The Best Swim And Resort Wear For Women Over 40

The mercury is starting to rise and if you’re one of the lucky ones, the warmer weather has hit and you can soon make your way to the pool or beach. If you are like some of us here in the mid-west, you are still literally digging yourself out of the snow, and, if that is the case, then pack your bags, because it’s time for a much-needed vacation! This month, as we look forward to the upcoming warm and sunny weather, let’s take a look at the best swim and resort wear for women over 40.

Swim And Resort Wear Trends 2019

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For many, basking in the sun is the epitome of warm weather goals (just don’t forget your SPF!). I love flaunting my curves in the perfect swimsuit paired with killer accessories. I take inspiration for my vacation look directly from the designers’ resort collections.


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This year for Resort 2019, designers showed more covered-up looks and modest swimwear for women than in recent years. Things had gotten awfully skimpy which wasn’t good news if you’re over 40. This year, many layered looks, longer and more casual resort dresses and skirts and full-on knits were shown on the runway. However, there were some modern and sexy options like this Miu Miu mixed-print, cut-out midi dress and this deep, V-neck, one-piece bathing suit from the Zimmerman collection. Both are to-die-for pieces, and both are ideal for women over 40.

How To Wear Swim and Resort Wear

All women can be sexy in swimwear; the key is to figure out what works best for your own curves! I still love a traditional two-piece bathing suit. I’m currently loving the pastel colors and cut of this Mara Hoffman printed bikini top and bottom. It shows off all of my hard work at the gym without being too revealing.

One of my favorite pieces while shopping the resort options is this Tory Burch striped tunic. I’d throw this on with some wedge sandals and feel like a million bucks at the pool bar or heading to a poolside lunch.

Finally, don’t be afraid to bring a little bit of beachwear to your daytime look by wearing these Sam Edelman Glenda Raffia Slide Sandals. Pair them with crisp linen pants and a cool, white cotton t-shirt for a weekend play date, lunch date or an afternoon with friends.

Shop Swim and Resort Wear for Women Over 40

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Tory Burch Striped V-Neck Bracelet-Sleeve Beach Tunic, $298

Mara Hoffman Lydia Printed Bikini Top and Bottom, $140/ $145

Seafolly Splice High-Neck Maillot One-Piece Swimsuit, $118

Glenda Raffia Slide Sandal, $90

Trina Turk Welcome To Miami Kimono Swim Cover-Up,  $148


Tips for Swimwear Shopping for Women Over 40

1. When it comes to swimsuit shopping, although you may dread it, try on as many different styles as you can. If you like to shop online, order several suits, try them on in the privacy of your home, and return the ones that don’t work. Most department stores offer in-store returns or free return shipping.

2. Begin with a style that you know has worked for you in the past, and then try some variations. For example, if a one piece v-neck one-piece flatters you, a sweetheart neckline or a halter top one-pieces may give you more support and look even better on you.

3. Don’t shy away from patterns and colors. You may surprised to find that some patterns and prints are more slimming than solids, or that a bright color looks better on your skin tone than basic black.

4. Make sure that the suit stays in place, and, most of all, that you feel comfortable wearing it. Sit down in the suit and move around in the dressing room. You can even do a little dance in the suit to test it out!

5. The best swimsuit styles for women over 40 are one-piece suits, tankinis (full length tank tops with separate bottoms) and 2-piece suits with a high waist bottom. Unless you have a perfect figure, swimwear you should avoid includes string bikini’s, deep v-necks to the navel and super high cut leg openings. Strapless suits can work on some women, but be cautious that it does not slide down, or find one with that offers optional straps.

What is your favorite swim and resort wear trend for 2019?

– Carmen Turner

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You may also like to read more of Carmen’s Wearable Trends posts like How To Style The Boho Chic Trend When You’re Over 40 and How To Master The Neon Trend When You’re Over 40.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Swim And Resort Wear For Women Over 40”

  1. I haven’t bought bathers (Aussie for swimsuit) for a few years because I haven’t swum all that often and my current pair still do the job. It’s such a traumatic experience in those horrible changerooms trying to find something that looks good – thanks for the great tips.

  2. I wear when I need to be in the water or around the water, board shorts and a bikini top or tank top. If I have to maneuver onto a raft, tube or run after children, I need something very unglamorous!


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