Get ready for your next beach vacation by stocking up on stylish swimwear. There are one- and two-piece swimsuit styles designed to enhance every body type, along with an array of elegant cover-ups. When it comes to choosing swimwear that’s age-appropriate, let your comfort level be your guide. We’ve put together some tips and inspiration to help you find the right beachwear for you.
There are petite, regular, and plus-size swimsuits in many styles. The scoop-neck one-piece is a classic swimsuit style that works for everyone, no matter their age. There are solid-color scoop-neck suits, along with ones that have strategic striping and color-block detailing. You’ll also find tropical prints and floral motifs in an array of color schemes.
V-necks are another option when shopping for a bathing suit. There are classic V-necks and surplice styles, some of which have compression panels at the midsection for a streamlined effect. Another type of one-piece swimsuit made with control fabric is the Grecian. With wide straps and a squared V-shaped neckline, this suit style flatters all body types and is suitable for all ages.
There’s also a great selection of modest swimwear. High-neck one-pieces come in various styles, including zippered fronts and those with long sleeves. These swimsuits not only provide more modesty and coverage but also protect covered areas against UV rays with UPF 50. High-neck modest styles are good for athletic activities, whether you’re walking along the shore or taking a water aerobics class at the hotel swimming pool.
Square-neck and bandeau one-piece swimsuits have an elegant look that’s perfect for the beach or the pool. Like the other one-piece suits, these come in solid colors and prints. Some of these suits have bikini-style bottoms, while others are made with a more retro-inspired, full-coverage bottom. There are also square-neck swim dresses and skorts for even more coverage.
In addition to the style, another factor to consider when shopping for a one-piece is the fabric. Chlorine-resistant fabrics withstand chlorine, saltwater, sweat, and UV rays without fading or losing shape. You can wear one of these swimsuits all summer and the fit stays the same; plus, there’s no tugging at the bottoms because they stay in place.
Another option for summer is the two-piece. If you think this swimsuit style is only for a certain age range, think again. All ages can wear a two-piece swimsuit because there are so many styles from which to choose. You can find tankinis with plenty of coverage, including those with high necks and shorts as bottoms.
Tankinis are a popular type of two-piece because they offer the coverage and look of a one-piece with even more fashion versatility. The top and bottoms are separate, so you can mix and match different styles. There are coordinated tankini sets, or you can buy the pieces separately for a custom look that’s all your own.
For example, you could pair a high-neck swimsuit top with swim shorts for plenty of coverage. For less coverage, there are bikini-style bottoms in mid-rise and high-rise styles and tankini tops with scoop- and V-necks. Some tankini tops have compression fabric for a smooth appearance, along with shirred detailing that looks great on every body.
Tankini sets and two-piece separates come in the same durable fabrics as the previously mentioned one-piece swimsuits. If you want a two-piece that delivers maximum wear, a chlorine-resistant nylon blend is the way to go.
There are just as many beach cover-ups as there are swimsuit styles. When you’re done swimming, slip into an embroidered sleeveless cover-up dress for style and coverage. These dresses come in multiple colors, and they’re stylish enough to wear to the snack bar or beachfront restaurant. They come in above-the-knee and to-the-ankle lengths.
Another universally flattering cover-up style is the kaftan. You can wear kaftan cover-ups over any swimsuit style—they have a retro-inspired look and a roomy, comfortable fit. Plus, they’re made from airy, fast-drying fabric and come in summery colors and bold prints to add sophistication to your summer wardrobe.
When it comes to footwear for the beach, there are several options. Water shoes are a must-have for wading and pool locker-room showers, or you can go for a pair of flip-flops. If you want stylish shoes you can wear away from the beach, wedge-heeled sandals are an option. They pair beautifully with cover-up dresses and come in many styles.
Beach bags are another must-have for summer. You can find one to match your swimsuit or choose one in a versatile, goes-with-everything color. Look for water-resistant cotton canvas, which is an excellent material for beach totes because it’s durable and washable.
Women of all ages have plenty of beachwear options. Experiment with different swimwear styles and outfits to discover what works best for you.