How long has it been since you shopped for a swimsuit?
Shopping for a swimsuit in your 50’s is not for the faint of heart. Well, I take that back. Any age. I’ve heard women screeching over trying on swimsuits my whole life. I personally do not enjoy taking small pieces of stretchy fabric and heading to the dressing room where hideous bright fluorescent lighting shines down on my pasty white Winter skin that’s been covered up for a few months, highlighting every single flaw. Ugh, it’s not fun, is it? I don’t know any woman who enjoys shopping for swimsuits. But, sometimes we have to do it, just get out there and try on a few swimsuits. In fact, this post is a little bit scary for me to share, but I cropped these pics just so and thought y’all would enjoy a post about shopping for swimsuits.
Those bikini days are WAY over for me and when I entered my 50’s I started wearing tankinis, which I really like. Those are the 2 piece suits that cover the stomach. I also like one pieces, but the tankinis are comfortable and not as hard to get in and out of. Showing the belly days are long gone for me. Some things don’t need to be shown in public anymore.
I usually look at TJ Maxx and have successfully found swimsuits there over the years. They are last season’s suits, but that doesn’t matter to me, because the cost savings is huge. I really don’t want to spend $100 on a swimsuit, so I’ll look for quality name brands and good fabrics at a lower price point.
I decided to add a couple of new swimsuits to my summer wardrobe and began the hunt. I don’t like to order swimsuits online, because I think this is one thing that needs to be tried on in advance, so I went to a few stores that were close. I know I could always go to one of the big department stores to look, but those are usually full price and I don’t like full price.
I browsed through the racks at TJ Maxx and found one winner, a Vince Camuto one piece in a pretty leopard print and it was $30. Winner!
This one is cut straight across the front and back with a neck strap that can be added on.
I cropped this strategically, so y’all could see it on and I love the shirring on these types of swimsuits. They really give a lean look and accent the waistline. There is a soft molded cup in these which is really comfortable too. I have a couple that are made like this in the top.
I found the suit online at Bonanza, if you’re interest. Not an affiliate link.
Next, I went to Kohls and saw their selections. I’m really liking the two pieces with the bottom skirt attached. Have you seen these? They’ve been out for awhile, but I’ve never bought one. I like that it covers just a bit more on the upper thigh. It has a normal bottom piece underneath the skirt, but the skirt hides more. They have a choice of several tops that can be interchanged with the bottoms. I only saw black and gray bottoms, but lots of choices in tops at Kohls.
Printed Racerback Tankini from Kohls (affiliate link)
Solid Skirt Bottoms (affiliate link)
These are priced separately so you can buy whatever size you want on the top and bottom. My 2 pieces on sale came to just over $50.
I chose this happy leaf print with fun summer colors to mix with the black bottoms.
These are quick snaps from the dressing room and it’s a little blown out, but I loved that this style has a racer back and I think this suit would be great for a day at the beach, covering up a bit more while walking around.
So, what type swimsuits are you wearing these days. Things change as we get older, don’t they? My perky younger self enjoyed the 2 pieces, but these days, I like to be a bit more covered up!