Are you looking forward to wearing your bathing suit or bikini again, or are you dreading it?
Finding a great bathing suit is never easy so I’m here to help and have selected some of the best bathing suits for women over 40 this summer. You may go to the dead sea and float in the water (as I did above) or go for a wonderful beach holiday and you may as well look good!
If you’re thinking of getting a new one, now is the best time to buy as the selection is the biggest.
Many of the options shown below are comfortable and flattering for women over 40 so you can be sure you will step out on the beach or swimming pool in confidence AND style.
Brands to consider
Some great brands to consider for swimwear include:
- Seafolly – high quality, hip & youthful
- Miraclesuit – figure flattering and slimming
- Lands’ end – Also has a lot of modest swimwear
What swimwear will you wear this summer?
Are you still wearing bikinis or do you prefer bathing suits?
My preference is still for a bikini as I find them more comfortable and, on my body, still more flattering.
However, when I go snorkeling or do some serious swimming I wear a rash guard, which is why I have included some in this list too.
I’m not interested in getting a tan and always protect my skin with high SPF sunscreen.
Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find something you like in my selection of bathing suits, bikinis and rash guards.
What I bought and my current favorites
Like many of you, I don’t enjoy buying swimwear, but I have recently splurged on some swimwear as I hadn’t bought any new pieces in years and I think what I bought now will last me for at least 5 years. I stumbled upon the brand Seafolly and fell in love.
I got the kaftan in this design as well.
Below are other pieces I loved and considered
If you like your bathing suit to be slimming, you may like to choose an optional illusion swim suit like this one.
One of my favorite Seafolly bikinis
Singlets and rash vests
As my body is long, a bathing suit usually doesn’t fit me so I prefer to wear separates.
If I’m snorkeling or I know there won’t be a lot of shade, then I’ll opt for a rash vest. But I also love a tankini.
You could opt for this tankini top from Seafolly.
You can also get some great cover-ups from Seafolly.
This tunic would be a good option if you want to pop a cover-up on to offer coverage and a little sun protection.
One piece bathing suits
I also really like the draped bathing suits from Miraclesuit, which I believe are perfect for women over 40.
Their bathing suits strengthen the tummy area and the drapes hide the bulges so you will look streamlined and beautiful. This swimsuit below has a flattering illusion style designed to create a slimming effect.
I also like bathing suits and bikinis with a retro vibe. This style covers up more of the body but is sexy and stylish.
This polka dot print from Miraclesuit has a retro print is another new style from the brand. You could either wear with a plain pair of navy blue bottoms, or the matching bikini bottoms which are designed to tuck your tummy in.
Another brand that makes fun swimwear with especially great rash guards is Tommy Bahama.
You really can’t go wrong with a flattering black swimsuit, in the same way as a little black dress will never go out of style.
This Tommy Bahama option has flattering ruching if you are looking to hide a belly.
Land’s End also has a good selection of swimwear in many sizes.
Lots of ladies in the 40+Style community have recommended Land’s End for their flattering, good quality, styles, particularly for those struggling to find a flattering shape and the right support for larger busts.
There are some good, figure-flattering options, including this ombre swimsuit, which could be a good option if you are pear-shaped as the lighter color on top will draw attention away from your lower half.
Rash vest picks
I am a big fan of rash guards. I love how they protect my skin and many are very sexy too.
I always wear them when I do some serious swimming or go on a snorkeling trip or white water rafting.
Mine is no longer available but this Axesea rash guard from Amazon comes in three different colors and has good reviews. The pattern is designed to represent waves.
This one is gorgeous too and it is the #1 best selling rash guard in Amazon.
I still love bikinis and when I’m not snorkeling or spending a lot of time in the water, that is what I will wear.
I usually opt for ones that have good coverage of the breasts and which have a higher brief. I also like briefs that have small pipes, so I don’t have to constantly keep up my bikini line!
I like the extra coverage offered by this bikini set from Amazon. It is still on trend because of the higher neckline and retro-style bottoms, but isn’t as skimpy as many bikini bottoms in stores now.
A great hybrid between the one-piece swimsuit and the bikini, tankinis can be a fantastic option if you don’t feel tummy confident, but you want to wear a two-piece.
It also means you can mix and match, perhaps opting for a bikini top one day for sunbathing, and the tankini top when you want more coverage. Here are some of my favorites.
Polka dot is always a classic print which won’t go out of style, but this Amazon tankini set also comes in striped and floral options.
Swimsuit cover up selections
Almost just as important as your swimwear, a nice cover-up is essential for any trip to the beach.
After all, you never know when you might want to pop into the beach bar for a cocktail!
You can read more in my article on the best tunics and cover-ups for the beach or have a look at the selection below.
I love the styling of the tunic below with the chunky turquoise jewelry.
There’s some beautifully flattering plus size swimwear and plus size cover-ups in stores right now, which makes the most of curves while providing support where it’s needed.
Swimwear which has a retro vibe often works wonderfully for curvy women!
I think this Miraclesuit black swimsuit is incredibly glamorous, and the reviews on Nordstrom agree.
Bathing suits for your body type
As with everything, choosing a bathing suit that you love and which suits you is much more important than opting for the latest fad.
Those with small busts may find that bathing suits with ruffles on the bust and hips add shape, while those with larger busts will need much more support than that afforded by the likes of string bikinis!
If you’re an hourglass, then you could play up those curves by opting for retro styles, while pear shapes can balance their bottom half by opting for a bikini or tankini with the bottoms in a darker color.
Meanwhile, inverted triangles could try halterneck styles which are flattering as they show the collarbone and neckline without adding weight up top.
While swimwear and modesty can seem like an oxymoron, you may like to choose modest swimwear because of religious reasons, because of who you are vacationing with, or because you are self conscious about a certain part of your body.
So, what modesty means will be different for different people.
You will need to think about what you want to cover up.
Do you, for example, want a long-sleeve or a high-neck option, or do you want a tankini to cover your tummy, or a skirted swimsuit to cover up your thighs?
Do you have a favorite women’s swimwear brand? What are you going to wear to the beach this Summer?
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