Get ready for your next beach vacation by stocking up on stylish swimwear! When a mature woman over 60 wants a new swimsuit, Lands’ End is the perfect place to shop since we offer a dazzling array of swimwear; there are one- and two-piece swimsuit styles designed to enhance every body type, along with an array of cover-ups from athletic to elegant. You already know what types of women's swimwear you prefer, and among our collection you can find pieces that meet your changing needs and tastes, too. 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 among our offerings. Lands’ End has swimsuit styles for women of all ages, but we have made it a point to offer some of the best swimwear for women over 60 (or thereabouts), because we have locked in on what a mature shopper might want. 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 particularly popular style feature in bathing suits. 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.
If you are 60 year old woman and rocking a bikini like Christy Brinkley, we say “Go for it!” At the same time, we know that our swimwear shoppers who are over 60 generally look at styles that feature modesty in their design choices. Is that because older women particularly enjoy taking their exercise in the pool or because we have to get serious about sun-care at some point? We do know for sure that modest styles are good for athletic activities, which could be taking a water aerobics class or learning to paddleboard or playing tag with the littles in your life. You might prefer, for example, something with a higher neckline or arm holes for those activities so that you can concentrate on what you’re doing instead of keeping your privacy protected. Perhaps protecting your delicate skin is now a priority and you want a swimsuit that totally covers your delicate décolletage or sports long sleeves. Remember, our swimwear provides UPF 50 protection for the skin it covers, so perhaps simply covering more is your best bet for flawless sun protection,
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. The best way to really love your swimwear is to invest in quality pieces that will last for more than one season.
Another option for summer is the two piece swimwear. If you think this swimsuit style is only for a certain age range, think again! Two-piece swimwear is more than the “itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini” we first heard about in a song! All ages can wear a two-piece swimsuit because there are so many styles from which you might choose. Tankinis offer plenty of coverage, sometimes even including tops with sleeves or shorts-style bottoms. Tankinis would be a great swimsuit option for a 64 year old woman (this is just an example!) since they are popular, you can dial in the precise level of coverage you want, and two-piece bathing suits are extremely convenient when nature calls. Tankini Tops can look like a one-piece, but you have the versatility swim separates, so you can mix and match to suit your needs and taste.
For example, you could pair a high-neck swimsuit top with swim shorts for plenty of coverage while swimming for exercise but switch out the bottoms for less coverage when you just want to sit by the pool and read. 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. We really like embroidered sleeveless cover-up dresses right now, for both 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 lengths from above-the-knee to to-the-ankle!
Other cover-up options include the classic caftan and the alluring sarong, of course! We’re noticing that swim cover ups styled like oversized menswear dress shirts are trending upward right now—it’s casual, approachable, and extremely appealing!
When it comes to footwear for the beach, there are several options. Water shoes are a must-have for rocky Bermuda beaches or creeking in the woods, while flip-flops remain an absolute necessity for pool houses and locker rooms. 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 practically indestructible.
Women of all ages have plenty of beachwear options, but that becomes more important to mature women who enjoy a commanding understanding of what they want. Experiment with different swimwear styles so you can be sure your swimwear ensembles meet your needs and taste as they change with knowledge and experience—because isn’t that what women over 60 are really bringing to the table? We think so!