How to Make An Affordable Swimsuit Look Expensive

Babes on a budget unite!

A swimsuit is a pretty easy piece to find on sale, especially if you were smart enough to grab a few cossies at a fraction of the price during the January sales. But just because you spent very little on a costume doesn’t mean that it can’t look like a million bucks. With a few clever styling tips and tricks your bargain find can look both glamorous and expensive – just what you need to light up your Instagram feed.

Here’s how:

It’s all in the shorts




Take your styling cues from blogger Aimee Song and pay extra attention to your summer shorts. Leave denim cutoffs and track shorts at home, and rather opt for a fun pair in a graphic print – just make sure that the print picks up the colour of your swimsuit to keep things looking polished. An equally punchy clutch really amplifies this look.

Go big or go home



Few things add instant drama quite like a pair of wide-legged trousers. You can go matchy-matchy à la Kendall Jenner for a look that’s guaranteed to roll in the likes, or you can keep things a little more toned down with a pair of chic trousers in a neutral shade, paired with another summer essential: the straw hat.

Add a feminine touch

Local model Summer Thompson has been slaying it in the USA over the last few months, both in the career and wardrobe departments. We often give her feed a visit when we’re looking for outfit inspiration, and it’s safe to say that Summer has mastered the art of upgrading her swimsuit. (So much so that we’ve included her twice.) She takes a bikini from basic to bold by styling it with an artfully printed wrap-skirt and hoop earrings for a downtime LA look.

Or keep things sporty

Killer and a sweet thang ✨ #losangeles

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Want to add some street cred to a ruffled bikini top? Make like Miss Thompson and add a bomber jacket, denim and some trusty Stans for a sexy streetstyle look.

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