15 Vacation-Ready Pieces for Women Over 50

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You’ve done it: You’ve made it through the dredges of winter, what with its snow, sleet, and frigid temps, and now, you’re ready to jet set off on that vacation you’ve been looking forward to all season long. There’s just one teensy, tiny little problem: It practically requires a whole new wardrobe! As if that wasn’t daunting enough, the resort wear you’ll be needing, which can encompass anything from swimsuits and shorts to coverups and capris, can be some of the hardest clothing to shop for — particularly once you’ve reached a certain age. The best resort wear for women over 50 will be both flattering and comfortable, so all you’ll need to focus on is having fun in the sun.

What is resort wear?

Also known as “cruise wear,” resort wear is exactly what it sounds like: Summer-ready, lightweight, packable clothing that you can wear on vacation. Pieces are typically made from breathable materials, such as cotton, silk, straw, and microfiber, while patterns tend to be either bright and fun, like you’d see on a Hawaiian shirt, or classic, such as nautical print.

The Best Resort Wear for Women Over 50

Since resort wear shows off a lot more skin than, say, your winter sweats, you’ll want your selections to be supportive, comfortable, and of course, stylish.

While some women over 50 will be more than happy to show off their bodies in an itsy bitsy bikini and cut-offs, others may prefer pieces with a bit more coverage. One-piece swimsuits or tankinis, like this one from Venus ($54), which has an elongated, tank top-like cut, are slightly more conservative. You can also throw a cover-up ($118, Lilly Pulitzer) over your suit for a bit of added modesty and sun protection.

Capris or shorts with a 7 or 5-inch cut ($79.50, Tommy Bahama) will keep you cool without riding up your backside, and oversized hats will keep aging skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

Regardless of your age, however, the best resort wear will consist of the pieces you feel the most attractive and confident in. We’ve chosen a wide selection of breezy finds that will be suitable for whatever activities your vacation may bring, whether you find yourself strolling the beach or laying in a hammock.

Ready to trade your winter boots in for flip-flops ($198, Nordstrom) and your sweaters in for tunics ($138, Lilly Pulitzer)? You’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for Woman’s World picks for the best resort wear for women over 50.

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