The spring swim wear search is on and I can tell that I’m not alone. The stats on my website show that there is a lot of interest in the article on modest swim wear that I posted in May of 2010. Here is an update on what is available for the summer of 2011: There are many more modest swimwear choices available online than there were just two years ago. In fact, some sites offer suits that cover everything but your face—a little too modest for my taste. My search is for suits that match our standards for daily living in regards to neckline, tightness and length; though I admit some swim skirts are slightly shorter than than I would allow for a daily wardrobe.
Stitchin’ Times This is still my first choice for modest swim wear. Last May I posted our experience with suits we’ve purchased over the years. Last spring we ordered two of the new two piece design—tank dress over swim panties. The dress sizes ran pretty true, but the swim panties ran about a size larger. Next time I’ll order a size smaller than the dress I order. The dress was fully lined, as I requested, and the quality of the sewing was even better than previous years. Of the two swim dresses, one was made of fabric that seemed to have more nylon in it and it has certainly worn well. The other dress seemed to be made of lighter-weight fabric and only made it through the end of last season. I really wish there was some way to gauge the durability of the fabric before ordering. Overall, the dress is the most practical pattern for fun swimming or a day at the beach; however it is not practical for serious swimming.
Land’s End I’ve purchased suits from Land’s End for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, Land’s End quality is not what it used to be. This year you’ll find some new swim dresses which give more coverage on the bottom, but not nearly enough on top, in my opinion. I did notice a high waist swim mini, a swim skort and low-cut board shorts as options for bottoms, but there were no tops that I felt offered enough coverage. I suppose you could purchase a one-piece tank and then put the bottoms over top—while you swim or even after you swim. This may be the best modest suit option for the active swimmer.
Swim Modest I mentioned last year that we had enjoyed the Swim Modest suits we’ve ordered in the past. Although the suits are available in girls’ or women’s sizes, I think these suits are best suited to younger girls who are frequently in and out of the pool or ocean or young women who aren’t self-conscious about their thighs. I was able to use most suits for two years.
Here are some other off-the-beaten-path websites that I discovered this year. I haven’t ordered from these sites, but they offer alternative styles and a variety of fabrics for reasonable prices.
CL Swim Designs (Christian Living Swim Designs) Some very cute designs for girls! I particularly like the tank top and cap sleeve options with the swim bikini with the skirt cover up. (I think I would request the skirt be made slightly longer.) Unfortunately, they do not offer adult sizes.
Hydrochic Stylish women’s swim wear–for a price. Their swim shirts—short sleeves or ¾ sleeves only—are all quite unique. For bottoms, they offer both long and short skirts as well as swim pants. Sizes range from XS adult to 3X adult.
Sewn By Di For a more economical option, try these custom suits for girls, teens, and women up to 5X, including nursing and maternity suits. Customers can choose the type of sleeves and length of both skirt and leggings as well as fabric. Though there is no online store for purchase, you can place an order by email.
Dressing for His Glory These patterns are a little more traditional than the other sites I mentioned. Separates include jumpers, shirts, t-shirts, culottes and swim skorts for girls and women (petite, tall, and women’s sizes). All available fabrics are solid colors.
Meant to be Modest Another choice for a modest swim dress! They only have one pattern, but so many choices of fabrics. Seller will adjust skirt and legging length by request but requires that knees be covered by either skirt or leggings. Sizes range from 2T to women’s XL.
Some of the suppliers above have ready-made inventory, but most custom make suits to your specifications. Be sure to order soon so your suit will be ready when the pool opens!
NOTE: The companies listed above are not relationally or financially connected in any way to Daughters4God.