If you’ve ever put the word “swimsuit” into the search bar of this website, you’ve discovered that no swimsuit guides or posts come up. Until now. There are a couple of reasons for that, and I’ll share them shortly. But first, how ’bout a high five for finally taking the plunge! Ha! Yes, this 2020 Swimsuit Guide for Women Over 50 is my first ever. Ladies, let’s go swimsuit shopping!
I don’t like swimsuit shopping anymore than you probably do. And, since I don’t go swimming as much as I did when I was raising my children, I haven’t purchased a new suit in at least three years. So those are the main reasons you haven’t seen a swimsuit shopping guide here before. But it’s time, sweet gal! How about you? Do you need a new swimsuit this year, too?
Honestly, I had put this post off hoping to have a new one to model for you…with a cover-up, of course! I ordered both a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve determined they may be late coming in. And since there are some great deals right now on suits in general and specifically on the suit and cover-up I ordered, I thought I better go ahead and share some swimsuit shopping tips.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #1 – Shop at home! I much prefer shopping for a swimsuit at home through online ordering. Every time I try shopping in the stores I come home so frustrated and exhausted. And so many retailers provide great return policies, making it just as affordable and so much easier to try on a plethora of styles in the privacy of your home.
All photos in this blog post are clickable and shoppable.
The Swimsuit I Ordered
I recently ordered a red ginger Sanibel One-Piece Miraclesuit® from Talbots. I sized up to a size 10, as I always do when purchasing a swimsuit. When I placed my order, I just got the 30% off + 15% off deal, but now the savings potential is even sweeter. You’ll save 50% on three or more items at Talbots, 40% on two or 30% on one.
We all have our issues when shopping for a swimsuit. I know many of you probably need to look for good support in the bra. But alas, that is not my issue. I have just the opposite problem. I have to look for a suit that I can at least pretend to fill up in the cups. I know we all get frustrated about different things as we try on suits, but I have literally wept tears over gaping bra cups more times than I care to count. Bleh.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip#2 – If you are not so well endowed – like me – then look for suits with ruching in the bra area. They tend to be more forgiving.
While Miraclesuits® can be a little pricey, I do generally find you get what you pay for with swimsuits. And since I only order a new suit about every two to three years (or more!) I don’t mind paying a little extra for a suit that works for me. And Miraclesuits® do indeed work. With firming and slenderizing waist panels, these suits purportedly make you “look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds.” You can see the full line of Miraclesuits here, but I love the potential 50% savings you can get on the Talbots collection right now.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #3 – Generally, you’ll find suits fit best when you size up one from your normal dress size. Also look for sizing in petite, plus and long fits.
The Sanibel One-Piece Miraclesuit® I ordered is also available in soft turquoise, indigo ink and black. And it comes in Misses and Plus sizes. But you’ll find the same Sanibel One-Piece Miraclesuit® with a DD-cup in indigo ink for those of you with more ample bosoms (only in Misses sizes).
Tip: Talbots also offers Free Returns on all swimwear!
More Swimsuit Shopping Tips
I know from your comments that not all of you have the same body type as me. In fact, from getting to know my readers, I know we’re a pretty diverse group. Hopefully at least a few of these tips will help you out. I’m also sharing current trends in suits.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #4 – You can now find mastectomy swimsuits, too. These suits generally feature soft cup bras with prosthesis pockets.
Really, as far as trends go, anything goes! I’m finding suits of every kind – from one shoulder to traditional tanks to the ruched crisscross to the bandeaus that became so popular when most of us were teenagers. I think the best suit for you is the one you feel most comfortable in. Honestly, none of us are trying to win beauty contests at this point. And we’ll look our best in a suit that makes us feel safe, pulled together, covered in all the right places and, yet, still feminine.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #5 – Select a suit in which you can comfortably walk, bend over and, of course, actually swim! If you’re not comfortable in your suit, it will show in your face and your posture. So prioritize comfort over style for sure.
Can you wear a two-piece if you’re over 50? Absolutely! If that’s your jam and you feel your best in a two piece, go for it. I know women of all ages, even those with silver hair, who look absolutely, tastefully beautiful in a two piece suit.
You might want to look for a two piece with a slender skirt and a tankini top. Or you could still wear a high waist bikini bottom and a bra top. Or you could opt for a bikini bra top, but wear swim shorts on the bottom. Yeah, I think the swim shorts below are a great option for the gal who still enjoys wearing a two-piece suit.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #6 – If you’re fuller in the bust, check out suits that are specifically made for the woman with a larger chest. For instance, Everything But Water offers these selections for women with a fuller bust.
Tankinis are still available and fashionable. But to look more modern and less matronly, consider choosing bottoms that are more fitted instead of extremely blousy. Yes, you can still wear the skirt option. But wear the shortest, most fitted one you can feel comfortable and clothed in.
Swimsuit Shopping Tip #7 – For the most contemporary look, choose a one-piece or two-piece bottoms that has a more fitted silhouette. You can still wear a skirted bottom, but opt for a more slender style.
If you’re trying to hide a tummy – and most of us are! – here are a few things you could do:
- look for ruching in the mid-section
- look for criss-crossing in the mid-section
- wear a two-piece, such as a tankini, with a high-waisted bottoms
- select a suit, such as the Miraclesuit® that has a control panel in the mid-section of the suit
- choose a suit with ruffles or other ornamentation at the top so that the eye is drawn up and away from the waist.
- wear a suit with full ruffles over the torso, like the one shown below
Another great option, if you’re looking for a bottom piece that covers your tummy completely, is the foldover swim brief. You can find them in several brands. But check out what I’m talking about with this Miraclesuit Foldover Swim Brief. You can wear it above your belly button or folded down below.
Here’s a shopping boutique with some of my favorites from all the styles and options I’ve mentioned above. But don’t go away! Cover-ups are coming up!
I’d much rather shop for a pretty cover-up than for a swimsuit. Ha! You, too? I recently ordered this striped over-sized shirt to try with my red Miraclesuit Sanibel one-piece that I ordered. I’ve got high hopes because that is definitely my style!
But if an over-sized shirt is not your style, you still have so many pretty options. So resist the urge to just settle for an old t-shirt. Instead, pick up a pretty tunic, wrap or even beach pants. Don’t forget a sweet beach bag, especially if you’ll be visiting a pool or the shore often. And you may also need a designated pair of sunglasses and some fun flip flops or slides. I’ve got everything you’ll need below.
I hope you enjoyed today’s swimsuit guide. I’ll let you know when my suit comes in how it worked out for me. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a suit and/or cover-up, now is the time to go for it. Almost every suit I’ve linked to here is on some kind of mark down. But I’ve also noticed that they’re going fast. So don’t hesitate. Happy swimsuit shopping! (Wait. Is that an oxymoron? Hmm. Well, let’s do our best!)
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Blessed for My Day
Do you ever feel as though you are alone? That you must somehow bear your burdens alone, walk your path solitary or get through your hardest moments on your own strength? And do you sometimes fear that you won’t have “enough” to make it through?
The good news is that you are not alone. You can run to God. He loves you and offers to bear your burdens. He is your refuge, a hiding place, a place for refreshment and renewal. He is always available and never far off. Turn to Him first thing every morning and frequently throughout your day.
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.~ Psalm 46:1-3