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 full-coverage, knee-length swimdress. I find this to be absurd. No one’s stopping the legions of old dudes wearing speedos that accentuate their beer bellies.
You might not have the same body you had 20 years ago. And neither do the dudes in the speedos. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop being fabulous when you hit the beach.
The goal isn’t to look younger, either! You’ve earned every wrinkle and every lump. And you can show those badges off in whatever way you see fit. But if confidence is holding you back from being your sexiest self, then it’s time to boost it with a few stylistic conventions.
Here are six great, sexy, swimsuit styles for older women that’ll have you counting the days until summer.
Six Great Swimsuits for Older Women
1. Bold Prints
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. Bright Colors
If you’re pasty, please, please stay away from black. If you’re pasty and you have, definitely avoid black. Why? For pale skin, the color black is the color that most contrasts with your skin. And if your skin has imperfections, then all that contrast will highlight those issues.
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 trouble spots. Side ruching is especially great if you have love handles. Front ruching is fabulous for camouflaging the lower belly.
4. The New Floral Swimsuit
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 supportive neckline (translate: no tiny straps) and you have a knock out suit for the beach.
5. The Bikini
Yes, you can wear a bikini after 40. 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/or with underwire. This’ll provide a bit more support and the extra “push” you need to keep your girls in place. And if you need more control in the tummy area, find a bikini with a higher waist bottom.
6. The Halter Beach Bombshell
The halter swimsuit isn’t anything new — it’s been around since Ester Williams first hit the pool. But this 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 also creating the illusion of extra curves.
This post was updated in January, 2019.