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16 Stylish Swimsuits for Women Over 50

These will have you looking forward to swimsuit season, whatever your age!

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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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