Grankinis? Women over 50 DO wear bikinis

Article by Fabafterfifty


It seems there is now a term to describe 50+ bikini wearers! Or so I’m told… But do we really want to be referred to as ‘Grankinis’!

It seems more women over 50 are wearing bikinis than ever before.

A quick poll of our Fabafterfifty experts suggested that wearing a bikini over the age of 50 was all a question of  body confidence.

Who can forget THAT photo  of Helen Mirren looking stunning in her bikini , giving a green light to women of any age to wear what they felt good in. The general consensus seemed to be that the style of bikinis we wear today may have changed- ie less skimpy bottom halves and more supportive tops (M&S, Freya, Panache all sell cup size swimwear), but if you felt good (and confident) , why not!

There are those of us who never felt entirely comfortable in a bikini, preferring a one piece and certainly many of the comments on the Fabafterfifty forums gave the one piece a huge thumbs up .
But isn’t it good to know that there does seem to be acceptance for those choosing to be bikini wearers – even if we don’t like the Grankini label that might come with it !

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  1. Renee

    August 29, 2012

    I shall be 70 in December and I wear a tankini on holiday. You can either wear shorts or high waisted briefs.
    I am trying to find online shops that sell 8’s or 10’s and come down to the knee.
    Any suggestions

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