Runway Looks for Less: Swimsuit Edition

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swimwear at Suno, Norma Kamali, Philosophy and Emilio Pucci Resort 2012

(L to R) Suno, Norma Kamali, Philosophy and Emilio Pucci Resort 2012 | ELLE

Bathing suits are practically synonymous with summer, and when it comes to swimwear inspiration, there's no better place to look than the runway. For their resort collections, designers play with unique, fun and fashion-forward swimwear combinations that are sure to make a statement.

So if you're looking for a runway-worthy ensemble to rock poolside this summer, you've come to the right place. We've created three lower-priced swimwear looks inspired by three different Resort 2012 collections -- Alice + Olivia, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Milly by Michelle Smith. Simply scroll on down to check 'em out!

1. Mix and Match

Alice + Olivia Resort 2012

Alice + Olivia Resort 2012 | ELLE

CF favorite Alice + Olivia took glam to a whole new level with this look, which paired bold stripes with a feminine and colorful floral swimsuit. The sheer striped caftan and matching oversized sun hat kept the look fashion-forward, while cat-eye sunglasses leant a retro vibe. For the finishing touch, designer Stacey Bendet added a pair of chic amethyst-colored platform sandals.

Get the Look:

RRL swimsuit edition look inspired by alice + olivia resort 2012

Product Info: Swimsuit- ASOS, Hat- Forever 21, Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters, Sandals- Piperlime, Cover Up- ASOS

Recreate this look by pairing a floral one-piece swimsuit with a bold, yet modern striped caftan. Accessorize with a floppy sun hat and shimmering cat-eye shades, which are not only stylish, but help protect you from damaging UV rays. Add some punchy fuchsia wedges for a flirty and fun look.

2. Neon + Neutrals

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2012

Zero + Maria Cornejo Resort 2012 | ELLE

For something a little more low-key, look no further than this bikini/cover-up combo from Zero + Maria Cornejo. This look featured a trendy neon swimsuit paired with a lightweight, neutral-colored tunic. The contrasting coral tote added another pop of color, while taupe booties gave some fashion-forward flair.

Get the Look:

RRL swimsuit edition look inspired by zero + maria cornejo resort 2012

Product Info: Swimsuit- Old Navy, Cover Up- Roxy, Bag- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- DSW

For this look, start with a simple, yet stylish neon orange bikini -- this one, from Old Navy, has the same shape as the one form Maria Cornejo, but for a fraction of the price. Add a lightweight crochet cover-up and neutral-colored slingback espadrilles to balance the neon hues. Finally, accessorize with a bright coral-colored Baggu tote, which makes a fantastic waterproof beach bag.

3. Uniquely Preppy

Milly by Michelle Smith Resort 2012

Milly by Michelle Smith Resort 2012 | ELLE

Designer Michelle Smith created this youthful and preppy look for her Milly line, which featured a fun floral print swimsuit paired with a matching drawstring handbag. A green cardigan acted as a unique and stylish cover-up, while round sunglasses made a bold statement.

Get the Look:

RRL swimsuit edition look inspired by milly resort 2012

Product Info: Swimsuit- Charlotte Ronson, Cardigan- Nordstrom, Sunglasses- Mango, Shoes- DSW, Bracelet- Tilly's, Bag- Roxy

While wearing a cardigan as a swimsuit cover-up seems a little unconventional, we think it would be a great option for hanging on the beach after sunset, making this the perfect day-to-night swimwear look. Pair the cardigan with a pretty floral string bikini and add a pair of brown t-strap sandals. Next, accessorize with a few stacked bracelets and some sleek round sunglasses. Then just grab a roomy drawstring bag and you'll have an adorable and stylish beachside ensemble.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these looks? Which one is your favorite? Would you wear any of these outfits to the pool or beach? Which designers would you like to see featured here next? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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