Bathing suits for women over 50 could be a challenge. In fact, shopping for bathing suits is always one of the most difficult things to do for women!
Let’s face it – it’s difficult at ANY age. Most of us feel somewhat self-conscious about some part of our body, when we are wearing the bare minimum in swimming suit season. Of course, as we age, selecting a flattering bathing suit over 50 becomes even more challenging.
You want to look/feel age appropriate and whether we want to admit it or not, our bodies aren’t the same as they were in our teens. In essence, as we age, many of us begin to want to cover up a bit more when wearing a bathing suit.
Don’t get us wrong though, if you want to wear a string bikini by all means – rock it! We’re not here to talk about the negatives though, because we know bathing suit shopping is such a struggle for so many women we’re sharing some of our go-to tips to help all our women over 50 look and feel great in bathing suits.
These tricks will help you look modern, youthful, and sophisticated in your bathing suit, helping you to feel extra confident.
Try an Interesting Neckline
More often than not, women over 50 prefer to wear a one piece bathing suit.
The good news is one piece bathing suits have gotten a major upgrade over the past few years. In fact, one pieces are a big trend for women of all ages. This is good news because it means there are more options than ever before.
Instead of sticking with the standard one piece silhouette, we suggest giving interesting necklines a try.
Think something like a one shoulder silhouette or halter one piece. The reason these interesting necklines are flattering for women over 50 is because it gives a bathing suit a more modern aesthetic. Not to mention, these updated necklines give a subtle sexiness to a bathing suit without showing too much skin.
Another reason necklines like a one shoulder or halter can be a great alternative to the traditional straps is the added support. Ever feel like you’re sort of spilling out of the top of your bathing suit? We know first-hand how frustrating that can be. With these different types of necklines you’re able to get some additional support and prevent some of that ‘spilling’ that can happen.
Opt for a Structured Tankini
Tankinis are a popular bathing suit style for many women. If a one piece isn’t really your thing, a tankini provides more coverage than a bikini, but many find them more comfortable than a classic one piece. Sound familiar?
If you’re a tankini kind of woman there’s a few things to keep in mind when selecting this type of bathing suit so it’s figure flattering.
First of all, avoid tankini tops that are really square in their silhouette. Similar to the way boxy shirts and dresses make us look, well…boxy. A tankini top that has a boxy silhouette isn’t going to be very figure flattering – no matter what your personal body shape is.
As an alternative, opt for a tankini top that has some shape to it. Some examples can be a tankini that has ties on each side that can create a rouching type of effect.
Another alternative can be a tankini that has a tie in the front. Essentially, you want to look for a tankini top that has some details to it that help flatter your figure rather than hide it.
Flatter Your Midsection
As women, we’re all extremely hard on ourselves. One of the most common ‘concerns’ we hear from women over 50 when selecting a bathing suit is their desire to mask or flatter their midsection.
We get it ladies, the midsection is an area many women struggle to feel super confident about and when wearing a bathing suit it can often feel like there’s no easy or stylish way to flatter it. However, there ARE a few ways you can go about flattering your midsection in a way that’s actually stylish!
One bathing suit style to consider is a one piece that has a ruching effect around the entire midsection area. Ruching is great for flattering a midsection because it creates the illusion of camouflaging the lumps and bumps many of us don’t want on display in a bathing suit. Not to mention, ruching tends to be an incredibly slimming effect when applied to a bathing suit. Double win!
Another option to flatter your midsection can be with a corset style bathing suit.
Don’t panic! What we mean by this is a bathing suit that offers some seams and a bit more structure around the midsection, creating a corset-like look.
The reason this is flattering to the midsection is because it adds more structure to the area and holds everything into place more than a traditional bathing suit would. When there are seams in the front of a one piece bathing suit like this it also helps to enhance your shape and creates the illusion of curves.
Many women over 50 naturally gravitate towards bathing suits that don’t offer much shape or natural silhouette, instead opting for shapeless bathing suits. The problem with this is many of those types of bathing suits, while they ‘cover’ your body, can cause you to look matronly in a negative way. Choosing suits with more shape to them creates a much more youthful, modern affect.
For women over 50, color blocking bathing suits are one of the best ways to minimize your midriffs.
Here is the general rule of thumb.
Whether you are choosing one piece or separates, make sure the top has prints or bright colors and the bottom have dark color. That will draw more attention to your top, while distracting away from your midriffs.
Later in this post, I will give you the top 10 recommendations of best bathing suits for mature women, and you will notice the majority are color blocking swimsuits, which is exactly for this reason.
Support Your Chest
Another common concern we hear from women over 50, in regards to your body and wearing bathing suits, is sagging boobs. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that happens over time, it’s part of life! We know it’s a big struggle when shopping for bathing suits specifically, however, because it can be difficult to find options that provide adequate support for your chest. If this is a struggle for you with bathing suits, you’re going to want to choose a style that offers additional support in that area.
