Top 6 Beachwear Trends for a Budget-Friendly Summer

This summer's top beachwear trends don't need to cost a fortune. Look at our budget-friendly beachwear so you can enjoy the summer sun in style without breaking the bank.

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The sun is out and the beach is calling to us all. Whether you’re a tanner, a swimmer, an explorer or somewhere in between, beachwear comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles (and prices). With this in mind, we have picked out the top 6 beachwear trends that need to be on your radar this summer! 


If you want to add a little sparkle to your day at the beach, jewellery-embellished beachwear could be your new best friend. From metallic fabrics to jewel embellishments, you don’t need to blow your budget to look a million dollars. 

ASOS is a great place to shop if you’re looking for something extra. Head to the beach catwalk-ready with metallic gold bikinis, a sexy jewel-embellished plunge one-piece or simple yet elegant gem clasps designed to make anyone look a million bucks. With ‘living your extra life’ being the moto of many, several brands have added a shine to their design - we recommend taking a look at what Ann Summers, Boux Avenue, Shein and PrettyLittleThing have to offer if you want a look that really pops but doesn’t pop your bank! 


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Cutouts are all the rage and for good reason! They can accentuate your curves when you find the right cutout for you and give a simple one-piece a stylish finish. Beachwear for women goes to another level when it comes to cutouts with Hannah Oh from Seventeen swearing that “these wacky and wonderful cutout ‘kinis bring so much joy that you’ll forget about your odd tan lines.” - an idea I think all of us can get behind! 

If you’d like to jump on the beach cutout bandwagon, Marks and Spencer's beachwear collection have cutouts for every kind of person. We also love what H&M have going on. From small cutouts that are subtle yet chic to a halterneck cutout swimsuit for the ultra-confident, they have it all! 

90’s Sport

If you’re confused about what 90’s sports beachwear is, you aren’t the only one. This style includes an athletic look, straight necklines and, of course, the unforgettable statement red one-piece. 

This comfy yet stylish beachwear option has become a fan favourite of so many women. Decathlon does this style seamlessly offering one-of-a-kind patterns and bikinis that can stand up to the waves with typical bikini bottoms or trendy boardshorts. But they aren’t the only ones! Cider, Shein, MatchesFashion, and lululemon have great options for every kind of beachgoer (and every kind of wallet). 

Retro-style Comeback

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Retro is making a comeback and it hasn’t missed the beach scene at all. You’d be a fool to miss out on the glorious halterneck high-waisted bikinis or the classic Audrey Hepburn-styled one-piece both of which originated from the 1950s - don’t worry, they still look killer! 

If you’re a fan of the retro look, there are two ways to achieve it in time for your next beach trip. Some brands, such as uk.cupshe and SimplyBe, combine the retro style with modern components such as dropped necklines and chic cutouts. You can find a true vintage look from retailers like For Luna who deliver retro and vintage-inspired swimwear for up to a UK size 16, enabling everyone to enjoy the retro style confidently.  

Classic Triangle Bikini

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The classic triangle bikini first graced our shores in the 1960s, however, it has dipped in and out of fashion over the years. This year, it has become a beach favourite for almost everyone (celebrities included). Millie Bobby Brown shows her love for this bikini style again and again over her social media and she really shows how great this tried-and-tested style can look. 

Millie isn’t the only one who can rock this style though - Jennifer Lopez, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, and Vanessa Williams show that a triangle bikini can work for anyone, whatever your size, shape, or age. You don’t need to spend your entire paycheque for your next beach trip, Matalan’s beachwear is a great place to look if you are searching for a bargain. For more stylish designs, head over to Decathlon, John Lewis, Hollister, and Superdry for some cute (and cheap) bikinis so you can enjoy the sand without worry.   

Loose-knit Cover Ups

Want to go from relaxing at the beach to elegance in a matter of seconds? A loose-knit cover-up could be the answer you’re looking for! If you’re anything like us, you’ll fall in love with the beautiful lace designs, flattering lines and sultry silhouettes they create in no time at all. As far as we’re concerned, a beachwear cover-up is a must-have in every beach bag. 

If this boho-inspired look is something that your wardrobe needs, we recommend taking a look at what Shein, PrettyLittleThing, Next, and H&M because these brands have designs we love at a price you’ll love!  

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After all of that, two trends stand out to us as a must-follow for this summer; 90s sporty and the classic triangle bikini. These two styles can be mixed together, enabling you to create a collection of looks without a collection of price tags. But whether you plan to catch every wave or sun yourself on the sand, there are loads of beachwear trends that you can jump into without clearing out your bank account this summer.  

Shona Moreland
Fashion Editor

Hi there! My name is Shona and I’m the Fashion Editor here at MyVoucherCodes. I’ve been writing for 5 years, and now I’ve been focusing on fashion, and I’m loving every minute of it! From the freshest releases to the hottest trends and movements that keep the industry buzzing.

I have a number of interests, ranging from playing the drums, drawing, reading and writing to enjoying nature with my puppy! And let’s not forget about the all-important interest … Fashion!