5 Ways To Look Slim in a Swimsuit

swimsuit buying guide

orange one piece swimsuit

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to get out the swimsuits. Is yours cute and current? Do you even own one?

So many of us are so terrified of looking fat in a swimsuit that it becomes the one piece of clothing we put off buying, indefinitely.

The whole swimsuit thing becomes a vicious circle. When the time comes that you actually need one (i.e. you are invited to a friend’s pool or cottage) you end up dragging out some boring old bathing suit you’ve have had in your closet for years. How frumpy does that make you feel?

Buying a swimsuit that flatters your body  is challenging, especially after 40, but you can look slimmer than you realize by knowing a few little tricks. Here are 5 great ways to look slim and feel fabulous in a swimsuit:

1) Get the Right Size

This is one time it’s really important for you put your vanity aside and forget about the size tag.

Bathing suits and their stretchy nature hug your curves, so if a bathing suit fits too snug it can really squeeze your flabby bits and make you look heavier than you are.

Going up one size is always an easy fix. No one will notice and you’ll avoid looking like a stuffed sausage.

Pick something cute like this navy Mara Huffman electric casino beaded swimsuit , or this Gottex one piece Maldives swimsuit.

swimsuit fit guide

blue bathing suit over 40

swimsuit fitting size guide

Swimsuit Size Guide

2) Take Advantage of Shirring & Ruching

Some women naturally gravitate towards bathing suits with  ruching, shirring or draping and for good reason. They’ve realized that soft folds of fabric at the midriff is an excellent way to hide a midlife jelly belly.

A one piece bathing suit with this kind of detail, combined with a good tummy panel in the front to hold you in, works like magic to slim and tone.

Great picks are this Orange Gottex one piece Calyspso swimsuit 

or this Purple Gottex Rainbow Goddess swimsuit.

swimsuit fitting guide

Swimsuit fitting guide

swimsuit guide fro bathing suits

Swimsuit Size Guide

3) Choose a High Cut

Here’s a simple fact. If you look taller, you will look slimmer.

One way to look taller is to visually trick the eye by exposing as much of your leg as you can.

Boy cut short style bathing suits that cut straight across the top of your leg may make you feel covered up and safe, but the reality is they actually make you look shorter and wider.

Go for a bathing suit like this La Blanc swimsuit. It’s high at the hip to create the illusion of legs that go on for miles.

A little heel on your sandal never hurts either!

animal print one piece bathng suit

Swimsuit Fitting Guide

 

4) Drop Pounds by going Dark  (Swimsuit guide for body types)

Color counts when it comes to where you place it.

Dark colors shrink the area they cover while light and bright colors enlarge.

By using color strategically you can magically shrink the parts of your body that are a little more “obvious”, should we say?

For example, this black Miracle Suit hidden underwire  with Floral motif slims the whole body and draws the eye to your waist and away from your tummy.

A bathing suit with darker colors on the bottom and bright or light colors up by your bust will help even out your shape and make you look more balanced.This Black & White Cube Bossa one piece draped bathing suitis a good example of this (Nordstrom).
swimsuit guide for body types

Swimsuit guide for body types

black and white swimsuit

Swimsuit buying guide

5) When All Else Fails

If you are just not feeling that great about prancing around in a swimsuit then prance around in a beach cover-up, but make sure it is chic, not big, baggy and sloppy. Luckily, there many gorgeous ones out there to choose from.

The most flattering type for most women, especially those concerned about a little extra weight, will the be the kind that have a V-neckline to reveal some skin at your chest.

A tunic beach cover up offers some length to cover up your thighs if you’d rather than reveal them.

A deep V-neck, opposed to a high round neck, makes your neck look longer and therefore, your whole body appear leaner.

Gottex Clayspso cover-up from Saks.

