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One Piece Swimsuit Guide for Women Over 50

The season of backyard pool parties, trips to the beach, and days spent at the lake is almost upon us. This means it’s time to begin the search for a new swimsuit. I’ve heard many, many times from women our age how much they dread shopping for a new swimsuit. I used to feel the same way, but over the last several years, I’ve developed a deep appreciation of my body. I refuse to let the fear of showing a little skin rob me of the pleasure of making memories with my friends and family, and I encourage you to do the same! So, I hope this one-piece swimsuit guide will be helpful for you.

When looking at new swimwear, I am shopping for something that makes me feel comfortable and confident. There are so many styles of swimsuits available from bikinis to swim dresses, but today, we are going to talk about one-pieces. I’m sharing a guide for shopping for a new one piece as well as some of my favorite one piece swimsuits for women over 50.

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One Piece Swimsuit Guide

Miraclesuit Network Jena (Size 12) (Sold Out in White)

How to Shop for a One Piece Swimsuit

Whether you’re hitting the beach, lounging poolside, or enjoying water aerobics, finding the perfect one-piece swimsuit that offers comfort, support, and style is key. Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

  • Consider Tummy Control: Look for swimsuits with built-in tummy control features such as ruching, mesh panels, or power-mesh lining. These elements help to smooth and shape your midsection, providing a flattering silhouette and boosting your confidence.
  • Opt for Full Coverage: A lot of swimsuits this year have a cheeky cut on the bottom, so pay close attention when purchasing a new bathing suit. Choose a one-piece swimsuit with ample coverage to provide support and modesty. If you are a taller gal, consider swimsuits with a longer torso length for a comfortable fit.
  • Adjustable Straps: When selecting a swimsuit, consider the strap style and adjustability. Removable or adjustable straps allow you to customize the fit and provide versatility. Opt for wide straps to distribute weight evenly and minimize pressure on your shoulders.
  • Think About Tan Lines: If you’re concerned about tan lines, consider swimsuits with convertible or removable straps. This allows you to switch between different strap configurations, such as crisscross, halter, or strapless, to minimize tan lines while still providing support.
  • Supportive Fabrics: Look for swimsuits made from supportive fabrics like nylon, spandex, or Lycra, which offer stretch and durability. These fabrics provide a snug fit and help to smooth and sculpt your figure without feeling restrictive.
  • Embrace Pattern and Color: Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns and colors that complement your skin tone and personal style. Darker shades like navy, black, or deep plum can create a slimming effect, while vibrant prints and bold colors can add a playful touch to your look.
  • Try Before You Buy: If possible, try on swimsuits in-store to ensure the best fit and comfort. Pay attention to how the swimsuit feels on your body and move around to ensure freedom of movement and support in all the right places.
  • Accessorize Smartly: Complete your beach or poolside look with stylish accessories like a sun hat, oversized sunglasses, and a lightweight cover-up or sarong. These accessories not only provide sun protection but also add flair to your ensemble. You can find my sun hat recommendations here and my cover-up suggestions in this post.

By following these tips, you can confidently navigate the world of one-piece swimsuit shopping and find the perfect swimsuit that makes you look and feel fabulous at any age. Remember, the most important thing is to choose a swimsuit that makes you feel comfortable and confident so you can enjoy your time in the sun with ease.

My Favorite One Piece Swimsuits for Women Over 50

One Shoulder Swimsuit (Size 12) | Wide Brim Hat (Similar) | Woven Bag | Sunglasses

I couldn’t have a one piece swimsuit guide without including a swimsuit with some drama, so we are starting with this stunning one-shoulder Miraclesuit. It comes in the most beautiful and slimming shade called Midnight. The website says it makes you look ten pounds lighter in ten seconds… sign me up! I am wearing it in my regular size 12, and it fits true to size. You will want to take care not to get any tan lines in this one, but I love the unique look of the one-shoulder silhouette. The mesh cut-outs add a little interest and sassiness without being too revealing. Who says we have to dress boring just because we are over 50?!

I tend to buy black suits because I’m trying to look thinner. However, I took this suit with me on a recent trip and I love, love, love this muted floral print! I love the feminine ruffle detail, and even though I don’t wear many items in peach, but I love how it looks in this suit.

This High Neck Zip Front Swim Dress was perfect for a morning walk on the beach. I didn’t even feel the need to throw on a cover-up, and the included shorts kept me covered while I bent over to pick up shells. I loved the sporty look of the zip front, as well as the racerback design. This would be a great option to wear while participating in an outdoor water activity like kayaking!

The Tummy Control Ruching in this V neck swimsuit is great since I have lots of lumps and bumps in that area, and I need all the help I can get. It did a great job holding me in without being uncomfortable. I also love the color combination. It is so pretty, and I love the cream, rust and pink accents that jump off the beautiful blue background.

