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All the Swimsuits You Need This Summer

Budget-friendly bathing suits, guaranteed to flatter every figure.

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Hi! My name is Sarah and I’m a swimsuit-aholic.

At last count I had more than a dozen stuffed into my dresser, and I may or may not have three more on their way to me right now. In my defense, I live three miles from Miami Beach and travel frequently to the Caribbean for work in the travel industry. But as I reach the point where even KonMari-style folding can’t make my collection fit into my drawers, I recognize I may have a swimwear-buying problem.

That said, I also have serious swimwear-buying expertise. My nonnegotiable for a successful swimsuit purchase: high-quality fabric that resists pilling and fading and offers all-over support so I feel svelte, even though I’m not. I always wear SPF 50 sunscreen but suits made from sun-protective fabrics are an obvious bonus. And bright colors and bold patterns play to my extroverted personality. But even the best swimsuit won’t last much more than a season if you don’t care for it properly, so I’m religious about rinsing mine immediately after wearing, and I always hang them to dry.

Ready to take the plunge? Consider these styles the building blocks of your own bathing suit bonanza.

For showing off your shoulders
Target’s bandeau is black but definitely not boring. The feminine crochet-edged flounce combined with a bodice that full-breasted reviewers say is super-supportive makes a versatile suit that will see you through Labor Day in shoulder-baring style.

For drawing eyes upward
This two-toned one-piece from New York & Company’s new swimwear collection features contrasting color (either yellow or blue) at the bodice, guaranteed to bring attention to your upper half. The deep V-neck is universally flattering, and the two-ply, pill-proof fabric also offers UPF 50+ sun protection.

For allover attention
Accentuate your assets up top and down low with this festive two-piece from New York & Company. Pompoms on the cherry-red bandeau-style top paired with the high-waisted bottom’s pompom-trimmed peplum (sold separately) put beachgoers on notice: You’re here to parr-tay!

For going from beach to boardwalk
This J.C. Penney plus-sized one-piece checks three boxes: vibrant pattern, bust and tummy support and a trendy twist-front style that works on the sand as well as off. Just pair it with a pareo or beach pants and you’re literally good to go.