How to wear a bikini when you’re over the age of 40

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FASHION -

wear­ing a cen­trally heated gir­dle.

And now that I’m well past my bikini peak but still wear­ing one (you bet), I re­alise it’s not about yes or no, or time to put it away, but what makes you feel good, and mak­ing the nec­es­sary ad­just­ments. Bikini wear­ers will stay in their biki­nis come hell or high wa­ter; we will find a way be­cause they are fun. Also, lets face it, be­cause a one piece in a hot cli­mate is pur­ga­tory and you may feel like you are wear­ing a cen­trally heated gir­dle.

So, yes you can wear a bikini in midlife. But there are rules. This is what you need to know:

If you are swim­ming in the UK in av­er­age weather, you are wear­ing a one piece. The time and place for the midlife bikini is in strong sun, ly­ing on a sun­lounger, within reach of a wrap.

1 2 Pick your time and place. You are not wear­ing your bikini — and that’s it:

You are not walk­ing down to the beach, wan­der­ing to the ice cream shop, hop­ping onto a bar stool, the way you used to in the old days. You may do all of the above but cov­ered up. Sor- ry, but that is the big rule. Don’t for­get your­self and drift about in your bikini like a teenage temptress in a French film.

To wear on the move. A white In­dian kurta — slightly sheer, and slit up the sides so you don’t look too Demis Rous­sos — is a good al­ter­na­tive for those who are al­ler­gic to beach kaf­tans and ki­monos.

Elle Macpher­son and Gwyneth Pal­trow con­tinue to wear their string tie biki­nis (I know!) be­cause they have the bod­ies of fit twen­tysome­things. The rest of us are wear­ing a more midlife ap­pro­pri­ate bikini: not flimsy, small or high cut. (Toast do good cov­er­age, and you can buy the tops and bot­toms in dif­fer­ent sizes. Also biki­nis with a bit of ruch­ing are sur­pris­ingly flat­ter­ing, as are boy shorts, which you can find in surf shops). Avoid

4 Pick a grown up style:

bikini bot­toms with a lit­tle mod­esty skirt. They just make you think: why wear one at all?

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A high waisted bot­tom should be the an­swer to all our prob­lems, but oddly you have to have the fig­ure of Cara Delev­ingne to get away with them. They hardly suit any­one, and all of them are un­der 30, which is why you’ ll never see Elle or Gwyn­nie in big pants.

It’s not just bot­toms, ei­ther, that are hard to wear big. Those tank­i­nis are a def­i­nite no-no, the worst of both worlds, not to men­tion a bit ‘ju­nior miss’. If you want that much cov­er­age then go for a one piece.

But now it’s es­sen­tial. If you have a torso that hasn’t seen the sun since last Au­gust, then you might be ad­vised to in­vest in some tan in a tube.

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No pel­mets or ruf­fles. No bows, ging­ham or broderie anglais trims. Noth­ing cutesy, or fancy, or zip up the front, or lace up the side, or wet­look with a Bond Girl belt. You know this but we can all get car­ried away. No

7 That said, don’t cover up too much: A tan is al­ways best: Ditch the frills:

tricks, es­pe­cially not the ooh la la, sexy moi sort.

Oh hello @wom­en­shealth­mag and thank you ever so much for the op­por­tu­nity to grace your cover! And @tra­cyan­der­son­method, it’s all be­cause of you. Link in pro­file for the se­cret A post shared by Gwyneth Pal­trow (@gwyneth­pal­trow) on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:44am PST

Not say­ing you would, or were even think­ing of it, but it’s cooler to play it down. You will not be need­ing the wide brimmed straw hat, the raf­fia wedges or lace-up gla­di­a­tor san­dals, or the pom­pom trim neck­lace and up­per arm bracelet.

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But the midlife bikini works best in so­phis­ti­cated shades like olive, aubergine and choco­late. Polka dots are weirdly age­ing. Navy is too sen­si­ble. Black — well it’s not work­ing so well for any­thing else in our wardrobes, so, prob­a­bly not.

The truth is when it comes to midlife biki­nis ver­sus the one piece you will al­ter­nate be­tween the two, de­pend­ing on how you feel. And it’s all about how you feel. Well, it is also about con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers. You owe it to your friends and fam­ily not to cross the line marked “makes us feel slightly un­com­fort­able”. That’s why we’ve put to­gether this list.

10 No ac­ces­soris­ing:

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You will there­fore want a light cover up:

The colour you choose will de­pend on your skin tone: Be flex­i­ble:

EUROPA PRESS / EUROPA PRESS VIA GETTY

Ac­tress Eva Lon­go­ria rock­ing a two­piece at age 42.

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