 

Do you own fashionable beachwear? Be Brave. Send me a photo in your swimsuit and I will post it!

 red beach cover-up

 



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  1. Angela Broussard says:

    I just returned from a cruise and I must say I was pleased with my pics from the cruise when I saw them. Which that is not the norm. I am 45 and I did wear age appropriate bathing suits. My goal is to look classy for my age. I splurged and bought 2 new swimsuits. One from Target and one from Walmart. I got complements on both of them. One was a babydoll style and the other look like a tank top that tied around the neck with the bottoms being a skirt with built in girdle. Of course I always had my earrings on to complement my bathing suits. I did work extra hard on my outfits for the cruise and it paid off. I love your website. I often got tips for the cruise here and pinterest.

    • Hi Angela,
      I’m so happy for you. I’ve been on cruises and I know what you mean. It is a lot of work to get your wardrobe ready for them because you need to bring such a wide variety of clothes from bathing suits to evening dinner wear, but when you dress up on a ship, be it at the pool or a formal dinner, you really feel fab!! Plus, you end up looking fantastic in all those professional photos they take on those ships.

  2. April Hebert says:

    I love this saying: “Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body.”
    One of the great things about being older is that we get to wear whatever the hell we want. No one cares, so why should we? And if they do, that says a whole lot more about them than it does about us. Let your varicose veins see the sunlight!

  3. I am interested on swimsuit buying guide. Do you have tips for me?

  4. I am 47.5 yrs old. I am a 34DD /34E . I am a small to medium size bottom. I have a fairly small waist . I do have a bit of a jelly belly since my last birth 3 yrs ago. It is so hard to find swimsuits to fit top and bottom because of mixed sizes. Summer clothes is also a problem . I am going on vacation to Hawaii . I need HELP!!!!

    • Hi Lu. Have you considered a tankini? It’s great for girls with top and bottom size differences. It’s a two piece, so you have the flexibility of selecting different sizes and it looks like a onepiece with tummy coverage. Then, you can just buy different coloured bottoms to go with the top and update your look without breaking the bank:) With a jelly belly, definitely go a ruched top option as it will disguise what lies beneath beautifully. Hope that helps. This isn’t a plug for my online swim and resortwear business, but if you’re not sure what I mean or would like to see what this tankini would look like, here is a link to one: http://www.sequinsandsand.com.au/tankini-swimwear/3315/capriosca-chlorine-resistant-tankini-top-red.html
      Have a fabulous time in Hawaii! I’m hoping to venture there early next year with my family. Bit of a trip from Australia:) xx

  5. lois foden says:

    what about those of us that have legs which look like a world atlas, full of thread veins, purple, red, from ankle to thigh, cant afford to have them removed, nothing covers them, nothing. believe me I have tried, sally hanson, fake tan………………..can anybody help?

  6. Excellent article, but the models used did NOT go with the story, which is something I find pretty offensive. If the article is about how to look slim and the site is how to look good over 40, yet you use skinny models who are 20, at best — how is that not going to offend your readers? You’re saying one thing and doing another.

    I see Deborah’s comment that there aren’t models over 40 to be found — how much effort was put into that? If there’s a need and no supply, then why not host a competition of some sorts? Don’t just shrug and say, “Oh well.”

    • Hi Karin,
      We put many hours of effort into searching for fashion shots from retailers that use 40+ models. If you can point us to some we’d be thrilled to use them. We also always invite our 40+ readers to send in photos of themselves in various outfits which we always post. So we’re trying to change things, because we feel the same way.

      • Lori Squires says:

        Great tips on the suits. A huge factor in looking good is being confident in yourself. Make up your mind to have a good time and jump into that suit with both feet. Confidence is beautiful…not always easy…but beautiful ;o)

  7. Kathie Leveson says:

    I have been wearing tankinis for years, covers the belly. You can always flip up the top when you are lying down to tan your stomach

  8. Love the article would love for you to consider using models with less than perfect figures and faces. Most women over 40 don’t look like these models and these models are not over 40.

    best
    judith pepper

    I was one of your featured over 60’s several months ago!

    • Hi Judith,
      If I could find models who were over 40 I would use them, but alas, they are nowhere. If anyone finds a retail site that uses 40+ models I’d love to check it out. Thanks!