Sunday, June 9, 2013

Skirted Old Ladies at the Beach

Don't you just love this painting?  Check out more by Carol at http://www.carolcarmichaelpaints.com/

I love seeing old ladies at the beach in bathing suits.  Course, I am one of those old ladies now, and I think our baby boomer generation goes to the beach in a different fashion.

This is my version of the skirted bathing suit:

One piece bathing suit:  Longitude brand from Beall's, $50.

Two things I look for in a bathing suit:
1. Good bra support
2. Coverage in upper thigh area.

You may have different criteria depending on your body and what you feel comfortable in.  Love it if you feel comfortable in a string bikini!!!

I usually buy a one piece with good bust support then add my skirt.  I swear by the little swim skirts that are after-all, like a mini-skirt (my favorite article of clothing!). I buy them separately to cover what most bathing suits don't provide. I  stock up on them when they go on sale; a few of my favorites here.

Skirts:  Marshall's and TJ's; most under $10.


For the one piece part of my equation, finding good bra support is harder, as many suits are a low "v" cut in front and that does not offer me much support. I have found that a high neck can offer the support I need. And I don't mind that it covers my décolletage; a tender area for sunburn.




Hello to all my friends at Patti's Visible Monday!
  
And YES, it took some courage to post these pics!

Sorry about the no drawings-- I am working on a larger project!








26 comments:

  1. I love this bathing suit - it looks like something you could wear around town! And I absolutely admire your courage:) You look fabulous - seriously!. And I'm right there with you about the support. It's gotta work if I'm going to wear it :) Love this look, double love your attitude!

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  2. You don't look like any old lady I know! you look awesome in this!! Great look, Paula!

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  3. You are an inspiration. You are working that suit better than a twenty year old. Great style Paula!

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    1. Thanks Carol--and you are also with great paintings like the one above! xoxo

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  4. Paula, you look fantastic in that suit!!

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  5. you look fabulous, I love this suit and I love your strategy. Mine involves wearing surf shorts and a rash guard for maximum sun protection up top, but I could rock this look too. Thanks for sharing with Vis Monday!

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    1. Patti--I want to try that look too--I am thinking of bathing suits now more in terms of separates and how I can mix and match!

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  6. Now that's a great looking suit--I want one too!

    blue hue wonderland

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  7. I agree. I am now wearing vintage playsuits for poolside coverage.

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    1. I love those playsuits--are you having any trouble finding them?

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  8. You look fabulous. Courage to post the pics, we are so critical of ourselves. I have over 20 pounds to lose and this gives me ideas on how to enjoy the pool in my backyard. I haven't bared my legs above the knee in too many years, I can't count. Thanks for the ideas and please have the courage to show off your lovely gams. Found you via Visible Monday.

    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Barbara--I am leading the charge her for us older women to find a way to wear bathing suits again! Hope it inspires you to take the plunge!

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  9. You look amazing, Paula! Love the color of this suit and skirt.

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  10. Looking pretty good for an old Lady!
    I love those mini skirt too, i f find them very flattering for us old Ladies;)
    All my bathing suits have little skirts like yours

    Ariane xxx

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  11. Paula, you look great in a bathing suit!
    I do have some similar criteria when buying swim wear.
    The fit and the color are the most important for me.

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  12. Wonderful, wonderful suit. Love your idea for this, and I agree you look amazing in this swim wear.

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  13. That's a pretty bathing suit - looks good enough to go out for the evening! I'm with you on having a skirt on the bottom. My bathing suit was bought as separates - which is the best way to get a good fit. The top is a full top that covers my tummy, and the bottom has a little skirt, but it could be longer.

    That painting is great - so bright and colorful!

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  14. Everytime I have a beach vacation going, I upped my cardio (LOL!) I still wear 2 piece bikini on good days but I also do rashee and shorts for beach sports. If you want check out Spanx.com for their swimwear, they have nice ones that supports and tuck in our bits and cover whatever we don't want to be seen.. they have a one piece with build in skirt too, very nice actually.

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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    1. Thanks for the tip; I will check out spanx. I do find the athletic suits work well too--good for support.

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  15. Very flattering on you, Paula. You have a lovely figure!

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  16. Looks great Paula and such a fabulous idea. I seldom go swimming, so I guess that's my solution. But if I need a swim suit, I'll remember this.

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  17. Wonderful! You look lovely. Really a great, great suit. One of the best things about recent trends is a neckline that's going upward. I've always thought I needed a scoop to counter the longer neck, but I'm just feeling cooler in a higher neckline. And this one is perfect. You are quite right about cleavage ... sun damage aside, this neck line looks more of the moment.

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  18. Very nice! I think the most important thing about a swim suit is that it cover enough so you'll walk out the door in it. That's different for everybody. You can't have fun if you don't leave your dressing room.

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  19. I love that bathing suit. You look fantastic.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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