How To Feel Confident in a Swimsuit Over 50

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How to Feel Confident in a Swimsuit Over 50

One thing that I have learned over the years is that it’s all about illusion ladies. Yep. Illusions are an amazing tool for confidence. Feeling confident in a swimsuit is easy to do when you focus on a few things.

Whether you love your body the way that it is or not, we all have get into a bathing suit every summer. For many of us, it is more than just in the summer. So let’s figure out how you are going to feel fabulous in your swimsuit from now on out.

Find A Swimsuit that Fits

Finding the “perfect” swimsuit is not always an easy task. I am sure that you have heard the saying….if at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again. Well, that is what it takes to find a great swimsuit. The nice thing about online shopping and easy returns is that you can order in several suits, by different brands, and try them on in the privacy of your own home. No more going to the store and having to walk out of the dressing room to see yourself in a big mirror. Remember those days? Yes, we can feel confident in a swimsuit if we focus on a few things when we are getting ready to find “the one”.

Choose a Great Color

We all have a color or two that when we wear it we feel great. Look for a swimsuit in those colors. Again, the beauty of shopping online versus in store. That search tool by color is one of my very favorite features and gets LOTS of use from me on all websites.

Choose a Suit Based on Your Body Type

We all have areas that we like to accentuate and others that we like to disguise. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that either. Once we hit a certain age things just naturally happen to the body. The one thing that makes me feel most comfortable in a bathing suit is having a top that is my bra size with underwires. That is my BIG thing when I buy a bathing suit. Yes, ladies if you have not discovered shopping for a bathing suit by your bra size, then you need to start considering it now. It was a game changer for me a few years ago. You can find two piece bathing suits and one piece bathing suits that way.

There are also so many brands out there that have a little tummy control built into the bottom half of the suit. Again, one piece and two piece.

So keep your options open and really take the time to read the descriptions that the brands write. They will tell you if the suit works better for long or short torsos, tummy control, etc.

Where to Shop Online for a Swimsuit

So now that I have convinced you that shopping online is the way to go for swimsuits, I thought I should include some of my favorite sites for finding great suits for midlife women.

Keep a Great Cover-up Nearby

Now that we have figured out how to find a swimsuit that you feel good in, let’s take it up another notch. Yes, adding a great cover-up. Think about how many times you have to get up from your lounger to go to get something to drink, a trip to the little girl’s room, or even to have lunch poolside. Having a great cover-up that coordinates and finishes the “look” of your swimsuit is key. You just need to find the type that you are most comfortable in. They come in all sorts of forms:

  • Oversized button down shirts/tunics
  • Dresses
  • Bottoms such as sheer pants or cute shorts
  • Wraps or Pareos
  • Rompers

There is a great cover-up out there for everyone and you can usually find them in neutral colors so that they will coordinate with more than one swimsuit.

Accessories to Help You Feel Confident in a Swimsuit

There are three categories of accessories that can help you feel fabulous in your swimsuit. Once you have these, they will last you for many seasons to come.

A Great Bag

Not only does a great bag help complete your swimsuit look, but it also comes in handy. There are so many options out there and and various pricepoints. You do want to purchase something that will hold up so that you can get several seasons out of it and it will travel well.

Here are some companies that I like to shop for great beach/pool bags


Great sunnies are a must. Another thing to consider adding to your bag is sunnies that are readers. Personally I don’t like to wear my really nice designer sunglasses when I am at the beach or pool. I prefer to wear something that protects my eyes and if I loose them or they get broken it’s not a big deal.

Sun Hat

A sun hat that protects your face is a must have ladies. Yes, it protects your face from the rays, but it will also make you look oh so chic and confident in a swimsuit. There are so many options out there that are packable these days that there isn’t an excuse for leaving it behind. I never go out in the sun for any length of time without one.

You can read the post that I wrote about hats that really protect your face and find one that fits what you are looking for. I promise.

Pool Slides/Sandals

Something that I always pack is a pair of sandals that can be washed off as you are returning from the beach. You know that if you are near water whether it is at the pool or the beach your shoes are going to get wet. A great classic is Havianas and another classic brand that I love, Bernardo 1946, has some great pool slides this year.

A Little Tan Can Help With Confidence in a Swimsuit

A little self tanner before donning your swimsuit can go a long way. Most of us don’t get out in the sun much these days so getting rid of that Casper glow and putting on a little bronze glow can help so much with how we feel in our swimsuits. There are so many options out there. You can read about my favorite clean self tanners here.

One thing I definitely recommend when you are trying a new self tanner is not to wait until the last minute to try it out. You just never know how it may end up looking with your skin and body chemistry. Try it out a week or so before just so that you have the color that you are looking for. Here’s a great reminder on how to apply self tanner.

Another great cream that I have recently found that is great for covering skin imperfections and giving your body a little glow is this Body CC Cream by Whish. It is great to have around for ANY occasion, not just when you are wearing a swimsuit.


As always, thank for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my posts. I hope that today’s post help you find one little thing that will help you feel more confident in a swimsuit going forward. Life is too short not to get out and enjoy!

Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!


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  1. I love how there are so many different options for suits now too!

    1. Yes. So many choices out there that we can feel great in. Don’t forget the accessories to complete the look, just like any other OOTD.

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