Ten Places to buy Modest Swimsuits

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(Note: This is a repost of one of my most popular post with an updated image and printable download.)

We are quickly approaching Summer and the hot weather that comes with it. Unfortunately, that often means a lot of people walking around wearing almost nothing – especially at the beach or pool. It often amazes me how people wear swimsuits that cover less then their underwear does!

It particularly bothers me to see little girls (4, 5, 6 and 7 year-olds) wearing bikinis. Little girls should be taught the virtue of modesty and respect for their bodies as temples of God, rather than flaunting their bodies as if it was the most natural thing in the world. {sigh}

Off the soap box now. This post is for us grown-up women who are looking to wear beautiful, modest swimsuits. If you are in the market for a new swimsuit, here are some great places to get modest, attractive looking swimsuits (keep in mind that some of these sites are operated by women with different faith traditions and beliefs other than Christian and the price range for some of these suits can run a bit high):

1. Simply-Modest.com.

2. Solartex.com.

3. Stitchintimes.com.

4. Swimmodest.com.

5. Wholesomewear.com.

6. Dressingforhisglory.com.

7. Blair.com. (Some suits are more modest than others, so beware before you click over…)

8. Modestswimwear4u.com.

9. Biblicalgarden.com.

10. Modestswimwearsolutions.com.

If you have a favorite retailer that promotes modest swimsuit, do share! What are your thoughts on the lack of modesty with bathing suits? Or am I alone in my distaste for the whole bikini wearing thing?

(Free Download – I put these resources together into a printable .pdf for you – click here.)

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43 comments

  1. oh amanda · May 3, 2011 oh

    Wow! Thanks for these links!
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  2. Betsy (Eco-novice) · May 3, 2011 Betsy

    I like Lands End bathing suits. High quality and lots of different options for height of leg opening and coverup options below and above. Actually, I have not had a bathing suit that fits for since I got pregnant with my first child (5 years ago). I need to get one so I can take my 4 yr old swimming this summer.
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    • SimpleCatholic · May 3, 2011 SimpleCatholic

      I haven’t either; but now that we are visiting family in NJ I want to get a suit to go to the beach/pool and teach my son to swim.

  3. Dianna Kennedy · May 3, 2011 Dianna

    Hey there, Carol!

    I’m planning on buying my suit this year from Lands End. For my taste, they have suits that are modest and attractive. Just not a fan of the price, unfortunately.

  4. annette · May 3, 2011 annette

    thanks for the helpful information!

  5. Barb · May 8, 2011 Barb

    If I put on a bikini I would not only scare myself but everyone who saw it! since I work out in the therapy pool several times a week and the chlorine breaks suits down so badly, I bought a pair of cotton athletic shorts and wear them over my one piece suit. I feel much more modest and the shorts fade but haven’t broken down. I also buy chlorine resistant suits. Sometimes in the interests of economy and modesty we have to get creative.
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    • SimpleCatholic · May 9, 2011 SimpleCatholic

      HA! I would too!

      I agree. I like the solution you came up with. chlorine can certainly take its tole on swimsuits.

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  7. JessieLeigh · May 8, 2012 JessieLeigh

    I agree with your “soap box” words completely. :) And I am in agreement with the other commenters who recommended Lands End. They have cute, modest suits that flatter and stay in place. They ARE pricey, but I’m hoping not to have to replace it any time soon!

    • SimpleCatholic · May 8, 2012 SimpleCatholic

      I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Lands End. I just hope the quality is worth the price. :)

  8. Jennifer · May 8, 2012 Jennifer

    Thank you for this! It’s so hard to find decent swim suits! Two days of shopping, and who knows how many stores last year, just to find an appropriate suit for my poor teenage daughter.

    • SimpleCatholic · May 8, 2012 SimpleCatholic

      I know what you mean. I don’t have any daughters, but I know a lot of women who have the same problem finding suits for their daughters. I hope you have better luck finding an appropriate swimsuit this year.

