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Modest Swimsuit Options

May 1, 2010

It’s hard to believe that swimsuit season is nearly upon us.  Our family used to dread this season, but now we look forward to the summer.  Several years ago the girls came to me wanting to find more modest swim suits.  Even though they were wearing very modest one-piece suits, the suits showed more skin than the girls were comfortable with.  So began the quest to find a modest suit.  I recognize that every family has different standards regarding modesty, but if you’re looking for other options for swimsuits, here are a few suggestions that have worked for our family.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are not endorsing any of these products, but merely relaying our experiences in hopes that your family will be able to locate modest swimwear that suits your needs.

Swim Modest
I really liked the style of the one-piece suits (short sleeves, shorts and attached sarong), especially for very active girls.  We’ve ordered three child-sized suits from Swim Modest.  The girls especially liked that they could pick out the fabric, but they found that the sarong sometimes got in the way of serious swimming.  It was especially modest for playing on the beach.  The lining in the panty was not attached well, but could easily be attached more securely.   The material is not as thick as Land’s End suits we’ve owned, but they did make it through two years of frequent pool use.

Stitchin’ Times
Owned by a woman in Lancaster County, PA, Stitchin Times specializes in custom-made suits with several options, including choice of fabrics.  Styles include a one piece swim dress with attached swim panty or shorts and newly added swim separates—a dress with a swim panty or swim shorts.  The first suit we ordered was a girls-sized cotton blend fabric which took a long time to dry.  Also, a seam under the arm of the tank was slightly bunched and made a red mark after a long day of swimming.  We really liked the quality and the mid-thigh length of the skirt.  The second suit we ordered was a lycra spandex blend and it worked better for us.  Because the material was lighter weight, there was no problem with the seam under the arm.
We ordered a sleeveless adult suit and found the skirt was a great length, about mid thigh.  The top of the suit had an attached soft cup bra, but we didn’t like that the outline of the cups were noticeable.  The company gives you the option to special order a suit without a bra so you can wear your own.  We’re trying that option this year for the two younger girls.

Land’s End
I’ve ordered various products from Land’s End for more than fifteen years.  The quality and service have never disappointed me.  While the quality has declined slightly over the years, the quality still remains far above the average suit you purchase at a department store.  They usually have several modest suits even for serious swimmers, depending on the styles offered for the year.  We’ve ordered several children’s suits and especially liked the full lining and the full coverage in the seat area.  We prefer the traditional tank design because the “racer back” design makes the arm holes a little low.  We’ve ordered several adult suits.  I love the options for torso, leg opening, bra type and style.  Again, the seat coverage is good and many suits have coordinating cover up skirts available to purchase separately.

If you aren’t able to afford these options but still want to instill modesty in your daughters, consider using my mom’s guidelines.  She asked that when her children were not swimming in the pool or the ocean, we had to be sufficiently covered—boys with a shirt on, girls with a cover up that covered our bottom.  She didn’t want us lounging around wearing so little.  I believe she was on to something.  I hope that these suggestions will bless your family and encourage your daughters as you make swimsuit choices for your family this summer.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2010 1:45 pm

    I had the same issue with Stitchin’ Times. She was very easy to work with, however.

    We’ve found WholesomeWear to have great suits. http://www.wholesomewear.com/

    The other thing we’ve started doing is to get exercise style tops and pair them up with a longer exercise pair of shorts. It works for my daughter who’s tall as well as small-busted. She also made herself a swim skirt which is worn over the shorts.

  2. May 1, 2010 2:31 pm

    Thanks for your feedback. I hadn’t thought of the exercise tops and shorts. What a great idea! And a little easier on the budget… Joy

  3. Katie Walker permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:38 am

    Where would I take my children to be around other modestly dressed swimmers? We would like them to be able to swim locally in a pool large enough to do serious swimming. We live in Lancaster, PA.

    • May 23, 2010 3:42 pm

      Katie,
      Since I don’t live in Lancaster county, I have no idea where you might swim with other modestly dressed swimmers. We are blessed to have a friend with a swimming pool. Maybe God will send you a friend with a pool! 🙂 Joy

      • Louise permalink
        August 24, 2010 11:34 pm

        Love daughter of Gods swimwear can I only order online.

      • August 26, 2010 5:58 am

        Thanks, Louise. We don’t sell the swimwear, I’m only recommending suits that our family has used in the past. The links I gave are for online purchase, however Land’s End is owned by Sears and some Sears stores carry Land’s End products. You’ll have to check the stores in your area. Happy shopping!

  4. July 9, 2010 5:46 pm

    How is yor summer going on? Did you used your swimsuit?

    • July 10, 2010 8:00 am

      Summer at the Moore home is slipping by so quickly! We just returned from a super-quick trip to PA to visit my mom and dad and this week the girls will be involved in serving at our church’s VBS. Yes, we’ve been able to fit in some swimming, too. The girls are thrilled with their two-piece swim dress from Swim Modest. I like the fact that the girls are well-supported since they are able to wear their own bra. We will definitely order again with the following modifications: Order panties one size smaller than the dress; ask for the bodice of the dress to be about 2-4 inches longer, making the waist a little lower. The girls have gotten lots of compliments on their suits from women of all ages. I just might order one for myself next year!

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