This little blast of heat we had this week is my glimmer of hope that swimsuit weather will be here soon! Do you struggle with finding a suit that fits a real actual human body? Do you look at the 6 ft tall, 112 lb, 20 year old model in the catalogue and think “well that suit ain’t gonna look like that on me!”. The average American woman by the way is 5’3″ and weights 168 lbs. So what’s a girl to do? The good news is swimsuit campaigns have shifted, and many companies, like Target and AE now feature photos of non airbrushed models, showcasing our wiggly, jiggly ladyparts. Hooray!
First, I’d like to dispel the “no bikinis over 40” rule. As one of my ladies says “I have a body, I’m in a bikini, therefore I have a bikini body!”. Let me guide you to some of my (and my clients) recent favorites. Thanks to all my ladies who sent these suggestions! I appreciate you!
So, what exactly you are looking for? Will you be chilling under the palapa in Mexico reading a book? Go for a plunging neckline, or some interesting metal details, paired with a cute sarong. This Magic Suit from Miraclesuit features rouching around the middle. I scored this floral embellished one piece (pictured to the left) at Nordstrom’s. It has a plunging neckline, but the tie across the back keeps everything under control. You can find similar styles here.
Will you be swimming major laps at the pool? Then look for a more athletic fit one piece, with secure straps. PrAna offers this one piece with convertible shoulder straps that will stay in place as you swim. For my curvy girls, check out Swimsuits For All. They offer a variety of separates, including full coverage briefs, bike shorts, and skirts.
Here’s my buddy Denise on the beach in Florida, rocking her floral print two piece from Target. Let’s just all take a moment to imagine we are on a sunny beach right now…
Will you be doing an outdoor activity in the full sun, like stand up paddle on the Willamette? Make sure you get a cover up or sun shirt. one of my ladies just ordered this tankini/ skirt combo from Garnet Hill , perfect for a sporty activity. They also offer a sun shirt in lots of colorful, fun patterns.
In an effort to limit sun exposure (and at the urging of my esthetician) I’m on a new campaign to keep my chest covered, and love this high neck sport bikini top (me to the left) from Venus.
If you are looking to shop local, check out Popina for vintage inspired looks that are super stylish, and comfortable.
Big thanks to all my ladies who contributed to this post by sending me their favorite suits! Have you recently found a gem of a suit? Message me and I will add your suggestions to this post.