Why, oh why is it so seemingly impossible to find swimwear that actually holds you in where you need it to, but is still stylish and reasonably priced? Everyone’s bodies are different, and the models donning string bikinis with little to no coverage aren’t exactly the average American woman. A frustratingly tall task that most women have experienced at least once in their adult years, bathing suit shopping can be as daunting as the first day of your period. And what’s more? It seems as though all the cuts, even if they are supposedly geared toward the “average” woman, barely covering everything they need to.
If by chance you do happen to find a suit that’s sporty, or modest, or whatever you may be searching for, maybe it’s a little too matronly, or just outside your bathing suit budget. But, alas, there’s hope! From beach volleyball tops to one-pieces that will have you feeling your best, here are five of our favorite pieces of swimwear for $60 or less.
1. Prana Zuri Bottom, $38.50
We already know that Prana knows what they’re doing when it comes to yoga and climbing gear, so it’s no surprise they tested the waters of the swimwear industry just a few years ago. Since debuting their line, the pieces have won over sporty gals from coast to coast, with tribal-themed designs and fits that flatter more than just one body type. One of our favorites is the Zuri Bottom, which features a wide waistband and a mid-rise, along with full seat coverage; attributes that can be hard to find when seeking out a stylish piece.
2. Under Cover Waterwear Swim leggings, $30
Ideal for anyone looking for extra protection or a bit of modesty, these swim leggings are the perfect staple to your summer wardrobe. Under Cover Waterwear utilizes special swim fabric that’s UPF 50+, ensuring you stay protected while keeping comfortable, all without sacrificing your sporty sense of style. From an hour of stretching in the yoga studio to a day of paddling on the river, these swim leggings are what you’ve been searching for.
3. Blue Glue Weekly body suit, $59
Made with the more sophisticated woman in mind, the Weekly Body Suit from Blue Glue brings elegance to a classic silhouette. As the staple one-piece you’ve got to try, this suit is your newest LBD of your summertime wardrobe. From beachfront adventures to seaside cocktails, you’ll find comfort in the elegant ease this suit brings, with clean lines and a no-fuss design. Sport it on its own, throw some shorts on for a day hike, or pair it with jeans or a skirt for a night out. Whatever you do, you’ll feel sexy and confident in this classic one-piece.
4. Valleau Apparel Sunset top, $42
The best thing about the tops from Valleau Apparel is that they’re not just sports bras, although they are just as comfortable. If you’re a lover of any watersport or beachfront activity, the Sunset is for you. Combining support and functionality, without sacrificing style, the design is unique, sassy and intricate. Created and made in America, Valleau Apparel is perfect for your next beach volleyball match, and the Sunset is a style you’ll actually be excited to show off.
5. Roxy Love 2” Boardshorts, $29.50
Every beach babe needs a good pair of boardshorts to run around in during the summer, and few companies make styles that are cuter than Roxy’s. As the brand who totally gets the sporty girl lifestyle, Roxy delivers a favorite of ours with the Love 2” Boardshorts. A short short for girls who want to show off their sun-kissed stems, these shorts are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite surf top.