20 gorgeous swimsuits under $30

A yellow bikini really pops in the sun, and we love this not-too-girly print.-
Pretty posy bikini top, $10.80, bottom, $9.80, forever21.com
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 4:26 PM EDT
When it comes to bathing suits, everyone has the same agenda: you want to somehow look your best while wearing far less than you'd normally wear in public. Swimsuit shopping can be a scary thing, especially after a long, lazy winter. But as a fashion editor, my first thought is, where do I shop? In recent years, I have worn bathing suits from Forever 21, H&M, Target, Wal-Mart, Victoria's Secret, American Apparel, Lacoste, Burberry, TopShop, Missoni, Shoshanna, Pucci, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, and many more-I don't discriminate! But to be honest, I've realized that even though a Pucci print is admittedly stunning, that print fades in chlorine and sunlight, and you feel a whole lot worse throwing out a $200+ bikini than a $30 one. (Confession: I still have it in a drawer, because I don't want to part with it!) And some of those cheapies really hold up! I have an H&M bathing suit from five or six years ago that has barely faded and the elasticity is still perfect.

Since we found out that $100 bathing suits can often cost only $5 to make, what's the point in really splurging on a designer suit that won't last and most of us can't really afford? There isn't one. So I scoured the web to find you the best quality swimsuits for under $30. Some are under $20. And one on sale for $13. Now I just need to decide which one to buy.

Take a look through the slideshow-hopefully you can all find some nice, wearable, affordable options in here. Happy swimming!