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Although I’ve written about her designs before, I’m really just getting to know Germaine DeNigris, from Arkins. I’ve admired Germaine’s work, and her commitment to slow and ethical fashion, since I bought an Arkins dress last winter. More recently, I’ve come to admire her open and collaborative nature. 

I’m thrilled to say that Germaine and I are working on a bathing suit designed especially for older women—women like me, who love the sun and beach but can’t seem to find an attractive bathing suit we feel comfortable in. Personally, I have very little problem with showing skin, I just want to be the one to say how much and where. 

I recently tried on a prototype at Germaine’s studio. It was exciting! It looked great and felt wonderful. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be documenting and sharing the process we’re going through. How does one design a bathing suit for women who may not want to show arms, bellies, and thighs? We’ll show you. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. This should be fun…




  • Delia says:

    Anita, what a great idea to design a bathing suit for us older gals. Last summer I went to Spain and brought along a pair of colorful, loose, low slung surfer shorts and found a matching aerobic style bra that worked great. When friends saw the photo of me at the beach, they all wanted to know where they could get a pair of the shorts!

    We have an expression in yoga that a woman over 50 should never do Downward Facing Dog in yoga shorts. The only thing that some parts of the body respond to is gravity:-)

    Can’t wait to see what you create together.

    • Anita Irlen says:

      Delia, I’ve done the shorts and sports bra thing before, but I get tired of that and honestly it doesn’t seem fair to us. I hear you about the downward facing dog pose too. Been there done that… I hope you’ll like the creation.

  • mary says:

    This is exciting!

  • Haralee says:

    Very fun and very exciting. I look forward to your posts!

  • Can’t wait to see the new bathing suit, that is something I’m definitely in the market for!

  • Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to this. I have lots of skin, younger women don’t have!

  • Sandy Nelson says:

    May I join the anticipation? I’m eager to see this creation!

    • Anita Irlen says:

      Sandy, I’m so glad you are. I don’t think we’re going to let anyone down. You may like or not, but the finished product is going to be attractive and functional while covering what most of us usually want to.

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