Six Great Swimsuits for Older Women

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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 PrintASOS 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 SwimsuitWomen’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 SwimsuitBeach 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 SwimsuitForbidden 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 TopASOS 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.

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  • Loretta

    I am 60. I have tried tankini’s. Boy short styles, etc. I recently purchased a one piece. I tried it on in the store and thought it might work, but after again trying it on at home realized that it did not fit my short torso as well as it should, It created all kinds of wrinkles making me look larger than I am.. I did not want to return it because I fell in love with the colorful design, so I preceded to take it apart under the bust and make it shorter. I stood in front of the mirror ready to pin the two sections back prior to sewing, and then realized, hey, this would look so much better as a two piece than the one piece. My daughter kept telling me that I looked better in a two piece but I didn’t believe her, cause look how old I am. The mirror showed me different. Anyway, I got on here researching different styles to turn the bottom piece into and was disgusted at all of the 1 pieces shown. Why is it that just because you are over 40, 50 or 60 you automatically have to cover up? Not every style swimsuit “suits” everybody on age alone. You have to look at body length, shape, color, etc.

  • Jill K

    Go easy on Catherine! She is a blogger providing a great service. She needs to use “stock” photography for her images. Photo shoots cost anywhere from $5k to 50k or more! (I am in the industry so I know). Keep up the great blog!

    Jill – age 45

    • Mamajana

      I agree, Jill. The young models were off-putting at first, but I believe Catherine is doing the best she can. Bloggers have to work with what’s available.

  • Nelvia

    Why. A 1000 women asked you to use more mature women in swimsuits. What part of that statement do you not understand. OMG

    • Catherine

      I appreciate and understand the feedback. This problem is an industry one — it’s nearly impossible to find product images with mature models. I could use some photos of Helen Mirren in a swimsuit, for example, but the suit she’s wearing in it wouldn’t be available for you to purchase at a budget price or at a local store. I’m of the mind that it’s better to cover the topic than not, even if the images aren’t what they should be. But I understand if you don’t agree.

      • Linda Beam

        Are you saying that there are no “regular women” models? Just go out on the street and take your pick! Surely you can train a regular woman to pose as you wish!

      • Catherine

        No, not at all. It’s more that the available photos do not generally feature regular women models. Unfortunately, full custom photo shoots are beyond the means of most bloggers.

      • Mamajana

        Where’s the Helen Mirren picture?

      • Catherine
    • pat

      you are soooooo right…….who are they trying to kid ? if yyou are are trying to appeal to we more mature women lplease stop with the young models dont you have any coomon sense when tryibg to appeal to a captive clientale?

  • Cynthia

    One more insult to older women and models who one day will understand we are WOMEN not sexual objects.

  • Teresa

    You’ll never be convincing until you use real people of appropriate ages. The article even mentions Helen Mirren as a model, but shows a young woman instead. Come on!

  • Nina

    PLEASE STOP USING YOUNG MODELS!
    We want to see what the clothes, the bathing suits look on women our ages and shapes. Use both thin and full figure 60 year old models, PLEASE

    • Priya

      yeah im not over 60 but it is kinda annoying that they use young models cause im trying to encourage my mom to wear bikinis and fashionable swim wear but she keeps on saying it only looks good on them because they look young…

    • Lulu

      Agree. Use older woman but not necessarily overweight women like the models. Women with sagging busts, bellies and knees.

  • Terry

    These suits are wonderful, but ignore one of the biggest problems older women have with swimsuits–bust support! What we really need are these wonderful swimsuits with underwire and/or bra sizing! Please! Please!