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 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.
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above looks incredible in her halterneck two-piece.
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.
Best bathing suits for women: Below are other pieces I loved and considered
One of the difficulties with bikinis can be finding a high-waisted pair of bottoms to keep everything tucked in. The classic black bikini (below) fits the bill.
If you’re looking for a matching rashguard, the black option below is classy and classic.
I also like the striped bikini below which features a timeless striped pattern and a nice high waistband.
One-piece bathing suits
Now that you’ve seen some bikini choices, let’s look at one-piece bathing suits. One piece swimsuits are just as stylish as a bikini.
Sheree @shesheshow above looks glamorous in her print swimsuit.
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 Swimwear Oceanus Tummy Control One Piece Swimsuit (plus size option here)
The graphic print of the Miraclesuit one-piece (below) looks very modern and, like all Miraclesuit options, it promises to make you look 10 pounds lighter!
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.
I couldn’t resist including the fun vacation print (below) which could be your favorite place in Italy or France.
Best tummy control swimsuit
Below are more very well reviewed options for you.
The fabulous asymmetric swimsuit (below) from Summersalt also offers compression technology.
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 print makes the bust look larger in comparison to the plain black 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.
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.
Adaline @sdmomstyles above chooses a black bikini top with her cutoff shorts.
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 long sleeve rashguard (below) is a swimming suit rashguard hybrid that is perfect if you don’t want to pop your rashguard on top of your bathing suit.
I think a zip on a rashguard like the Attraco rashguard (below) adds subtle sex appeal. There’s a good choice of colors and reviewers say it offers stylish sun protection.
Another well-reviewed option is the print rashguard (below). Women who have worn this one say it is thick and good quality but not heavy.
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!
Nikki @midlifechic above chooses a classic, striped bikini.
Take a look below at more flattering bikini options.
The black bikini below featured high-waisted bottoms.
If you want a higher waist, then choosing a retro style bikini like the two-piece below is a good choice.
If you like some extra coverage, you can choose a tankini style two piece like the bathing suit (below) which features a draped top.
One way to give your beach outfit a modern look is to choose mismatched colors or patterns for your bikini top and bottom. The Cupshe bikini (below) has good reviews from women who say it covers up a “mommy tummy”.
The bikini (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.
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.
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.
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!
If you’re an hourglass, then you could play up those curves by opting for retro styles.
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.
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.
SouqFone Swimsuits for Women Two Piece Bathing Suits Ruffled Flounce Top with High Waisted Bottom Bikini Set
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.
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?
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 some of the items above here:
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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