10 Stunning Bathing Suits for Women Over 40

There are many things that change as we age, but the desire to look beautiful, whether at the beach, pool or anywhere else, is definitely not one of them. While it may be easy to feel comfortable in your own skin when you’re in your 20’s, our confidence tends to decrease as we age. Don’t let natural physical changes affect your ability to feel great in your swimsuit when you’re at the gym or lounging by the sea. With customized bathing suits for women over 40, you’ll be able to feel stunning no matter what your age.

Peekaboo Suits

For those who want to show a little skin without baring it all, a spliced suit with black mesh can show just enough to make you feel sexy while keeping the majority of your midsection covered up. The black and white crossover design keeps things interesting up top while also offering a slimming reduction around your middle.

Instant Curves

When it comes to creating a curvy silhouette, some suits are better designed for the job than others. The rainbow stripes on the sides of this suit create a cinched middle while adding a splash of color to basic black.

Classic With a Twist

While the maillot is a standard in the world of swimwear, you can jazz yours up to feel anything but ordinary while keeping problem areas covered up. A keyhole opening and boxed pleat details bring excitement to this little black classic.

Lace-up Suits

Lace-up backs and fronts are common in bathing suits for women over 40, so stand out of the crowd by adding that detail to a different spot: the sides of your suit. Showing skin in a strategic spot can attract attention and inspire your confidence without revealing your age.

Chic Shirring

There’s no better way to hide a little tummy bulge than with a shirred-front on your suit. The gathering effect does more than create interest; it also creates the illusion of a flat stomach.

Striped Swim Dress

There are not many suits more shielding than a swim dress, making it one of the most popular choices for women of any age who are looking for a little more coverage. The asymmetrical stripes on this suit make it even more flattering, while the removable strap gives you the option for a bandeau-style top.

Shirred Swim Dress

What’s better than a swim dress or a shirred top? A shirred swim dress, of course. Mixing two of the most slimming options available will give you ultimate coverage and instant confidence.

Lace Tops

While peekaboo mesh is always a good thing, those who desire to show off a little more skin may opt for a lace crochet top. The style mimics a bandeau bikini top, but a see-through covering keeps the stomach from being completely visible. This swimsuit works great for those who aren’t quite ready to leave their bikini days behind but want a little more coverage.

Minimal Coverage

If you want to show even more skin without going to a two-piece, try out a swimming suit that offers the least amount of stomach coverage in the world of one-pieces. The minimal amount of fabric on a monokini can keep stubborn belly bulges covered while creating a curvy design and showing off the back and sides of your midsection.

Wrap it Up

For those seeking maximum coverage in a sleek and stylish suit, a wrapped and tied middle can hide bulges while creating interest and excitement. Make waves at the pool or beach with a wrap suit designed to create the midsection of your youth.

These are just a few of the many options of bathing suits for women over 40 that can make you feel confident and beautiful while hiding the less fortunate aspects that come with age. Decide which type and form of coverage you need and you’ll feel great whether you’re swimming laps at the pool or relaxing by the sea.

5 Ways to Wear a Swim Dress

When you’re looking for a little more coverage but still want to maintain a stylish and chic look, a swim dress is the way to go. The flare of the skirt adds more curve and covers up those hard-to-tone areas, giving you the confidence you need to enjoy the beach or the pool. Wearing this type of suit is also a great way to add a personal touch, since there are several unique ways to wear the versatile ensemble. Here are a few of the top ways to wear this trendy style.

1. With a Belt

Belted outfits are not limited to the office anymore; even your swimwear can be enhanced with the addition of a belt around the middle. Obviously, there are certain things you’ll need to keep in mind as you select the perfect accessory for your swimsuit.

  • Make it waterproof: Unless you’re planning on spending all of your time lounging on the shore and never stepping foot in the water, you want to make sure you select belting that is completely waterproof.
  • Match your style: Adding an accessory around your middle is just another way to show off your taste and create an outfit that showcases your personality. You may opt for a sparkly band that screams glitz and glamour or a solid, classic look. Whatever you choose, make sure it matches the rest of your swimming suit’s style.
  • Placement is key: One of the fastest ways to create a cinched mid-section is with the addition of a belt, but there are other ways this accessory can improve your look. A low-placed belt gives off a completely different vibe than one set high on your hips. Try a few different styles to see what creates the exact look you’re going for.

