What to Wear to the Beach for Women over 50–8 Decades of Style

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What to wear to the beach for women over 50 in the summer

What to Wear to the Beach for Women over 50–8 Decades of Style

It’s such a great idea to see what to wear to the beach for women over 50.

Quote of the day: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. And it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

I’ve joined with a group of other bloggers to showcase 8 different decades showing off a similar theme. Thanks to Shelbee for coming up with this idea and getting everyone organized. Needless to say, I’m not actually part of the group of 8 decades of women because there is another woman in the group who is in her 50’s. My blog is included for both Nancy and Charlotte. We know who rates around here, right? Yet since it’s my blog, I do get to showcase myself in my post. But if you were wondering, that’s why I’m not listed in the collage below.

The theme for our Magnificent 8 for the summer is life’s a beach. Since I’d already had us style our bathing suits on the blog last summer, I decided to tackle it a little differently for this post. I gave us the challenge of what we would wear to the beach for women over 50 when taking a walk or hanging out on the beach. Not necessarily swimming or tanning. By the way, did you see that we were featured on a Woman’s World article about swimsuits?

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 for walking in the water

Nancy joined us for this blog post but is “officially” still on sabbatical.  I twisted her arm that we would take these photos after our 4th of July BBQ and that she needed the day off from moving boxes anyways. My cousin and her family joined us too. You’ve seen my cousin, Joy, when we showcased her mom’s jewelry as sentimental pieces last year.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 over your swimsuit

Shorts: Francesca’s (similar here)~~Swim Suit: Target (here)~~Shoes: Target (here)~~Earrings: Modern Sage Designs c/o (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 including a sun hat
What to wear to the beach for women over 50 over your swimsuit

Why I Wore This Outfit

I finally decided that I should buy a new swim suit since it’s been at least 10 years. Not that we go swimming a lot, but usually twice a year at our knit retreat in Buena Vista, we visit the hot springs. As the thrifty girl that I am, I decided to at least check out Target before I spent a ton of money on the item. And I was very surprised at how many great options they had for one pieces. Of course, it could have been less expensive in the long run to have gone to a swim suit store. It was the Target trip that ended up costing $200 because of course we found tons of other things including my green dress.

For the bottom half of the outfit, I threw on a pair of shorts. If we are hanging out on the beach, I’m not super concerned about matching my pieces. It’s hard to see in these photos, but the shorts have cherries on them, which I considered perfect for the 4th of July!

How You Could Change This Outfit

If you’re not comfortable wearing shorts out and about, there are many other cover ups available. There are sarong style cover ups that can be purchased. Or I talk about other ways to create the same piece in my mom’s highlights below.

Of course there are full body cover ups that you can purchase too. But don’t forget that the tunics you already have in your closet can also be used for this piece like my mom styled in the past.

Interesting Tidbit

I had purchased these flip flops earlier this year when I bought my white booties online from Target. I’m not one to wear flip flops in public unless I’m getting a pedicure, yet my previous pair from 20 years ago had bit the dust. It goes to show that items do wear out even if you don’t wear them much…LOL!

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 when your swim suit is not around

Capris: (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 without wearing a bathing suit
What to wear to the beach for women over 50 without showing much skin

Why Nancy Wore This Outfit

Since Nancy’s swim suit was packed away with no chance of seeing daylight anytime soon, we came up with the idea of having her wear her capri jeans.

This dark floral top is also a great shirt for the beach because it’s lightweight and so pretty. It’s really an off the shoulder shirt, yet it’s a good example of how many of those tops can be worn “normally”. So if you happen to see a fabulous top that you love, yet you know you wouldn’t wear it off the shoulder, it still could work?

How You Could Change This Outfit

Embracing the idea that going to the beach doesn’t have to mean putting on a swimsuit, I think capris could be a great option for the occasion. At least you can still frolic in the water without worry about getting your jeans all wet. And you don’t have to roll them up either. We’ve worn capris on the blog many times even though many articles will tell you they aren’t stylish.

