I reluctantly use the addition “over 50” in this post title, but readers have asked for my thoughts on swimsuits for this age group. As with any category of clothing, age doesn’t dictate my selection. What I wear to the beach reflects my day-to-day personal style. Rather than the label “age-appropriate”, I remain focused on the core of A Note on Style – timeless, classic and most importantly ageless style.
That being said, I prefer swimsuits in silhouettes that have proved their worth over time. I can’t overstate the benefits of simplicity and clean lines that never date. Fortunately, within those parameters, there’s something for everyone. I personally have variations on all three of the above cuts and wear them according to mood and activity.
I shop for swimsuits solely online. There’s nothing better than trying on at home to view the fit in various light situations. Plus, I like to see how they work with the cover-ups I already own. My selection is quickly edited by color, cut, and price, then I order two sizes of my favorites. For the type of look I’m searching for, I have the best luck on Net-A-Porter and Matches Fashion. The higher-end selection and styling usually resonate with me.
I overhauled my bathing suit wardrobe this year and purchased a white one-piece by Araks, a high-waisted two-piece by Eres, and a cream bikini by Heidi Klein. As in my wardrobe, I gravitate towards solids in black, white and neutrals. Fabrics with weight and texture hold their shape and add an elevated design element. The suits are sophisticated, simple and elegant.
My personal shopping tips:
•I don’t get stuck on size and order up, particularly in one-pieces.
•Fabric matters so I shop for the best quality. Eres is well-known for their signature “peau douce” sculpting fabric.
•If I find a fit I love, I’ll get it in two colors.
•I order multiple sizes so I don’t have to wait for exchanges if the fit is wrong.
•I stay true to my personal style.
Source: photo: Pelle Crepin