Swimsuits That Flatter Older Figures

Updated February 21, 2017

A woman's body changes as she ages. Skin loses its elasticity, sagging in areas, and a slower metabolism can result in excess fat accumulating on the body. It's easier to cover up imperfections by being fully clothed, but wearing a swimsuit makes hiding trouble spots more difficult. By paying attention to a swimsuit's style, colour and areas of support, older women can find a suit that flatters their figure.


One-piece swimsuits provide a larger area of coverage for older figures. A decrease in skin elasticity and a slower metabolism may lead to an increase in sagging skin and belly fat. A one-piece suit will cover the stomach area and hide any troublesome fat or loose skin. Older women should find a suit that covers at least half of their back because these types of suits generally are more supportive than suits with a fully open back. The suit should fit snugly, but not too tight as to create unflattering bulges.

Colour and Designs

Dark, solid colours, such as black, navy blue or brown, can create a slimmer appearance. If you like swimsuits with designs, there are some factors to keep in mind. A bold pattern on the bottom of the suit can make your backside appear larger, so stick with solids on the bottom and a bold pattern on top. Stripes are a popular choice for swimsuits, but avoid horizontal stripes, which can make you look wider. Opt for vertical stripes to create the illusion of a longer, slimmer body.

Figure Control

Women whose breasts are sagging should purchase a swimsuit with built-in breast support, such as underwires. If your belly is a problem, buy a swimsuit that includes a supportive panel to smooth and flatten the area. Older figures can show signs of ageing in the buttocks, hips and thighs, so wear a swimsuit with a skirt, which can hide the troublesome areas on the bottom half of the body while still delivering a fashionable look.

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A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.