Ladies: it’s about time to emerge from the comfort of our layers, slather on the SPF 50+ and show off our bikini bodies from the comfort of a beach-side (or maybe backyard) lawn chair. Okay, so maybe we’re still working on that Miranda Kerr bikini body, but there’s no reason to fear that even if your tummy isn’t ready for the sun that you can’t line your drawers with the best swimwear.
We’ve scoped out every corner of the mall to bring you the six suits that won’t set you back more than $50. And the best news? They’re everything from plaid to animal print, and four other flirty and fun prints that keep you up with the best trends in 2011 swim without spending a dime over $50. That’s right. $50 for the top AND the bottom. Okay, we’re claiming a veto for the sales taxes…
Aeropostale is a gem for awesome deals, and we love this turquoise and purple (90’s Body Glove inspired) zippered bandeau. If anyone ever said scuba wasn’t sexy, we beg to differ. With both the top and bottom priced at $7.99, there’s no excuse not to try out this sporty trend.
It’s tough to come to terms with the fact that summer will mean your flannels will be retired until next autumn. Hollister picks up where cooler weather left off, and has the perfect picnic plaid to channel your flannel into a suit that is summer-approved. The Woods Cove bikini is $24 for the top, and $17 for the tied bloomer bottoms.
Every savvy fashionista knows that H&M is the haven for moderately priced on-trend pieces all year round. Swimsuits are no exception to the rule, and this charcoal underwire push-up halter top at $16 and houndstooth boy-short for $7 will definitely keep us coming back for more.
Where are your sea legs? American Eagle takes on the nautical trend with a perfect match for your Sperry Top-Siders (yacht not included). A striped triangle top will set you back $15, and the adorable coordinating bottoms? $15. Ahoy!
Old Navy has an unbeatable animal print. Updated with cobalt in the mix, this fun spin won’t keep your poolside days too tame. $17 each piece.
Maybe you’re not feeling so adventurous. Maybe you prefer to keep the animals in the zoo, and the plaid on the tablecloth (and that’s okay). No one does classics like American Apparel, and this black wrap bikini top and high-cut black bottom are anything but boring. Oh, and did we mention these pieces are $25 each?