10 Bathing Suits That Flatter Your Body for Under $50

Plenty of women dread swimsuit shopping. Not only are the cuts and sizing of the actual swimsuits confusing and inconsistent, but fitting room lighting is harsh, and full-length mirrors are often unflattering. It’s way too easy to spend way too much time, money, and heartache just to end up with an unflattering swimsuit. But we’re all for making your summer shopping as easy as possible. So we think that if a basic triangle bikini or a tank one-piece don’t make it easy to love your body, we can help you find some new silhouettes that can — and without breaking the bank.

There are a few ways to make summer swimsuit shopping a little easier on yourself. Try on plenty of swimsuits, and venture outside your comfort zone in terms of cuts and styles to find a new favorite. Try on multiple sizes, and if you want more coverage, go with a cut that provides more coverage instead of opting for a bigger size. If you have no idea what style will be flattering for you, it’s OK to take a look at guides that offer advice on “the perfect swimsuit for your body type.” But don’t interpret those guidelines as laying down the law about the only swimsuit styles you can wear if you have curvy hips or a small bust, an athletic build or a stomach you’d prefer to hide. Regardless of what you love or hate about your body, there are multiple silhouettes that are going to look great on you. Ahead are an assortment you can try without spending more than $50.

1. Striped underwire bikini

Striped underwire bikini - flattering swimsuits under $50

Stripes are a swimwear classic, and an underwire makes for a supportive and comfortable top | Target.com

If you wouldn’t typically wear a bra without an underwire, then it’s a good idea to look for the same level of support in a swimsuit. Xhilaration’s striped bikini top features an underwire for support and adjustable straps for flexibility. An underwire top is great for providing support for a larger bust, or giving some lift to a smaller bust. Pair it with the matching bikini bottom or take advantage of the fact that black is easy to match and pair it with a different style of your choosing.

2. Balconette bikini

Balconette bikini - flattering swimsuits under $50

A balconette-style top offers support and lift, and adjustable straps make it easy to get a perfect fit | Amazon.com

Another great underwire style is Bra Society’s balconette bikini top. The underwire and molded cups offer much more support than you’d get in a style without an underwire, and the back closes with a secure clasp instead of a tie. Additionally, the shoulder straps are adjustable to get you the perfect fit. The top matches perfectly with a high-waisted bikini bottom, a style that’s flattering on just about any build and offers more coverage than many other options.

3. Bandeau bikini

Bandeau bikini - flattering swimsuits under $50

A bandeau top is a classic style that flatters small and large busts alike | Macys.com

A bandeau top is another classic choice, one that’s particularly favored among women who prefer to eliminate tan lines (though your mom wanted us to remind you: please wear sunscreen). The push-up top and hipster bikini bottom from California Waves are a great pair. The top ties at the neck and at the back, which makes it easy to adjust for the perfect fit, and the classic polka dot print makes this suit easy to accessorize. A bandeau top flatters both smaller and larger busts, and the hipster bottom is a comfortable and flattering style.

4. Color-blocked bikini

Colorblocked bikini - flattering swimsuits under $50

Color-blocking makes this underwire style even more flattering (and nautical) | Target.com

Color-blocking is another swimwear trend that makes a triumphant return each summer. And for good reason: it’s a great way to add color to just about any style of swimsuit. We’re partial to Marie Meili’s underwire top and matching hipster. The top offers support while the bottom offers coverage, and both feature the classic nautical combination of blue and white for a perfect summer look.

5. Halter two-piece

Halter two-piece swimsuit - flattering swimsuits under $50

A halter-style bikini can be flattering and supportive regardless of your shape or size | Macys.com

A halter-style bikini top is a summer standby, and gets even more flattering when you combine it with a push-up style. Hula Honey’s push-up halter top is flattering and supportive whether you have a small or large bust. (A halter top is great for support and lift, though not everybody likes styles that tie behind the neck.)  This top looks great paired with many different bottoms. One of our favorites is the brand’s hipster-style bikini bottom, which sits low on the hips and offers a moderate amount of coverage.

6. Longline bikini

Longline bikini - flattering bathing suits under $50

A longline bikini top offers a little bit more coverage and stability, but is still big on style | Target.com

If you’re not convinced that you want a bikini, but aren’t a big fan of tankinis or one-pieces either, a longline top can offer some middle ground. Target’s longline triangle top offers all the bust-flattering abilities of a traditional triangle top, without as much worry about it migrating when you jump in the pool. You can match this style with a number of different black bottoms, but we particularly like the matching pair that features the same strap detail.

7. Pullover two-piece

Pullover bikini - flattering bathing suits under $50

A pullover-style top offers more security if you’re a little reluctant to rely on ties or clasps | Target.com

A pullover top is another great style to try out if you live in fear of ties coming undone or hooks loosening. Target’s strappy pullover-style top offers great support, and the geometric strap design is both eye-catching and secure. Wear it with a matching bottom that offers the same strap detail, all without the worry of ties that can come undone.

8. Striped tankini

Striped tankini - flattering bathing suits under $50

This tankini offers comfortable coverage and sporty style | Amazon.com

A tankini offers more coverage than other top styles. Many offer the look of a one-piece, but still give you the mix-and-match potential of a two-piece. We’re big fans of the athletic look of Route 1o1 Sport’s stripe tankini, which offers a crewneck and racerback design that’ll keep you comfortable and covered (perfect if you’re trying to avoid a sunburn or are looking forward to being particularly active at the beach this year). Pair it with the matching hipster for a perfectly sporty and coordinated look.

9. Plunge one-piece

Plunge one-piece - flattering bathing suits under $50

A plunge front adds a new twist to the one-piece bathing suit | Nordstrom.com

A plunge-front one-piece is a great style to change things up. Topshop’s take on the style features both a plunge front and mesh panels, which proves that opting for a one-piece doesn’t mean you have to be completely covered up. Some halter-style tops are great for supporting a larger bust, but this one is particularly well-suited to smaller or mid-sized busts.

10. High-neck one-piece

High-neck one-piece - flattering bathing suits under $50

If a plunge neckline isn’t your style, try a high neck instead | Target.com

If you prefer a one-piece that keeps your bust under wraps, a great new trend to take advantage of is the appearance of gorgeous high-neck styles. Ava and Viv’s high-neck suit features a high neckline accented by a unique mesh detail, plus adjustable straps that make it easy to get the perfect fit (and avoid having straps to rub on the back of your neck).

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