Unlike women who plot, plan and prepare for every body-baring minute spent in a swimsuit, men over 50 often just show up in whatever's available in their dresser drawer. Grownup dudes don't get swimsuit advice from their peers. They also never think to ask the women in their lives for any (even me, and I'm a fashion editor!). Well, I'm here to tell you all you need to know, so don't be shy. Let's dive in.
Know your body's pros and cons
Check your body — nude or in underwear — in a full-length mirror. Look at all views: rear, side, and front. Don't suck in your stomach. Most guys have never done this, so it's a real heads-up. To find your best swimsuit, consider a few things first. What bugs you? A big belly? Wiggly thighs? Man boobs? Back fat? What's your best stuff? A still-trim waist? Toned legs? Broad shoulders? Nice forearms? Does cute love handle? Ignore unattainable body images of you at 35, of professional athletes and of movie stars. Do what we women do and gain confidence from the good, even if there's “more of you to love."