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

As the days warm up and we’re treated to long sunny afternoons, 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 triathlons…(Why not? Swimwear for women has come a long way, baby!)

Well, let’s help make those fantasies a reality and find you the perfect swimsuit to make those experiences joyful and help you feel good about yourself. Here are our suggestions for the perfect suit for your body shape and your specific purpose.

ONE-PIECE SUITS

Curves

Melissa Odabash Sydney Ruched Bandeau SwimsuitMelissa Odabash Sydney Ruched Bandeau Swimsuit, $260

Why We Love It: Made in Italy, this beautiful swimsuit offers removable halter straps and is shaped to a bandeau silhouette. Adjustable ruched sides give this suit a flattering fit and personalized 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 fabulous v-wire neckline is an attention-getter for your great bust, and the ruching around the torso adds depth and an alluring element.

Slender Body Shapes

Vineyard Vines Sail Stripe Ruffle One-PieceVineyard Vines Sail Stripe Ruffle One-Piece, $148

Why We Love It: The nautical feel of this suit is enhanced by a chic waist-tie, ruffled neckline, and a flattering v-neck.

The Long Torso SidestrokeThe Long Torso Sidestroke, $95

Why We Love It: This suit won honors from Elle Magazine when it was voted the #1 most wildly-flattering one-shoulder style. It’s longer than a normal swimsuit to flatter longer torsos and comes in a variety of bold, beautiful colors. 

Madewell Second Wave Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit in Dot TossMadewell Second Wave Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit in Dot Toss, $75

Why We Love It: Cutouts 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: The ruched criss-cross design lends a svelte look to this swimsuit, and Miratex fabric provides all-over 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: This beautiful suit has a ruffled hemline and a plunging v-neck. It has a lace-up back that offers you a customizable fit. 

Tummy Control

JCREW Ruched bandeau one-piece swimsuit

Ruched bandeau one-piece swimsuit, $74.50

Why We Love It: Ruching over the bust and belly looks more like a styling effect than a serious tummy holder. The boning at the sides offers more support, and the bold red color is sure to stand out. 

Trending Fashion Statement

 

Color Play Asymmetrical One-Piece Swimsuit

Color Play Asymmetrical One-Piece Swimsuit, $118

Why We Love It: The intimate lacy crochet on this suit elevates the look of a one-piece, and the one-shoulder look is the epitome of stylishly chic.

Active Lifestyle

Speedo Women's The One Back Solid One Piece Swimsuit

Speedo Women’s The One Back Solid One Piece Swimsuit, $51.75

Why We Love It: You just can’t beat Speedo for athletic swimwear that will help you go the distance. Plus, it’s made of durable, chlorine-resistant fabric to ensure lasting durability. 

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

Tommy Bahama Pearl Underwire Tankini

Tommy Bahama 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. 

Protective

Land's End Women's UPF 50 Sun Protection Modest Swim Tee Print

Women’s UPF 50 Sun Protection Modest Swim Tee Print, $37.99+

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. The swim tee is ready to jump in and keep you protected from the sun. 

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 fibers, saving water and energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cool, right?

Slender Body Shapes

ZAFUL Tankini Set High Waisted Bikini Scoop Neck Swimsuit

ZAFUL Tankini Set High Waisted Bikini Scoop Neck Swimsuit, $38.99

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

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. 

Whether you’re hitting the pool, heading to the beach, or planning a swim workout, we’ve got a swimsuit that’s sure to fit your needs. But remember, when you’re picking out a new swimsuit (or any clothing, for that matter), what’s really important is to find something that makes you feel confident and helps you put your best foot forward. Because in the end, that’s what really matters. Now go have some fun!

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