Are you looking forward to wearing your bathing suit or bikini again, or are you dreading it? I’m sure that right now all of us are looking forward to the possibility of travelling again so much that our body shape isn’t of so much concern. However, 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 one day go to the dead sea and float in the water, go for a wonderful beach holiday or plunge into a natural pool in the jungle. Or you may just be enjoying the sunshine in your back garden. Either way, you may as well look good!

This time of year is perfect for swim suit hunting

If you’re thinking of getting a new swim suit, now is the best time to buy as the selection is usually the biggest.

You will have plenty of opportunity to try on a few swimsuits at home. Plus, choosing a new one may help to give you something to look forward to when travel, or exercising at your nearest pool, becomes a possibility once more.

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.

Where to buy swimsuits: Brands to consider

If you aren’t sure where to start your search, some great brands to consider for swimwear include:

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. Here is why I feel you too should embrace your beautiful pale skin!

Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find something you like in my selection of bathing suits, bikinis and rash guards.

My favorite swimwear brand

The best bathing suits for women over 40 - Seafolly bikini | 40plusstyle.com

Like many of you, I don’t enjoy buying swimwear, but I love browsing the collections of brand Seafolly.

These pieces are high quality, have a wonderful tactile feel and are comfortable. Check out their current collection at Nordstrom and at Amazon.

I got the kaftan in this design as well from Seafolly.

The best bathing suits for women over 40 - swim suits that make you feel fabulous! | 40plusstyle.com

Best bathing suits for women: 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, also from Seafolly.

Below is a Seafolly bikini you could choose. Here are the bikini bottoms. Or you could always choose to wear this with another color of bottoms to match any of the colors in the top.

Best bathing suits for women - Seafolly bikini | 40plusstyle.com

Seafolly Peek a Boo Bikini Top / Banded Wide Side Retro Bikini Bottom Swimsuit

If you like your bathing suit to be slimming, you may like to choose an optional illusion swim suit like this one, also from Seafolly.

Seafolly Block Party Diamond One Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Seafolly Block Party Diamond One Piece Swimsuit

I also like the striped bikini below which features a timeless striped pattern.

Best bathing suits for women - striped bikini | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy Breaker Bay Reversible Halter Bikini Top / Hipster Bikini Bottoms

One-piece bathing suits

best bathing suits for women over 40 | monochrome one piece | 40plusstyle.com

One piece swimsuits are just as stylish as a bikini.

Nic (above) wears a stylish giraffe-print black and white swimsuit with a v-neck.

Recreate her look with this similar one-piece bathing suit, straw visor and sunglasses.

I also really like the draped bathing suits from Miraclesuit, which I believe are perfect for women over 40.

Their bathing suits have strengthened panels to tuck in 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.

Miraclesuit Mendhika It's A Wrap One-Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Miraclesuit Mendhika It’s A Wrap One-Piece Swimsuit

The graphic print of the Miraclesuit cut-out one-piece (below) looks very modern and, like all Miraclesuit options, it promises to make you look 10 pounds lighter!

Miraclesuit Belle Epoque Crisscross Escape One-Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Miraclesuit Belle Epoque Crisscross Escape One-Piece Swimsuit

Sea Level is another brand that I’ve recently discovered. I like the flattering crisscross detailing and ruching of the one-piece option below.

Sea Level Cross Front Multifit One-Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Sea Level Cross Front Multifit One-Piece Swimsuit

Another good place to have a look for flattering swimsuits is Boden which understands that women over 40 want stylish options that aren’t too revealing.

Boden Kefalonia Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Kefalonia Swimsuit

Best tummy control swimsuit

You’ll see that many of the choices I’ve looked at include some tummy control, including the Miraclesuit one-pieces that I’ve shown you.

Below are more very well reviewed options for you.

Smismivo Ruched Tummy Control Halter One Piece Swimsuit  | 40plusstyle.com

Smismivo Ruched Tummy Control Halter One Piece Swimsuit

PERONA Tummy Control One Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

PERONA Tummy Control One Piece Swimsuit

The fabulous asymmetric swimsuit (below) from Summersalt also offers compression technology.

Best bathing suits for women - one strap suit | 40plusstyle.com
Saltwater The Sidestroke | 40plusstyle.com

Summersalt The Sidestroke

Black swimsuits

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.

COS Wrap-Over Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

COS Wrap-Over Swimsuit

Magicsuit Isabel One-Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Magicsuit Isabel One-Piece Swimsuit

Rash vest picks

best bathing suits for women over 40 - the best rash guards / vests | 40plusstyle.com

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.

TSLA Women's Half-Zip Front Rash Guard | 40plusstyle.com

TSLA Women’s Half-Zip Front Rash Guard

Billabong Tropic Time Long Sleeve Rash guard | 40plusstyle.com

Billabong Tropic Time Long Sleeve Rash guard

Bikinis

The best bathing suits for women over 40 - swim suits that make you feel fabulous | 40plusstyle.com

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!

Krista (above) opts for a beautiful high-waisted bikini.

Get her bikini set, light topper, tote, sunhat and necklace from Amazon, and her sunglasses from Quay Australia.

Take a look (below) at more flattering bikini options.

Take a look below at more flattering bikini options.

Summersalt The Ruffle Oasis Bikini Top / The Ruffle Oasis Bikini Bottom | 40plusstyle.com

Summersalt The Ruffle Oasis Bikini Top / The Ruffle Oasis Bikini Bottom

SouqFone Two-Piece Bathing Suits | 40plusstyle.com

SouqFone Two-Piece Bathing Suits

CUPSHE High Waist Bikini Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

CUPSHE High Waist Bikini Swimsuit

Tankinis

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.

