit reminiscent of orange Creamsicles and other summer treats.

    orange one piece with cut out middle and tie around the chest
    Icon Swim

    Get it from Icon Swim for $28 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    28. A color-block one-piece offering not one, not two, but THREE colors at once. Indecisive people have met their match.,

    Promising review: "This swim suit is a total win in my book. I read reviews and based my sizing off of that. This suit is stylish while still covering what needs to be covered. I have a larger butt and it covered it perfectly. I received many compliments on this suit!" —Stephanie Mainville

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in 13 styles, and sizes XS–2XL).

    29. A REALLY darling retro halter option that's too gorgeous to ignore.

    orange one piece with cut out center with one teal strap and one orange strap and light orange triangles in the chest area
    Icon Swim

    Get it from Icon Swim for $30 (available in sizes XS–2X).

    30. A bandeau bikini for people who are sick and tired of straps digging into their shoulders. This summer, your shoulders demand their freedom.,

    Promising review: "OMG, I’m in love with this bathing suit. It fits true-to-size and hold up well. I don’t have to constantly pull it up or touch it. It is worth the money. It came really quick." —Celeste

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in 10 styles, and sizes L–3XL).

    31. And a monochrome swim dress for people who like to wear dresses everywhere, even the pool.,

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 2–16 and five styles).

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