I think it’s safe to say spring is finally here. So let’s not waste any time and get to planning our beach days and vacation getaways! As much as some of us may dread pulling on a swimsuit (because let’s face it, this winter seemed to drag on and I know I needed that extra helping of mashed potatoes to see me through), we can’t let any lack of beach body confidence deter us from living our best summer lives! Good thing there are a ton of swimwear options out there this year and my favorite is retro-inspired swimsuits. Many are totally appropriate for women over 40. Let’s take a closer look at how to work this trend once you hit the beach!
The Retro-Inspired Swimsuits Trend
Swimwear this year skewed two ways: super sporty or super feminine; and the feminine styles definitely had some throwback retro vibes that can make any woman feel smoking hot. High-waist swim bottoms, sexy one pieces, sweetheart necklines, ruffles, polka dots, tropical prints and strategically placed ruching dominated the spring and resort collections, giving a not-at-all subtle nod to the styles of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Better yet, this type of style is one of the most forgiving of all (yes, black bathing suits are still flattering). Even though I truly believe all women should be confident in their own bodies, regardless of their size, shape or color, this trend is inspired from a time when it was sexy to be a little more modest but still fun and free. Therefore you don’t have to feel like you’re naked when you’re beachside!
How to Wear Retro-Inspired Swimsuits
This trend can work with any type of body if you are into the more feminine style of bathing suit. Proportions play a big key in this look. There are some basic rules to follow are if you are looking to camouflage and conceal any parts that you may not be ready to display. For example, a one piece with ruching down the front can be good for hiding a larger midsection. Something like this Seafolly Halter One Piece would be ideal. If you have a pear-shaped or hourglass figure give a two-piece (or illusion two piece) with an ultra-high-waist bottoms a try. I love this Modcloth mix print style. If you have an athletic figure with a smaller bust, visually enhance your curves by wearing a top with ruffles like this Missoni bikini set. Now you can get out your sunglasses and sandals and hit the beach!
From The Runway
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– Carmen Turner
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