The Best Affordable Swimwear For Summer 2022, According to a Fashion Editor

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Between chlorine, sunscreen, sweat and sun damage, it doesn't always make sense to drop a ton of money on a brand new bikini, tankini or one-piece (no matter how cute it may be). Fortunately for everyone, there are a plethora of affordable swimwear styles that are every bit as flattering, functional and fun as their pricier companions. (Hear that? It's the sound of your wallet breathing a sigh of relief.) We're talkin' 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, Andie, Aerie and Madewell, to name a few.)

So to help you have a Hot Girl Summer without breaking the bank, we've rounded up a fresh crop of 25 budget-friendly suits that check all the boxes and let you save your extra cash for poolside service. Heck, go ahead and snap up two or three while you're at it—they're *that* affordable.

The 38 Best Swimsuit Brands for Every Body Type Long Torsos, Plus Sizes, Nursing Moms & Everything In Between


1. J.crew Classic Stripe Bikini

Best Striped Swimsuit

If there's one swimsuit pattern summer beach trips call for, it's nautical white and navy stripes—and we're eyeing this one from J.Crew at the moment. The silhouette is timeless, chic and totally fits that 5-star beach resort kind of vibe.


2. Summersalt The Sidestroke One Piece

Best One-Shoulder Swimsuit

Summersalt has long been one of our favorite places to pick up high-quality, super-flattering swimwear that won't break the bank, but the Sidestroke one-piece might just be our favorite style to date. It's one of the brand's ultimate best-sellers, partially for its slimming and fun tri-color design and partly for the comprehensive size guide that basically ensures you’ll order the right fit on the first try.

Size range: 0 to 24


3. Madewell Second Wave Bikini

Best Mix and Match Swimsuit

We’re really into the retro but still sporty vibe that this Madewell suit brings to the table beach. And because the top and bottom are sold separately, you can mix and match sizes to find the one that best fits your body.

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4. Soly Hux Printed Triangle Bikini

Best Patterns

OK, so solid-colored suits are not for you. Noted. Good thing this triangle bikini comes in more than 100 (yes, 100) prints and patterns with everything from the 70s-inspired floral pick above to a swirling blue paisley and orange and blue marble design.

Size range: XS to XL


5. Zara Asymmetrical Swimsuit

Best Asymmetrical Swimsuit

Don't want to spend a fortune but want a suit that's sure to make an entrance? This neon green number with an asymmetrical design, eye-catching floral embellishment and open back is practically guaranteed to turn heads.

Size range: S to XL


6. Andie The Luna One Piece

Best One Piece

We love Andie suits for being simple, chic and usually offered in long-torso sizing options. And while most cost around $95, you can definitely find these pieces on sale—though we'd recommend acting fast when you find one in your size and preferred color, because these babies sell out fast. Right now, we're all about this dark-as-night, black shade and the combo of a full-coverage bottom and a collar bone-baring top.

Size range: XS to XL

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7. Kona Sol Bandeau Flounce One Piece

Best Gingham

Classic blue-and-white gingham combined with a flirty, strapless neckline give this timeless suit a vacationing-in-the-Hamptons appeal. We also appreciate that the bottom half off this Target style offers more coverage for your booty than your average suit...without looking dowdy or matronly.

Size range: XS to 26W

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8. Zara Combination Swimsuit

Best Black Swimsuit

You might be thinking that a black swimsuit can't be interesting, but this strapless one-piece is here to prove you wrong. The puffed detailing along the neckline gives it a unique twist and the open side panel offers the flirtiest peek of skin without it being overkill.

Size range: S to XL

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9. Shade And Shore Ruffled Bikini

Best for Big Busts

This cute suit from Shade & Shore is designed to fit those of us with bigger busts. To be honest, we're not totally sure what feature is our fave: the adjustable straps, the funky leopard pattern, the supportive but not-too-wide underwire cups or the fact that it'll cost you less than $30.

Size range: 32A to 40G

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10. J.crew Squareneck One Piece

Best Square Neckline Swimsuit

Here's proof that one-pieces can be flattering, sexy and the furthest thing from boring. The square neckline of this baby blue suit gives it an elevated, classy feel while the ruched front and drop back will flatter your every curve.

Size range: 0 to 24


11. Madewell Second Wave Cutout Swimsuit

Best Cutout Swimsuit

On days when you're in the mood to show some skin but slipping on a bikini is more than you'd like, a one-piece featuring simple yet sexy cut-outs is the way to go. This minty green number from Madewell currently has our eye, thanks to the flirty, open panel in the front and semi-open back on the reverse side for double the fun.

Size range: XXS to XXL


12. Xhilaration Knot-front Bikini Top

Best for Small Busts

There's a lot of talk about suits that work for larger busts, but what about the A-cup crowd? A knotted-front bust, as found in this top, will add volume and definition to the area—sans any excessive padding—so you can feel confident hitting the waves.

Size range: S to 3X


13. Aerie Double String Triangle Bikini

Most Versatile

Whether you like this strappy triangle style or prefer a sexy, wrapped design, a high-cut brief or a booty baring cheeky bottom, Aerie's got plenty of options to check out that don't cost an arm and a leg. Plus, the brand doesn't photoshop its imagery, so you can revel in the fact that these models have cellulite, acne and underarm hair, just like the rest of us.

