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 three 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.
Pat Reed, a first-timer on our beach retreat, loves the look and coverage of this takini from Title Nine so much that she has it several prints. 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 Title Nine for afternoons out in the surf on a boogie board. Find a similar style here from Athleta. (Photo by Kimberly Cihlar)
Zip It Up
I don’t necessarily want to cover up all the way to my wrists, but I like this modern, sporty take on swimsuits by…you guessed it…Michael Kors. I can unzip a little after I get out of the surf to reveal my inner Bond Girl. Here’s a similar style from Body Glove 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.
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. Here she is with an adorable Billabong top, and you can get a similar look here. Photo by Gigi Leventis Lewis.
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 Ashley Graham’s Swimsuits for All. Another big “meow.”
Lost in the Middle
And then again, thank God for ruching. This is trick for hiding rolls and anything you don’t love in your midsection. Here Jeannie is wearing a ruched-front suit that is similar to this gorgeous style from Garnet Hill. Photo by Amy Kawadler.
Holding It Together
Amy Kawadler, another avid surf girl, likes a bikini at all times. You can do that when you’ve kept a nice flat tummy. This one by Betsy Johnson gives her underwire structure she needs up top (who wants to be falling out as you’re riding a wave) with sweet details like a ruffle and embroidered flowers. Check out this two piece from Catalina that gives you underwire support and a little more belly coverage.
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 Trina Turk version you can buy now.
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 striped skirt is from La Blanca here. You’ll find co-ordinating tops with each.