First they say that age is only a number, and then they come up with bathing suits for women over 40. Rejoice in the irony, and take a look at some related beachwear ideas below.
Life begins at 40, or so the saying goes. Perhaps it makes more sense to say that life begins again at 40 – a new life, new things to do, fewer responsibilities perhaps? The chance to do all those fun things that you seem to have missed doing while bringing up the kids and playing mom, wife, and all the other roles that we women seem to be born to juggle.
You might think that bathing suits are for the young, and (more importantly?) fit or let’s be honest, skinny. But let’s get realistic, why deprive yourself of all the pleasure that the pool, sea, ocean, beach or hot tub has to offer, just because a few bits of your body seem to be succumbing to gravity? Bathing suits for women over 40 – there’s an entire section of the clothing industry that’s working to design swimwear that will highlight the pluses, and gloss over the flaws. Still not convinced? Take a look at some pointers below.
Tips in Selecting
Rules for selecting apparel don’t change as much with your age, and the same applies to swimsuits. Problem areas remain the same for most of us, maybe with a few additions in shape and size, but while you may be tempted to stick to the same old plus size clothing routine, there’s no time like now to get experimenting. Don’t get stuck in the rut of sober colors to ‘suit’ your age, and have fun trying out as many styles as you see fit.
New age swimwear comes designed with some heavy-duty technology to help hold in your tummy and give you a sleeker look. There are actually people working to make you look better, what with ‘miracle suits’ and other forms of distinct stitch clothing that promises contouring, style, and the ubiquitous ‘lose 10 lbs in 10 seconds’ (or at least look like you do). Give as many styles as you see fit a shot, and you may well find yourself surprised at the results.
In addition, while there are no hard and fast rules, there are loads of options in slimming suits for older women, and these fashion tips may help you make a good choice:
1. Dark colors look slimming as do vertical stripes. So, if you’re worried about heavy hips and thighs, keep colors deep and avoid large prints.
2. After 40, you’re likely to need a swimsuit that can provide support. A heavy bust can benefit from a swimsuit fitted with a built-in bra, and thick straps. If you’re small breasted, choose an under-wired or padded suit for additional lift.
3. Pay attention to details like necklines, to enhance your bust without displaying too much.
Two Piece Bathing Suits
If you’re confident about your shape and body, there’s no reason to scoff at donning a bikini, no matter what your age. While one piece swimsuits are a safe bet, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try out a new style? If a bikini’s too adventurous, try a tankini – a tank top with a bikini bottom, that can camouflage a tummy, while keeping it hip.
There are quite a few tips for selecting a two piece slimming swimsuit. Mismatched suits are in, so pair a trendy catchy top with a solid colored bottom, to draw the eye upwards and keep your lower half looking slim. Also, to downplay heavy hips and a big bottom, pick a bikini with side ties, which draws attention away from the tummy and makes your thighs look smaller in a side view.
Accessorize your look with a trendy sarong or a large men’s shirt, both will look fabulous and are a trendy cover up solution. Choose a good pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed sun hat, and some beach-ready flip-flops, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Whether you choose a one piece or a bikini, a tankini or a bandeau top, the key to looking great is feeling great, and bathing suits are designed to do just that – make you feel great. Now all you have to learn to do is gracefully handle the attention that’s sure to come your way!