Avoid spending a fortune on designer swimwear this summer with our High Street doubles


MAKE a splash by the pool without blowing your holiday budget.

Some designer brands charge hundreds of pounds for swimwear you might only wear a few times a year.

Don’t blow your budget when packing for your summer holidays with our High Street picks
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So CIGDEM TANRIOGLU has trawled the High Street for the best designer dupes – and she asked model Emily Richards, 27, from North West London, to compare the quality and fit and picks her winner.

But can you tell your high-end from your High Street? The answers are below.

1. Black one-shoulder

Designer £150, Haight – buy now

High Street: £15, boohoo.com – buy now

Saving: £135.

Emily says: “These look very similar but I prefer the more expensive version because it has thicker, more flattering fabric and feels more comfortable. The Boohoo version is a bargain but the top feels like it is sliding down.

“And the fabric on the bottoms keeps bunching up.”

Winner: Designer

2. Red Floral

Designer: £120, Ganni – buy now

High Street: £25.99, New Look – buy now

Saving: £94.01.

Emily says: “I can hardly tell the difference between these two, though the fabric on the designer version is slightly thicker and feels a bit nicer. They both feel really comfortable and the floral pattern is almost identical, so there really is no need to spend more on the designer one.”

Winner: High Street

3. Leopard print

Designer: £195, Fisch – buy now

High Street: Top, £20. Boux Avenue – buy now

Briefs, £16, Boux Avenue – buy now

Saving: £159.

Emily says: “The high street wins when it comes to this little number. I’m loving animal print at the moment and the cheaper style’s pattern looks a little more vibrant. The Boux Avenue version provides a bit more coverage in the bust and feels more comfortable when moving around. The designer version has elasticated straps that can’t be adjusted to suit you.”

Winner: High Street

4. Red scalloped edge

Designer: Bikini top, £150, Marysia – buy now

Briefs, £150, Marysia – buy now

High Street: Bikini set, £26, missyempire.com.

Saving: £274.

Emily says: “I can’t get over how similar these look. The expensive version is made from a much thicker fabric so feels like it would last.
“Plus the Marysia version is reversible. It can be worn with a red and white check, so you get two for the price of one.”

Winner: Designer

5. Polka dot bandeau

Designer: £379, Lisa Marie Fernandez. – buy now
High Street: Top, £30, figleaves.com – buy now

Briefs, £16, figleaves.com. – buy now
Saving: £333.
Emily says: “The cheaper version is hands-down the best thanks to its built-in cups, which offer way more support than the designer style, making it far more flattering.
“And buying the high street style means I have enough change to book a flight or two.”
Winner: High Street


How did you do?

The more expensive designer brand is . . .

1 – A, 2 – B, 3 – B, 4 – A, 5 – A.


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