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How to Look Chic in a Bathing Suit

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by Tina Boomerina's Daughter

You can sparkle brightest at the pool with your chic, focused style.  Add allure to your bathing suits with resort-style beach accessories, colors, prints, sunglasses and coverups.

How can you be the hottest thing at the pool while still looking chic? It’s a fine balance, which requires the eye of an artist, the poise of a princess, and a spritz of a good self-tanner.

Swimsuit Style

Everything starts with the bathing suit. If you are over 50 or chubby, you probably should wear a one-piece swimsuit or tankini.  Yes, there are women over 50 who can wear a bikini, but most of you will look more elegant in a one-piece.

Sparkling, sexy women in LA and Vegas are usually insanely young and skinny. However, you can be smarter and never bare it all, leaving something for the imagination.

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How to Look Good in a Swimsuit

Chic women depend on the high Lycra content in Miraclesuits and other expensive designer swimwear.  A good suit will constantly pull your garment back into a taut shape, giving your body a slimming nudge in the right direction.

Two-Piece Swimsuits

Mismatched two-piece swimsuits are in more fun. Matchy-matchy swim ensembles are out. This is great because it gives you many options. Here are a few ideas;

  • An expensive designer swim top paired with a cheap black (or whatever) bottom gives lots of bang for the buck.
  • You can exaggerate you bust with a hot-pink-and-white-striped top and downplay your big hips with any solid-colored bottom.
  • 3 different bikini tops (polka dots, flowers, stripes) and one solid bottom equals 3 different looks for less.
  • You can mix different prints, with sarongs and one-piece bathing suits, for the same hip, casual feeling.
  • Feel free to mix paisleys with florals for a groovy boho look.

Perfect Two-Piece Bathing Suit

The best swimsuit bottom has side ties. String ties are great because they:

  • Make thighs look smaller from the side.
  • Draw attention away from tummies.
  • Make large hips (and small hips) look sexy.

A perfect swim top has a tie between the breasts. This helps customize the fit and draws the eyes to the bust.

Good Colors for Swimsuits

Black swimsuits are always chic with a tan (or a self-tanner). You can add a pop of color with yellow sandals and a perfect, bright pedicure.  Here are other hot swimwear colors that I like:

  • Blue
  • Blue on Blue
  • Red (It makes the heart beat faster and is always sexy.)
  • Hot Pink
  • White (with a tan)

Before taking the tags off a white swimsuit, spray a tiny bit of water on it and check to see if your hand shows through from the other side. White should have a double layer in all strategic areas.

Wide Brim Sun Hats

Big hats make you look skinnier. The same is true of big sunglasses. This sunglass trick helps to make skinny Paris Hilton and Nichole Richie look even tinier than they already are.

For most women, the best hat has a big brim that can be curved up a bit in the front. A large sunhat will:

  • * Make everything else look smaller or thinner.
  • * Hide laugh lines (and under-eye bags) in shadow.
  • * Stop evil rays from forming new wrinkles.
  • * Bring color to your face, just like a cute lip gloss would.

You should also wear earrings at the pool. Cheap little CZ or faux pearl studs will draw light to your face, but stay away from over-the-top divorcee-does-Vegas jewelry. Less is more.

Swimsuit Coverups

Wear a sarong so that it ties over the front of one thigh. This gives you a sexy walk. Your legs are completely covered, yet sometimes your leg may pop through. Another brilliant idea for a coverup is an oversized men’s-style button-down shirt. Gather extra fabric in the back with a pin.

Thong Sandals

Here are ways that you can make your legs look longer:

  • * Wear thong sandals with kitten heels. (Any type of higher heel looks trashy with swimwear.)
  • * On lounge chairs, use towels with stripes that go the long way.
  • * Keep your pink-polished toes pointed for an elongated, sleek look.

It’s not overdone glitz that makes a woman glamorous; it’s her attention to detail.

More Articles for Women Over 50:

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40 & 50 

Two Piece Swimsuits for Older Women Over 40 or 50

How to Wear a Peplum If You Have Curves

Sexy Plus Size Cruise Wear: Cocktail and Formal Dresses

Photo Credits: Prshots.com

  • Main Photo: Prshots archives.
  • How to Look Good in a Swimsuit: Ann Summers.


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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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