Editor’s Note: Every year we update our swim story by adding styles worn by women at our NextTribe beach retreat in Troncones, Mexico. Here, our favorite swimsuits for women over 50 (or over whatever).
Shopping for a bathing suit once you’re NextTribe age is about as much fun as a colonoscopy, am I right? But there’s good news: it’s getting easier. More and more brands are offering sophisticated or active options that you won’t be horrified to wear.
Having been four times to the NextTribe “Stretch Your Mind, Stretch Your Body” retreat on the beaches of Troncones, Mexico, I’d already done a bit of research about what kind of swimwear was available for a 60-year-old body. Then I faced a horror more daunting than my terror over bears, heights and being photographed nude: I videotaped myself wearing the swimsuits I’d found…and ran the footage in one of my “Talk’n Closet with Kim” style segments. Talk about overcoming personal fears!
Fortunately, while I was on our retreat, I had the opportunity to see the swimwear other real women were wearing. I interviewed them about the styles they’re currently loving, got in-depth information about the “why” behind their favorite new suits they had packed for the trip—and used the info to put together a list of shoppable items.
The coolest swimsuits for women over 50 this year include bikinis, tankinis, cut-out one-pieces, and full (but sexy) coverage for the non-sun lover. Get inspired by what the Tribers wore to the beach this year to pick out a suit (or two!) for yourself—sans terror.
Judi, a first-timer on our beach retreat, loves the look and coverage of this bandeau takini from Bleu Rod Beattie. You can combine the top with any kind of bottom (such as boy shorts or swim skirt) to suit your body.
If you’re done with too much sun, you can cover up in a most flattering way: A long-sleeved one-piece that is made for an active life. Our co-founder Jeannie Ralston, shown here, loves this suit from Billabong for afternoons out in the surf on a boogie board. It’s made of 2mm wetsuit material that will keep you warm even in cold water. (Photo by Amy Kawadler.)
Zip It Up
If you don’t necessarily want to cover up all the way to your wrists, how about this modern, sporty one-piece that taps into your inner Bond Girl. Here’s a similar striped style from Carve that’s just as delish.
Ruffles That Roar
I love this suit from Cabana Del Sol for many reasons. One it’s leopard print, and as you may or may not know, that’s NextTribe’s signature print. Also, I love that it covers a lot of my midsection. As I like to say, when your body is bikini ready but your belly refuses to cooperate, go for a high-waisted bottom. The ruffled top, which you can drape in many ways, adds pizazz and might even be a crop top option worn with a sarong for dinner out. This style is no longer available but here’s a similar style with equal panache and similar, slimming bottoms.
No Extra Layer Required
A lot of times you’ll see rashguards go over a swimsuit, but Vanessa Harker, who is a big time boogie boarder at our beach retreat, likes her rashguard to BE her suit. You can get a similar look from Athleta here. Photo by Gigi Leventis Lewis.
Cap it Off
Cathy, who has been on our retreat every year, wears a short sleeve rash guard over bikini bottoms for sun protection and excellent coverage. Here’s a darling version from Albion here.
The Side Gig
If you’re wary of showing too much skin in front or back, consider allowing just a peek with some side cut out. Not as revealing, but still very sexy. Here’s a version from Holipick, available in a slew of colors and prints.
Thank God for stripes. They’re a great trick for directing focus. Here Jan, a first-timer at our beach retreat, is wearing a two-piece from Beach House.
Amy Kawadler, another NextTriber who has come to every beach retreat, is a jewelry designer who likes to work with vintage pieces. Here, she adds a broach to jazz up a one-piece she’s had for years. She found a matching sarong for extra cover. Check out this one piece that offers the same eye-popping shades of blue.
Drama Under the Sun
If you’d prefer to accentuate shoulders over boobs, this is a wonderful, exotic style. The tropical print accentuates the Carmen Miranda feel. Here’s a La Blanca version you can buy now.
Back Into It
As a lifelong adventurer and former retail executive, Geri knows how to pack. Here is one of her favorite suits, which features an elegant weave in the back. Here’s a similar style from Catalina.
Bonus: Skirt Talk
Because we know many of you might like a swim-skirt option, we found two that are fun and jaunty (as opposed to making you look like you’re about to play golf rather than jump in the pool). Find the blue version here (other colors available); the gorgeous print skirt is from Albion.