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.



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

Tommy Bahama Pearl V-Front Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit

Tommy Bahama Pearl V-Front Bandeau One-Piece Swimsuit, $130-$134

Available in Regular Sizes  and Plus Sizes.

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

Solid and Striped The Nina Ribbed Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit

Solid and Striped The Nina Ribbed Stripe One-Piece Swimsuit, $158

Available in Sizes XS-XL 

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

Tavik Chase One-Piece Swimsuit

Tavik Color Blocked Chase One Piece Swimsuit, $134

Available in Sizes XS-LG.

(Other colors here, $76-$96.)

Why We Love It: Tri-color blocking including a banded waist create some optical curves in this halter top suit. The deep v-neckline and back are added sexy elements.

Mara Hoffman Kia One-Piece Bikini

Why We Love It: Cut outs and a cute bow tie bring attention to your bust line and waist, adding style and sex appeal to this joyful marigold knit textile. The straps are adjustable and the band hooks in the back.

Larger Busts

Miraclesuit Swim Rock Solid Revelle One-Piece Swimsuit

Why We Love It: The wide straps, underwire cups plus a criss-cross bodice all offer great support. A higher back assists in supporting the construction details in the front.

Eomenie Slimming Halter Monokini

Eomenie Slimming Halter Monokini, $30

Available in Sizes Small-XXL

Why We Love It: They call this one a “monokini” because of the deep slit/separation between the breasts in the halter top. It has removable pads, but customer reviews from women who wear up to a triple D say it works, and many mention how cringe-worthy it felt to find such a budget-friendly piece on Amazon. Looks like this is a true fashion find!

Tummy Control

Tommy Bahama, Pearl Wrap-Front One-Piece Swimsuit, $140-$148

Available in Regular Sizes, $140 & Plus Sizes, $148 

(Other colors here.) 

Why We Love It: Double set of criss-cross panels over the bust and belly look more like a styling effect than a serious tummy holder. Navy is a beautiful color that harkens to nautical themes, and suits most skintones.

Sundance Wonderstruck Swimsuit

Sundance, Wonderstruck Swimsuit, $138

Available in Sizes XS-XL. 

Why We Love It: The Inset pattern combined with slimming sides and a ruched front panel all add great elements to create a lean look.

Trending Fashion Statement

Magicsuit Modern Romance Natalie One-Piece Swimsuit

Magicsuit, Modern Romance Natalie One-Piece Swimsuit, $166

Available in Sizes 8-16

Why We Love It: The floral trend this year has finally made its way into swimwear. What’s not to love? Convertible cap sleeves, (for a more classic look) removable soft cups, and a sweetheart neckline make it a feminine, flirty option for many body shapes.

Magicsuit Solid Goddess Underwire One-Piece

Magicsuit Solid Goddess Underwire One-Piece, $158

Available in Sizes 8-16 

(Other color here, $110) 

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 Women's Learn To Swim Pro LT Superpro Swimsuit

Speedo, Pro LT Superpro Swimsuit, $40

Available in Sizes XS-LG 

Why We Love It: You just can’t beat Speedo for athletic swimwear that will help you go the distance. But this year they’ve added an attractive racerback that gives added support and more style.

Summersalt Freestyle Swimsuit

Summersalt, Freestyle Swimsuit, $95

Available in sizes 2-14 

(Similar option in Plus Sizes here, $80) 

Why We Love It: The high neck and adjustable straps (that tie in the back) offer great coverage and minimal ‘drag’ in this hip take on color blocking.


Tommy Bahama Reversible Halter Tankini Top

Tommy Bahama Reversible Tie-Dye Tankini Top, $119

Available in Sizes XS-XL

Suggested bottom: 24Th & Ocean, Solid High-Waist Shaping Bikini Bottom, $40

Why We Love It: This one is a two-fer: A trendy tie-dye stripe reversing to a trendy polka dot print. The halter top is flattering for many body shapes and both elongates the torso and emphasizes the bust.


Marysia North Sea Gingham Rashguard

Marysia, North Sea Gingham Rashguard, $322

Available in sizes XS-LG.

(Similar option: sizes XS-XXL, $54) 

Why We Love It: The diagonal pattern is both slimming and the scallops at the hem add a nice touch, taking it from utilitarian to feminine.

Chromat Tidal III Back Zip One-Piece Swimsuit-Regular

Chromat Tidal III Back Zip One-Piece Swimsuit, $350

Available in Regular Sizes and Plus Sizes.

Why We Love It: Wetsuit-inspired, this chic back zip one-piece offers coverage to shoulders, upper arms and back with a lot of style.



Tommy Bahama Cats Meow Bikini Top and Bottom

Tommy Bahama Cats Meow Bikini Top, $98 and High Waist Swim Briefs, $74

Why We Love It: Leopard is showing no signs of slowing, so take advantage of the cut of this two-piece set and strut your stuff. Pair with black accessories or black separates to tone down the print.

Slender Body Shapes

LSpace Bikini Set

L*Space, Portia Stripe Bikini Bottom, $99  and Rebel Stripe Bikini Top, $88

Available in sizes XS-LG

Why We Love It: Architectural construction playsbeautifully off the softness and delicate color of this chic combo. Plus, it is available in many color combos so you can find your personal fave.

OYE Swimwear Lucette Crisscross Two-Piece Bikini

OYE Swimwear, Lucette Crisscross Two-Piece Bikini, $350

Available in sizes XS-LG

Why We Love It: Bright and bold, the diagonal piecing construction and off-shoulder look adds an extremely flattering bit of curve to your body.

Larger Busts

Why We Love It: Jaunty stripes and peek-a-boo openings in a super wide bra band and multiple back ties ensure great style, coverage and no unwanted slip ups.

Becca Etc Lattice Bikini Top

Becca Color Code Lattice Bikini Top D-E-F Cups, $78

Available in Sizes Small D/E/F-Large D/E/F 

Suggested bottom: Becca Etc Color Code High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $58 

Why We Love It: Double tying back straps and molded cups (up to a size F) plus cut-outs and bust criss-cross strips will support and minimize an ample bust, making this a sleek and chic option.

Tummy Control

Becca Etc Color Code High Waist Bikini Bottoms

Becca Etc, Color Code High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $58 

Available in Regular Sizes and Plus Sizes.

Why We Love It: The double fold-over waist band adds extra control and the high leg opening gives the look of legs forever; a sweet ruffled top draws attention to the bust line. https://www.summersalt.com/products/high-leg-high-rise

Trending Fashion Statement

Angerella Vintage Style Polka Dot High Waisted Bikini Set

Angerella Vintage Style High Waisted Bikini Set, $40

Available in Sizes S-5XL in many different color combinations. 

Why We Love It: The vintage styling alone brings a lot of charm, and at a price that warrants even a single wear-but it also features a very supportive halter bra top plus two back straps. The high-waist bottoms rein in a more ample tummy.

Summersalt Bikini Top

Summersalt, Sidestroke Bikini Top, $50  

Available in Sizes 2-14

Suggested Bottom: Ribbed Classic High Rise Bikini Bottom, $45 

Why We Love It: One-shoulder styling and color block are both trending big right now. And this one is deceptively supportive as the shoulder strap connects to the opposite side in back for a very sleek and chic line.

Active Lifestyle

Madewell Second Wave Sport Bikini Top

Madewell, Second Wave Sport Bikini Top, $45

Avaliable in Sizes XXS-3XL. 

Suggested Bottom: Second Wave Retro High Waist Bikini Bottom, $40 

Why We Love It: Simplicity of style equals maximum function for sporty swimmers. The adjustable strap bra-like top has a very supportive under band.

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