14 Designer Swimsuits and Their Budget-Friendly Doppelgängers
Fellow shopaholics, we have an exciting announcement! If you splurged hard this spring and now you need to budget for the summer, that doesn’t mean a cute suit or two aren’t in your future. While you were dreaming of beach dates with your girl squad, we were assembling an enviable lineup of budget-friendly, designer-style swim gems. Keep scrolling to scope out 14 designer suits — and their affordable doppelgängers — then start banishing any budget-related summertime sadness.
So classy. There’s nothing as chic as an all-black monokini with a million-dollar faux-choker neckline.
The sexy V-neck cutout on this lower-cost version brings the same high-fashion look we love, just at a major bargain. We’ll take it!
Bottom ($80 for top, $65 for bottom): Gingham is the summer print of 2017, so be sure to stand out when you flaunt the trend. If you’re down to turn heads for looking adorbs, this baby pink, ruffled two-piece is our pick.
ruffles + gingham
We’re eternally grateful to ASOS for this less costly version of our fave seasonal print.
This one-piece suit only hints at Ariel with a not-so-subtle off-duty mermaid reference. If you’re still livin’ that mermaid life, but you’re too cool to say so, this is *obvi* the suit for you.
Sassy statement one-piece
Here’s the cheekiest way to rock a statement suit this season. From its flashy, metallic gold lettering, to that high thigh cut, it’s just as haute as its designer twin.
Bottom ($195): This bikini was the only thing missing from your fun-in-the-sun at Coachella.
A color-popping two-piece that’s basically a fiesta waiting to happen? Ka-ching!
Bottom ($148): Here’s a blend of feminine, scalloped edges, paired with the season’s must-have silhouette for a look that we adore.
High-Neck + scalloped Edges
Bottom ($20): OMG Target just made our dreams come true by bringing us this scallop-edged doppelgänger at a fraction of the price. We’ll take one in every color, thank you.
So. Eff’ing. Good. A girl could def get away with walking this elegant number down the red carpet.
One-shoulder + ruffles
Opt-in on the trendy silhouette — but opt-out on quite so much sizzle — for a more demure, daytime look.
Bottom ($115): Say farewell to tan lines and hello to summer with a strapless, structured, bustier top. We dig the nautical vibes of this sporty-chic style paired with French-girl stripes.
stripes + bustier
Bottom ($28): They’re so similar — and yet so different. Wider stripes offer laid-back vibes on this adorable lookalike bustier.
Bottom ($85): Kate Spade swimwear, in its all its femme, floral glory, is giving us all the vintage vibes.
For the same delicate, lacy details, we turn to ModCloth for a sweet, money-saving rendition.
Here’s another boho princess, festival-worthy look. The whipstitch details add some earthy appeal to this straight-up slaying piece.
You can nab these whipstitch-style bottoms to pair with the top of your choosing for the cost of a few Starbucks runs. Mix ‘n’ matching is the ultimate way to get creative with your budgeting.
With just a swimsuit, you can literally transform your summertime look into a glam AF retro throwback.
We can hardly believe our eyes, but ModCloth just made our pin-up dreams come true for a price we can handle — and it comes in plus sizes too!
Nothing says beach babe quite like a lace-front bandeau.
laced bandeau bikini
Thankfully, after peeping this lookalike top, you can salvage your summer swim style with one super-fun trip to Vicky’s Secret. PS: millennial pink? Yes, please.
A little birdie told us that Victoria’s Secret model, Elsa Hosk, owns this very same suit. In our heart of hearts, we’d totally love to splurge on this on-trend, tie-front top.
For the same look in a flirty floral, we’d go for this gorgeous top. Because ICYMI, an underwire top with a vintage high waist is just what a beach trip requires.