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Swimwear for Women Over (or Nearing) 50: Suits for Every Body Type

After this wild, epic winter our thoughts turn to more peaceful, relaxing days ahead: lazing on sandy beaches, lounging by crystal pools, taking refreshing dips in cool lakes, oh, and competing in those triathalons…(why not? Swimwear for women has come a long way, baby!)

Well, let’s help make those fantasies a reality, and let’s find you the perfect swimsuit to make those experiences joyful, and not fraught with self-shaming or frustration. Here are our suggestions for the perfect suit for your body shape and for your specific purposes.

ONE PIECE SUITS

Curves

Why We Love It: Side panels and shirring create terrific support and make you look slimmer. This draws attention to your curves and there’s great full bottom coverage.

Tommy Bahama Pearl V-Wire Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit

Tommy Bahama Pearl V-Wire Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit, $130

Why We Love It: The notched sweetheart neckline is an attention getter for your great bust and the ruching around it is echoed in the torso adding an alluring element.

Slender Body Shapes

Danielle One Piece WeWoreWhat

Danielle One Piece WeWoreWhat, $104

Why We Love It: The vertical stripes add texture and visual bulk in this bright and cheerful leotard-like suit. Adjustable straps insure a perfect fit for the bust.

Colorblock One Piece

Colorblock One Piece, $130

Why We Love It: Color blocking creates some optical curves in this halter top suit. .

Double Tie Front One-Piece Swimsuit

Why We Love It: Cut outs and a cute bow tie bring attention to your bust line, adding style and sex appeal to this joyful one piece. 

Larger Busts

Miraclesuit Swim One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Why We Love It: Ruched criss cross design lends a svelte look to this swimsuit. Miratex fabric provides allover body control, shapes and slims. Look 10 lbs. lighter in 10 seconds® with Miraclesuit.

CUPSHE One Piece Swimsuit Ruffled Lace Up Monokini

CUPSHE One Piece Swimsuit Ruffled Lace Up Monokini, $26.99

Why We Love It: They call this one a “monokini” because of the deep slit/separation between the breasts in the halter top. Looks like this is a true fashion find!

Tummy Control

 

Ruched bandeau one-piece swimsuit

Ruched bandeau one-piece swimsuit, $98

Why We Love It: Ruching over the bust and belly look more like a styling effect than a serious tummy holder. Plum is a beautiful color that harkens to nautical themes, and suits most skintones.

Wild Tropic One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

Wild Tropic One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit, $80.40

Why We Love It: Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with this one-piece swimsuit emboldened with an asymmetrical neckline and a colorful botanical motif.

Trending Fashion Statement

WeWoreWhat Brooklyn One-Piece Swimsuit

WeWoreWhat Brooklyn One-Piece Swimsuit, $195

Why We Love It: The floral trend this year has finally made its way into swimwear. The oversize bow meets the plunging neckline of this skin-baring halter neck swimsuit.

Color Play Asymmetrical One-Piece Swimsuit

Color Play Asymmetrical One-Piece Swimsuit, $118

Why We Love It: The one-shoulder look is big this year and the romantic draping and ruching are both slimming and add some sense of more curves.

Active Lifestyle

Speedo Heather Quantum Splice One-Piece

Speedo Heather Quantum Splice One-Piece, $57.61

Why We Love It: You just can’t beat Speedo for athletic swimwear that will help you go the distance. Their HydroBra high-support bra with powerful mesh lining, removable soft cups, and plush elastic for a comfortably snug fit.

Women's Chlorine Resistant Zip Front One Piece Athletic Swimsuit

Women’s Chlorine Resistant Zip Front One Piece Athletic Swimsuit, $39.97

Why We Love It: The high neckline helps keep harmful rays at bay in the water or out. And that zip-front? It’s more than just a fashion statement – it allows for easy-on, easy-off styling.

Tankini

Pearl Underwire Tankini

Pearl Underwire Tankini, $98

Why We Love It: Made with premium Italian microfiber, this tankini top has molded underwire cups for fabulous lift and coverage. Ties at the neck and back provide an adjustable fit.

Protective

Women's UPF 50 Sun Protection Modest Swim Tee Print

Women’s UPF 50 Sun Protection Modest Swim Tee Print, $31.99

Why We Love It: Protection from the sun is a priority, especially if you spend a lot of time at the pool or beach. And while cover-ups can go just about anywhere, the one place they can’t is the water. But our Swim Tee is ready to dive in. 

Front Zip One-Piece Swimsuit

Front Zip One-Piece Swimsuit, $109.95

Why We Love It: Sleek and sophisticated, this long-sleeved swimsuit is styled with a tonal front zip and power-mesh support.

TWO PIECE SUITS

Curves

Asos mix and match high waist bikini bottom in black mono polka dot

Asos mix and match high waist bikini bottom in black mono polka dot, $26

Why We Love It: Stretchy swim fabric that is made with recycled polyester. Plastic bottles and textile waste are processed into plastic chips and melted into new fibres which saves water and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, too. Cool, right?

Slender Body Shapes

ZAFUL Tankini Set High Waisted Bikini Scoop Neck Swimsuit

ZAFUL Tankini Set High Waisted Bikini Scoop Neck Swimsuit, $24.99

Why We Love It: This tankini set will not expose too much, while letting you enjoy the weather. The top can provide adequate support, and the knot detail at the hemline adds a chic vibe. Matching bottoms offer moderate coverage.

Blocked Rib Ava Top

Blocked Rib Ava Top, $80

Why We Love It: This sporty longline bikini top features a bold color-blocking detail in a soft ribbed fabrication with adjustable straps.

Larger Busts

Why We Love It: This flirty underwire bikini top with adorable front tie twist is supportive, with underwire cups that have removable foam inserts

Scuba Zip Front Racerback Bikini Top

Scuba Zip Front Racerback Bikini Top, $64

Why We Love It: The Scuba top has a sporty racerback design with a fully functioning zipper. Wear it fully zipped for complete coverage or zip it down for a lower neckline. Features include removable cups and matching colored lining.

Tummy Control

Joanna Ortiz Bottoms

Joanna Ortiz Bottoms, $215

Why We Love It: A nod to retro styles, Johanna Ortiz’s ‘Farewell’ bikini briefs have a high-rise waist with knotted ties that draw the eye inward.

Trending Fashion Statement

Carlie One Piece Beach Riot

Carlie One Piece Beach Riot, $128

Why We Love It: The one shoulder swimsuit brings a lot of charm and trendiness to your next pool adventure. 

Colorblock Bikini Top

Colorblock Bikini Top, $39.99

Why We Love It: Colorblocked in bright aqua and navy blue, this fun bikini top is styled with a straight neckline and wide, no-slip straps perfect for swimming and beach yoga. We’re wearing it with matching bikini briefs for swimming and sunning, and with a blazer and Bermuda shorts for off-shore lunches.

Active Lifestyle

Freestyle Colorblock High Neck Bikini Top

Freestyle Colorblock High Neck Bikini Top, $69

Why We Love It: This style comes without pads for streamlined performance, but is designed with easy pockets for swim pads if needed

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