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The Best Swim Shorts for Women Over 50 to Go With Any Swimsuit

Comfort and coverage go hand in hand!

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Now that it’s officially pool season, we’ve been bombarded with internet ads for bathing suits that look great on the models, but may not look quite the same on us. So we (regular women with stretch marks, mom tums, and cellulite) decided to do some serious swimwear research to find the perfect swimsuit for all women. In that quest, we’ve found slimming swimsuits, plus size bikinis, and even flowy coverups that can double as dresses.

But if conservative swimwear is more your style, swim shorts for women (not the baggy trunks guys wear), tick all the right boxes: full-seat coverage, protection from chaffing, and overall comfort.

Swimsuits For All, an inclusive online swimwear shop, has a great selection of swim shorts in a variety of styles that pair well with one-piece swimsuits, tankini tops, and more. Best of all, they have pretty much every numbered size you can imagine, because, let’s be honest, small/medium/large can be a tough squeeze for some booties. Scroll down for our favorite swim shorts for women from Swimsuits for All.

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Chlorine Resistant Lycra Xtra Life Navy Bike Short

$23 (was $38), Swimsuits For All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look. 
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom 
  • Unlined 
  • Poly/mesh gusset lining 
  • Rise: hits at waist 

These classic, mid-length swim shorts won’t draw attention away from a gorgeous swim top, but will provide just the right amount of coverage to make you feel confident around the pool.

Reviewers wrote:

“Bought these to cover my older-woman’s thighs. Works like a charm and looks great with the high-neck tankini tops purchased.”

I like these. They aren’t too long and definitely cover what I don’t want shown. They are snug to my legs so they don’t ride up in the middle when I walk.

Undertow Long Bike Short

$48, Swimsuits for All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Poly/mesh gusset lining
  • Rise: hits at waist

With a printed high waist, these swim shorts would look great with a solid-color swim top. These are slightly longer with extra thigh coverage, so you can wear them outside the pool or lounging around your house without feeling an ounce of modesty.

Reviewers wrote:

“This long bike short is perfect for snorkeling and in the pool – it matches my swimsuit top. I like longer bottoms because I’m older and can’t find anything but these bike shorts that I am comfortable in. Love them.”

“I read many reviews about these before buying — all positive and so is mine. Love these. So comfortable. So modest. Also bought the matching top and the colors are outstanding. I go swimming a lot with my grandchildren in chlorine pools. These [hold up] great!

Fuchsia Cargo Short

$27 (was $38), Swimsuits for All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Functional pockets
  • Velcro front closure
  • Built-in poly/mesh brief
  • Side slits
  • Rise: hits at waist

These pink cargo swim shorts have functional pockets for pool passes, keys, and cash. Who doesn’t love pockets? The side slits also provide plenty of room for movement and comfort.

Reviewers wrote:

“I am always nervous to buy without trying on, but these shorts are true to size and very flattering. I carry all of my weight in my belly/hip area and these are comfortable and I may have to get another pair.”

“Just what I expected in the fit. I liked them so much that I ordered a second pair!”

Black Loose Short

$23 (was $38), Swimsuits for All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Built-in brief
  • Rise: hits at waist

These cool, lightweight swim shorts have a built-in brief — similar to men’s swim trunks — so you can feel extra secure while showing a little skin.

Reviewers wrote:

“These shorts fit very nicely. They sit high up on my waist and I think they are going to be a great addition for my tubing trip this summer.”

“Yes, loose swim shorts with panty attached. Love these, keeps me from showing what I want hidden. True to size, loose, comfortable, lasted all summer and beyond, didn’t stretch.”

Disco Long Bike Short

$34 (was $48), Swimsuits for All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Poly/mesh gusset lining
  • Rise: hits at waist

Are you a black-swimsuit-only type of person? These swim shorts have a subtle, multi-colored palm design that will give your swimsuit a much-needed pop of color.

I bought these Long Bike Shorts to go under a swim dress. The inset on the leg matches the top I chose. I am 5’4″ tall and have an apple shape. These shorts fit nicely. They are not too tight. They do not cut my middle, but they stay up nicely. I am looking forward to swim exercising and feeling stylish and modest. The size seems to run a little large on me.

Black Side Slit Skort

$27 (was $38), Swimsuits For All

Features:

  • Sold as bottom only. Shop separate tops to complete your look.
  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Front poly/mesh lining
  • Front side-slit opening
  • Rise: hits at waist

Skorts were all the rage in the ’90s, but they still flatter just the same as swimwear today. This one provides some extra coverage in the inner thigh area, while showcasing your booty from behind — best of both worlds!

Reviewers wrote:

“I am 83 years old and wanted just that little extra coverage that this skort gives me.”

“The most amazing fit! I love the way these fit they hide hippy thighs in the front and focus on your assets on the back! … Buy these, you won’t regret it! I hope they never retire this style!”

Chlorine Resistant Lycra Xtra Life Colorblock Swim Shorts

$39.99, Swimsuits For All

Features:

  • Coverage: full leg and bottom
  • Unlined bike short with poly/mesh gusset lining
  • Rise: hits at waist

These swim shorts are longer for ample thigh coverage, but don’t skimp on style. The geometric design on the outer leg is slimming while adding a pop of color . They also come in dark navy blue, so you can buy one of each color to switch things up.

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