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19 Affordable Swimsuits for Last-Minute Summer Plans

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Summer is on the horizon, and so are many opportunities to wear swimsuits. Maybe you’ve put all your vacation budget toward a fancy hotel with amenities, or maybe a beach or rooftop-pool invite was dropped last minute in the group chat. Regardless of the situation, sometimes you need an affordable swimsuit, and you need it fast.

However, we’re skimping on fabric here, not quality. Well, sort of. Of course, in most cases, you get what you pay for. Knowing that though, we’ve scoured reviews and awkwardly Photoshopped product photos to find the best of the best.

From barely there, strappy options to plus-size swimsuits that aren’t boring, read on to see picks that seem promising — and even some we’ve actually tried and were pleasantly surprised by.

The Not-So-Basic Option

A not-so-basic basic bikini set that’s just a little cheeky and comes in 33 color options. The thousands of reviewers love the color options and the style. We picked it because it has the potential to become your favorite whenever you need a trusty bikini.
Available in sizes S to XL.

The Plus-Size Option With Options

This comes in a mix of prints and colors, which is pretty standard for Amazon. Reviewers love the flattering fit and how comfortable it is, but they do note that it’s not as high-waisted as they prefer.
Available in sizes XL to 4XL.

The Colorful Option

This comes in an array of vibrant colors, which reviewers love along with the fit. Our shopping editor, Bianca Nieves, says if you have a bigger cup size, it’s worth sizing up. She didn’t and the cup looked like nipple pasties. So while the matching skirt was a nice bonus, this set was denominated the tanning swimsuit.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Adjustable Option

The adjustable straps on this swimsuit are removable, so you can easily turn this into a bandeau. Outside of that, reviewers love how flattering it is; it also comes in 39 (!) different colors and patterns.
Available in sizes S to 3XL.

The One With Underwire

High cut and slightly cheeky, this bikini has an underwire and a simple silhouette. It does tend to run small, so reviewers recommend sizing up.
Available in sizes S to XL.

Another Underwire Option

While you’re picking up sunscreen on your next Target run, throw this in your cart. The surprisingly cute swimsuit comes highly recommended by our deputy editor, Joanna Nikas, who did just that. Featuring underwire and removable cups, this top comes in plenty of cute colors and sizes.
Available in sizes XS to 26W.

The Neon Option

Per the norm for Amazon, this is available in 18 color and pattern options, but the neon feels especially fun and fitting.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Not-Boring One-piece

Not too boring but also not over the top, this scalloped swimsuit is simple, pretty, and beloved by reviewers.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.

The One Made for Matching

This string-bikini set comes with a matching sheer coverup, as all bikinis should, honestly. Besides that, it’s very cute. So much so that a reviewer even dubbed it the “hot-girl summer” suit.
Available in sizes XS to 4XL.

The Strappy Option

You can grab this in the simple set pictured or opt for the strappier option. Despite less than 100 reviews, the vast majority agree it is flattering and very cheeky. So if you like the silhouette but want a bit more coverage, consider sizing up.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

Another Strappy Option

If you’re willing to deal with the weird tan lines this gives you, we highly suggest grabbing this top with removable cups.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Classic Option

If you want a swimsuit without all the extra straps and patterns, this one offers light support and simple colors and designs.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Monokini

The monokini offers the benefits of the bikini with the coverage of a one-piece swimsuit. This is a favorite with reviewers for its cut and comfort, even on bigger cup sizes. They also recommend sizing up.
Available in sizes S to XL.

The Fun Option

This bikini comes in tons of patterns, each bolder than the next. It’s perfect for anyone whose poolside plans include taking selfies.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Shaping One

Since you don’t want to wear Spanx to the beach, this is the next best thing. Offering light shaping at the stomach, this swimsuit comes in 13 solid shades. While it isn’t a maternity swimsuit, expecting and postpartum moms in the reviews absolutely love it.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Another Shaping Option

For when you don’t quite want a bikini or a one-piece, this cut-out suit offers light shaping and flattering support, according to reviewers. It would also look great worn with jeans.
Available in sizes S to XL.

The One Moms Love

Reviewers are raving about how this set supports their “mom bods.” The high waist offers light tummy support and coverage, and the adjustable top is fully lined and includes padding.
Available in sizes 4 to 18.

The One Worth Trying

This doesn’t have any reviews, but it’s very cute, and life is all about taking risks, isn’t it? Some of the brand’s other swimwear has racked up over a thousand reviews for its comfort and quality.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Sporty Option

Swim that looks just as good off the beach as it does on, this was made for pairing with denim shorts. This features lace-up detailing on the back, so it looks more like your favorite body suit, and again, we highly suggest opting for a fun color like this one.
Available in sizes 24 to 38.

19 Under-$50 Swimsuits for Last-Minute Summer Plans