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.