5/22/2019 | By Terri L. Jones

When Memorial Day rolled around each year, you may have pulled out your bikini or low-cut/high-cut one-piece and slathered yourself with baby oil to lounge in the sun. But now when swimsuit season hits, you’re probably not as eager to bare that much skin on the beach or at the pool!

Fortunately, skimpy bikinis and curve-hugging one-pieces aren’t the only bathing suits under the sun these days. Here are a few alternatives that’ll let you accentuate the positive, hide the negative, and safeguard your precious skin in the process.

Swim Pants and Swim Skirts

If your hips, thighs, or calves aren’t your best feature, try swim pants and swim skirts. They come in various lengths, and cover up those particular parts, but are still breathable enough to wear in the heat and let you comfortably take a dip when you’re ready to cool off!

Long-Sleeved Suits

Do you like to kayak or paddleboard but have gotten some pretty nasty sunburns on your shoulders? Or maybe your arms aren’t as toned as you’d like. Inspired by wetsuits, long-sleeved suits keep your arms and shoulders safely under wraps. These suits come in a variety of styles including one- and two-piece, conservative and – ahem – not so conservative!

Board Shorts

These comfy little shorts cover more of your hips and thighs than bathing suit bottoms and won’t ride up when you’re riding a wave. Some even feature convenient tummy control for a smoother silhouette.


This hybrid suit gives you the coverage of a one-piece with the convenience of a two-piece, plus the flexibility to expose or not to expose your middle. As tankinis have evolved, the style choices have evolved too, and you’ll find a wide variety of figure-flattering options.

And let’s not forget the sarongs, kaftans, and other types of stylish and airy cover-ups that you can simply leave on while at the ocean or hanging out at the pool!

Need some more inspiration for swimsuit season? Check out these bathing suits for women here!

Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over 10 years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide.

Terri Jones