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My Favorite Lands’ End Swimwear as a Size 14 Over-40 Sunlover

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My favorite Lands' End Swimwear as a size 14 over 40 woman by Wardrobe Oxygen

I have been a fan of Lands' End for decades. Classic style that lasts, I own everything from fleeces to dresses, parkas to bedsheets, jeans to water shoes from Lands' End. But one of the biggest reasons I've been a Lands' End customer and fan is their swimwear. Lands' End invited me to check out their women's swimwear collection and I wanted to share with you what is my favorite Lands' End swimwear.

This post is sponsored by Lands' End

Thanks to working with Lands' End, I had the chance to try a lot of their swimwear; I specifically asked to try styles I hadn't before and didn't already own. This review only shares my personal favorites as an over-40 woman who likes to lounge in a chair as much as I like swimming a few laps. I go to the beach several times a summer, visit the local pool weekly, and have friends who host get together at their backyard pools and hot tubs. These pieces make me feel confident while being fashionable and functional.

My Favorite Lands' End Coverups, Rashguards, and Beach Bags

Face Saver hat from Lands' End

Before we get started, a reminder that sun protection is your friend! UPF-rated clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats are all great to help you have fun safely in the sun. This is the Face Saver hat from Lands' End. It comes in two sizes and three colors and is great for those who like to lounge in a chair. The back is narrow with a large front brim you can wear down or fold up.

Striped Rash Guard

Striped Rash Guard

In these two photos is a Lands' End rash guard I have owned for several years (and Lands' End still sells!). With UPF 50, this top dries quickly and can be worn in the water or slipped on over a swimsuit when relaxing by the shore or the pool. I love this rash guard for travel because it looks like a regular shirt and can be styled with jeans, skorts, and shorts with ease. I am wearing Petite Large. This rashguard is available in a range of solid colors and prints, in misses, petite, long, and plus sizes.

Striped Rash Guard and swim skirt | Lands' End Swimwear

Swim Skirt

With the rashguard, I am wearing this swim skirt from Lands' End in Deep Sea Navy in 14. This swim skirt is also available in plus sizes. I like how you can adjust the length and design with the drawstrings. It's just long enough to cover my bum and front but not so long it can't easily be worn under shorts.

Zip Top canvas tote

Speaking of items I have owned for years from Lands' End… this Extra Large Zip Top canvas tote. I believe I bought this not long after our daughter was born and she turned 14 this year! I have the long strap version so it's easy to slip on the shoulder, even when full. I love personalizing these totes, it's only $8.00 additional. These totes are great for travel and for hauling towels and such to the pool or beach.

red canvas tote from Lands' End

I've also had this smaller red canvas tote from Lands' End for several years; you may recognize it from my Lands' End outerwear post from this past winter. I bought this tote when my kid was past the need for a diaper bag but I still had a lot of things I needed to carry for her when out and about. This was perfect for that and it's perfect for pool days. The colored canvas totes come in the same range of styles and customizations and again I just had to personalize it!

Striped Tunic Rash Guard

Striped Tunic Rash Guard

The striped top I am wearing in these two photos is this tunic-length UPF 50 coverup and rashguard from Lands' End; I am wearing size L. It is available in misses, petite, long, and at this link you can find the same tunic in plus sizes. While I am technically petite, I went with the regular length to have a bit more coverage. I find it the perfect length to wear on its own or as I did here, with a pair of quick-dry shorts.

Striped Tunic Rash Guard with pockets

You may say having two striped coverups from Lands' End is too much, but if you know me, you know I've never met a striped shirt I didn't like. And these two rashguards/coverups are well-designed, with classic spacing of stripes, and I love the pockets on this tunic and think it's so chic with the collar popped!

My Favorite Swimsuits from Lands' End

Okay, now it's time to share my favorite Lands' End swimsuits! I've tried many different swimsuits from Lands' End; one-piece, tankinis, bikinis, swim dresses, board shorts, and more. I appreciate the variety and size range that Lands' End offers; it makes it easy to customize your swim experience for your body, your comfort level, and your style.

I like Lands' End for their one-piece suits best. Most brands don't offer the large bust support I require in swimwear, and I like that I can get bust support without always ending up with stomach compression. Since I am short, I feel more confident in a non-skirted style of swimsuit (except the swim skirt seen above, which isn't flowing and I can customize to a length I like). I like a one-piece that looks chic, but can handle diving into the pool swimming a few laps, and maybe a long walk on the beach.

Lands' End Slendersuit Wrap One Piece

Slendersuit Wrap One Piece | My Favorite Lands End Swimwear

With Lands' End swimwear, you can shop by bra size, which is awesome. I find the DDD cup swimsuits from Lands' End to fit and support my bust great while looking great too. This is the SlenderSuit v-neck wrap one-piece, which is available in misses, petite, long, and in regular, D, DD, and DDD cup sizes. This link goes to the same suit in plus sizes. I am wearing 14 DDD in Deep Sea Navy and this suit looks good and survived diving in the pool and swimming laps!

