Here at Who What Wear, we certainly don't mind if something is cheap, but we never want it to look cheap. Which is why we've tapped experts in handbags, shoes, skinny jeans, and sandals to tell us exactly what it is that makes that particular fashion item look cheap. Next up, we're talking about the dead giveaway of cheap swimwear. To get the scoop on this all-important subject, we looked to Sabra Krock, the creative director and co-owner of swimwear mecca Everything But Water. Given the dozens of swimwear brands the company has been stocking over the past 30 years, we knew we were in good hands.
According to Krock, the telltale signs of cheap swimwear are a poor fit and a "bad exercise tight" sheen to the fabric. In regards to the fit, she said, "Fabric with four-way stretch molds to the body and fits beautifully." And when it comes to the reason behind that dreaded sheen, she explained, "Higher-quality fabric that contains Lycra is woven around the Lycra as opposed to lower-quality fabrications where the Lycra is exposed and imparts a sheen." She also divulged that "High-quality suits typically have construction details not present in lower-quality suits—flat seaming, hidden underwire, etc."
While certainly very useful in guiding you toward your next swimwear purchase, this information isn't to say that you have to spend a ton of money on a swimsuit for it to not look cheap. There are plenty of lower-priced swimwear options on the market that feature expensive-looking details without the price tag to match. Accordingly, we rounded up some of the best expensive-looking swimwear at a variety of price points. Read on to shop them all.
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes DK34 to 42.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes IT38 to 44.
A striped bikini is simply timeless.
You'll get so many compliments on this one-shoulder swimsuit.
We can't get over how cute this retro-inspired swimsuit is.
Made with a unique scrunch material, this will be one of the most comfortable bikinis you own.
The keyhole detail makes this swimsuit so cute.
If there's one thing you should know, Eres knows how to make good swimwear.
+ Keen Stretchy Check Swim Bottom ($175)
You'll never get tired of this classic print.
Throw on a pair of sandals and a wide-brim straw hat with this one-piece, and you'll be set for the beach in minutes.