There are a couple of different ways you can go about getting added chest support in a bathing suit, fortunately.
One way is to choose a style with underwire built into the bathing suit. Woohoo! We don’t know about you but the idea of underwire in a bathing suit is music to our ears for this struggle. Just like the way underwire provides support in a bra, it does the same thing when it’s added to a bathing suit.
Another option to support your chest is with a halter style bathing suit. When a bathing suit ties behind your neck, it gives you the option to adjust the support and cater to your own needs in that way.
Aside from those attributes in a bathing suit, we also recommend women over 50 opting for styles that have padding. Don’t get us wrong, you don’t need a bathing suit with a crazy amount of padding in the bra but just a bit will help give you additional support and provides a more flattering aesthetic.
Choose Prints Wisely
We don’t have to tell you bathing suits come in a wide range of colors, prints and textures. It often seems as though there’s limitless options out there. For our women over 50 we suggest selecting bathing suits with prints wisely.
This isn’t to say that you can’t wear any bathing suit with a print on it, but the problem with some printed suits is they can make a bathing suit look dowdy or matronly. Instead, make sure the bathing suits you’re selecting for yourself are minimal in over the top prints.
Solid colors and just small touches of prints in a bathing suit often looks much more modern and sophisticated, particularly for our women over 50.
Utilize Stylish Cover Ups
Gone are the days of wearing a moo-moo style cover up over your bathing suit. Seriously! We know it’s tempting when you’re over 50 to just throw on anything you can over your bathing suit to hide your body. In an effort to stay consistent with our previous tips and tricks, and to help you look modern and stylish in your bathing suits, we want to throw those shapeless cover ups to the side.
Instead, we want to encourage you to use stylish cover ups as a part of your overall bathing suit look. When you select a cover up that goes well with the style and aesthetic of your bathing suit it makes it easier to create a whole look – which lends itself to that modern, stylish feel.
Similar to the tips we shared above, keep figure flattery in mind when choosing a cover up to wear over your bathing suit. There are quite a few different style cover ups these days so know your body shape and keep it flattering! Look for details that create a waist/shape for your body when you wear it.
Opt for cover ups that look like they actually match your bathing suit. The great thing about making a cover up a part of your bathing suit look is it can add some additional coverage without completely changing the way you look in your suit. Instead, it makes it look like you have a cohesive outfit.
Top 10 Bathing Suits for Women Over 50
Now, you have all the tips you need to choose the best swimsuits for women over 50, here’s our picks for the season.
Amoressa skirted one piece
This one piece swimsuit is a great choice for women over 50 because of the simple but flattering silhouette. The wide waistband creates the illusion of waistline, for those of you concerned about midriffs and the skirt covers anything you do not want to show.
Tory Burch one piece
A structured swimsuit which is one of the best options for ladies over 50. The vertical lining is elongating and slimming, and the under wired cups provide sufficient support.
Summersalt one shoulder
An interesting neckline is your best friend, if you want to go with one piece suit. The color blocking makes it super flattering to ladies over 50 who want to minimize the belly.
Miraclesuit underwire one piece
Another swimsuit with smart color blocking design to highlight your assets (chest) and camouflage the belly area. Perfect choice for women over 50 who have full bust and mid section concern.
Magicsuit one piece
The polka dot is one of the hottest trends this season. This bathing suit captures what’s on trend but adds a vintage twist to it at the same time. Not to mention the solid bottom hides anyone who wants to distract from the belly.
Sealevel one piece
Beautiful print that adds a youthful vibe to the bathing suit for mature women! The wide straps provide ample support, a great option for those with full bust.
BLEU tankini top
This takini is a dream come true for mature women who want to minimize the midsection while showing off the assets of the full bust. The leopard print adds an edgy flavor to the takini, while the ruching and the dark color in the stomach area double the effect of slimming your waistline.
Magicsuit tankini top
You don’t have to just wear black swimsuits if you are over 50! This bright color takini looks youthful for anyone who is daring enough to experiment. This takini top is fitted but not skin tight, a perfect option for mature ladies who prefer a relaxed fit.
Profile by Gottex tummy control swimdress
This is a tummy control swim dress, a perfect option for ladies over 50. If you have big chest, the deep V neck cuts your chests in half, giving them a more balanced look. I especially love the textured look of this suit, which makes the one piece interesting and sophisticated. The skirted bottom is fun and girly (yes, it’s ok even if you are over 50!)
Lauren Ralph Lauren tummy control
This bathing suit with a vintage vibe has incorporated the latest design of tummy control, a heaven sent for mature ladies who want to look youthful while showing the best of your body.