Oh that we could all look as thrilled about wearing a bathing suit as this woman! For most of us 40, 50 and beyond the thought of having to put on a small piece of fabric and present ourselves in public makes us feel totally insecure.
So what can we do to feel more confident about looking beautiful at the beach? Here’s what I suggest:
1. Choose a Bathing Suit that Minimizes your Maxed out Bod!
At 40+ our thighs and tushy are not what they used to be and our breasts…well, let’s not go there! But that doesn’t mean you can’t look great in a bathing suit. All you need to do is play up your best parts and play down the rest. For example, if you have:
Big hips – Try putting the emphasis up high by choosing a suit with lots of detail up top. If it is a two piece suit, make sure the top has a pattern or a bright color.
Big bust – To minimize large breasts try finding a suit with a solid dark color up. Also v-necks flatter a chesty woman and make you look sexy.
Small bust – Ornamentation,frills or beading can give the illusion of a bigger bust and of course some padding always helps.
Long Torso – Tankinis are very cute bathing suits for women, and they are perfect if you have a long torso. The longer top disguises the fact that you are long and lean.
Big Tummy – Look for a suit with tummy control panels. A darker color at the stomach will also help you fade out this area. Diagonal lines across the stomach like a wrap or diagonal stripe are also an effective disguise.
Big Bottom -Make sure you have enough coverage. Many suits tend to skimp with the fabric in the tush area. Good fit will always flatter!
Short Legs – Buy a swimsuit that sits high on the leg. This will make you legs appear longer. A wedge sandal will also give you some height.
2. Fake a Tan
There’s nothing more deflating than looking at yourself in the mirror wearing your brand new bathing suit and seeing white pasty body (spider veins and all.) Avoid rushing out and getting a burn. Just get a bottle of insta-tan. These products get better and better every summer.
Just remember a good exfoliation before you apply it will give you the smoothest, non streaky look. If you’ve never used a product like this before, just know it only lasts a few days before you need to reapply.
3. Create a Poolside Persona
You’ve got the bathing suit. You are working on your insta-tan. Don’t forget to accessorize your look. Create a poolside persona with a hat, sunglasses, a cover-up, sandals and fun jewelry that compliment your look. Love that jungle print one piece you just bought? Then why not add a straw hat, some big natural beads, gold sandals, and a Safari throw.
Adore that two piece navy swimsuit with sailor skirt bottom? Try some white rope thongs, a nautical style hat, and a bit red white and blue canvas tote.
If you’ve got a great overall look happening, no one will even notice those niggly, bothersome figure challenges that make you feel so self conscious. Pay attention to detail, be thoughtfully put together and well groomed, and we guarantee you’ll be the belle of the beach.
And, of course you can wear a bikini over 40!