2. With a Tie

One of the most popular things to do with the fabric of your skirt is tie it off to the side of your hip. While that might seem to negate the effect of covering up your thighs, it can actually serve to slim you even further. A slightly larger amount of skin may be visible on the side of your leg, but the asymmetrical lines will create interest while keeping you covered in all the places that matter.

3. With a Ruffle

Those looking for the ultimate in feminine style will want to look into ruffled dress bottoms. These can be placed on the bottom of a skirt or right on the hips, each way giving off a completely different look. This classic addition creates a cute appeal that can be enhanced by the color and texture of your suit’s fabric. For an outfit that’s straight out of the 50s, add a polka-dot ruffled option to your swimwear collection.

4. With Shirring

One thing that a swim dress is best at is covering up those hard-to-tone places that everybody wants to hide. By selecting a suit that also has shirring on the top, you’ll create a slimmer look throughout your entire body. Shirring around the midsection is the best way to hide any stubborn tummy bulges while still looking stylish and chic.

5. With an Empire Waist

While many swim dress options feature a ruffled skirt that hits about mid-hip, you can also find options that flare out from the ribcage, creating an empire waist appearance on the dress. This is not only great at hiding problem areas in your hips, but also drapes over the stomach to hide tummy bulges and love handles. For those looking for ultimate coverage in the lower half of your body, a high-waisted option is the way to go.
As you’re shopping for a new swim dress, keep in mind that there are several different ways to wear them. Find the one that suits your personal style and swimwear needs and you’ll feel confident and free at the beach or by the pool.

Why Swim Dresses Might Be the Most Underrated Swimsuit Style

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are or feel, wearing the wrong style of swimsuit can really hurt your appearance. If you want to look slim, fit and trendy no matter what your actual body shape is, then a swim dress is your best bet.

Suitable for Most Body Types

There is no one size or style fits all when it comes to swim dresses. They come in different lengths and styles. Although they look like miniature dresses, they are in no way as limiting. You can choose from tank tops, halters, tubes and tankinis and flared to straight hemlines, the final result is an elegant and beautiful appearance that flatters your body shape.

More Is Better

Part of why swim dresses are so underrated is they aren’t as revealing as bikinis and many two piece swimsuits are. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to show some skin, you can make a better statement by revealing less skin. Women who want to leave something to the imagination without sacrificing their style or comfort find that swim dresses are the perfect type of swimwear that allows them to do that.

Also, if you’ve recently lost or gained some weight from pregnancy or some other reason, you don’t want to be caught in a skimpy bikini. You can still look and feel good about your appearance in stylish swim dress.

Easy to Keep Up With

Imagine how often you’ve misplaced part of your bikinis because they are so tiny. Think about how tired you are of having to constantly replace a missing top or bottom. With swim dresses, you won’t have to worry about losing or misplacing them because they are big enough for you to notice them anywhere.

When it comes to choosing the perfect swim dress, try to go with your favorite style of top and skirt. You can always add some extra flair and appeal to your beach and pool attire by mixing swim dress tops with different bottoms. Don’t forget to wear a sexy pair of beach sandals to complete your look.

Flattering Full Figure Plus Size Bathing Suits

We have a philosophy here at SwimsuitsDirect.com, that every woman can look good in a swimsuit, you just need to find the right one. Just because you have a fuller figure, it doesn’t mean you have to wear the dowdy, boring swimsuits of yesteryear. There’s absolutely nothing sexy or cute about swimwear for plus size women that looks like a sack on the beach. And you definitely don’t want some kind of cheap plus size swimwear. So instead of dimming your light and wearing some horrible baggy dress, look for styles and brands that are fashion forward that flatter and enhance your curves. While cover-ups are fabulous pieces to keep in your beachwear arsenal, don’t let them be your swimwear end-all. Too many times, guides on various websites advise you to cover up, but we say, throw caution to the wind and find that plus size bathing suit that really helps you shine!

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5 HOT Swimwear Trends for 2014

As with other fashion, swimwear fashion changes ever year. And you always want to keep up with the latest fashion trends.

