I grew up at the beach, which makes me a swimwear connoisseur. In high school I had more bathing suits than actual clothes. It’s tough to choose the perfect suit. Are you pale and need more coverage? Are you going to be drinking and don’t want to worry about looking bloated in photos? What is the tan line situation going to be? It’s truly an art. I used to spend a lot of money on swimwear and would only buy bikinis from Victoria’s Secret. Which, do they even do swim anymore? Now that I literally never go outside, the price just isn’t worth it anyway. Luckily, Amazon has since stepped up their game and you can get chic swimwear for cheap (and quick). Here are my favorite picks right now:
This one has been on my wishlist forever, and it’s only $25! The top is so cute and different. I love high-waisted bottoms too, especially at a pool party where I know I’ll be binge drinking and I don’t feel like remembering to suck in my stomach. It’s so on trend, it’s basically an outfit at the pool. The only thing is that you definitely want to remember the SPF, lest you have super weird pale chunks on your arms. But like, you should be using SPF anyway, unless you want to be wrinkled and shriveled later in life.
I swear, I almost bought an identical bikini last year for $100 sooooo I’m really glad I didn’t. Prints are super in this year and just look expensive and luxe (even though this one starts at $12!). They have a ton of different prints and colors, too! The cut is super flattering with no weird tan lines and high waisted trendy bottoms. I also love bikini tops that follow a normal bra line—that means no weird halter lines, or an across-the-boobs pale streak.
This print is so fun and is perfect for your summer Instagram photo shoots. Check out the customer photos, because the fit looks totally flattering on a variety of body types. The cut is also perfect if you like to tan with no shoulder lines, and the bottoms are low rise so you won’t have half a pale stomach.
I’m sorry, what? This is an identical replica of a super-chic $150 Trina Turk suit, and yet this one is only $25. Save this one for a beach party where you know you’ll run into your ex, as it’s so f*cking fashionable and chic but will give you awful tan lines. Wear SPF. It’s so high fashion and since I’ve been binge-watching RHONY, I feel like this is totally what you would wear to summer in the Hamptons. Am I right??? IDK, I’m from CA.
Do you want to look like you have the body of a Kardashian without all the surgery and Photoshop? This is the perfect bikini for you. It’s a summer staple at this point. These sports bra/high waisted cuts are super trendy and really flattering to make it look like your waist is tiny and emphasize everywhere else. This one comes in 10 different colors if pink isn’t your thing. It definitely looks high-end, but it’s only $27 right now!
So I actually have and love this monokini so damn much. Insanely, it’s only $7. It’s such a weird concept but I find it so cool and sexy, and the fit is surprisingly flattering. Just make sure you get your perfect size or, when in doubt, size up, because you want the bands to lie flat on your body and not look like you’ve somehow lassoed your love handles. Just beware of the worst tan lines that have ever existed and wear sunscreen! This is definitely more Vegas pool party than relaxing at the beach.
One pieces are still so fashionable (thank God) and this one looks super chic and expensive, but is only $30! This is perfect if you want to look incredible but also want to drink margaritas to your heart’s desire without looking bloated. I’m particularly proud of this find and it also comes in black.
These Amazon swimsuits are so cute, and they’re only the tip of the iceberg. A word to the wise, though: you’ll want to read the sizing guides and reviews very carefully to make sure you get the right size. Because, like, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually returned anything I’ve bought off of Amazon. It’s just never worth the effort.
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