The gingham print on this One Piece Swimsuit just screams summertime to me. I went with the classic navy gingham, but it also comes in pink/white and green/white. It has built-in UPF 50, which means it offers extra protection from the sun’s rays. It is also chlorine-resistant, which means it holds up great to the combination of sunscreen, sweat, and pool chemicals that goes hand in hand with summer days. The wide straps are adjustable and didn’t dig into my shoulders at all.

One-Piece Front Crossover Swimsuit is in the color Merlot | White Button-Up Cover-Up (similar)

I didn’t want to order this swimsuit, but my daughter wanted to try it. This One-Piece Front Crossover Swimsuit is in the color Merlot. I liked this swimsuit and thought it was way more flattering than I thought it would be. Remember, try new styles because you never know what you will like. This swimsuit comes in many colors and prints, and I’m wearing a 10-12, which fits me great.

While I do love a tankini, there’s no denying that sometimes the waves or jumping into the pool can raise your top up and leave you exposed! Enter the fauxkini… a one-piece that gives you the look of a tankini but the coverage of a one-piece. This swimsuit is a Slender Suit, which means it’s constructed with a Firming Slendertex® fabric to smooth and shape your body. I tied the fauxkini piece into a side knot, but you could also wear it untied to get a little extra coverage from the sun on your thighs. I went with the navy/emerald paisley print, but I also love the black and white floral print option.

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, so I ordered this red V Neck Leopard Print One Piece Swimsuit. I don’t usually wear red, so this was a big challenge for me. I ended up liking the swimsuit, and I thought the print was gorgeous. What do you think?

This Bandeau Twist Top Swimsuit is one of my favorites. I like detachable straps so you can take them down when sunning. The swimsuit also has molded cups and good coverage, and the color is gorgeous. The suit comes in a couple of other colors, but I’m partial to this beautiful color. I’m wearing a size 10 in the suit, and it fits great.

Here is a La Blanca Tummy Control One Piece in Capri Blue. This suit comes in a couple of colors, but I decided to try this one since I didn’t have a blue one. My daughter also tried this suit and LOVED it but said she wanted a different color. She said she didn’t want to blend in with the water and wanted a color that would stand out if she had trouble. That is something that I would have never thought of, but it does make sense. I’m wearing a size 12, but I would have preferred a 10 in this suit.

More One Piece Swimsuits to Try:

I typically find myself gravitating towards one-piece swimsuits. I find them classic and flattering. I try to search for ones that are not boring (you all know boring isn’t allowed in my closet!), and this Miraclesuit Luminare Oceanus One Piece from Chico’s is anything but boring. Not only does it have all-over slimming control and a fun polka dot print, but it has adjustable straps.

You girls know how I feel about bright and happy colors! That’s why I knew when I saw this swimsuit from Amazon. The ruching on the front, in combination with the fun pattern, is great for camouflaging any problem areas in the tummy area, and I love the one shoulder design.

I thought this classy one piece from Miraclesuit was a little sassy, but still totally modest! It has a high neck and full booty coverage, and it’s constructed with fabric that’s made to firm and shade. You could even skip the cover-up, and pull on a pair of shorts for your walk to the pool or beach.

If you’re prone to getting sunburnt on your arms and chest, or you hate showing your upper arms, check out this one piece swimsuit. The modest wrapped top is a chic, stylish solution, and I guarantee everyone at the pool is going to be asking you where you got it!

I love leopard print (are you surprised, haha!), and so I had to share this tummy control one piece from Amazon. It would look great with a black duster length kimono style cover-up, like this one. It comes in so many other cute colors and prints if you don’t love animal prints!

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45 Comments

  1. Janet Shilling says:

    I have been following your blog for a few months now, but This one on swimsuits is my fav!!! THANK YOU! How encouraging and helpful! Thank you!

  2. You look so great in all these swim suits.
    You have great legs and all the choices you made were grand.
    Being in my 70’s not all is where it should be as far as body parts. So I do the best I can, but bathing suits are not my go to shopping thing.

  3. You look especially lovely in the bright pink and blue. Inspired me to try some bright colors instead of my basic black.

  4. THANK YOU so much for the gift card!! I am so excited to use it on some of your cute choices!! Love all of your posts!!

  5. Oh my – so many great looks and you style them beautifully! I love the fauxkini!

  6. Karrie Knutson says:

    Through your earlier review of swimsuits I bought the one piece Gingham surplus suit from Lands End. It is fabulous. I am now looking forward to summer time!