Interesting Tidbit

Nancy found this hat (along with some others) while she was packing up her house. It’s amazing how we can put away items and totally forget about them until we move. Maybe that’s the advantage of moving?? You find some long lost things that work for your lifestyle now.

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 without wearing a swimsuit

Skirt: My mom made it (similar here)~~Top: (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 to feel comfortable
What to wear to the beach for women over 50 without wearing a bathing suit

Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit

My mom would rather be more covered at this stage of the game. And since the material of this skirt that she made showcases Hawaii, she thought it would be more than perfect for this theme.

My mom doesn’t wear or have flip flops so these water shoes are great for those of you who don’t love to be barefoot. I actually wore them for our hiking post last summer because I had forgotten my sneakers. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were. And if you’re not hundred percent sure if you’d get much use out of them, you might see if you can fit into a kid’s pair first. Especially if your feet are somewhat small, this can be a fabulous option to get them cheaper.

How You Could Change This Outfit

Even if you wouldn’t think about wearing a skirt to the beach, it’s not a terrible idea. The knit maxi skirts are the perfect summer piece that is easy to act as a cover up and can take you from the beach to lunch easily. Another way to create this look would be to take a large scarf and create a skirt from it to wear over your swim suit. Heck, even your lightweight kimonos could be used for this idea. Just use the sleeves as the ties around your waist.

Interesting Tidbit

Adding a scarf around the brim of your straw hat can be a super easy trick to give it some pizzazz. Then you can even change up the scarf from one day to another. The material my mom has on her hat is from this top she made many years ago. All 3 of us styled this top for a series 3 years ago. The skinny scarves can be the best ones to use for this trick, and if you see our post about skinny scarves, you’ll recognize the material again. But you can certainly use a bigger and different shaped scarf also. One tip is to pin it in place along the hat or even use fashion tape.

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 for sitting under an umbrella

What to Wear to the Beach for Women over 50 Tips & Tricks

I realize that getting a swim suit can be frustrating and stressful for many women. And I get that. But first I want to point out that every woman is beautiful. Our life truly gets easier when we start embracing the bodies that we have.

Yet the other fact, is you don’t HAVE to wear a swimsuit to the beach. Especially if you aren’t planning on going into the water. Just being on the beach alongside the water can be so calming and fun by itself.

Remember to put on your sunscreen or protective pieces when you are thinking about what to wear to the beach. No one looks or feels good with a sunburn!

What to wear to the beach for women over 50 and be comfortable

The Magnificent 8

The Magnificent 8 is a collaboration among 8 stylish women from every decade of life showcasing our style one generation at a time. The mission of this collaboration is to show you just how ageless style is, how we can each dress however we’d like and in ways that make us feel fabulous. There are no age restrictions on style. So wear what you want, when you want, add a smile, and strut your style with confidence. And be sure to check out all 8 of these amazing gals!  We will be sharing these posts on a quarterly basis…so be sure to check back in October for the second post in this series.

8 Generations of style for what to wear to the beach


Courtney of Sugar Coated Bears is representing teenagers.
Michelle of Michelle’s Pa(i)ge is representing the 20-somethings.
Roxanne of Glass of Glam is representing the 30-somethings.
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge is representing the 40-somethings.
Rena of Fine Whatever is representing the 50-somethings.
Cathe of Atypical 60 is representing the 60-somethings.
Nancy of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 70-somethings.
And Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of Style is representing the 80-somethings.

The only one not able to participate this time is Courtney because she’s at summer camp with no internet access! But you should check out her blog anyways, because she has the sweetest personality.

I’d like to point out that if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might even recognize some of these women. Michelle was featured once when we talked about how our fashion can be used to help our brains by copying what the young girls are wearing.

Roxanne was my partner in our Bridging the Gap campaign, when we paired with a younger blogger to try to show that age makes no difference. It was a great example of how we all should join together to help each other.

Shelbee is one of the organizers of a fun monthly challenge where we talk about our Good Buys or Goodbye items!

Rena is one of my Forever Fierce friends who was an angel to pick us up at the airport when we met up in LA last summer.

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