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 so appreciative of being able to travel again 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 for the best bathing suits for women 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:
- Seafolly – high quality, hip & youthful
- Miraclesuit – figure flattering and slimming
- Lands’ End – Also has a lot of modest swimwear
- Becca – edgy and on trend
- Sea Level – timeless with flattering ruching options
- Summersalt – modern with color blocking
- Magicsuit – stylish tankini options
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
Like many of you, I don’t enjoy buying swimwear, but I love browsing the collections of brand Seafolly.
I got the kaftan in this design as well from Seafolly.
If you prefer a black swimsuit, the halterneck bikini (below) is a stylish classic.
If you’re more of a one-piece swimsuit person, this is a great one with stripes.
For extra coverage, the rashvest style swimsuit (below) will keep you covered if you’re spending a long time in, or on, the water.
To cover up your swimsuit, this kaftan (below) comes in a huge choice of colors. Reviewers say the fabric is flowy, airy and doesn’t cling.
One-piece bathing suits
Now that you’ve seen some bikini choices, let’s look at one-piece bathing suits. One piece swimsuits are a favorite for many women over 40.
Their bathing suits have strengthened panels to tuck in the tummy area and the drapes camouflage any bulges so the overal look will be very streamlined. This swimsuit below has a flattering illusion style designed to create a slimming effect.
The neckline of the Miraclesuit one-piece (below) looks very modern and, like all Miraclesuit options, it promises to make you look 10 pounds lighter!
If you like a sporty look, or you want to make sure your shoulders are covered up, then this one-piece (below) is a great option. You can alter how high you zip up for either a sportier or subtly sexy look.
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. A square neck, like the swimsuit (below) is particularly flattering if you have a larger bust.
Swimsuits with draping always look elegant and flattering, like the one-piece (below).
Best tummy control swimsuit
I’ve already mentioned Miraclesuit as a great brand for figure flattering and slimming, but below are a few more very well-reviewed options for you.
The retro style halterneck swimsuit (below) comes in a huge range of colors and has more than 20,000, largely positive reviews, from women who say it is quite possibly the most flattering swimsuit for an older demographic.
The tummy control swimsuit (below) would look great on many figures. If you have a pear shape, it will help to minimize your lower half and put the focus on your bust. It will also help you if you like to look curvier on your bust as the ruffle makes the bust look larger in comparison to the bottom part of the swimsuit.
Another tummy control option for you. The bathing suit (below) has ruched fabric around the tummy area for a flattering effect. Reviewers say it has good coverage while still feeling sexy for a middle aged women.
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!
Take a look below at more flattering bikini options.
For a modern, sporty look, you could try the striped bikini (below). This is particularly good if you are a pear shape as the striped top with maximize the bust while the black bottoms will minimize the bottom and hips.
If you want another option, you could also look at this matching tankini top
A crossover top like the bikini top (below) can be a flattering choice for most women, helping to support your bust.
The Summersalt bikini (below) is flattering, and comes in a choice of colors.
If you want a higher waist, then choosing a retro style bikini like the two-piece below is a good choice.
One way to give your beach outfit a modern look is to choose mismatched colors or patterns for your bikini top and bottom. The COCOSHIP bikini (below) has good reviews from women who say it covers up a “mommy tummy”.
The bikini set (below) features a high waisted bikini bottom and a flattering crossover top. Reviewers say that it is figure flattering even if you don’t usually wear a bikini.
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.
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.
The Roxy rashguard (below) is ideal if you want to pop on a rashguard over your bikini top.
The La Blanca rashguard (below) comes with matching boardshorts. You could always wear the top with black bikini bottoms and the shorts with a bikini top if you want different looks from the same set.
Another well-reviewed option is the AXESEA rashguard (below). Women who have worn this one say it is thick and good quality but not heavy.
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.
swimwear with sleeves
If you like to downplay your upper arms, the options used to be pretty limited when it came to swimsuits. However, swimsuits with sleeves (like the choices below) are particularly on trend this summer.
Plus size swimwear
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!
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. Below are some ideas about the best swim suits for your body type.
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.
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! For small busts, a halterneck will also work well.
If you’re an hourglass, then you could play up those curves by opting for retro styles.
Nikki @40notfrumpy above chooses a stylish polka dot one-piece.
Meanwhile, inverted triangles could try halter neck styles. It is flattering as it shows the collarbone and neckline without adding weight up top.
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, or sporty swimsuits.
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. A swimsuit with sleeves will also help to balance your figure.
If you have a long torso, it can be difficult to find a swimsuit that fits. The Summersalt brand has swimsuits specially designed to fit a long torso. Plus, choosing a two-tone style will break up your torso visually.
Lands’ End is also a good place long swimsuits as you could choose from their tall section.
best bathing suits for women – Modest swimwear
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.
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?
Below you will find more swimsuit choices offering a little more coverage than a ‘regular’ bathing suit or bikini.
Swimsuit cover-up selections
Almost just as important as your swimwear, a nice cover-up is essential for any trip to the beach to pop over your best bathing suits for women choices.
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.
shop the best bathing suits for women below:
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?
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