Anti-aging Column

Published on January 8th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard


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.



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

2 Responses to Older Women In Bikinis

  1. Julie says:

    Oh Ann, It’s true that as an older woman (70+) one should be just brave enough to brave the beach in whatever you wish. As for me, I’ve noticed that everything is going south, my knees are not perky any longer, and my flesh is not sticking to my bones as it used to! I dont mind showing off my boobs (14E) but keeping everything else decidedly veiled seems to me the only way I can be out there. I need to lose at least 5 kilos, and a decidedly rounded stomach is not such a good look. Lover says he thinks I’m fine, but as you know Men are not critical in the same way that women are. Age/sun spots are another dilemma, at this rate I’ll have to consider neck to knees – remember Nigella?

    • Ann Rickard says:

      Yes, julie, everything goes south once you hit a certain age. It’s been going south for me for such along time now. You’re lucky…you have a lover…yes, let’s do the Nigella burka thing next time we hit the beach!!!

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