Published on January 8th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard2
Older Women In Bikinis
If ever there was an issue to cause interest/concern/debate it has proved to be ‘should an old (ish) woman still wear a bikini’.
When a local woman posted a photo of herself in a bikini on the Sunshine Coast Daily website it went viral.
“Unless you are uninhibited, it takes a bit of courage to show so much skin in front of others.”
When I posted a photo of myself – an old(ish) woman in a bikini – on my own website it didn’t go viral but it did receive about 3000 hits.
So it really does prove there is enormous interest in women of a certain age doing something society considers they shouldn’t.
I gave up wearing a bikini 30 years ago and only took it up again (what a relief) when I saw women older and chubbier than me strutting their bikini bodies on the beach.
Fortunately, this happened to coincide with swimsuit manufacturers finally coming to their senses and making two-piece swimsuits for real women in proper-to-big sizes in gorgeous styles.
There is one particular brand called Sunflair, and yes, that’s a plug but well-deserved because its makers are thoughtful and kind and caring to the ‘fuller figured’ woman and design bikini bottoms that go right up to the waist and tops in sizes that go right up to the heavens. (When you consider a size 28 does not raise eyebrows and a G-cup raises everything… that deserves a plug.)
Wearing a swimsuit on the beach when you are past a certain age is daring for a lot of women. We don’t like to show a lot of flesh, even if it is cellulite and spider-vein free.
Unless you are uninhibited, it takes a bit of courage to show so much skin in front of others.
But if a frolic in the ocean makes you feel alive, then pull on that bikini and go for it.
A word of caution. I know a woman approaching 70 (in another country, she won’t read this) who only wears a bikini bottom on the beach. No, no… noooooooooooooooo.