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Contrary to popular belief, swimsuit season is an event that takes place year-round. Whether you’re shopping for beachwear in the midst of summer’s hottest days or looking for that perfect suit to pack away for a winter retreat, you’re bound to find yourself seeking out a bikini, one-piece, or monokini at some point or another.
But finding the right one can be like finding a needle in a proverbial fashion haystack. There's just so many elements to consider, from the style, to the cut, to the print ... and, of course, there's the little matter of the price. For such a small piece of fabric, swim apparel can get expensive, fast — a fact that's especially true when we’re talking designer goods like you’d see on your fave celebs, such as Kylie Jenner, Katharine McPhee, and Sofia Richie.
In many cases, however, it’s easy to get the look for less — if you know where to look. And, just to prove it, we’ve gone ahead and rustled up 15 star-worthy swimsuits you can nab at a fraction of the cost of the real deal (and, in some cases, the real deal).
What are you waiting for? Read on to find the bathing suit of your dreams!
The makeup mogul didn’t need to show tons of skin to be alluring while on vacay with her daughter, Stormi Webster, earlier this month: Instead, she showed off her fit physique in a belted one-piece swimsuit with a fun and funky print. Like what you see? Shopbop has a comparable piece in the Solid + Striped Belted Nina, $168. Next stop, Kylie’s tropical locale, please.
J. Lo brought the heat in September 2018 when she bared her bodacious bod in a tangerine one-piece with a deep V cut while chillaxing near the pool. “Everything’s just peachy,” she wrote on Instagram. We completely agree, especially since we just tracked down a dead-ringer for the singer's muy caliente monokini (it’s a look) on — get this — Amazon! This Dixperfect version comes in seven colors, has adjustable straps, and features an open back, making it every bit as appealing from the rear as it is from the front. Go get ‘em, tigers!
Even Zendaya’s aww-inducing pooch couldn’t take our eyes off that cute AF bandeau suit she donned in the pool back in May 2018. Bask in your own little slice of sunshine with this Halter Ribbed Texture Bikini Set from Zaful for the low, low price of $15.99. Detachable straps make the padded top convertible and the bottoms flash a peek of cheek. Note: Pup sold separately.
Pretty Little Thing
Bieber’s bride showed off her killer assets in an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, lime green snakeskin string bikini, and lucky for us, her style is not only easy to cop, it’s super affordable, too! In fact, we found a nearly identical triangle bikini top and bottom going for less than $25 each on Pretty Little Thing. Add in a slicked-back hairstyle, oversized gold hoops, and a smoldering stare, and you’ve got everything you need to recreate the model’s seriously sexy poolside look. You’re welcome, all.
Getting a bathing suit like Em Rata’s is easy — the model does have her own (uber racy!) swimwear line after all. That little red string bikini she ushered the New Year in, for instance, is also known as the Inamorata Las Olas top and bottom, and can be found on her shop’s site for $75 each. It’s not the cheapest item on the list, but considering that it’s hand-made in Bali and fairly unique with its wrap-around ties, we’re willing to let it slide. Now, if we could only figure out how to get our abs to look like the I Feel Pretty star’s while wearing it …
How adorable does the American Horror Story actress look in the darling black and white gingham two-piece she rocked on the beach in December 2018? If you’re looking to score a similar retro style, allow us to suggest this Sandy Kiss lookalike from Amazon. It’s got high-waisted briefs for moderate coverage and a pull-on top with removable padding. Best of all? It’s $19.99. Eat your heart out, Chanel Oberlin!
The former Laguna Beach star had us daydreaming about nautical stripes while soaking in a little sun on an oversized flamingo float on vacay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, over the holidays. Call us crazy, but we’re getting the exact same vibes from this Cupshe Hit Summer Stripe Bikini Set, $26.99, no? Sure, there are some subtle differences (Kristin’s bottoms have a side-tie while these ones do not), but at this price, who are who to quibble over details? As for that amazing water inflatable, however … well, you’re on your own. *Shrugs*
The 20-year-old model flaunted her curves while posing in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia courtesy of a slinky Instagram/leopard bikini that probably cost an arm and a leg. This Fashion Nova Fine Lines Underwire Bikini Set, however, is well within the confines of our budget, ringing in at just $29.99. Just give us a yacht and lazy topknot and we’ll be raring to go — just like Scott Disick's GF.
Swimsuits for All
Kristin’s not the only A-lister making stripes look sexy! Model Ashley Graham strutted her stuff for a recent Swimsuits for All photo shoot in a one-piece striped ensemble that had our tongues practically wagging, and it’s no wonder: The Revlon cover girl helped design the piece! The Hotshot Striped Ribbed swimsuit is part of the entrepreneur’s own Ashley Graham x Swimsuits for All essentials collection, made especially for women sizes 10 to 24. At $67.20, it also happens to be accessible to all on the price front. Amen, sister!
For less than $200, you too, can look as effortlessly cool hanging by the water as “The Middle” singer did in Nashville in December 2018 with her orange triangle-shaped two-piece, body chain, hoops, and silk headwrap. The secret weapon? A Brazilian-style getup for your upper and lower halves, $92 and $102, respectively. The contrast stitching on this Ella Jay Talita set will even help you one-up the Grammy nominee with a little added oomph. Sold!
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star took a bathing suit risk with this green ensemble, which featured cutouts at the chest and stomach and a single asymmetrical shoulder strap, not unlike this Zaful one-shoulder cutout tied swimsuit. Currently, you can snag this little beauty for $18.36, but you’ll save even more at checkout with the coupon code BEACH when you spend $50 or more. What’s not to love?
If the Dawson’s Creek alum’s mod two-piece looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before, on the racks at Aerie — Busy is a spokeswoman for the brand’s 2019 AerieREAL campaign. “@aerie is about empowering women and girls by showing images of real unretouched bodies,” the Busy Tonight host wrote of the brand on Instagram in January 2019. “I know for a fact I want my daughters to grow up in a world where they know and understand that true beauty comes from the inside out and true beauty doesn’t ever look just one way. The more we can have images out in the world that reflect that to us, the more that will become our reality.” In the meantime, you can cop some of Busy's sparkle with the company’s bandeau bikini top, $20.97, and high-waisted or cheeky bikini bottoms, $17.97 or $14.97.
We’d look as carefree as the “Over It’ crooner if we had a bikini that made us look as flawless as Katharine did while on a January 2019 retreat in Hawaii, too. Oh, wait! We can! Romwe’s striped bandeau with seam details is a close call to the musician’s bright pink and white swimwear, minus the straps (and really, who needs those tan lines, anyway?). It’s also the least expensive item on our list, ringing in at — gasp! — $10.99. How is this real life?!
Leave it to the style queen (but really though — girl is a former Miss Universe) to nail the crochet swimsuit trend with a jaw-dropping knitted tan suit that had us doing a serious double take. A pair of Forever 21 bottoms, $17.90, offer up the same effect (albeit in turquoise blue) thanks to an elasticized high waist, an intricate open-knit trim, and a built-in knit lining — score!
Kristin Cavallari’s former The Hills costar Heidi Pratt also brought her A-game in the swimwear department in April 2018: We love the reality star’s twisted take on the bandeau, and it’s currently available at Bloomingdale's for just $66. (Excuse us while we whip out our credit cards, Speidi style.)