Two Piece Swimsuits for Older Women Over 40, 50 & 60 (Updated)
by Tina Boomerina (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... though I did not consider myself to be a cougar and I certainly did not fit the stereotype).
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.
Two-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
After 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 Suits
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.
Mix and Match Swimsuits for Women
One fun thing that you can do with two-piece suits or tankinis is to mix and match prints in the tops and the bottoms. That way you can play around with the hot, mix-and-match trend of 2011, and you can balance your proportions by using the wildest pattern on the smallest part of your body.
According to my fashionista daughter, that’s what the "in crowd" does in LA. And, if you are wearing a one-piece swimsuit, you can get this same boho hippie-chic look by mixing and matching patterns in your swimsuits and pareos or sarongs.
Should You Wear a Two-Piece Bathing Suit if You're Older?
If you are unsure if you really can get away with wearing a two-piece swimsuit, there are two things that will help you make the determination:
- Have a friend take some pictures of you from the front and the back. If you start laughing or crying when you see yourself, you know that you need a one-piece or a two-piece that’s cut differently.
- Ask your daughter or a five-year-old girl. Either of them will tell you the truth.
Don’t you dare be afraid to "show off" if you have a killer body. As long as your look is elegant and sexy, as opposed to desperate and sexy, you should wear what looks good on you.
(PS. I turned down the 29-year-old guy after telling him how flattered I was. Instead, I went out with a new guy from an online dating site and we married a year later.)
You might be able to find something similar at the same websites... see photo credits to locate stores.
More Articles for Boomer Women:
Photo Credits: Prshots.com. (Unfortunately, these swimsuits are from prior seasons. Fortunately, the websites often carry swimsuits that are similar to styles from prior seasons.)
- Main Photo: Fifty Plus (2012).
- Orange Underwire Bikini: New Look (2015).
- Look for Swimsuit Tops With Support: Simply Be, Simply Be, BouxAvenueUK, New Look, Accessorize, B.H.S. (try Marisota or Simply Be in the US), New Look, B.H.S., M and Co (2015).
- High Waist Bikini Swimsuits: Marisota plus size (black), DebenhamsUK (dots), M and Co (leopard), South Beach Official, South Beach Official (2015).
- Plus Size Tankinis Are My Favorites: Marisota, Simply Be (2015).
- Sexy Bikinis With More Coverage: New Look, South Beach Official, New Look, New Look (2015).
- Sorry, Swimsuits No Longer Available: Many women have asked about these, so I thought I'd tell you where they were from in case these stores have something similar. Marisota, LittlewoodsEI, Heatons, Bonmarche, LittlewoodsEI (2012/2013). All of the other photos show current swimsuits for spring/summer 2015.
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