You can wear these tankini tops (below) with your favorite bikini bottoms.

Magicsuit Rita Tankini Top | 40plusstyle.com

Magicsuit Rita Tankini Top

Magicsuit Carma Side Tie Solid Tankini Top | 40plusstyle.com

Magicsuit Carma Side Tie Solid Tankini Top

Magicsuit Alex Stroke of Luck Side Tie Tankini Top | 40plusstyle.com

Magicsuit Alex Stroke of Luck Side Tie Tankini Top

swimwear with sleeves

If you aren’t keen on your upper arms, the options used to be fairly limited when it came to swimsuits. However, swimsuits with sleeves (like the choices below) are particularly on trend this summer.

BLUE by Rod Bettie Rufflicious Ruffle Sleeve Mio One-Piece Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

BLUE by Rod Bettie Rufflicious Ruffle Sleeve Mio One-Piece Swimsuit

Boden Limnos Wrap Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Limnos Wrap Swimsuit

Plus size swimwear

Best bathing suits for women - Madeline in a blue swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

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!

Madeline (above) looks fabulous in her blue swimsuit.

Steal her look with this similar one-piece swimsuit and sunglasses.

Best bathing suits for women - tummy control swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Caribbean Sand Ruched Plus Size One-Piece Swimsuit with Tummy Control

Gloria&Sarah Plus Size Bathing Suit | 40plusstyle.com

Gloria&Sarah Plus Size Bathing Suit

Dearlove High Waist Bikini Set | 40plusstyle.com

Dearlove High Waist Bikini Set

Bathing suits for your body type

Best bathing suits for women - Nikki in a polka dot one piece | 40plusstyle.com

As with everything, choosing a bathing suit that you love and which suits you is much more important than opting for the latest fad. Below are some ideas about the best swim suits for your body type.

Nikki (above) shows off her fabulous figure in her polka dot swimsuit. You can get a similar swimsuit from La Blanca and Blooming Jelly.

big bust

If you have a large bust, it can be tricky finding swimwear to fit. The choices below are well reviewed as well-fitting, supportive options.

Sea Level Cross Front Underwire Bikini Top | 40plusstyle.com

Sea Level Cross Front Underwire Bikini Top

BLEU by Rod Beattie Kore Shirred Bandeau Bikini Top | 40plusstyle.com

BLEU by Rod Beattie Kore Shirred Bandeau Bikini Top

Small busts

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!

Holipick Off Shoulder One Piece Bathing Suits | 40plusstyle.com

Holipick Off Shoulder One Piece Bathing Suits

Hourglass

If you’re an hourglass, then you could play up those curves by opting for retro styles.

Boden Kythira Bikini Top / Kythira Belted Bikini Bottoms | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Kythira Bikini Top / Kythira Belted Bikini Bottoms

Inverted triangle

Meanwhile, inverted triangles could try halterneck styles like this one from Boden. It is flattering as it shows the collarbone and neckline without adding weight up top.

Boden Corsica Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Corsica Swimsuit

Rectangle

Rectangles and athletic shapes can either add some curves with embellishments or patterns, or can choose to play up their slim figure by opting for stripes.

Boden Kos Swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Kos Swimsuit

Pear

If you are a pear shape, you could opt for a bright color on top and a darker color on your bottoms to draw attention away from your hips and thighs.

CUPSHE Ruffle High Waist Bikini Set | 40plusstyle.com

CUPSHE Ruffle High Waist Bikini Set

Modest swimwear

Best bathing suits for women - Sandra in a leopard print swimdress | 40plusstyle.com

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?

Sandra (above) opts for a beautiful print swimdress.

Check out this similar leopard swimsuit from PERONA, Aqua Eve and Hanna Nikole.

Below you will find more swimsuit choices offering a little more coverage than a ‘regular’ bathing suit or bikini.

Boden Zip Up Rash Guard / Piping Swim Shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Zip Up Rash Guard / Piping Swim Shorts

DANIFY Plus Size Swim Dress  | 40plusstyle.com

DANIFY Plus Size Swim Dress

SHEKINI Ruched One-Piece Swim Dress | 40plusstyle.com

SHEKINI Ruched One-Piece Swim Dress

O'Neill Saltwater Solids 3-Inch Stretch Board Shorts | 40plusstyle.com

O’Neill Saltwater Solids 3-Inch Stretch Board Shorts

Swimsuit cover-up selections

Best bathing suit cover ups for women | 40plusstyle.com

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!

Sally (above) chooses a long line shirt dress to wear over her bikini.

Get her look with this similar bikini set, cover-up, sandals, tote and fedora.

Blue by Rod Beattie Pompom Trim Cover-Up | 40plusstyle.com

Blue by Rod Beattie Pompom Trim Cover-Up

Becca Iconic Wrap Cover-Up | 40plusstyle.com

Becca Iconic Wrap Cover-Up

Elan Crochet Godet Cover-Up Maxi Dress | 40plusstyle.com

Elan Crochet Godet Cover-Up Maxi Dress

You can read more in my article on the best tunics and cover-ups for the beach.

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Do you have a favorite women’s swimwear brand? What are you going to wear to the beach this Summer? What do you think the best bathing suits for women over 40 are?

Continue reading:

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  2. Cruise Clothing Essentials: What To Pack For A Cruise
  3. The Best Bathing Suit Cover Ups – From Beach Cover Up To Maxi Kaftan!

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