Helen Mirren isn't your average 65 year old. Earlier this Summer she posed naked in a bath tub for New York magazine, and she's made splashes for wearing itty bitty bathing suits into her 60s. Her fearlessness might be encouraging everyday older women to suit up in two-pieces.
The Daily Mail says one retailer has seen a rise in the sales of bikinis to women over 50, and the paper credits the trendsetting actress for the wave of "grankinis." I can do without a cutesy word, but the two-piece styles apparently preferred by these women do come with wider straps for more support, and more material for better proportions.
I have a different explanation for the "grankini" craze. The bikini was invented in 1946, so any woman 64 and under has known it her whole life. Why would she stop wearing it now?