I read, aghast, in an interview with Elle MacPherson, that the supermodel once nicknamed The Body, will not dream of wearing a bikini anymore, now that she has reached 50. Elle MacPherson? The same Elle MacPherson who still looks glorious and gloriously unretouched? I was taken aback and, for a long moment, I wondered whether it was time I re-thought my bikini policy.
A large part of me feels that, at 50, we have bloody earned the right to wear what the heck we want. But then I will look with disapproval at any older woman sporting a mini-skirt. The fact is, I cannot reconcile the fashion conscious Italian and the feminist in me. So I will still wear some outlandish, or very colorful outfits, but will not show knees anymore, will not dream of wearing something revealing without a bra and will stay away from too tight clothes that risk making me look like a sausage. But I don’t own a one-piece swimming suit.
While discussing this with sofagirl, she pointed out that, on Italian beaches (in fact, on beaches all over Europe) women of all ages wear bikinis or go topless without anyone taking a second look.
Still, in the interest of possibly purchasing a one-piece swimming suit for this Summer, I took a look around at what would be flattering on a 50 + older woman and wouldn’t break the bank. I am sure I can find fabulous offerings at La Perla but with out-of-reach price tags.
My friend Luisa, an avid swimmer, is perennially complaining that buying swimming suits in the States is just as hard as buying tights, and she is not entirely wrong. That mid-price range so common in Europe is harder to come by here: it’s either cheap and cheerful (and better suited for a 20-year-old) or high-end.
I scouted my usual swimwear hangouts (ok, one is British) and this is what caught my eye.
This is the classic one piece, from cocodune.com, a new online company that specializes in swimwear, with the added advantage you can order up to four pieces, try them at home and keep just want you want. This piece also comes in bright blue and burnt orange and will set you back $122. The drawback is that, if you are full chested, it doesn’t offer much support.
Both from Boden, they come in many different colors and patterns. The one on the left features a supportive bust cup and tummy control, which made me wonder if it feels like wearing Spandex at the beach.
From JCrew. I like the adjustable shoulder straps on the floral one-piece. And I had to add a nice bikini too: I like the top, that offers a lot of support and lifts the breast up.
I like this idea from Boden too. Never a big fan of shorts – I feel they shorten the legs – but this tank top/rash guard is mighty cute.
And where do you stand? Bikini or one-piece?