I love reading your website, even though my own kids are grown and gone.
I have a question I haven’t seen addressed here yet. What is appropriate for a 67-year-old, 140-ish pound, 5’3” grandma to wear for the beach?
We are planning an upcoming RV trip and I normally wear cotton summery skirts, but am the only one on the beach with this attire. I am trying to age gracefully, and my body is definitely showing the signs of aging so I’m at a loss. I am pretty conservative but still young at heart and love fashion.
Thanks for checking in with us here. First of all, congrats on what sounds like a fun, summer trip. When I read your letter I asked a few people what they would suggest. One of them is a neighbor of mine who’s spent her career working in the fashion industry. The other was my own mother (It’s funny no matter how old we get, we always end up there for advice). So based on what they told me there are two things I think you need to keep in mind, style and comfort.
STYLE: I totally understand what you’re saying here, dressing as we age feels like a bit of a moving target, we want to be fashionable without looking foolish. In fact, this was the topic of a recent debate here on the site. There are things I agreed with on the initial poll quoted in the piece, but I say it’s stupid to stop wearing a bathing suit just because you’re over a certain age.
My fashionable neighbor suggested a one-piece suit with a sarong. I like that easy, breezy look because you’re appropriately covered and stylish too. But you’re not going to swim in a sarong so you need a bathing suit. I like the ones that cover the areas that tend to give us trouble as we get older, namely the bottom and upper thighs. There are some really adorable, skirted one-pieces that you might check out here and they aren’t terribly expensive either. Whatever you end up with make sure it has adequate support for your girlie bits.
COMFORT: This is the most important factor to keep in my mind. You go to the beach to swim and have fun. You can’t do that if you’re worried about what you look like or if you’re one wave away from a wardrobe malfunction. Opt for something that’s functional with wide comfortable straps, built in bra and soft material. Go easy on the elastic; too tight and it will cut off circulation to your brain!
But the best bit of advice came from my mother (check out the pic from this year at the top of this post!) At 78 years old, she’s still living life to the fullest and that means hopping in any body of water any chance she gets. When I asked her about your question she said this, “Don’t be afraid to have fun! There are all shapes and sizes of people at the beach; we see it all. Don’t let what other people say or think keep you from enjoying yourself. Go out and have a good time!”
Thanks mom, great advice! Good luck, groovin’ granny. I’d really love it if you’d take photo of yourself on your trip to share with us. Be comfortable and confident in whatever you decide, but something tells me you’ll be rockin’ it out this summer!
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