Size range: XXS to XXL

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14. Soly Hux Tie Dye Bikini

Best Tie-Dye

That tie-dye craze that began way back in quarantine shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, so if you haven't already, you might as well apply the trend to your swimwear collection. This set in particular is available in a whopping 62 patterns and color variations, so it's nearly impossible for you to not find at least one you like. And we award this number bonus points for the matching sarong that you just tie around your waist and voila! The perfect beach OOTD in fell swoop.

Size range: XS to XL


15. Beachissi Tankini

Best Tankini

Tankinis too often get a bad rap, but we’re big fans of the style, which has almost the same coverage as a one piece but is infinitely easier to put on (and use the bathroom while wearing). This particular suit shows just a hint of skin at the midriff and features adjustable side ties—to prevent the waist from digging in—and straps up top can also be shortened or elongated, as needed.

Size range: S to XL

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16. L.l.bean Square-neck One Piece

Best for Long Torsos

The combination of the square neckline and an all-over print make this one uber-flattering swimsuit. Plus, it has built in UPF 50+ so you can feel confident you're being protected from the sun's harmful rays no matter how long you're hanging out by the pool. It also comes in a long length for those long-torso gals struggling to find an adequate one piece.

Size range: 4 to 18

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17. Swimsuits For All White Lattice Plunge One Piece

Best White Swimsuit

This subtly sexy suit may not have an underwire, but the adjustable straps and soft molded bra cups ensure that even those with big boobs get the support they need for a day with the kids at the beach or pool. It's also fully lined with a Power Mesh tummy-control fabric that helps create a smooth silhouette. And don't worry about the white fabric suddenly becoming X-rated after a dip in the pool. That same lining ensures that the fabric remains opaque no matter how much swim time you plan on enjoying.

Size range: 4 to 26

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21. Tempt Me High Neck Plunge Mesh Ruched One Piece

Best Mesh Swimsuit

In 2020, we declared this inexpensive suit the ‘Amazon Coat’ of the summer for its best-seller status and since then, it's only gotten better. There are now a whopping 39 colors to choose from, way up from the original 13, and while the price has gone up from $28 to $32 for some styles, others will cost you only 14 bucks.

Size range: XS to 22 Plus


19. Cupshe V Neck Ruffled One Piece

Best Ruffle Swimsuit

Reviewers of this super-affordable suit rave about the fact that it has a full bottom and fully-lined, ruched middle (which skims over any lumps or bumps), adding that they still felt sexy and flirty, thanks to the ruffled straps. Not to mention, those ruffles make this an excellent option for those with a smaller bust looking for a little boost up top. And, yes, it also comes in black.

Size range: XS to XXL

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23.Swimsuits For All Avenger Sashi White Halter Bikini

Best Halter

This simple black-and-white halter is one of the best-sellers at Swimsuits For All, which is likely why it keeps coming back year after year. The thick band under the bust and double straps at the neck provide a ton of support for larger busts without actually looking like a bra. Reviewers were also huge fans of the slightly higher cut of the bottom waistband. It’s not a true ‘50s-esque high waist, but it goes up just enough to keep everything tucked into place. Oh, and it’s fully lined so you can go ahead and dive right in without fear of your bikini suddenly becoming totally sheer.

Size range: 4 to 24

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5. La Blanca Halter One-piece Swimsuit

Best Halter Swimsuit

Even if it looks like a super basic one-piece from the front, the halter tie and plunging back add a sexy touch to this peachy suit. Not to mention, that interlocking back detail adds a nice hint of support—without looking too obvious. Not into the pink shade? This number comes in eight other colors, too.

Size range: 0 to 16

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22. Calvin Klein Pleated One-piece Swimsuit

Best Pleated

At $80 this certainly isn't the cheapest bathing suit on this list. But it's a worthy investment because it's both classic and has a sleek, full-coverage fit. From the square neckline to the four-way stretch material, that pleated front panel and the sewn-in molded cups, there's definitely a lot to love here. And those classic hues? We're all about them.

Size range: 4 to 18

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23. Madame Everglade Underwire High Waist Bikini

Best Palm Tree Print

Most swim trends will ebb and flow like the tide itself, but palm prints are one style we’re willing to bet stays en vogue for a long time. The same goes for flattering high-waist bottoms, making this comfortable underwire bikini a win-win for those looking to pick up a new suit that will last multiple summers but won’t burn too big a hole in their wallet.

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24. Cupshe Wrap Top Floral Bottom Bikini

Best Multi-Pattern Swimsuit

Wearing a solid hue up top and a patterned or more detailed bottom is an excellent styling trick for those looking to minimize their bust, shoulders or upper-half in general and add a boost to their hips or bum. Plus, the molded cups and thick banding on this Cupshe style offers larger busts ample support...all for just $27.

Size range: XS to XXL


25. Hilor Front Crossover One Piece

Best Crossover Neckline

Another Amazon best-seller, this halter-neck one piece has over 4,000 five-star reviews from women with a wide variety of body types. The brand does recommend sizing up and most reviewers agree that's the right way to go. Keep in mind that the straps and middle stripes are sheer, so be sure to apply extra sunscreen on before you slip into the suit to prevent weird stripes from appearing at the end of the day.

Size range: 4 to 16

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