Like all swimwear trends a swimsuit style should flatter your figure type or that style should be avoided all together.  Usually trends can be incorporated in a variety of styles so there is something for everyone. If you don’t

feel a trendy swimsuit style is for you, a classic one piece or two piece style suit is always a chic option. Nautical inspired, floral, and stripe styles are year in and year out swim apparel favorites.  Also you will find many stylish bathing suits with mesh inserts and unique cut outs to help control and emphasize a woman’s sensual curvature. Below are 5 of the hottest swimsuit trends for Summer 2014. Continue reading

The Best Swimwear for Women over 40

I’m sure this is not news to any women over 40 but as we get older our bodies don’t keep their 22 year old physique. As we get older it seems harder and harder to find a swimsuit you feel confident in. Trust us when we say it’s not you. You still can look just as good (if not better) as a twenty-something, you just need to pick the right swimwear.

Anne Cole Maillot One Piece. The Top Swimsuit for 40+ Women

Anne Cole Maillot One Piece.
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The swimsuits you wore in your teens and twenties just aren’t classy enough anymore for women of refined sophistication. You need a swimsuit that reflects your chic elegance and mature beauty. So we’ve put together a list of the best swimsuits for women over 40. These suits look so amazing that you shouldn’t be surprised if your teenage daughter asks to borrow them.

The Number One Best Swimsuit for Women over 40

To say this maillot is a classic would be an understatement. This timeless one piece bathing suit is our number one best seller for a reason. It’s simple yet sophisticated. This Anne Cole swimsuit highlights your womanly curves and shows just the right amount of skin to provide a certain sex appeal for its wearer.

The universality of this bathing suit makes it the swimwear version of the little black dress. When it comes to swimwear for women over 40 it’s hard to beat this sultry yet refined swim piece. Lingerie Maillot One Piece by Anne Cole

One Piece Bathing Suit Seafolly

Goddess Boyleg by Seafolly
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A Bathing Suit That Hides Your Thighs and Still Looks Fabulous

Boyleg bathing suits aren’t for boys. They’re a classy retro look that is a great modest swimwear choice for moms and women 40 plus who want to cover a little bit more of their upper legs.

Seafolly Swimwear is a brand desired by many women for their subtle yet beautiful details. This adorable one piece swimsuit exemplifies the Seafolly brand with its luxurious twisted sweetheart top. A ruched panel around your midsection minimizes troubled spots. And of course the boy leg bottoms flatter even the most unflattering of thighs. Goddess Boyleg by Seafolly

Anne Cole Control one piece

Criss Cross Shirred Halter by Anne Cole Control
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The Swimsuit That’s Built to Make You Look Sexy

If there’s one thing you want from your bathing suit, it’s for it to make you look good.  The Anne Cole Control line does just that. Mesh fabric on the interior of the suits keeps your curves beautiful and smooth. No more unsightly side bulges.

This blue beauty delights the discriminating fashion palette of the 40+ crowd with a chic elegant look and a comfortable fit that’s pure flattery. Expect to get a lot of extra attention in this Anne Cole Control bathing suit that’s sure to make your man say ‘WOW!’ Criss Cross Shirred Halter by Anne Cole Control

Leilani Paradise Beach Tank

Leilani Paradise Beach Tank
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Floral Fun in a One Piece

Not all women have a body like a Demi Moore by the time they hit 50. (Hell most 20 year olds don’t have a body like Demi Moore.) That’s why Leilani came out with this fun one piece swimsuit for those sun loving ladies who don’t feel the need to look like Demi Moore.

The engaging floral patterns distract from the tummy area making you look thinner.  This full one piece is a great swimsuit for moms because it allows for full range of play without worrying about anything… falling out. Leilani Paradise Beach Tank

The Bikini for the Hot Mom

Fantastic Elastic Banded Triangle and Skirt by Anne Cole
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The Hot Mom Bikini

Who says women over 40 can’t wear bikinis? You’ve dieted; you’ve exercised all to get your body ready for the trip to the shore. Why not show it off?

