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Steal vs. splurge swimwear: All dressed in plaid

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Mad for plaid

Are you mad for plaid? Plaid is one of the hot fashion trends for summer in dresses, skirts and even bikinis. If you are looking for a new swimsuit this season, consider an adorable plaid bikini and partner it with a big floppy hat and oversized tote.

Steal

Swimsuit: Old Navy Plaid bandeau-tie bikini

Swimsuit: Old Navy plaid bandeau-tie bikini

This blue plaid bikini features an Americana flair that you're sure to love. The top has a removable halter strap and the bottom ties at the sides. This versatile bikini has removable pad inserts and side boning for extra lift. With Old Navy bikinis you can purchase each piece separately — which is ideal because most of us aren't the same size in the top and bottom. This Old Navy plaid bandeau-tie bikini is a steal at under $20 per piece.
Hat: Pins and Needles crochet floppy hat

Hat: Pins and Needles crochet floppy hat

Snag a floppy hat in a neutral shade that will go with everything in your summer wardrobe. We adore this Pins and Needles sun hat available now at Urban Outfitters for just $10. This hat features a wide floppy brim and faux suede hat band.

Tote: Under One Sky oversized straw tote

Tote: Under One Sky oversized straw tote

For summer adventures a big tote bag is a must. This oversized straw tote comes in five fabulous colors including blue and natural. At just $28 at Nordstrom, this Under One Sky tote is quite a bargain.

Splurge

Swimsuit: Paul & Joe Foudejoi plaid cotton bikini

Swimsuit: Paul & Joe Foudejoi plaid cotton bikini

Even on sale at 55 percent off, this Paul & Joe plaid bikini is still a splurge at $124. This preppy-chic bikini features ties at the halterneck, back and sides of bottoms. Created from 100 percent cotton, this plaid bikini is as comfortable as it is cute.
Hat: Eric Javits floppy hat

Hat: Eric Javits floppy hat

A big floppy sun hat is essential for maximum protection at the beach or pool. This lightweight woven sun hat is very flexible and packable, making it the perfect option for travel. Though this Eric Javits hat looks fantastic, it will cost you a bundle at nearly $200 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Tote: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Claridge straw tote bag

Tote: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Claridge straw tote bag

The leather trim adds a luxurious touch to this woven straw tote from the Lauren by Ralph Lauren line. This indigo blue tote features a roomy oversized design and cotton twill-lined interior. This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Claridge straw tote bag is priced at $198 now at Bloomingdale's.

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