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Of the many things forced upon women as we get older, is this belief that once you reach a certain again, you must start wearing swimsuits that look like waterproof muumuus or the worst creation since the “slanket”, the swimdress. I find this to be absurd. No one’s stopping the legions of old dudes wearing speedos and beer bellies.
You might not have the same body you had 20 years ago (neither do the dudes in the speedos), but that doesn’t mean you have to stop being fabulous when hit the beach. The goal isn’t to look younger- you’ve earned every wrinkle, every lump- but for you to maintain your sexy at the age your at. So, here’s six great, sexy, swimsuit styles for older women that help you accomplish that goal.
Six Great Swimsuits for Older Women
1. Bold Prints
ASOS CURVE Swimsuit In Monochrome Feather Print, $60.97 from ASOS
If you have any sort of “situation” going on in your middle section, then prints are your friends. You see, your brain is always trying to make sense of the world and recognize and make sense of patterns. It’s for this reason that bold prints are great because your “lumps and bumps” are camouflaged by your brains need to make patterns.
2. Look for Color
Women’s One-Shoulder 1-Piece Swimsuit, $39.99 from Target
If you’re pasty, please, please stay away from black. If you’re pasty AND have cellulite- RUN FROM BLACK SWIMSUITS. Why? For pasty people the color black is the color MOST in contrast with your skin. And if your skin has imperfections, then a swimsuit in the color that is most in contrast with your skin will highlight those issues.
3. Ruching: Our Friend
Beach to Beach Classic Swimsuit, $59.95 from Simply Be
It’s time for you to discover the power of ruching: strategically placed folds of fabric, usually found in the waist/tummy area of a piece of clothing, that help to conceal any “issues”. Side ruching is especially great if you have love handles and front ruching, like in the swimsuit shown above, is great if you have a lower belly issue.
4. The New Floral Swimsuit
Forbidden Fruit Swimsuit, $27.80 from Forever 21
For all that is good in the world, please throw out that spandex “floral” swimsuit you’ve had for the past 20 years. Yes, the one with the hot pink/bright blue/lime green printed flowers on a black background. The new floral swimsuit, is, well, floral. The updated patterns are on a variety of backgrounds, with prints that are modern. Combine the print with a halter (again extra support) and our friend, ruching, and you have a knock out suit for the beach.
5. The Bikini
ASOS CURVE ’50s Halter Bikini Top, $26.68 from ASOS
Yes, you can wear a bikini after 40. Let that sink in for a moment. Spend some time looking at the above photo of a 60+ Helen Mirren rocking the look. Let that sink in for a moment. Now, that we’ve convinced you that you can still wear your bikini, here’s a few tips. Opt for a bikini in a halter style (and with underwire if possible) to offer you a bit more support and the extra “push” you need to keep your girls in place. Also opt for a bikini with a higher waist bottom if you have a bit of a pouch and need a bit more control.
6. The Halter Beach Bombshell
Halter One Piece, $34.99 from Victoria’s Secret
The halter swimsuit isn’t anything new, it’s been around since Ester Williams first hit the pool. However, the style has made a resurgence in recent years as a sexy alternative to the traditional one piece swimsuit. The straps, which usually tie behind your neck, give your bustline the extra “push” it needs to stay perky, while creating the illusion of extra curves.