Sadly, the word “bikini” is enough to make many women’s stomachs clench with fear. But it doesn’t have to be that way, it’s entirely possible to feel great in a swimsuit or bikini at any age, including when you’re over 40.

You just need an option that complements and supports your body and gives you a boost of confidence.

However, finding supportive yet chic swimwear can feel like rocket science, especially since our bodies come in all shapes and sizes. 

To help you sunbathe in style, the Maison SL luxury swimwear team has created an expert-approve guide to the best swimwear for 40-plus-year-old women.

From styles that flatter to navigating peri and menopausal body changes, you’ll find all the information you need on this page.

How Does Your Body Change During Menopause?

Before we reveal the most flattering swimwear for over 40s, we’ll quickly tackle the one major change all women face — menopause.

Whether you’re perimenopausal or in menopause, your life is going to change. This can be tough, as the body you’ve known for decades will suddenly act and look different. 

Studies show that menopause is associated with changes in body composition and an accumulation of peri-abdominal or visceral fat. You may also experience insomnia, hot flashes, and mood fluctuations, among a host of other fun side effects. 

It’s critical to acknowledge that these changes are normal. And they don’t have to put an end to your bikini lifestyle.

However, it’s normal to want a outfit that offers extra support or coverage — and that’s where we come in. Scroll down for the best swimsuits and bikinis for over 40s women.

Stunning Swimsuits For Women Over 40

Whether you’re looking for bikinis or swimsuits, these are the most flattering swimsuit and bikini styles for ladies over 40. 

1. High Waisted Bottoms

High-waisted bikini bottoms are a favourite, as these elongate your silhouette and provide tummy coverage. Your legs look longer, and you feel supported. What more could you ask for?

You can opt for high-waisted bottoms as part of a matching set. However, they also make a good base for mixing and matching bikini tops. 

The Aubade Ocean Cruise High Waisted Bikini Briefs are a popular option, thanks to their deep red hue and delicate golden ring design. This creates a drape effect that highlights curves and draws attention to your waist area. 

Another great high-waisted pick is the Waltercult Island Nostalgia High Waist Bikini Brief. With a bright pastel blue colour and a built-in belt, these offer support while providing an overall minimalist look.

2. Supportive Bikini Tops

Depending on your cup size, you might benefit from bikini tops with extra support. If this is the case, look for padded tops, full-coverage bikinis, and cups with wire. 

For example, the Aubade Douceur Padded Bikini Top provides extra padding to protect and lift your cleavage. It also has a flattering halter neckline, which flatters those with medium and fuller busts. 

Alternatively, the Empreinte Epic Wired Balcony Bikini Top offers an underwired, demi-cup bikini top that’s comfortable to wear while providing subtle support. Ideal if you want a bikini top with as much support as a traditional bra.

3. Structured Swimwear

Forget flimsy swimwear. The best swimsuits for over 40-year-old women in 2024 are structured and sophisticated.

The Maryan Melhorn Softline Tank Swimsuit is designed with pin tucks and 3D banks developed by ultrasound cutting and fusing to create a unique texture and belt-like look. This elevated look provides a structured effect that flatters your figure.

Likewise, the Empreinte Epic Plunge Swimsuit has a 3D decorated belt and V-shaped neckline to support your body and offer timeless style. This option provides reliable bust support for all sizes up to G cups.

If you want a swimsuit with a drape structure to flatter your curves, the Gottex Profile Tutti Frutti Padded Plunge Swimsuit should be on your radar. Available in Green, Berry, and Indigo, this padded plunge swimsuit is perfect for a boost of summer confidence. It’s available in sizes M/12 to XXL/18.

4. Tankini

Lastly, the humble tankini is a must for ladies over 40 and 50. With more flexibility than a swimsuit but a full coverage style, these are excellent for those who want to feel comfortable without sacrificing style.

The Gottex Profile Frill Me Halter Tankini has supportive high-waist bottoms and a full-coverage tankini top to protect your midriff. Top this off with a feminine frill halter neckline, and you’ve got a gorgeous poolside outfit.

Swimsuit Style For Ladies Over 40 - The Bottom Line

Whether you’re looking for bikinis for over 40s or swimsuits for women over 50, we hope this guide has helped you find your personal beach style. Shopping for swimwear is all about comfort and confidence. So, if you don’t feel your best in one swimsuit, simply move on to the next.

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May 14, 2024
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