When shopping for swimsuits, you might wonder why a few scraps of material from a luxury line can carry a sky-high price tag -- especially when major retailers such as Target, Forever 21, and even Walmart sell fashionable swimwear for far less. In preparation for swimsuit season, here are 13 trending styles from upmarket designers matched with bargain-priced versions. They include hot prints and sexy sheer material, as well as high-neck designs and other silhouettes in vogue this season.
13 Hot Designer Swimsuit Styles for Less
One-piece suits are safe alternatives to a bikini for the beach, but they can be very sexy when combined with peek-a-boo patterns and a strapless sweetheart neckline. A mitered convertible one-piece swimsuit by Robin Piccone features crocheted material and attachable straps for support but goes for $158.
Florals are popping up as the weather warms, welcoming bright, summery patterns and colors. To express a nature-loving side with the Alchemy floral-print bikini by Zimmermann, beach-goers must spend $295 at Net-a-Porter. This delicate suit features pretty flowers against a white background and ruffles along the straps.
The black string bikini is a sexy classic -- a little black dress for the beach. Flaunting your sensual side costs $81 with the Double Take macrame bikini triangle top from Lady Lux. It's fully lined and decorated with subtle accents such as gold beads at the end of the straps. Adding low-rise brief bottoms doubles the cost to a total $162.
For those who love the look of a black halter bikini but not the price, the Teeny Triangle Top is available for $20.50 from Victoria's Secret. Like the Lady Lux version, it ties behind the neck and back and is fully lined. Coordinating bikini bottoms (which come in a variety of colors and styles) start at $20.
For $30, Walmart offers a retro swimdress from the Suddenly Slim by Catalina collection. Reviewers describe this style as cute and flattering for curvy women, giving it very high ratings. This one-piece features tummy control, a full skirt, and a twisted front. It comes in a variety of patterns, including vintage polka dots, vibrant tropical florals, nautical stripes, and solids.
Sometimes less is more, and that was the case with the high-neck bikinis that graced the swimsuit runways this season. Basta Surf's Popoyo reversible high-neck bikini top sells for $108. The simple black bikini is secured with a high, halter-style neckline and T-back straps in flashes of orange.
White crochet patterns have been a hit on short shorts, sweater vests, and flirty tops at summer music festivals. A lace ruffle halter bikini top by Agua de Coco goes for a shocking $755, featuring a bandeau-style bikini and delicate white lace crochet as its sheer top layer. Bikini bottoms with side ties add $95 at checkout.
Geo-tribal prints, like floral patterns, are a fast-fashion trend that's still going strong. The Seafolly Kasbah high-neck swimsuit, available for $156 from ASOS, has a black-and-white tribal print covering the front and back. The one-piece is secured with halter straps and a clip fastener.
Find this top swimsuit trend at Target, where a high-neck bikini top by Xhilaration is $18. Like the suit from ASOS, it sports a black-and-white geo print tied with criss-cross pink coral straps. Pair with matching bikini bottoms for $15, or choose bottoms in a neutral color or even coral to accentuate the pink hue.
If tan lines don't faze you, a caged bikini top is a strong statement for the summer. The straps come together to create a caged look under the bust. The Aerin Rose Swimwear longline cage bra top has comfortable padded cups, underwire support, and adjustable straps but sells for $86 from Couture Candy.
Racerbacks aren't just for bras or tank tops anymore -- they're also highly versatile bikini tops, especially for beach sports or swimming. The Surf Club racer-back bikini by Adriana Degreas goes for a whopping $400 at Net-a-Porter. The high neck and lack of decorative accents create a classic silhouette.
Get the look with a sexy crochet racerback bikini top from Charlotte Russe for only $19. The high neck is partially sheer, while the racerback style provides a secure fit. Act fast, though -- at the time of writing, it was available only in large or extra-large. Matching crochet bikini bottoms with ruched sides start at $17.