While you might be fine wearing the same pair of sandals over and over when you're on holiday, the same can't be said for a swimming costume. Why? Because it's the item you spend the most amount of time in whilst on holiday, so you want to feel special in it. So how do you end up looking like you've made an effort without spending a small fortune? High-street swimming costumes. Right now, there are so many cheaper pieces that look incredible and will flatter loads of body shapes, which means you can buy more than one for your holiday.
Our top tips? Firstly, after many excursions into the land of high street swimwear, we've found that the best selection is often to be found online. For shops such as Mango and Zara, their digital offering is much better than the small mishmash of styles we often come across in-store. On that note, if you're ordering online, make sure to buy a few different sizes, as some swimwear can come up small. Secondly, don't write off the brands you wouldn't usually pick for your wardrobe staples—sometimes you can come across chic swimwear in the most unexpected of places. For example, in a fit of desperation, one of the Who What Wear team wandered into preppy U.S. brand, Hollister (not her normal shopping haunt), and discovered their surprisingly cool edit of swimwear. With a mix and match approach, the store offers a huge variety of styles and colours in fabrics which felt seriously high-end. From minimalist bandeaus to bigger bust-appropriate underwired styles, we've been completely won over.
We've hunted down the most expensive-looking swimmers to make you feel fabulous poolside or on the beach. Scroll down to shop our edit.
Shop Our Edit
We love the button detail on this ASOS white bikini.
With animal print becoming such a big trend this summer, why not match your swimwear to your skirt?
The simple silhouette and khaki green hue of this Hollister bikini feels very expensive.
Polka dot presents a classic print for those looking for a bold one-piece.
Look out for unusual fabrics—such as the crinkle texture of this ASOS bikini—to trick everyone into thinking it's designer.
& Other Stories offers vintage vibes with this sunshine yellow high-cut swimsuit. If in doubt, belt it.
A minimalist's dream for £20. Just add the Weekday Cay Swim Bottoms
A chic cutout is a great way to make something look expensive.
Smaller busts, this one's for you.
We love everything about this bikini—from the psychedelic print to the delicate straps.
If in doubt, just opt for black with a twist.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.