Shopping should be fun — they call it “retail therapy” for a reason, right? But let’s face it: Shopping for a swimsuit can feel more frustrating than therapeutic. There’s nothing like trying on swimwear to bring out any insecurities we might have about our bodies — particularly when you’re over 50. What’s more, swimsuits for older women have historically been more matronly than alluring.
These days, 50 isn’t what it used to be (ahem, Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl) — and neither is 60, 70, or 80! No matter your age, there’s a gorgeous, comfortable, and yes, functional swimsuit out there for you. Whether you’re looking for the perfect suit to keep up with your grandchildren by the pool, getting ready to lounge with your sweetie aboard a ship or prepping to bask in the sun on your next vacay (don’t forget the sunscreen!), we’ve got the perfect choice for you in our roundup of the best swimsuits for women over 50.
How to Shop for a Swimsuit
If you’ve always bought your suits at brick-and-mortar stores because you wanted to try them on first (who doesn’t?), you’ll be relieved to know that buying a swimsuit online is actually pretty foolproof.
Retailers such as Amazon and Nordstrom (among others), offer free shipping and returns. That means you can try on suits in the comfort of your own home (bye-bye, unflattering fitting room lighting!) and style them with your favorite accessories to make your no-pressure decision. You can even order several styles and sizes, keep the ones that work for you, and send the rest back.
What to Look for in a Swimsuit
While trying on swimwear, there’s a few things you should keep in mind. Comfort should be your first priority, which means you’ll want to opt for a style that stays in place, supports you where you need it, and still gives you plenty of room to breathe.
Secondly, focus on what you love about your body. We all have areas that we’re proud of and others we’d rather downplay. Do you want your suit to showcase your mile-long legs? Try a suit with a high-cut bottom that will play them up. Love your hourglass figure? Go for a one-piece with cutouts on the sides that will accentuate your curves. Patterned suits can give a smaller bust a more oomph, while ruched or shirred details will work like magic to camouflage a tummy.
Most importantly, your suit should make you feel fantastic. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best swimsuits for women over 50.
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Speedo Shirred Tank Suit
Where to buy: From $43, Amazon
It's hard to beat a shirred front for a flattering-yet-demure fit, and this tank suit features a ruched strip right down the middle. It's also got wide straps that won't cut into your shoulders, a built-in bra for support, and full coverage in the back, so you won't be tugging at your suit all day long. Chlorine-resistant fabric with UPF 50+ sun protection make this an equally great choice a day spent at the indoor pool or the beach. It's available in several solid colors and two pretty prints, including the pictured blue floral above.
Miraclesuit Illusionists Azura One-Piece
Where to buy: From $168, Nordstrom
Feel like your bikini days are behind you, but still want to show off your waist? Miraclesuit's patented fabric is designed to enhance your shape while keeping you comfortable, in and out of the water. This sleek design, for instance, features a modest mesh paneling that will highlight your curves, while an asymmetrical neckline draws eyes upward. Its underwire is also a welcome touch if you prefer a little more support. It comes in a muted olive green or always-slimming black.
Sea Level Skirted One-Piece
Where to buy: $129.95, Nordstrom
If you like to wear skirts in your everyday life, why not wear one on the beach, too? This lovely skirted suit lends nice coverage to your lower half and features a super-flattering square neckline that manages to be both elegant and sporty. Bonus: It's made with a "power mesh" that not only holds you in, it will hold up against many wearings and washings, season after season.
SummerSalt Sidestroke One-Piece
Where to buy: $95, SummerSalt
People rave about this fun and flattering asymmetrical colorblock suit, which Elle ranked No. 1 in its roundup of best one-shouldered swimsuits. A perennial bestseller, it offers full bust support and coverage for your derrière and comes in a long-torso version as well. Available in nine color combos (including solid black for a more classic look), your biggest problem will be choosing just one!
Wrote reviewer Angie: it's "the best swimsuit I've ever owned. Worth every penny."
Added another: "I've never felt so comfortable in a swimsuit!"
Magicsuit Parker Skirted One-Piece
Where to buy: $168, Nordstrom
You can wear this one-piece a couple of different ways: tie it on the side for a casual, blousy look, or leave it untied for a more traditional swimdress. Either way, the va-va-voom red (the shade is actually named vamp) will make you stand out in the crowd — in a good way! Better still, there's an elegant, high neckline with engraved bar detailing that will show off your shoulders — not your décolletage.
