In my What to Wear to the Beach contest, I invited readers to unleash their creative side by designing beachwear for women over 40.
Today the Grand Prize Winner ~ “Stylish at the Beach” by Annette Hoeldrich. Annette is a regular reader who created a stylish beach ensemble for the woman who likes quiet sophistication.
There’s no loud, flashy colors, unusual cuts or trendy details here. Instead, Annette has chosen a classic one-piece black bathing suit. With its high cut sides, plunging neckline and halter back, this is a very sexy style that really enhances a woman’s curves. It’s the kind of swimsuit we’ve seen over the years on many of the world’s most beautiful women, and it looks as modern and gorgeous today as it did when it was worn by starlets like Marilyn Monroe in the 50’s.
It’s also a really practical swimsuit too because it does the job of slimming and toning too. A solid color swimsuit like this is always flattering because it creates a long single solid line that draws the viewer’s eye up and down, therefore making you appear taller and slimmer in your swimsuit. Plus, this bathing suit is black, a color which recedes, and so acts as a camouflage to visually shrinks the area it is worn over. There’s a lot to consider if you want to look great in a swimsuit and this one covers all the bases.
Beach cover-ups are often very bold and bright, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but Annette has chosen a color scheme that is more on the elegant side. Black mixed with a neutral, like this rope color, is rich and luxurious and gives the outfit a Euro-chic feel. There’s a bit of blue and green color in the tropical print, of course, but the overall palette is understated, not hot, loud and flashy like many bathing suits. Either sarong, long or short, worn against the plain black backdrop of the one piece black bathing suits looks striking!
Here’s a few other beachwear looks and some tips on choosing the right one for you.
Color and Style are Important when Choosing the Right Bathing Suit
Find a color that works with your complexion and suits your personality. Dark colors are sophisticated. Brights are cheery and fun.
Ruching is Slimming
Swimsuits with ruching (gentle folds) make the area they cover look slimmer. With the swimsuit above, the eye is drawn to the center of the body making your waist look smaller and you look slimmer overall.
A Stylish Bathing Suit Cover-up Gives You Confidence
Many of us cringe at the idea of wearing a bathing suit. That’s why when it comes to beachwear for women, a beach cover-up can make you feel more confident. When you are feeling self-conscious about your weight or your legs, or you just feel too pasty white, a cute coverup is a very chic way to hide that and to add some instant glamor.
Don’t Overlook Beach Accessories
Accessories are what really pull together a beach look. A fun sunhat, a perky straw bag, some glam sunglasses and luxe sandals. They all help to create a mood and make you look fabulous at the beach after 40!
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