Summer’s Hottest Swimwear Trends on a Budget

In case you missed my latest post for, here’s a roundup of all of the best swimwear trends for this summer … and all of the pieces are around $100 or less!

Trend No. 1: Bold Prints
If your mid-section is at all a concern, then you might enjoy this first trend! High-waisted bikinis are everywhere right now, and they’re super flattering on all body types because they will either give you curves or accentuate the curves you’ve got.

1. Tank suit in ‘beach day’ print from Madewell, $110.00
2. River Island watermelon print balconette bikini top ($32.39) and brief bottom ($32.39) from Asos
3. Pastel geo tribal frill peplum one-piece from Asos, $66.69
4. Now you sea me one-piece from Modcloth, $59.99
5. Sweet tooth be told one-piece from Modcloth, $79.99
Plus-size options:
6. One-piece print v-neck swimsuit from Target, $39.99
7. Curve graphic print swimsuit from Asos, $66.69
8. Curve plunge swimsuit in reflective palm print from Asos, $60.97
9. Curve monochrome feather print swimsuit from Asos, $60.97
10. Orange print side-tie control max swimsuit from Old Navy, $54.94

Trend No. 2: Bra Tops
If you’re – ahem – blessed on top, then you’re probably going to say “Hallelujah!” about this next trend. Bra top swimsuits are everywhere this year, and with good reason. There’s nothing worse than not having enough support!

1. Topshop gingham one-piece swimsuit from Nordstrom, $72.00
2. Balconette ikat print bikini top ($22.94) and tanga bottom ($22.94) from Old Navy
3. Embroidered bustier bikini top ($58.00) and bottom ($50.00) from Madewell
4. Sailor stripe underwire tank one-piece in vivid spearmint from J. Crew, $110.00
5. Mink Pink animal print bralette longline bikini top ($60.97) and bottom ($ 60.97) from Asos

Plus-size options:
6. Floral pleated bra tankini top ($76.00) and bottom ($45.00) from Lands’ End
7. Magenta pleated bra tankini top ($69.00) and bottom ($41.00) from Lands’ End
8. Underwire bikini top ($30.49) and bottom ($26.68) from Asos
9. Paisley print underwire bikini top ($34.30) and bottom ($26.68) from Asos
10. Pure Energy one-piece swimsuit from Target, $49.99

Trend No. 3: High Waist
If your mid-section is at all a concern, then you might enjoy this trend! High-waisted bikinis are everywhere right now, and they’re super flattering on all body types because they will either give you curves or accentuate the curves you’ve got.

1. Bathing beauty two-piece swimsuit in black from Modcloth, $89.99
2. Underwire bikini top (in purple multi, $42.00) and ruched high-waist bikini bottom (in black, $42.00) from Urban Outfitters
3. Bells Beach bandeau bikini top (in wildflower blue, $54.00) and Aqua Luxe high-waisted bottom (in storm blue, $56.00) from Athleta
4. Mix ‘n’ match stripe 50s halter bikini top ($30.49, click here for bra sizes DD-G!) and high-waist bikini bottom ($30.49) from Asos
5. Seersucker longline bikini top ($38.11) and high-waisted bottom ($34.30) from Asos
Plus-size options:
6. Curve polka dot bikini top ($34.30) and high-waisted bikini bottom ($22.86) from Asos
7. Curve elephant print bandeau top ($25.72) and high-waisted bikini bottom ($22.86) from Asos
8. Curve ombre print bikini top ($30.49) and high-waisted bottom ($22.68) from Asos
9. Curve 50s blue halter bikini top ($18.10) and high-waisted bottom ($15.24) from Asos
10. Twist bandeau swim top ($26.99) and high-waist swim shorts ($22.99) from Target

Trend No. 4: Rashguards
Rashguards are a totally new trend on the swimwear scene this year. A rashguard is either a short-sleeved or long-sleeved swim top typically worn by surfers … but they’ve been translated into super cool swimwear that now anyone can try. Editor’s note: the UPF rashguards are great at protecting your skin from the sun. This is perfect for those with sensitive skin, prone to sun damage and skin cancer.

1. Striped rashguard top ($24.94) and bikini bottom ($16.94) from Old Navy
2. Raglan sleeve rashguard top ($19.94) and floral bottom ($10.00) from Old Navy
3. W Swimwear ‘explore’ rashguard top ($48.00) and similar bottom ($11.97) from Nordstrom
4. Printed pacifica UPF rashguard shirt ($54.00) and kata swim short bottom ($44.00) from Athleta
5. Pacifica UPF rashguard tee (44.00) and belize ebb tide bottom ($44.00) from Athleta
Plus-size options:
6. Long sleeve polka dot crewneck rashguard top ($55.00) and bottom ($52.50) from Lands’ End
7. Long sleeve colorblock multi-stripe rashguard top ($49.00) and bottom ($52.50) from Lands’ End
8. Striped crewneck rashguard swim tee ($49.00) and bottom ($52.50) from Lands’ End
9. Long sleeve multi-stripe rashguard swim tee ($55.00) and bottom ($52.50) from Lands’ End
10. Rope print crewneck rashguard swim tee ($49.00) and bottom ($52.50) from Lands’ End

Trend No. 5: Retro
This is one of my all-time favorite swimwear trends. I absolutely love the swimwear styles of the 1950s, and that’s exactly what this trend is a nod to. It’s super sexy without being too revealing, and is full-on retro glam that flatters every figure.

1. Snack bar beauty one-piece in black/white from Modcloth, $89.99
2. Profile by Gottex tutti frutti swimdress in magenta from Nordstrom, $81.92
3. Cupped spot bandeau swimsuit from Asos, $45.73
4. River Island double strap Virginia swimsuit from Asos, $57.16
5. Stripe one-piece swimsuit from Target, $34.99
Plus-size options:
1. Coupe of tea one-piece in nautical dots from Modcloth, $89.99
2. Bathing beauty one-piece in pewter from Modcloth, $89.99
3. Clean Water swimdress in periwinkle from Target, $44.99
4. Curve swimsuit with deep ruffle plunge from Asos, $66.69
5. Ruched tankini swim top ($26.99) and bottom ($22.99) from Target

Trend No. 6: Sporty
If you’re the athletic type and want to show off your toned physic, or you just love the athletic look – stripes, colorblocking or mesh – then this is a trend you should try.

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1. Merona piped one-piece swimsuit in electric blue from Target, $34.99
2. Becca meshtech front-zip racerback bikini top ($74.00) and bottom ($50.00) from Nordstrom
3. Zahara bikini top (in ditsy floral, $54.00) and bottom (in catalina green stripe, $48.00) from Athleta
4. Seersucker colorblock swimsuit from Target, $29.99
5. Speedo two-piece swimsuit from Target, $49.99
Plus-size options:
6. Aqua fitness butterfly v-neck one-piece from Lands’ End, $47.40
7. Slender tech v-neck tankini swimsuit top ($39.99) and bottom ($19.99) from Lands’ End
8. Striped strappy swim tank top ($47.96) and bottom ($35.96) from Lane Bryant
9. Lauren Ralph Lauren ruched colorblock halter one-piece swimsuit from Macy’s, $42.00
10. Aqua fitness butterfly scoopneck one-piece from Lands’ End, $59.50