How To Create Your Own Swimwear

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I live across the street from the beach but I don’t swim often enough. I want to change that and enjoy the ocean more. Part of that decision is feeling comfortable and confident in my swimwear. Another part is sheer laziness, as in “I’ll have to wash my hair afterwards.”

I have never worn a bikini – never, isn’t that odd? I was a “chubby”
child and not permitted to wear what we called a “two-piece.” And later,
I just never did. I think I missed out on some fab opportunities, as I
was a shapely 20 and 30-something. I usually wore a traditional tank
suit, easy to adapt to swimming or diving.

I wore some version of this basic tank suit for decades. It still makes a great layer for creating my own look. Macy’s.

Catalogs and websites offer us over-50 women mostly swimdresses and tankinis. Nothing wrong with that, but they still leave me exposed on my back, where the nasty basal cell carcinomas are found.

A very pretty swimdress.

But we don’t have to be sheep, people, we can create our own swimwear.

I’ve designed my version of a bathing
suit that provides good sun protection, and is easy to swim in.  I wear a rash guard over a bikini top, and a pair of board shorts on the bottom. I previously had to buy my rash guards, or “skins” at grubby surfer shops frequented by my husband sunheads. This season the variety of rash guards is amazing – like they have just been discovered by Nordie’s and Macy’s as a fashion item. Yay, lots of choices.

I wear something like this. Feels great, no sunburn. Nordie’s.

I am totally relaxed and happy in this creation. I still use Bullfrog Super Sport Lotion on my face and hands. It works on the surface of the sun, I think. All my swim stuff washes and dries easily and packs into a tiny ball for travel.

Here are some of my favorite swim pieces:

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Additional fab beach fashions:

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I’d love to hear how you dress for the beach/pool/backyard sunning.

Stay fabulous,



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