  7. Some very cute swimsuits. I hate trying to find a new suit but I have to this season. My old one is shot!

  8. Mary Kinard says:

    I always dread buying a swimsuit but these are some great options! I especially like the swimdress and the faukini!

  9. Cathy Baird says:

    I’m getting ready for my annual sisters’ trip. thank you so much for paying swimsuits. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and ordered the ruffle floral suit and the leopard print one shoulder suit. hope they fit.

    1. I’m sure you will look great it them! Have fun on your trip!

  10. Thank you, Tania, great suits! You look marvelous!!

  11. I love Land’s End tugless tanks for water aerobics. They wear like iron and stay put while I’m bobbing up and down. Went to get that cute gingham suit but they are sold out in my size! Bought a couple of the Miracle Suits last year for a trip to Hawaii and while they do hold you in they are brutal to get on and off especially when wet! Nowadays, I just want comfort and functionality!

    1. I agree about swimsuits being hard to get on and off. If they have a lot of compression, they are much harder to use.

  12. Roeli Lutz (Canadian) says:

    Oh, the fuchsia one is my favourite bathing suit for sure.

  13. Linda Murphy says:

    Love, love, love the swimsuit blog. Love your sense of humor!

  14. Hi Tonia, have you ever done a blog with tanktinis and swim skirts? Would enjoy seeing this as I am 70 and this is usually what I wear. Thanks

    1. I have done a post on tankinis, and I’m going to do an updated one this year. Be sure to watch for that.

  15. Julie lozano says:

    With much stress I looked at all of your suits. Unfortunately I have severe body image issues even though I maintain a size 4, it’s been a struggle fief the past 35 years.
    I’m going to try some of the suits that made you look so confident and amazing. The swimdress for sure.
    You were blessed with a beautiful figure and every suit you had on was totally beautiful and glamorous.
    💕

    1. Julie, I think most women have body issues. I finally realized that most people, at least the ones I love, are looking at the person, not the swimsuit.

  16. so many vets suits!!! Thanks for all your hard work!!! Happy Saturday❤❤❤

  17. Love the miracle suit! So many cute options from Amazon too. thanks!

  18. sue koren says:

    I ordered the gingham one from Land’s End!

  19. Cathy Howard says:

    I have recently started following your blog. I love this post. Bathing suits can be a really intimidating purchase. I am still on the hunt for a suit with good support for my now sagging 38ddd breast.

  20. These are all great suits
    Thanks for doing the homework

  21. Thank you so much for this post! So many cute choices

  22. Barb Huff says:

    The Lands End suit with the “cleavage” insert is perfect for me. I bought two in different colors for this season. Can’t wait to wear them.

  23. Mary-Ann Traikov says:

    Really truly loved your picks of swimsuits! You remind us all to be a bit more confident in our bodies. We need to get rid of that notion that we are not really parading around in our underwear. LOL! Thanks so much in what you do! your Canadian fan, Mary-Ann

  24. Great suits! Love the colors and prints.

  25. I love these swimming suits and you look great inn’t them.

  26. Jenniffer Groski says:

    I ordered the cross over suit in dark green and it’s really flattering. Lots of options and all perfect for more modest wear!!!

  27. These are cute choices. I really like the ruffle neck one.

  28. Kerri White says:

    All cute and you look great on all of them! I’ll be 70 in November and just last year switched to swim suit capris

  29. The floral ones are so pretty!

  30. Love the crossover suit

  31. The white suit looks so chic on you! Beautiful! You are ready for a pageant! Great options, I’ve got the Walmart suit saved in my cart.

  32. Love all of the swimsuits, excepts for the red animal print one. You did a great job finding suits that hide the midsection….my nemesis! I still have “chicken legs” but a 33 inch waistline. I am 5’6″ and weigh 130. I hate the middle!!

  33. I appreciate the great suggestions on what to look for when buying a swimsuit. thanks so much.

  34. You showed some really cute swimsuits and I am excited to replace my 15 year old boring, basic black suit for something cute and colorful.

  35. Great job on picking bathing suits out! Helps us women out a lot! You look Great in all of them!!

  36. Clarice M says:

    Thank you for sharing some cute options for one piece swimsuits!

  37. I live on a lake so come summertime I virtually live in a bathing suit. Love a lot of these and going to check them out to see which ones come in tall, I’m 5’9″.

    1. Diana, my daughter is 5’11”, and she can wear most of these.

  38. Thank you! I am so glad you do this swimsuit post every year. Hope your head recovers from all those numbers.

    1. Susan, these posts are not ones I look forward to. Lol!

  39. I love the red leopard print one but I spy a couple of others I like too! I like the merlot colored one – interesting design. I like tankinis but sometimes a girl wants a suit that doesn’t float up.