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How old is too old to wear a bikini?

My friend told me that you shouldn't wear a 2 piece after 40. Is that true? If so, what bathing suits are ok?

Wed. Jun 11, 1:27pm

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I kind of agree with your friend. I've always thought it looked out of place when women over forty wear mini skirts so I don't think this is any different. Although, it doesn't mean you can't still get a flirty one-piece or tankini! I believe in keeping a little skin hidden to be left to the imagination!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 1:29 PM

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I think it depends on what YOU are comfortable with. I think it is fine to wear a two piece at whatever age or weight if that's what you want to wear.

i stopped wearing bikinis as a teenager because I swim distances and a regular full bodied swim suit is much more comfortable for swimming. Straps stay where they need to be. I have a friend who wears a tankini and she is 50 and looks adorable in it. She kayaks and likes the give between the bottom and top.

As you can see, there is a quiet theme here. What are you doing in the bathing suit? Hopefully you are being active and having fun...and hopefully you aren't just baking on a beach. Make sure you are wearing some good quality sun block and wear the suit that lets you LIVE.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 1:39 PM

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I kind of take both sides on this. If I had Demi Moore's body, sure I'd wear a bikini over 40. But on the other hand, I watch moms chasing their little ones on the beach (even the ones with great bods) and it just seems kind of wrong. I'm not saying women over 40 should be wearing mumu's, but maybe there's a time and place, like a pp said. If you're away at some resort that's predominantly adults/couples/whatever, then go ahead. But if you're out for family day, maybe your kids shouldn't see your jugs bouncing around in a t-top.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 1:58 PM

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How about what SIZE is too big to wear a bikini. I remember when I was a teen and a size 2-4 I would gasp at the size 10-12 bikinis and even told my friend they shouldn't make bikinis that big since no one that big should be wearing one.
Last summer I was a size 10 and wearing a bikini, I knew I was big but didn't want to give in to the one piece. This year a size 6-8...but still wondering if people are saying "what is she doing in that?" (im 25, age is not yet a factor)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 2:56 PM

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I'm 26, and I spent way too long covering up my body!! I hope to wear a bikini as long as I can!

It's what you, personally, feel comfortable with.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 3:12 PM

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I agree with the miniskirt thing and other 'young' clothes on the 35+ crowd, but I see bathing suits differently and I'm not sure why...Part of me thinks as long as you can pull off the bikini,go for it. The problem is - most 'normal' women (i.e., non-celebs who haven't had every procedure under the sun or benefit from airbrushsing - haha) can't pull it off.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 5:50 PM

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I have NEVER worn a bikini. When I was 18 and 115 lbs I wouldn't wear a bikini because I thought I was too fat. Now I'm 29 and 150 lbs. Maybe I should make it a goal to wear a bikini at some point in my life.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 9:12 PM

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I think that if a person is happy with how they look and feel in a bikini (or a short skirt) they should wear it as old as they like? I think a lot of these kinds of "rules" - like the no white shoes after labour day thing - are more and more a thing of the past.

For those who think it's inappropriate - I think it's fine to decide FOR YOURSELF if something is not appropriate, but it's not cool to decide that for other people. :(

Personally when I see someone in a bikini who is is maybe not necessarily the cookie-cutter "bikini body" I think GOOD FOR THEM for having the self-confidence to dress how they like! And who the heck am I to look at anyone and say they SHOULDN'T be wearing that???????

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 9:16 PM

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well 40 is the new 30... hey I agree it is not necessarily the age it's the body,
It is the beach/pool we are talking skirt different issue, no one over 35 yrs old should be sportin that no matter what the body holds, b/c you would be wearing that to the market, mall and well much to much skin, but I expectthat at the poolside ...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 10:28 PM

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I've never been able to wear a bikini in my life because of my size. Now I'm at a healthy weight and look and feel pretty good but I won't wear a bikini because I have gross stretch marks (the iridescent ones-they're old) and loose/cellulity skin all over my stomach. And I just turned 30. I say, if you look good and feel good, wear the bikini, no matter what your age.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 11:10 PM

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