Magicsuit Rita Tankini Top
Where to buy: From $116, Nordstrom
Are you one size up top, and another one on bottom? Welcome to the club. Luckily, you can solve this super-common dilemma by pairing a tankini top with the bottom of your choice. This one from Magicsuit has a flattering V-neck and ruffles that leave just enough to the imagination. A built-in soft cup bra lends support, while adjustable straps help to ensure a perfect fit.
Becca Color Code High-Waist Bikini Bottoms
Where to buy: $58, Nordstrom
Those searching for the perfect bottoms to wear with their tankini (or even a bikini — yes, you can!) need look no further: Becca's high-waisted option features ruching that will magically smooth your tummy and hips, and is right on trend, too.
Magicsuit Sophie Tankini Top
Where to buy: From $110, Nordstrom
Another great tankini option comes in the form of this muted coral halter tank, which will drape elegantly over your torso for a flattering and forgiving shape. There's a built-in bra hiding underneath, so you'll be well-supported, to boot.
"This may be the most flattering swim top ever!" raved one reviewer, while another noted that she gets compliments whenever she wears it.
Sea Level Cross Front Bikini Top
Where to buy: $79.95, Nordstrom
If you think women can't wear two-pieces after 50, think again. (Have you seen Helen Mirren in a bikini?) If you want to rock one on your next vacation, this top is a stellar choice. It has underwire for maximum support, and the gathered cross-front manages to be sexy without being skimpy. Adjustable, convertible straps also give you options for wearing it the way it's most comfortable.
Smismivo Ruched Halter One-Piece
Where to buy: $26.99, Amazon
How fun is this star-spangled halter tank for the Fourth of July? We love its patriotic pattern, though it also comes in 20 other colors and patterns if you want something a little more understated. With oh-so-flattering ruching and a super-affordable price tag, you can even pick up more than one.
Danify Plus Size Skirted Suit
Where to buy: $36.99, Amazon
This suit has all the elements a woman over 50 could want, from its a one-piece design and pretty pattern on the top half to the discreet shorts that are hiding beneath its skirt for plenty of coverage. Did we mention it also comes in plus sizes? Choose from black or navy.
Perona Shapewear Swimdress
Where to buy: From $27.99, Amazon
Another swimdress to fall in love with is this Perona pick, which has a compression liner for tummy control. A V-neckline, flared skirt over briefs, and built-in wireless bra will all do their part to help you look and feel your best, and you can choose from a wide variety of patterned tops and solid-colored skirts (we're partial to the zebra). It also comes in plus sizes.
L.L. Bean Halter Swimdress
Where to buy: From $59.99 (originally $119), L.L. Bean
Made from a sturdy lycra fabric, this cute swimdress will resist damage from sun and chlorine while providing UPF 50+ protection for those long afternoons spent on the beach. Snap up the two prints that are on sale, including this black-and-white geometric pattern.
"I was delighted with this swimsuit!," wrote one reviewer. "At 65+, I wanted a suit with a little coverage on my upper thighs, and a bit of "tummy disguise" ... This was perfect!"
Cocopear Crossover Swimdress
Where to buy: $32.99, Amazon
We're in love with this sophisticated swimdress, which feels more like a sundress than actual swimwear. Perfect for social occasions, it has underwire cups for support, a crossover design in the back, and comes in 19 different colors and patterns.
Gushed one shopper: "I wanted a suit that could look like a sundress and double as a swimsuit for a Hawaii trip ... this is going to be great. It fits as expected, and is very comfortable ... I could easily see wearing it all day."
Tommy Bahama Pearl One-Piece
Where to buy: $149, Nordstrom
Available in red or blue as well as black, this maillot is made from a premium Italian microfiber fabric that's gathered in the front for a slimming effect. This is an elegant, well-crafted suit that's worth the price, because it will last for years. Plus, you'll feel comfortable and look beautiful — what more can you ask for?
Simply Fit Twist Bandeau Bikini
Where to buy: $24.99, Walmart
If you want to wear a bikini, but don't want to let it all hang out the way you once might have, this two-piece suit has you covered — literally — with its full-bottom skirt. Another nice thing about it? It's sold together with a matching bandeau top, so you don't have to worry about mixing and matching. Available in black or a fun geometric pattern (pictured), it also features ruching on the top and bottom, for that extra forgiving — and flattering — touch.