BIKINI: TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR.......

It's finally bikini weather in the UK but us women of a certain age are not always happy in a two piece, and, apart from the occasional fab picture of a celebrity like Helen Mirren wearing one, it seems to be frowned upon in the press for women over 50 to be sporting a bikini.  Women in Brazil aren't like that, all ages are strutting their stuff on Ipanema Beach not giving a jot in the skimpiest of outfits!  And they look great!  But for the rest of us the thought of baring a midriff, let alone less than perfect thighs and upper arms, fills us with dread!  

No photoshop used. This is the first bikini I have bought in a decade. Big bottoms & great style.

No photoshop used. This is the first bikini I have bought in a decade. Big bottoms & great style.

However, I have updated this blog since last year and bought a fabulous bikini in Australia with nice big bottoms.  The top is so gorgeous it doubles up with khaki shorts for power walks along the beach in Byron Bay. No wonder my arms are ruined! Not sure I would wear it in the UK but certainly would in Europe as women there aren't so age conscious either. 

Here I am, in my mid-60s, sporting a bikini!  It's not been photo shopped so you can see my bingo wings and flab in all it's reality! Well blogs are supposed to be honest & sharing!

Here I am, in my mid-60s, sporting a bikini!  It's not been photo shopped so you can see my bingo wings and flab in all it's reality! Well blogs are supposed to be honest & sharing!

However if you don't want a two piece and, If you are like me and have short legs, a swimsuit doesn't cut it either.  I find them deeply unflattering, on my body.  But there is a great happy medium (thank you Mary Lambert For introducing me to them) that I am happy and confident wearing: the TANKINI!  A cross between a swimsuit and a bikini!  I love them. The top is often ruched so covers up a multitude of sins, and it can be worn with shorts or a skirt (great for minimal holiday packing), the bottoms aren't bikini brief and are cut more flatteringly than most swimsuits and best of all you can still brown your tum whilst lying down in the sun by just hoisting the top up!  (Safe hours only if you value your skin , avoid sunbathing between 11-3) Voila, a bikini and a swimsuit but more flattering!

My little green number above was bought from Boden years ago and is still my favourite. There are loads on-line, here's just one example of their many tankinis shown below. The red designer one was bought last year and was a bit pricier. It's by Profile, an American Brand, but it gets so many complements it was so worth it.  Loving the 50's retro straps on the tap.

Boden tankini

Boden tankini

There are tankinis all over the high street this year and you can get a great variety, really cheaply, from shops like  M & Co   The one below is just £16, and there are loads of great looking styles on-line or in the shop.

M & Co tankini

M & Co tankini

Finally, if you live near a pebbly beach, these sea shoes are a must! They're one of my best buys ever and there are loads of similar really cheap ones on-line. See below.

How cool are these Beco babies, and really cheap.  They would look great with a black or black and white tankini!

So you're now ready to hit that beach looking fabulous and feeling confident and comfortable.  I'm wearing my tankini and sea shoes today as it's a swimming/beach day and unusually hot for the UK. Have a great summer, see you soon!

Suzi x