Bikinis for 40 year old women and beyond

Helen Mirren in a Bikini

Helen Mirren is 69 years old. She’s still wearing a bikini. What’s your excuse?

Recently we did a post on swimwear for women over 40. But we received a bunch of requests specifically for bikinis for mature women who are 40+. We were happy to comply.

How old is too old to wear a bikini? Well according to one study on older women and bikinis from the Daily Mail the answer is 47 years old. Now let’s say you just turned forty. You’ve still got seven good years of wearing a bikini. So no worries there.

But we say that 47 years being the cutoff age for wearing a bikini is total poppycock (yes we think having a set age for when you should stop wearing a bikini is so absurd we used a word like poppycock to describe it.)  Look at this picture of Helen Mirren in a bikini. She looks great doesn’t she? She’s a woman well over 60 and she’s not worried about being to old for a bikini. Age is really just a state of mind.

“But Helen Mirren is a celebrity,” you’re probably saying,  “she has lots of money to be able to look so good in her 60’s.” This is true but not the point. We’re trying to say it’s very silly to limit yourself from one of swimwear fashion’s most beloved styles just because you’re over 40 or over 50 or even over 60 years old. The fact of the matter is if you’re a 40 plus year old woman with a bikini body then wear a bikini!

Now we don’t mean that you have to look like Kate Upton in your bikini, we mean a bikini body that you feel confident with. Those women surveyed in the Daily Mail pretty much unanimously agreed on the saying “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” And if you’re not sure if you’ve got it, give yourself some credit because you’ve probably got it.

In all honesty age is a number. If you feel like wearing a bikini then wear a bikini. But there are bikinis for young ladies and there are bikinis for mature women. Picking an age appropriate bikini can be the difference in wowing at the beach and looking like you’re trying too hard to be young.

So we’ve put together a list of the hottest bikinis for women over 40. These classy stylish two piece swimsuits are sure to make any chic “older” woman look incredible in a swimsuit that’s right for her age.

Anne Cole Marilyn Halter

This Anne Cole two piece is a perfect bikini for women over 40. You'll understand why when you try it on.

The Sea Transform-kini by Radio Fiji

Women over 40 should look for bikinis that cover up a bit more and offer more support like this blue bikini by Radio Fiji.

Dots and Stripes Bandeaukini by Cole of California

Bikinis with polka dots and stripes can give you a fun retro style that look like they're from the 70's without making you feel like you're in your 70's

Daisy Twist Bandeau Bikini by Anne Cole

Classy styles like this Anne Cole bikini look great on many women because the flashy print of the bandeau top highlight your womanly 'assets' while drawing attention away from more troubled areas.

Goddess Fixed Moulded Halter by Seafolly

When it comes to bikini bottoms look for wider waist bands as they typically provide more coverage and can downplay your tummy and sides all while making your butt look great!

La Blanca In The Groove Banded Halter Bra

Halter top bikinis are great swimsuits for women 40 plus because of the support that they offer. They also provide more coverage so they look like much more age appropriate bikinis.

Fantastic Elastic Banded Triangle and Skirt by Anne Cole

Swimskirts like this one from Anne Cole Swimwear are a great way for mature women who aren't as confident in their legs and thighs to still rock a bikini top

Cole of California Bow Bandeau Bikini

Sometimes simple bikinis are best. Remember you're what people should be paying attention to not your bikini.


There’s a general rule of thumb to tell if a bikini is age appropriate for a modern mature woman like yourself. If you would judge someone else for wearing a bikini like yours then it’s probably not right for you. But remember the tenth commandment of women’s swimwear, “You look better in your bathing suit than you think.

Which bikini for women over 40 is your favorite? Pick one for our poll or tell us about your favorites in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Bikinis for 40 year old women and beyond

  1. Why are all your models in their 20’s? If you want to sell to women over 40, have some models of that age. I don’t wear a bikini because I don’t want to show my stretch marks.

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  3. I’m offended that this site would use models under 40 to promote swimwear for 40+ !! How about featuring swimwear for the full figured 40+ ? Not all of us have a toned body you know?

  4. I agree with the other comments here. You want to market and encourage 40,. 50 and even 60 year old women to embrace their bodies, be confident and wear a bikini? Get models that are 40, 50 and 60 to model!

  5. I’m gonna hit the big 4-0 next year. Never had kids. Still got my bikini body. So hell ya, I’m wearing one.

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