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Do’s and Don’ts of Swimsuit Fashion After 50

(Last Updated On: September 6, 2019)

Swimsuit fashion, particularly after the age of 50, has not been of particular concern to me in the past. I’m average height and build, with not a lot of extra weight on my middle aged body. I liked the look of a modest 2-piece swimsuit so that’s what I would wear.

Having lived in South Florida for 12 years (until a few months ago) a bathing suit was a wardrobe staple. And, I had more than a few. Pool time was our main social activity when my husband and I would finish our work day.

Fast forward to today, where I am just about to celebrate my 64th birthday, and although I still look about the same as far as my weight is concerned, my body is no different than any other woman my age.

It wants to succumb to the call of gravity, and although I work hard at keeping the belly fat under control, the waistline seems to be diminishing. So, perhaps it’s time for me to adjust my bathing suit fashion perspective and move to a one piece swim suit.

And you know what? There are some really cool and interesting styles available in one piece suits, as I’m going to show you here. I figured if I was going to go swimsuit shopping, why don’t we all have a look? 🙂

Plus, if I’m going to shop for a bathing suit, let’s just put an entire style together for the pool or the beach. It’s more fun. And, from a functional standpoint, a bathing suit coverup provides some additional modesty for us when we don’t particularly want to sashay across the pool deck or beach in just our swimsuit.

I did my online shopping through Amazon.com, a source that offers just about any style, color, size and price point. And, if you are a Prime Wardrobe shopper, try before you buy!

If you see a bathing suit or other piece that you like, keep in mind that most of these suggestions are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

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Do's and Don'ts of Swimsuit Fashion After 50 including stylish ensembles for the pool or beach.

SWIMSUIT LOOK #1: If you want to show off your cleavage but still maintain some discretion, this one-piece may be the perfect solution, with a center slit of mesh fabric to offer just a peek. I love the neckline, too, as it’s a feminine look without exposing your entire chest

Pair this suit with a colorful, open fringed coverup, floppy hat, stylish sandals and a beach bag that looks like it was made for the outfit. Great find!

Swimsuit | Coverup | Hat | Beach Bag | Sandals

Bathing suits for women over 50 and over 60

SWIMSUIT LOOK #2: The halter top, retro style look of this swimsuit is an eye-catching style for sure. I love the gauze sarong style wrap and pretty sandals with it.

The navy floppy hat and beach bag complete the look!

Swimsuit | Coverup | Hat | Beach Bag | Sandals

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Swimsuit Fashion After 50
Do’s and Don’ts

Swimsuit fashion after the age of 50 is much like any other fashion styles…it’s really up to you and how comfortable and confident you are with your body.

Having said that, I’ll give my personal perspective on the subject of beach and pool attire:

DO:

  • Try to remember that everyone is not paying as much attention to your flaws and imperfections as you are. They are probably just as concerned about their own body image.
  • Consider purchasing a new swimsuit if yours is more than a few years old, particularly if it has gotten some use. The fabric can wear thin in places you might not see, but others can. (I know this…it happened to me!)
  • Make sure your swimsuit fits correctly, particularly in the bust. If you’re sagging down to your belly button it will definitely put you in the ‘Grandma’ club.
  • Shop for bathing suits that offer tummy control if you want some extra support around the middle.
  • Find a bathing suit that you L-O-V-E-! You will feel great and exude confidence.

DON’T:

  • Let someone talk you into buying a swimsuit that you are not comfortable wearing, because guest what? You’ll never wear it.
  • Try to look like your 20-year-old self again. It will probably result in poor purchase decisions and a look that is not flattering.
  • Wait until you reach that ‘perfect’ weight to buy a swimsuit and enjoy some outdoor time. Instead, shop for a suit that will flatter you and give you confidence with your current body image. Go have some fun.

Swimsuits don’t have to be a matching set. Swim shorts and a coordinating tank or short sleeved water friendly top with built in bra can be a creative way to wear a bathing suit with confidence.

