Shopping should be fun — they call it “retail therapy” for a reason! But 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, and 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, for that matter. Whatever your age, there’s a gorgeous, comfortable, and yes, functional swimsuit out there for you. We’ve found 13 suits that will make you look, and feel, fantastic this season. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best swimsuits for women over 50.
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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.
L.L. Bean Halter Swimdress
Where to buy: $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!"
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: $100.80 (Originally $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.
Speedo Shirred Tank Suit
Where to buy: From $48.98, 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 for a day spent at the pool or the beach. It's available in several solid colors and two pretty prints, including the pictured blue floral above.
Magicsuit Rita Tankini Top
Where to buy: From $46.40 (Originally $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.
Sea Level Cross Front Bikini Top
Where to buy: $47.96, (Originally $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.
Becca Color Code High-Waist Bikini Bottoms
Where to buy: $34.80 (Originally $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.
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: $29.99, 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.
Cocopear Crossover Swimdress
Where to buy: $29.99, 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."
Simply Fit Twist Bandeau Bikini
Where to buy: $19.50, 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.