what to wear on a beach vacation | swimsuit edition

the best part of a beach vacation is, well, the beach. it’s hard to be in a sour mood with sunshine beaming down, blue skies overhead, and endless miles of sandy beach. one of my favorite things to do in the whole world is catching the sunrise while i’m strolling along the shoreline. there are very few people out and about this time of day. which means you have the entire beach to yourself. peace and tranquility reign. you can catch your breath and collect your thoughts.

one thing i know for sure at 61 is that you don’t need a beach bod to enjoy the beach. ladies, no one has the perfect body at any age. unless you’re a supermodel. and they get paid the big bucks to look amazing. all we need to enjoy some fun in the sun is a swimsuit (or two). then you’re good to go whether you choose a one-piece or bikini. i know. i know there are some of us who think two-piece suits are a thing of the past when we hit a certain age. but i think not. to me, swimsuits are just like clothes. if i love a bikini and feel confident wearing it, then why shouldn’t i wear it to the beach? exactly! don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite suits are one-piece swimsuits. but i also have a stash of two-piece suits that are doggone cute. so today, i’m sharing what to wear on a beach vacation swimsuit edition.

what to wear to the beach swimsuit edition

to be fair, i’m not rocking an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini from my youth. these days i favor the opens in a new windowhigh-waisted bikini or even a opens in a new windowtankini. both swimsuits give adequate coverage yet are just darn fun to wear. and they’re easier to slip in and out of at the end of the day.

don’t forget beach rule #1. never leave home without your opens in a new windowhat. not only are hats a fashion statement but they keep the sun at bay. pick a hat with a fairly wide brim, and your day at the beach will be a breeze while protecting your face from sun damage.

Two-Piece Swimsuits

Tankini Swimsuits

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  1. Cheryl wrote:

    I love the white shirt you are wearing with your swimsuit but can’t find a link to it. Where can it be found?

    Posted 8.11.20
    • that is an old linen shirt that i love to use as a coverup. so, unfortunately, no link.

      Posted 8.11.20
  2. Lita wrote:

    Thanks Beth for this post. I was fearful my bikini days were behind me…maybe not. Just a different kind of bikini. Yay!

    Posted 8.11.20
    • you go girl! rock any swimsuit that you love.

      Posted 8.11.20
  3. Kelly wrote:

    I don’t think the link from your email to your website is working (at least not on my iPhone). It says “ The URL can’t be shown”. I had no trouble if I typed in your website address though.

    Posted 8.11.20
    • i’m in charge of email’s while my team is on vacation. i forgot to add the link to the continue reading button…
      but the post is linked by the photo and title. there are always three ways to head to the blog in case one misfires.
      thanks for the head’s up.

      Posted 8.11.20
  4. Andrea wrote:

    I love those suits! I am a water baby and love to swim, but yes, a wet bathing suit is a nuisance. I don’t find tankinis any better frankly and don’t like swimming in them, but have been drawn to the high waist bottom with bra style. I think any age can wear those. Love that white shirt coverup with the colour detail. You always find pieces that are unique – like you.

    Posted 8.11.20
    • i know everyone will be interested in this shirt. one of my favorites as it is oversized. but it’s an oldie but goodie.

      Posted 8.11.20
  5. Debbie White wrote:

    I love the blue and black swimsuit in the pics..any links to it? You look fabulous!

    Posted 8.11.20
  6. Frances Santoro wrote:

    You look fabulous, Beth! Have a great vacation!

    Posted 8.11.20
  7. Chris Illius wrote:

    LOOKING FABULOUS BETH! Great inspiration to us women over 60! 🙂

    Lots of love to you and your family!

    PS – is it crowded there this time of year?

    Posted 8.11.20
  8. DIANNE wrote:

    You look so beautiful. Love the bathing suits. I agree that women over 60 should wear whatever they want to. Please keep posting the clothes, makeup and everything else for women over 60.

    Posted 8.11.20
  9. Nancy Butler wrote:

    You look great! You go on with your bad self.

    Posted 8.11.20
  10. Janis wrote:

    Thank you! I always worry about wearing a two piece “at my age”. You’ve reminded me we are still beautiful and can wear one if we like

    Posted 8.11.20
  11. Peggy wrote:

    Beth, I was loving the white 2-piece, but I saw the blue one, the white lost first place! You look great in both of them.

    Posted 8.11.20
  12. Tricia Biron wrote:

    Oh my gosh! You rock that two-piece! It’s wonderful to see women of a certain age wearing what is comfortable and sensible to the beach. So much easier to use a restroom with a two-piece!

    Posted 8.11.20
  13. Sherry Shepherd wrote:

    Beth, you are one brave woman. A white, two-piece with a belt! You look wonderful!

    Posted 8.11.20
  14. Sherry Shepherd wrote:

    Beth, you are one brave woman. A white two-piece with a belt! Oh My. You look wonderful.

    Posted 8.11.20
  15. Eve wrote:

    You look like a 30 year old walking on the beach. You are really fit and blooming. There is no way I could dress the way you do. You tuck in shirts, wear sleeveless, shorts, short skirts, tight pants. And now bikini bathing suits? Your blog could be for any age.

    Posted 8.11.20
  16. Debbie Lange wrote:

    Beth, I love your outlook to embrace life at any age!!! The two piece swimsuits are adorable and you look great!
    Too often I’ve said I should have enjoyed times in the past more, thank you for encouraging us to live in the present without regrets!
    Can’t wait for tomorrows post!
    Hugs, Debbie

    Posted 8.11.20
  17. MP wrote:

    Love the tankini

    Posted 8.11.20
  18. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Looks like beautiful weather and you’re gorgeous in your suits. Tybee is such a pretty spot–we have so many beautiful beaches in NC and along the eastern shores. Hope you’re getting an excellent vacation. Well-deserved. And the knee is looking like it’s serving you very well. I can relate to that–My knees are my pride and joy these days. So good to be pain-free and take long walks in nature, especially during this pandemic–it’s been my solace.

    Posted 8.11.20
  19. Lorraine Torres wrote:

    You go girl! You look fabulous!!

    Posted 8.12.20
  20. Pat White wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I hope you have a wonderful time at the beach. You deserve to enjoy the sun and sand!!

    Posted 8.12.20
  21. Maria wrote:

    Thanks for rockin the bikini!!!!!!!!!!!
    you go girl:)

    Posted 8.13.20
  22. Kathie wrote:

    Thank you for this post. I will be 68 on Saturday. My husband &I are going to the beach for a few days. I own many one piece bathing suits and a few two piece. I intend to wear both. BTW, I had both knees replaced in November

    Posted 8.13.20
  23. Mary Liz wrote:

    LOVE and admire your confidence and positive outlook on life.
    Terrific role model for young ( and more mature) ladies.
    Kudos to you pretty lady!

    Posted 8.16.20
  24. Bonnie wrote:

    I like your style. Thank you, I’m enjoying your site. I don’t dress for my age (70), but for what I feel confident wearing. I’m told I don’t look my age and I don’t feel my “age”, whatever it is supposed to feel like? Age is truly just a number, unless you make it otherwise.

    Posted 8.16.20

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