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Take Your Trend to the Beach: Swimsuits Follow Fashion Trends


cute print swimsuit for fat women

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Actually, I love to shop for bathing suit coverups and summery sundresses and beachy maxi dresses. That part is fun. However, I can't go into the pool in a long coverup because I would probably drown. Therefore, the logic of buying a bathing suit is absolute.

In my head, I know that my beautiful old swimsuit has seen better days, but in my heart, I'm afraid to try on swimsuits even in my own bedroom... so you can imagine how much I want to wear a swimsuit out in public. Eeek.

black and white summer dresses, sun hats, bathing suits

Monochrome or Color Block Swimsuits and Beachwear

Okay, black and white clothing is something that I never wear. It just doesn't seem to look good on me. I can wear black. I can wear white. But, black and white together just isn't my thing. It took me ages to figure this out. For some reason, I keep looking at the black and white in the girl's outfit on the left and wanting to add something bright to her outfit, like a bright red clutch or a red hat. Black and white clothing goes against my nature. If you're the kind of chick who can wear really, really strong reds and crayola colors... then monochrome is probably a happy trend for you

And, lots of women can wear this monochromatic style and look fabulous. But, those women probably would not look good in the colors I can wear.  Or, maybe they would look fabulous in my pinks and blues and greens and I would just cry because they look good in everything.

Okay, it's not that bad. I won't cry. I have you here to help me feel pretty even when I'm not. But, I could look a hell of a lot worse for 60-freaking-years-old. (I just want a face lift and I'm scared to do it. And, I want a new body that isn't all puffed up.) But, I'll just call one of my friends, and she can talk me through this. Or... I'll drink a glass of wine. Nope, I'm kinda allergic to alcohol. Oh well. I'm a big girl. If all the other 60-year-olds can do this, so can I.

vintage style retro bathing suit swimwear
Retro 50s Fashion for Beach or Pool

Tons of women look good in the neato, retro fashion shown in the picture above. Doesn't this remind you of something that Audrey Hepburn would wear? Oh, I left the big hat off the photo. It seems like Audrey always wore a large hat. Well, you'll have to figure out the rest of the accessories on your own.

asian floral swimsuit

Asian Style Prints for Beachwear

Because I grew up on the West Coast and in Hawaii, I truly love Asian-style prints and patterns. In the UK, this style is called Oriental. In France, it is Chinoiserie. But, it can also be a dreamy, floaty floral print like the style seen on Kimonos from Japan or Korea... and probably other Asian countries, but I don't know if they call their robes Kimono.

Yes, I know there's a good chance I can find a kimono-print swimsuit that's not too bright, not too muted, but jusssssst right. I'm as fussy as Goldilocks, but not quite as bad as the bratty princess in the Princess and the Pea.

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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. Heather

    Hi there.
    I was just wondering the brand of the turquoise one-peice swimsuit?
    It is cute and will see if I can still find it somewhere.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Heather, if you mean the colorful turquoise suit in the main photo, it's from Fifty Plus (I think it's fiftyplus.co.uk) but they also sell some stuff in the US. I'm blanking on the name of the website, but if I think of it, I'll put the name here.

      Unfortunately, the suit is from last season, so I don't know if they have it at this point. If I remember more, I'll leave a message. Try the UK site and see if they have it and if they ship to the US. A zillion sites have started shipping to American/international, which is great because now we can get cute European/UK styles.

      Tina Boomerina

  2. Denise Garbacz

    Tina wear can I buy the fifty plus vintage flapper dress you have in the feature article cruising ?

  3. Tina-Boomerina

    Hi Denise,

    Fifty Plus is a UK company, but I'll see if they still have the dress or if is sold in the US. I'm assuming two things: You live in the states. You're talking about this dress in the main photo of this article: http://boomerinas.com/2013/04/14/what-to-wear-for-cruise-dinners-formal-nights/

    I want you to know that I wrote that article quite a while ago, but I think they may still carry that dress. I'll post the info here and I'll email you once I figure it out.


    Tina Boomerina

    • Tina-Boomerina


      If I have the right dress, it's by Joanna Hope and you can find it on Marisota.com in the US. The only bummer is that it's almost sold out, so I'm going to email you right now with the link. It's a great plus-sized dress and it would rock at a wedding or on a cruise because the beading works a bit like camouflage.

      I don't know what it looks like on, but it's very Gastby-esque in style.


  4. Laveta

    I am 52 and looking for beachwear for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. I am a 22-24 and also need to know how fast could it arrive

  5. Carrie

    Looking for who makes the mod blue suit with white bow. Where can I find it?

  6. Tina-Boomerina

    The black and white color-block swimsuit is here: http://fave.co/14XZPMW

  7. Nancy Przychowicz

    Where can I find the black and white polka dot swimdress with white bow you have featured?