Whether your a fan of the oldies or not, we’ve all heard the lyrics to Brian Hyland’s 1960’s hit …”She wore an “Itsy bitsy teenie weenie, yellow polka dot bikini…”and that’s the first thought I have in mind when in search for my new summer suit. The second thought I have is scoping out the current trends, while still keeping in mind whether or not I could reuse or eventually recycle my suit for future seasons. So below I have created a list of the top summer suits that can be worn for seasons to come. And because we all know how expensive these suits can be (“What?! You have to pay for the top and bottom separately?!” said by just about every man I know), I’ve also found some of the best looks, with durable quality, all on a budget!
The Classic (itsy bitsy teenie weenie) “Bikini”:
Victoria’s Secret is currently having a sale:
Bottoms $7.99 and up (bottoms on model are currently on sale for $9.99)
Tops are on sale for $12.99 and up
Nothing says swimwear like your classic two-piece, but this summer you will see many varieties on how the two piece is worn. Lace, bold prints mixed with stripes, tribal print, floral, nude, you name it! But making sure you find the right fit so you don’t spend more time fidgeting with your top (or bottom) instead of enjoying the water and sun, is key!
This Kenneth Cole “Strappy Cut Out” sporty bikini can be purchased at Macy’s on sale for under $30 for each piece!
Perfect for some beach volleyball, beach yoga, or a run along the water! Flattering two pieces that are both comfortable and practical when you’re on the move! The best part is that this season, designers are breaking away from your typical “sports bra” top and bottoms, for straps, cut-outs, cropped tops, holsters, draw-string styles and tanks!
The “High-Waisted” Retro two-piece:
The suit I recently purchased for under $20 from the online boutique Cupshe (can’t wait for its arrival so I can post my review!)
I do love a great two-piece, but when you’re jumping through waves or playing around with your children in the water the last thing I want is my bottoms to start rising up, or my top to come undone. So I have been on the hunt for a great high-waisted two piece that wasn’t going to cost me an arm and a leg. I am a sucker for retro, and just last week I finally stumbled across a clothing line that sold a wide range of these classic fits for an affordable price (not to mention, this cut looks flattering on all body types)! I couldn’t believe what I saw, but when I read the great reviews, I decided to give it a shot! Above is the suit I purchased for under $20 (yes for top and bottom!), and because it was my first purchase, I received a discount for my next purchase!
The Three “B’s”:Bohemian/Bandeau/Bralette-
Search these looks at Target starting at $14.99
Neck halters, flowy, frilly, and bands that can double as “sporty-like” are all the rave this season. I love that some of these tops work perfect for “smaller chested” ladies, but if you want more of athleisure style, you can still do so with a feminine touch!
“Not Your Grandmother’s” One-Piece:
This beautiful floral patterned, lined, V-neck one-piece currently retails for $29.99 at H&M
Finally, we’ve got it right! Women should have the right to wear a comfortable one-piece without feeling like a “plain jane,” and instead stylish and feminine! I love all the embellishments, styles, cuts, prints and patterns on the ones showcased this season! The best part is that you can find these almost anywhere you shop for bathing suits, and they’re usually a bargain compared to purchasing a two-piece.
The “Retro” One-Piece:
Chaps brand sold by Kohl’s purchased last year on sale for around $20
I love retro for sure! And last year while looking for a cute one-piece because I knew I was going to be spending the majority of my time out in the sun at a Water Park (where we had season tickets with our kids), I wanted to not only be covered up for all of those slides, but I wanted to look age appropriate as well. This one-piece has the string-tied top, roche sides, with a tiny skirt to cover up, all while flattering your body with the sleek black color and pop of crisp white to accentuate that sun-kissed skin!
I am in love with Forever 21‘s Swimwear line this season, and this “Crisscross-Back” Monokini can be purchased for only $24.90!!
Want the look of a two-piece, but don’t want to deal with fussing over keeping it in the right places while swimming around? The cut-out is now taking on a life of its own! You can find it in so many stunning designs, shapes, textures, patterns, and detail that keep them so unique, stylish, and tasteful!
Hopefully these styles have helped to inspire your summer swimsuit purchases!
What are some of your favorite looks so far? And what go-to suit has always worked for you?