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Two Piece Swimsuits for Older Women Over 40, 50 & 60

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by Christina Gregoire

Yes. There are two-piece swimsuits for older women over 40 or 50 that don't look childish or trashy. If you have the body, they've got the bathing suits.

I want to apologize for implying that women over 40 (or 50 or 60) are old, because they’re not. I had a 29-year-old guy ask me out, when I was 51. In that instance, I was an older woman (cougar style). Anyway, there are some great two-piece swimsuits for "older women". Unfortunately, few chicks over 40 can get away with tiny bikinis. Demi Moore is one of the few.

bikini for women over 40, 50, 60 - can a woman wear a bikiniTwo-Piece Swimsuits for Older Women Over 40 or 50

The type of suit that you can wear (and not look silly) depends upon what kind of shape your body is in, as well as the birth date on your driver’s license. (Maybe, I should rephrase that. When I lived in California, the license-renewal form asked, “Is this the same date of birth used on your last driver’s license?”)

Back to the point, if you have a cute, toned body and you are not so old that your skin is wrinkling and sagging all over, you can most certainly wear a two-piece bathing suit, as long as it gives you reasonably decent coverage.

On the other hand, just because you can wriggle into a bikini, it doesn't mean you should.

Older Women Can Wear Two-Piece Swimsuits

swimsuits for older women bathing suitsAfter I remarried, I was 52 and thin, and I looked respectable in a two-piece. Now, at 58, after taking a medication that bumped my weight up 30 pounds (but saved my eyesight), I would not wear a regular two-piece swimsuit for all the tea in China. However, I love two-piece tankinis because they are often easier to fit than one-piece suits. Well, here are a few key elements that you should consider when trying on a two-piece bathing suit.

Two-Piece Swimsuit With Support

Good breast support is imperative because the bra-style top attracts more attention to your breasts and where they hang upon your chest.  If you do not have good support, you could end up with breast cleavage below your bra top. Also, wearing a bra top increases the chance that people will notice any natural sagging. So, unless you are flat chested, you should look for a swimsuit top that has underwires and/or a wide band below the breasts.  Note: If the top doesn't cover your breasts, send it back before you accidentally put it on and wear it in public.

Proper Fit for the Bottom Half

With a two-piece bathing suit, you have to be careful about where the suit-bottom hits your middle. A little bit of muffin top is not the end of the world, but sometimes the elastic hits you at the worst of all possible places and pushes out your love handles. A good swimsuit, that’s not too tight, should leave your body looking sleek. You can also find a two-piece swimsuit with a skirt, if your upper half is great, but your bottom half needs a little help.

Back Fat With Two-Piece Bathing Suitscan a plus size woman wear a bikini?

Wearing a two-piece swimsuit adds another place where fat can bulge out. The band in the back is just like a bra. Unless the fit is correct, you can end up with extra bulges of back fat.

Right Size Top or Bottom

When the top and bottom of a bathing suit are sold separately, you have the luxury of picking out a different size (or style) for each piece. You should be able to get a better fit with a two-piece swimsuit, giving you ample room in the chest or derriere, wherever you need it.

Always check out your swimsuit from all angles. It's not enough that you look good from the front.

Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit

I am at the stage in my life where a bikini or any regular two-piece looks bad on me. Well, does that keep me from having a bit of fun at Kaanapali? Hell, no. Finding a good swimsuit for myself is emotionally difficult at this point in my life because, when I was in my twenties, I looked better in my little triangle-top bikini than in anything else in the world. But, other things in my life have made up for it. C’est la vie.

Now, I wear a one-piece swimsuit or a two-piece tankini. The trick with a tankini is to have high-top bottoms (unless you’re a teenager) so that it looks like you’re wearing a one-piece swimsuit. My tankini bottoms come up to my navel (or higher). God forbid that any of my shark-bait, Haole-white stomach might ever be exposed. (article continues

Keep reading about bikinis and 2-piece swimsuits for older women on page two.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. France Rydberg

    Thanks--you made me laugh during a rather frustrating internet ride for a swim suit this year---which will cover up an additional 25lbs. over last year--oh well I'm 60 and I'm still going to swim and have fun.......like everyone can with summer..it's the increased wisdom that added the weight....(smile)...glad to have this sight for humor's sake....it goes well with a headache.

  2. Christina Gregoire

    Good God, France...you're right! It's the increased wisdom that's making us weigh more. You are an absolute genius. And, all this time I thought it was the jelly beans. France, you have enlightened us beyond our wildest dreams.

  3. becca

    Thanks! I am 50 and have struggled with losing too much weight in recent years. I am ashamed of how thin and bony I have become ( = 0 curves or breasts!) However, I can still rock a bikini in my emaciated state, so I guess I should not rule it out while I still can. Because after having 3 kids, I know how much a body can change over time! And who know what shape I will be next?!

    • Tina


      If you look good in a bikini, wear it.

      However, when you say you have struggled, I hope you don't mean that you are losing too much weight... I hope you aren't anorexic. Please, don't lose a ton of weight on purpose to the point where you are not healthy - because your kids need you!

      As long as your doctor doesn't think you are too skinny, you should be happy that you look good in everything you wear.

      Be happy. I wish I were thin again. I would wear a teeny-weeny bikini.

      Tina Boomerina

  4. Doni Kernan

    Where can I find the swimsuits you have pictured? I'm 57 but still in pretty good shape and would like to find 2 piece swimsuits but with a higher waist bottom. One piece suits tend to cut me in the shoulders no matter what size.
    thank you!

    • Tina


      If you're in the UK, that's where most of these swimsuits are from. If you mouseover the photos (place your cursor over the pic), the photo credit will pop up. If you're in the US/North America, you might be able to have these suits shipped, however... this article was written a while back and I'm not sure if these exact suits are still available. I will contact you by email.


  5. Nancy

    I love the blue 2 piece suit at the beginning of your article but can't get the photo credit/ brand to appear. Do you know the designer/brand or wherein might be found?
    Thank you!

  6. Tina


    I'm sorry to say that is from Fifty Plus (in the UK) from last year. Hopefully, some manufacturer will see your comment and come up with a newer version of the same thing.

  7. SwimsuitsDirect.com

    Great stuff we at SwimsuitsDirect.com actually just came out with a similar post that you might be interested in


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