I was at a local fashion event last evening, during which, the topic of selecting swimwear came up. The presenters had divided women into four groups, those who have “it” and flaunt it, those who augment it, those who cover it and those who say “no way” to swimwear of any kind. They gave examples of the swim suits each would wear from the tiniest bikini to a gauze maxi dress coverup.
After the event, a woman approached me and asked how I chose swimwear. For the record, I have “trouble spots” like most women. I am a fit 56 year old, whose worn everything from tiny bikinis and high fashion swimwear in my day. At this point in my life, I am clear about what is appropriate for my body and me as a person.
I like to wear a cute coverup to the beach or pool, reserving my swimsuit for laying on a chez lounge or dipping gingerly into the water. At this point, I could not consider purchasing a suit without selecting accessories to go with it.
As a woman of “a certain age,” I no longer flaunt it. At this time in my life, it’s about seeing my body and sexuality as sacred and something special to be shared with someone special. This attitude is new to me. As a young woman, I enjoyed wearing tiny bikinis and showing off. Now I define beauty and fashion differently. It is about wearing clothing that really complements the woman wearing it–where they are in their lives–who they are–and what they look and feel divine in. It’s about the glow and sense of confidence that comes from knowing oneself and dressing accordingly.
I totally love swimwear, choosing and wearing a complete look–the coverup, a hat and sunglasses and beach bag–sometimes even sandals and jewelry. I don’t care if it’s impractical. Swimming, pool parties and fashion are all supposed to be fun, so I say find the look that makes your heart sing and wear that.