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Four Disastrous Mistakes Women Over 40 Make When Buying Swimsuits

By Leslie C. Smith

It’s hot. It’s humid. Nothing would feel better than splashing in the ocean or a couple of laps in the pool. Great idea but, what do you wear? For most women searching for the perfect swimsuit is next to mission impossible. For women over 40 it is even worse. Here are some of the most common mistakes we make when looking for a bathing suit.

1. We buy swimsuit tops that don’t provide the proper support. Women over 40 tend to have breasts that require more support. The little tube tops or skimpy triangle bikini tops just don’t cut it. Treat your search for a bathing suit, or suit top, like a search for a good bra. if you are large-busted look for tops that provide good support with built in bras and thicker straps.


2. We buy bathing suits made out of shiny fabrics. Shiny fabrics usually look good if you are model thin. If you are an average to large size woman, a shiny bathing suit will add pounds to your frame.


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3. We still buy swimsuits in colors that don’t flatter us. Despite the fact we are a little older, women over 40 still buy swimwear in colors that are too bright or wash them out. Look for colors that will flatter you before and after you tan. Don’t assume that black and white are safe. If you are extremely fair-skinned a black or stark white bathing suit could make you look ashen.


4. We don’t buy swimsuits that emphasize proportion. If you have short legs you should look for suits that are high cut on the leg to elongate them. Color blocking is another way to emphasize your attributes and de-emphasize your problem areas. If you have large hips, choose suits that have a dark color block on the bottom. If you have a large bust and small hips, the opposite might be beneficial. Similarly, color blocks on your midsection can accentuate your waistline.

Leslie Smth is a self-proclaimed fashionista and a lifestyle strategist. A firm believer in having her cake and eating it too, she believes anyone can dress fabulously without breaking their budget. Get more free tips on accessories and wardrobe at Closet QuestFor tips on living younger visit Life's Next Page 

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      Alwaysforme wrote Jan 27, 2009
    • [Link Removed] has some of the cutest swimsuits in plus sizes, everything from sexy tankini's to one piece styles to swimdresses to joggers...You name it! They have new stock every day and even have some of their best selling 2008 styles on sale at 50% off. Plus, they offer a great selection of swimsuits with underwires, tummy tamers and extra support!  

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      Susan Dahringer wrote May 27, 2009
    • Hi Leslie

      What style suit would you recommend for me? I am a very small busted woman,but not overweight..


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      Pbloom22 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I am looking for a swimsuit for a weekend get away. Something that I can feel comfortable in and still looks good on an out of shape 40 something body. I am only 5‘3” tall and carry most of my weight around my belly although it seems like overnight I have acquired those lovely cottage cheesey looking upper thighs. What kind of swim wear do you recommend for me? Thanks!

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      Plusstyle wrote Jul 15, 2009
    • Try a swim dress or a skirtini style with a shorter skirt like the Always For Me Swim mini or Always For Me Two Piece Halter Skirtini w/ Ring - Style #79374.  Both of these styles are really cute with short kicky skirts perfect for covering the thigh area.

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