A Complete Swimsuit Guide for Women Over 60

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Warm weather and summer are right around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for swimsuit season. My requirements are quite different than they were in my thirties and forties when shopping for a swimsuit. Rather than trying to show things off at this age, I’m looking for something flattering and comfortable that stays put, provides adequate coverage, and protects my skin from the sun. Not too much to ask for, right? The swimwear items I’m sharing in today’s complete swimsuit guide for women over 60 checks all of those boxes. From the best tummy control one piece to tankinis and swim shorts, you can enjoy your favorite water activities feeling confident and comfortable.


As you prepare for summer and swimsuit season, you might also like to check out these other posts I’ve written:


Most Flattering Swimsuits for Women Over 60

Perhaps you have a cruise on your calendar, a pool in your backyard, or a water aerobics class you attend every week. No matter where this summer will take you, it’s always a good idea to have a bathing suit on hand that you feel confident wearing. From rashguards to swim skirts, this comprehensive list of flattering swimsuits for women over 60 has something for everyone!

Best Overall: Land’s End Tugless Sporty One Piece

When I asked the AWSL audience where they buy their swimsuits, the resounding answer was Land’s End. This is why I named it the best swimsuit overall because they truly do offer every type of swimsuit you could want.

There’s nothing more frustrating when you are at the pool or the beach than having to tug at your swimsuit, especially the straps or around your bottom. You don’t have to give this modest swimsuit from Land’s End another thought as it stays put without any shifting or adjusting. My favorite thing about this suit is that it’s made with Lycra Xtra Life spandex, which is resistant to damage from chlorine and the sun. This extends the life of your swimwear, allowing you to live more sustainably while preventing you from having to buy a new suit every single year. Available in sizes 2-18.

Best Size-Inclusive: Summersalt Sidestroke

It’s hard to find a swimsuit that looks good on all body types and shapes. This best-selling one-shoulder swimsuit by Summersalt has been called a unicorn because it does just that! It is made with superior compression to hold you in while also offering full bust support for chests of all sizes. I like that the rear is full coverage as well! This blue and white combination is so pretty, plus it comes in a number of other color combinations and some solids. Sizes 0-24.

Best Budget Friendly: Criss Cross Back One Piece

If you’re shopping for an affordable swimsuit that still ticks all of the boxes, try this one from Amazon. This modest suit is under $30, and it has wide straps and a flattering cross-back design. Sizes 2-16.

Best Tummy Control: Miraclesuit Illusionist Crossover One-Piece

If you’re shopping for a suit with shaping in the stomach area, look no further than this Miraclesuit swimsuit that promises to make you look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds. Sign me up! It’s constructed to firm, hold, and shape, but without any uncomfortable wires. Sizes 8-16. It’s recommended that you size up.

Best One Piece: L.L. Bean Shaping Swimsuit

This UPF 50+ V-Neck One Piece from L.L. Bean has a built-in tummy control panel. It also has strategic draping and ruching to help create a flattering silhouette. This suit is also constructed with Lycra Xtra Life material for a long-lasting swimsuit. Sizes 8-18.

Best Tankini: Yonique Tankini Swimsuit

Although I love the timeless look of a one-piece, a two-piece swimsuit can be very convenient when it comes to getting undressed or taking a restroom break. This affordable tankini bathing suit is very highly rated on Amazon, and the top is wonderful for camouflaging any insecurities in the tummy area. Sizes XXS-XXL, as well as sizes 18-26.

Best Swimsuit for Laps at the Pool: Speedo

I know that many of you like to swim laps in the pool or do water aerobics. I wanted to be sure to include a modest swimsuit that works for that! You can find both comfort and agility in this flattering one-piece by Speedo. It has a built-in bra for maximum support in and out of the water. Sizes 6-24.

Best Swim Shorts: Quick Dry High Waisted Swim Board Shorts

Board shorts are wonderful for activities like kayaking, canoeing, fishing, wakeboarding, and so many more outdoor water activities. They’re great for pairing with a tankini top or putting over your one-piece swimsuit. I love that these have side pockets which are great for carrying your phone, lip balm, and keys. Sizes XS-3X.

Best Swim Skirt: Chlorine Resistant Swim Skirt

This swim skirt from Land’s End comes with some great options which make it fit many women’s lifestyle. You can choose whether you’d like a firming tummy control panel, an attached panty or not, and more. You can also grab it in a regular, petite, or tall length. Sizes 2-16 (some sizes are sold out in certain colors).

Best Rashguard: Land’s End Crew Neck Long Sleeve Rashguard

If you’ve been reading AWSL for any amount of time, you probably know how important sun protection is to me. I am vigilant about wearing UPF clothing when I am going to be in the harsh UV rays. Rashguards are perfect for when you’re engaged in water activities. This one from Land’s End comes in 13 fun patterns, but my favorite is this classic navy and white stripe. Sizes XS-XL and plus sizes.

Best Places to Shop for Swimwear:

Here’s a list of some of the top brands and retailers you can shop for modest swimsuits.

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Do you have a favorite brand of swimsuit? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and be sure to wear what makes you feel confident.

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