Bikinis got expensive!

Bikinis have been taken over by fashion and forgotten their roots, they're supposed to be fun, throw on pieces, previously purchased from beach side markets with little care or second thought, what happened? I love bikinis, and come summer I enjoy having many of them, but no matter how much I love them I can't help but think about how that money could go towards shoes, or wine, or holidays.

This time of year is the only time I visit a surf/beach shop, or check them out online because surf brands have evolved stylistically to match the trends, while staying true to relaxed surf culture (and beach traveller budgets). Here are five trend based bikinis keeping the fabric vs dollars in check if you would prefer to spend your cash on an extra day of holiday.

Hover over the picture above for links (fancy) or take a look below.