Navy blue shirred front one piece swimsuit for women over 50. A beautiful ensemble.

SWIMSUIT LOOK #3: Navy blue is such a smart color, don’t you think? Always stylish, and this simple one piece bathing suit with shirred front (including tummy control) will look good on just about any figure.

Add color and pretty pattern with the kimono style cover up, flower petal sandals, beach bag and adorable cloche style hat. Such a pretty and feminine look!

Swimsuit | Coverup | Hat | Beach bag | Sandals

One shoulder look of this ruffled bodice swimsuit may be the perfect look for you!

SWIMSUIT LOOK #4: If you like some drama with your style, this one shoulder ruffled bodice swimsuit might be the perfect choice.

Add the colorful, tropical fabric of the sarong style wrap, simple flip flops, functional straw beach bag and a foldable crochet look hat and you’ll be stylin’ at the beach!

Swimsuit | Coverup | Hat | Beach Bag | Sandals

Two piece ruffled top with high waist bottom are a style catching duo for your swimsuit attire.

SWIMSUIT LOOK #5: Okay, I know this is a 2-piece bathing suit, but I just loved it so had to add it to the suggestions! If you have a smaller bust and a relatively proportionate figure type, this could be a really cute and youthful option. The high waist of the bottom is key to the style working for us after 50.

The fringed coverup and fedora style hat go well with the vibe of the suit. Add the straw bag and simple black sandals and you’re ready to go!

Swimsuit | Coverup | Beach Bag | Hat | Sandals

Pssst…want to do something about that belly fat? I’ve got a plan…

More Swimsuit Style Suggestions for Women Over 50

We all are unique, and as such our body shapes and preferences are also unique to us. What works for some women will not be the choice for others.

Here are some additional options for us, or any women who wants a look that is flattering but also modest:

Modest and flattering swimsuits for women over 50

Option #1: A capri style bottom will provide more coverage and still allow for swim time, as this two piece bathing suit is constructed for the beach or pool.

Option 2: If you are more comfortable covering up entirely, there are some very pretty and feminine options in swimdresses.

Option 3: The tankini is also a style that offers additional coverage, like this style with a skirted bottom. Selecting a bottom that is not a bikini cut is the key…unless that is what you’re looking for…if so, go for it!

Whatever you choose to wear in a bathing suit, just make sure it fits you well, expresses your own personal style and gives you confidence. After all, you’re beautiful just as you are!

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Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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9 COMMENTS

  • Carly

    These are such great suggestions. I have a few curves, so coverage is key for my comfort in public. I love the navy as a color choice. My current one has a longer fitted skirt in black and a colorful top. I love it!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, Carly, I like the sound of your suit with the longer, fitted skirt!

  • Sarah

    Great tips. I’ve honestly never given much thought on bathing suit fashion, but then again, where I live, bathing suits are a rare thing to wear unless we go on vacation somewhere.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Sarah, I know that some climates are not conducive to swimwear, so I appreciate you stopping in for a read. Who knows…maybe one day these tips will come in handy. 🙂

  • Hi Candi, this is one area that I have no confidence in. Although I live in Queensland, Australia with beautiful beaches I am very self-conscious wearing a swimsuit. There are some great designs though and I love a wrap so I don’t feel quite so exposed! You have put together some lovely designs suitable for all shapes and sizes. We are heading into Winter here but it is so mild you can still go swimming. 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Sue, swimsuits make us feel exposed (and we are!) so it’s something that many women lack confidence in, myself included. We have nowhere to hide our physical flaws…but everyone else on the beach or at the pool is doing the same thing, and they probably don’t even notice us. A wrap or coverup is always good to have handy!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      And, by the way, I’m jealous of your ability to swim year round…I am really missing that now that I’ve moved!

  • Candi, I like the way you put together a whole “look” instead of just showing the swimsuits. Whatever swimsuit I wear, I like to put on a long-sleeved rash guard for sun protection.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks, Jean, I do the same thing! I think it helps to show how a swimsuit can become part of a complete beach outfit, too. 🙂

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