Each day we're inching closer and closer to beach weather, so you know what that means: Yep, bikini-shopping galore. Even on the West Coast (where it's usually already hot enough to confidently stroll out in shorts), we are going through a weird, mid-spring cold front this week. But that hasn't stopped me from obsessively shopping for new bikinis (it's the new Angeleno in me).
It feels a bit contradictory that a tiny piece of fabric can cost so much, but I'm sure you've already noticed that bikinis can be expensive. A non-designer bikini can even set you back $200 and up (especially if you buy the top and bottom separately). But as much as I love a Hot Girl Summer, I prefer to keep it affordably hot. In the interest of everyone's pockets, I've gathered all of the best cheap swimsuits, featuring a few of the summer's biggest bikini trends. Whether you like your suits with ample coverage or you want to embrace the tiniest of tiny, there's an affordable bikini for you. Most of them are under $100 too.
No longer reserved for robes and towels, terry cloth is one of the biggest textural swim trends to take off this summer. Cult brands like With Jéan and Frankie's Bikinis have opened the door to its popularity, but an under $100 version is typically pretty tough to come by until now. From Triangl's sporty, striped one-shoulder bikini to Mango's gorgeous lilac version, these terry cloth suits are worth every bit of your attention.
The silhouette of all silhouettes this season is by far the French-cut bikini. Yes, it's on the skimpier side as far as bottoms go, but don't knock it until you try it. The elevated rise also helps to create the illusion of longer legs.
Retro-inspired floral prints are coming back and in a big way this year. A few of our favorite designers like Mirror Palais and Cult Gaia have included such prints in their current swimwear lineup, but if you're looking for a version that won't completely break the bank, Everlane's newly launched swim collection and Triangl are wonderful alternatives.
Lurex bikinis have been floating around on the fashion front for years, and they're seemingly not going away anytime soon. If you're looking to glow in your suit, you can't shine much brighter than when in one of these. Consider it highlighter you can actually wear without getting messy after a swim.