Thursday, March 16, 2017

Summer Swimwear on a Budget (5 Under $50)

Hello, beautiful! On today's installment of my 5 Under $50 series, I'll be showcasing my favorite affordable swimwear trends from around the web.

Nearly every spring, one of my rituals to get ready for summer is to buy a new bathing suit. Shopping for swimwear gets me excited for the season and helps me look forward to warm weather when there's nothing but wind and snow in sight.

That's why today, I've ventured around the Internet to show you some of the best trendy new swimwear on the market. The best part is that all these pieces are under $50!

Excitingly enough, I'm also trying something new today. For this installment of 5 Under $50, I've hand-picked my favorite accessories to match each outfit - all under $50, of course. So, put on your favorite aviators, pour yourself a pina colada and let's go shopping! (And don't forget to let me know in the comments what you thought of my "pair with" picks.)

Knotted Back Body Wrap Top by PINK

One of my favorite trends this season is all the fun wrapped, tied and peekaboo details swimwear companies are adding to their lines! This top from the PINK swimwear line adds just enough flair, but not so much that you'll be left with a weird tan at the end of the summer. Choose basic black to save money by pairing this top with bottoms you already own, and you'll be ready to own the beach in no time! Get it for $42.95 from Victoria's Secret (or, wait for another sale to get any top and bottoms for just $45.00!). 

Pair with: Women's Classic Baseball Hat by vineyard vines

A sporty suit calls for low-key accessories, like this baseball cap from vineyard vines. The classic design is both cute and functional, helping to keep beach hair at bay and shade your delicate skin from the sun. Get it for $32.00 from vineyard vines. 

Stripe Bardot Bikini by Boohoo

I can easily see why they call this bikini the "Bardot": its casual yet sexy silhouette and playful stripes are reminiscent of many a French fashion icon. This bikini offers just enough coverage from the blazing sun without venturing into frumpy territory. Plus, its unique, off-the-shoulder sleeves give this otherwise-classic design a modern twist that keeps it perfectly on-trend for the summer months. Get it for $31.50 from ASOS (or, buy just the top/bottoms for $17.50 or $14.00 respectively). 

Pair with: Kimchi Blue Sun Daze Straw Floppy Hat by Urban Outfitters 

Any French girl will tell you that suncare is an important component of preserving youthful skin. This stylish floppy hat will make you look like a vintage vixen while you hide out from those harmful UV rays. Get it on sale for $19.99 from Urban Outfitters. 

Super Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit in Rose Gold by Aerie

Like so many of the technicolor 80s trends that are making a comeback lately, metallic swimwear is all the rage this season. However, this shimmery one-piece from Aerie screams "Futurama" rather than "Back to the Future," its flirty cutouts putting a modern twist on this recycled trend. Plus, Aerie's body-confident swimwear campaign will make every girl want to show off her cute curves in this shiny suit. Get it on sale for $35.00 from Aerie.

Pair with: Women's Aviators by Steve Madden

Bad cop aviators are the perfect throwback to this swimsuit's vintage roots. Surround yourself in an air of mystery while protecting yourself from glare in these matching rose-gold frames from Steve Madden. Get them in gold for $36.00. 

Women's Scallop Underwire Longline Bikini Swim Top by Vanilla Beach

If pinup girl is more your style when it comes to swimwear, you'll love this sweet bikini top from Target. In either mint or coral, this swimsuit looks almost good enough to eat. Between the flirty, feminine scallop details and the comfy, clasp-free support, this swim top by Vanilla Beach is the perfect addition to your swimwear collection. Get it for $29.99 from Target (and be sure to pair it with matching scalloped hipster bottoms for $22.99). 

Pair with: Beach Caftan by Lira

A breezy cover-up is the cherry on top of this sugar-sweet bikini. This airy white caftan by Lira will give you the perfect peek of pretty pastel, while still offering full coverage from the sun, surf 'n' sand. Get it for $44.00 from ASOS.

Super Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit in Maroon Lagoon by Aerie

This is not your mother's one-piece swimsuit! Aerie's super scoop one-pieces are perfectly on point this summer season. This sexy red swimsuit boasts a vintage halter top with a plunging neckline. Aerie also updates the classic silhouette by adding three rows of sultry side cutouts to this gorgeous suit, so you certainly won't feel buttoned-up despite the added coverage of the one-piece look. Get it for $35.00 on sale at Aerie. (But, even at its normal price of $49.95, this suit is still a steal!)

Pair with: Orlena Wedge Sandal by Steve Madden

Sexy swimwear calls for an equally-scandalous pair of shoes. In these Orlena wedges by Steve Madden, the comfy wedge heel will still give your feet a vacation. Meanwhile, you'll be by the pier, towering over anyone who dares defy you. Get them on sale for $24.94 from DSW.

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