86-Year-Old Duchess Shocks by Rocking a Bikini at the Beach (PHOTO)

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Duchess of AlbaThere’s a reason why many 86-year-olds don’t wear bikinis. (I’ll give you a moment to even process the thought. Your great-grandma. In a bikini. Flesh. Insert your cringe here.) Not only is it kind of unsettling that a woman standing on the horizon of nine decades of life would even want to wear a two-piece, but it’s off-putting when she hauls off and decides to go ahead and get one. And wear it. In public. 

But it’s happening, and it may be coming to a beach near you if Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, otherwise known as the Duchess of Alba, sparks a senior citizen trend. Flanked by her much younger, 61-year-old husband, she strolled the sands of Formentera, Spain in her floral two-piece suit. When you consider that she was already in her mid-twenties as her future hubs was sliding out of his mama’s birth canal, it becomes pretty obvious that our dear duchess is neither a slave to fashion rules nor a cheerleader of social convention.

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Generally, I’m not one to subscribe to too many age-based fashion restrictions. I love Stacy and Clinton on What Not to Wear, but they insist “no miniskirts after 35,” and even though I’m not there yet, I fully intend to have my legs out in the wide open when I do. No minis after 50 might make more sense, but 35? C’mon. You’ve barely had a chance to show them gams, considering you spent 12 years in stodgy school uniforms and the bulk thereafter in work-appropriate length sheaths and slacks.

I’ll give it to the lady—she looks good for her age. But looking good for your age doesn’t mean looking good in everything, and nothing flashes that like a big ol’ neon sign than a bikini. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. And I’m going to have to file elderly women in bikinis under the “don’t” column. I prefer my grannies in more modest bathing wear.

Not that she gives a hot damn what I or anybody else thinks or says—obviously. She’s a sickeningly rich old woman worth a cool $4.9 billion and she pulled a guy two-and-a-half decades her junior (though I wouldn’t be shocked if one had something to do with the other). So, on that note, I applaud her free-spiritedness and devil may care attitude. It’s the best thing about the outfit.

Do you think there’s an age when bikinis stop being appropriate? 

Image via Walt Stoneburner/Flickr 

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Of course it's not appropriate! But she's the Duchess of Alba -- inappropriate dressing and fun and wild behavior are her trademarks!

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

More props to her for looking better than a lot of people I see wearing them lol. It's a properly fitting bikini that doesn't show more then necessary. I hope at that age I am able to embrace my body and have the confidence in myself that she does.

linzemae linzemae

I think she looks great and I would love to be her size

nonmember avatar h

I think she looks fabulous and I hope I'm rocking bikinis at that age!

Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

Seriously?  What is it with American society and thinking that everyone should get dressed with other people's opinions in mind?  Personally, I don't give a rat's behind if you think my cellulite-covered thighs, gigantic 9 month pregnant belly complete with two prior pregnancies worth of stretch marks, and swollen preggo I cup boobs should be hanging out at the beach in a bikini or not, and I seriousy doubt the Duchess cares if people think a woman her age should be wearing one either.  People should be able to wear what they are comfortable in as long as it's not against the law without judgment about their bodies.  We all come in different shapes and sizes, each with our own flaws and imperfections.  Personally, I'm saddened that more people can't accept their bodies and instead feel the need to drag others down because of their own low self-esteem.

Kimbyann Kimbyann

I'm with meg, wear what you want.

nonmember avatar shelly

She can wear whatever she wants, but that doesn't mean, it won't cause me to vomit. Gross!

Sue Bishop Drumm

Good Lord, what we think doesn't matter one bit. Whether we think she looks okay or not (I think she looks good but my opinion would be the same no matter how she looked)is IRRELEVANT. I am a lot older than most of you. I am in my 50s. I hate to see the feminist energy we spent in the 70s and all the way back to the suffragettes dissipate into this kind of body snarking of an old woman!!!

Water... Water_geM

i hope i look so awesome at 90

banan... banana-bear

I don't care what she wears. She's happy, leave her be. Also keep in mind: those in glass houses....

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