This suit comes in ombre as well, there is a similar style that has a skirt, a similar style as a swim dress, as well as a tankini top. I have a carousel below of all the variations of this stylish and supportive swim suit:

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Lands' End Tugless Sporty One Piece

Tugless Sporty One Piece | My Favorite Lands End Swimwear

I have raved about the Lands' End Tugless one-piece before. This year, I added to my Tugless collection with one in Deep Sea Navy. I went with a size 14 DDD, and think I could have sized down to 12 to get a bit more stomach support and less sagging in the rear once wet. Or, I may have preferred the Tummy Control version as the torso in this suit didn't feel as structured as my old Tugless Tank.

That being said, it still passed the dive test, as well as somersaults and flip turns. This suit comes in so many variations – different leg openings, different cup sizes and styles, prints, with or without Tummy Control, petite, long, mastectomy, plus… I made a carousel to share the options for this classically chic tank suit:

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Lands' End SlenderSuit Carmela One Piece

A new-to-me swimsuit this summer is the Carmela from Lands' End. Available in solid colors and prints, I was drawn to the Deep Sea Polkadot; I also got this in 14 DDD. Offering interest with both a print and stylish draping and gathering of fabric, this is a chic one-piece swimsuit that contains and holds up to an active day in the pool or surf. This swimsuit is available in plus sizes, it also comes in misses, petite, long, and cup sizes to G.

SlenderSuit Carmela One Piece | My Favorite Lands End Swimwear

I really like this suit and have worn it more than once. I even washed it in the machine and it still looks and performs like new. I don't love the wide cross straps on the back and think they could be narrower and still provide support, but they're not a dealbreaker. The ruching of the fabric enhances the bustline and offers an optical illusion at the midsection. Again, there are many variations of the Carmela and similar suits that have the same adorable polkadot print so I made a carousel of them below:

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My Favorite Lands End Swimwear as a Size 14 Over-40 Sunlover

I thank Lands' End for partnering with me again. I love their swimwear, and love being able to showcase it for you. It's not easy to find women over 40 who model swimsuits and don't have a typical model's body. I hope these photos help you visualize such suits on yourself. And I hope you have fun in the sun this summer!

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13 Comments

  1. I love Lands End. I have soooo many pieces including outerwear, dresses, coverups, totes, and yes, swimwear. I kinda wish I’d sized up on my Tugless Tank but then again everything fits and is smooth and it looks nice enough to wear out as a tank top.

    I just got this Women’s Plus Size DDD-Cup Chlorine Resistant V-Neck Wrap Underwire Tankini Swimsuit Top one recently, in the two-toned floral print. It is now my current favorite. I bought navy blue bottoms to go with it. I sized up to a 20w (I’m somewhere around 16/18 normally) because I’ve found with most suits one size up just fits my large chest better. This one is amazing. It’s comfortable (I’m wearing it as I write this, lol), supportive, and easy to get on and off. Plus, since it’s a tankini, I can use the bathroom easily, too.

    I also have the same rash guard striped tee in your first photos, Alison, purchased after you previously recommended it. And I’ve worn it more as a regular shirt than a rash guard!

    Excellant post, as usual, and thank you!

  2. I just got my most recent Lands End order and am so disappointed with the changes to the tugless tank. This was my go to and I have 2 that I love based on Alison’s previous recommendations. The one that just arrived is a completely different fabric and silhouette, feels cheap and is uncomfortable and unflattering.

    I used to feel pretty confident that my lands end orders would work out. I have many coats, seaters, bags and more from there), but the most recent size and quality inconsistencies are concerning. I can get past the weird website issues but this makes it so challenging to continue to shop there. I do like that I can avoid the return shipping if you choose merchandise credit now that there’s no sears near me, but still.

  3. I love any LE Slendersuit that comes in a 12DDD. Sadly, though, it doesn’t seem like they are adding new styles or colors in the DDD line this year. My favorite in recent years has been a red floral print called Waikiki. Luckily, they last forever, even though I swim laps 3 times a week, so I’m okay for this summer. I hope that LE isn’t phasing out the DDD one piece suits. I haven’t found another brand that fits so well.

  4. I’m confused about the use case of the rashguard and cover-up. What do you wear under them? A regular bra, swimsuit top, regular swimsuit? I’d like the extra sun protection but am confused about layering options.

  5. I’m serious about sun protection and like the long sleeved shirt a lot.
    It’s great for morning walks along the shore when the sun is out in full force.
    The shirts are not cut to be oversized. My advice would be to size up if you are on the edge of their size charts for tops.

  6. I wear the tugless tanks and spf shirts because I know my size in them. I would love to try some other styles, but Lands End charges shipping for returns. I tried once to get this charge taken off because the suit was not as advertised on the size chart, and they refused. What a shame, as I would buy hundreds of dollars a year from this brand if they didn’t in effect charge a try on fee. If anyone from the brand reads your sponsored posts, I hope they see this feedback,

  7. Being a huge fan of the water – lap swimming & water aerobics – and a grown ass woman who needs solid, no-nonsense swimwear, I’ve been a devotee of the LE “tugless tank” for years. It’s stylish and provides the right coverage and support in all the right places. You look smashing in your photos:-)

  8. LE always rocks their swimsuit options and their SPF protection pieces are cute too. I’m always drawn to their great prices for swimwear. You can’t go wrong!

  9. You look Fab in all but especially the polka dot. Love your confidence. Thanks for sharing.

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