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Misses Beach Wear — 5 Affordable, Must-Have Pieces


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Summer is about fun in the sun, right? If you’re looking forward to a beach vacation, you need your beach wear in order asap. Here are five pieces that will come in handy. An added bonus: you won’t pay more than $90 dollars for these beach vitals and most picks are under $50.

1. The Faux Two-Piece

Striped one-piece suit from Athlete
Capri Stripe Blousy One Piece, $86.99, Athleta

At $87, this piece is a tad spendy, but it ticks all the boxes for a perfect summer suit:

  • Looks like a two-piece but it’s actually one? Check.
  • Forgiving silhouette? Check.
  • On-trend styling? Check.
  • Underwire for proper support? Check.
  • Modest cut with good coverage for your bum? Check.

Plus, this suit easily converts into an outfit. When it’s time to head up to the beach bar for a cocktail, just slip on a pair of shorts and your suit will look like a cute top.

2. The Crochet Cover-Up

Cream-colored beach cover up with crochet detailing
Women’s Crochet Mix Cover-Up, $19.99, Target

Why not cover up in style? This oversized poncho from Target is stylish and comfy. You’re still wrapping up, but you’re also getting just enough see-through action to keep it interesting. For less than $20, you can staff this poncho in your beach bag, so you’re always ready to go.

3. The Classic One-Piece

White one-piece suit with beige and black pattern
Paradise Bay Womens Dream Weave One Piece Swimsuit, $40 (on sale), Bealls

Yes, you can be sexy and modest at the same time! This one-piece has a gorgeous gray/green pattern with accents of white and black — it’s flattering for any body type. A shelf bra and thick straps provide plenty of support for the chest, and the low-cut thigh means your backside is covered.

4. The Swimdress

Tiered and patterned swim dress
Croft & Barrow Tummy Slimmer Tiered Swimdress, $38.99 (on sale), Kohl’s

Dress up your beach look with this ruffled number that offers extra tummy support and a built-in bra. This is a unique look that anyone can pull off to show some leg. If you like this look but need more coverage, wear a black sarong to cover the legs when you’re out of the water.

5. The Caftan

Multicolored caftan
Feather Daze Printed Caftan Tunic, $27.99, Macy’s

This $28 caftan includes almost every color in the rainbow, with an emphasis on black, white and pink. Wear this piece to the beach (you can get a matching suit at Macy’s), or not. It’s less sheer than most cover-ups — which means it’ll double as a top.

What’s your must-have list for beach wear? Let us know in the comments!

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