This flirty skirt balances a voluptuous top that completes a sophisticated modest look while showing off your more toned midsection.  The swim skirt style smooths over thighs and hips while directing attention to the torso, face and legs. The support and comfort of the suit makes this is a great two piece for those hot mamas taking their kids to the beach. Fantastic Elastic Banded Triangle and Skirt by Anne Cole

Tankini for ladies over 40

Brushstrokes Shirred Side Bandeau by Suit Yourself
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Tankinis; The Unofficial Swimsuit for Moms

Tankinis get the best of both worlds. They have the comfort and ease of a bikini with the coverage and flattery of a one piece swimsuit, with a style all their own. Two piece swimsuits are the choice for thousands of women over 40 because of their stylish modesty and ability to mask troubled areas.

You’ll love this stylish tankini by Suit Yourself. The flowy tankini feel masks imperfections around your waist and hides your tummy. The shirred sides flatter your feminine form accentuating and smoothing  your curves. The halter top lengthens your neck while providing support for you bust. While the high waisted bikini bottoms feature a tummy thinner and also help shape your tush. Brushstrokes Shirred Side Bandeau by Suit Yourself

Sheer Cover Up T-Back Maxi by Elan

T-Back Maxi by Elan
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The Goddess Cover Up

It’s not all about the bathing suit. A good cover up can help too providing sophistication and elegance that twenty-something-year-olds won’t figure out until they’re older.

This flowy dress by Elan looks oh so chic. The long sheer bottom gives an illusion of added height.  It goes great with any type of swim wear and is sure to make you feel, well like a goddess. Be sexy and stylish after the beach or pool in a new cover up. Coral T-Back Maxi Dress Cover Up by Elan

It Figures Slimming Tankini

Garden State UW Halterkini by It Figures
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Curvy Confidence in a Two Piece

This two piece halter top tankini by It Figures is perfect for curvier women. Black is slimming and combined with the Tummy Thinner® technology this bathing suit gives its wearer a lot of confidence in her curves.

The halter top style draws the eye upward elongating the wearer’s neck.  While the high waist bottoms help shape your bottom. Garden State UW Halterkini by It Figures

Plus size one piece by It Figures

H Back Swim Dress One Piece by It Figures Plus
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The Plus Size Babe at the Beach

It’s a fact, women come in all different shapes and sizes. Some in larger sizes. But should they not look good or feel confident like their thinner counterparts? Of course not!

At SwimsuitsDirect.com we feel very strongly that every woman should feel amazing in her swim apparel.

This one piece swim dress by It Figures is just what the fashion doctor ordered.  The elaborate floral print distracts from troubled areas and the silhouette of this swim dress helps define your full figure’s curves making your tummy and thighs appear thinner. H Back Swim Dress One Piece by It Figures Plus


A few tips to leave you with

If you want to look your thinnest, stay away from anything that cuts across your body. This includes zebra stripes, tiger stripes, army stripes…no matter how cute and trendy, they’re unflattering.

As you get older it’s a good idea to get a new swimsuit every year or two to ensure that you will always look your best.

Shop online for your next swimsuit at SwimsuitsDirect.com and get Free Shipping and Free Returns. It takes away some of the pressure and intimidation from shopping in a store allowing you the freedom to pick out what’s best for you.

Bikini Lab Has Arrived!

Young? Sexy? Hot? Trendy? Then Bikini Lab is the brand for you. Now you can find great deals and shop for Bikini Lab bikinis and swimwear at SwimsuitsDirect.com. This hip young brand is the latest addition to our fashion-forward bathing suit collection. Continue reading

Radio Fiji Juniors Swimsuits 2014


This bikini by Radio Fiji has color and sass!

Swimsuit designers are releasing their 2014 styles just in time for the spring break season, and Radio Fiji is no exception. Their new line features bright swim styles in a wide variety of shapes and cuts, guaranteed to fit anyone’s personal taste. These are the five emerging trends in the Radio Fiji Swimwear 2014 collection that are guaranteed to be the talk of the beach. Continue reading

Convertible Dresses – From Day to Night

What better way to have fun with your style, than with a dress that lets you create your looks!

Finding functional and sophisticated things to wear without too much fuss is great for women on the go. Life really is too busy to have to worry about what to wear. The Elan Convertible Dress offers eight unique ways to wear one piece of clothing. It even comes with step-by-step instructions on how to wear it in all of these eight different ways so getting dressed has never been easier. The dress comes in black, white and a nautical blue and white stripe pattern to suit the personal styles of all women.

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