  9. RAnn · May 12, 2012 RAnn

    I put young girls in two piece suits because they are so much easier to handle when they all of the sudden have to go to the restroom. Also, many camps want them to wear their clothes over their swim suit on swimming days, and bring underwear to put on after swimming. A one piece suit under clothes on a small girl is an accident looking for a place to happen
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    • SimpleCatholic · May 13, 2012 SimpleCatholic

      That’s understandable. No one wants a young girl having an accident.

      However, I do think that two piece suits can be made that cover a lot more than they do.

  10. Barb · May 13, 2012 Barb

    Since I work out regularly in a warm water therapy pool, I’ve taken to buying the chlorine resistant swimwear. My suits are one piece and they last many months. However, I bought a cotton knit pair of shorts (gym wear you might say), and I put that on over my suit. It may look goofy to most people, but it’s modest and has held up well in the chlorine.
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    • SimpleCatholic · May 13, 2012 SimpleCatholic

      I’ve done that in the past with shorts, too. I feel a little more covered up, but this yeaar I am going to buy a suit from one of the sites on this list. :)

  11. Utahgurl · June 1, 2012 Utahgurl

    I dont like bikinis, but these suits could use some better prints, and there is nothing wrong with a tanktop swimsuit as long as it covers your stomach and isnt way too low.

  12. Okie · September 14, 2012 Okie

    I love my suit from Hyrdochic.com. It has a more “athletic” look to it and they have a maternity option. I have one regular and one maternity suit. I have worn them for years and they are still almost like new. Worth the money. We don’t go to pools/beaches that are “public” but we will go to the grandparent’s house or such every now and then.

  13. Susan · June 23, 2013 Susan

    Ray Swimwear made by model Jessica Ray are modest and modern with a vintage look. These suits are aimed at young women who are looking for an alternative to the bikini. Unfortunately, they are expensive $50-90 and often sold out. Jessica Ray takes a stand for modesty.

  14. Jennifer Fischer · June 24, 2013 Jennifer

    I am very grateful for finding this site, I saved this to my favorites. I have in the past purchased a swim suit from Wholesome Wear, however modest it may be it is not practical when needing to use the restroom, I found you need to take the whole thing off rather than pulling the shorts off to go. So now I am going to try the suit by Stitch in Times.

    I did look at Lands End based on some of the others comments, I don’t agree that their (Lands End) suits are at all modest, either they show of too much of your back or too much cleavage. (Which is not modest at all).

    • SimpleCatholic · July 1, 2013 SimpleCatholic

      I can understand that, Jennifer. Many suits I’ve worn in the past had the same issue.

      I agree with the Lands End. I’ve checked out their site but not a big fan of their suits.

  15. Roz · April 25, 2014 Roz

    A friend of mine found an attractive, modest, and reasonable suit at Walmart last year. I don’t know if that can be depended on, but it might be worth a look.

    • SimpleCatholic · April 27, 2014 SimpleCatholic

      It certainly never hurts to look, Roz. I’ve never come across suits I like at Walmart or Kmart, but others may.

  16. Adiba Khan · December 5, 2014 Adiba

    I’m a Muslim lady and dressing modestly is very very important in our religion. And i totally agree that girls should dress modestly even when they are going for swimming. My favourite retailer who promotes modest swimsuits is EastEssence. I love their range of swimwear.

  17. Diana · April 8, 2015 Diana

    Another modest swimwear site is sewnbydi.com Custom made to your measurements and desired length for the skirt and leggings!

  18. Maisy · May 14, 2015 Maisy

    I haven’t tried out these yet but I can’t wait.
    I have been looking for a really long time to find a modest swimsuit that is still colorful and doesn’t make me look older than I am (I am 14) I also really love that some of these are biblical

  19. Neo · May 28, 2015 Neo

    Good information, thanks.
    Sola fide

  20. Robyn D · June 15, 2015 Robyn

    Thanks for the list. Was going to make my own this year, but will check these out first – may be more expensive to make it. I have worn capris and long tshirts (together) with underthings underneath, but these get bulky and break down fast in the chlorine. love to swim, so want to get a better, modest suit. Thanks for posting.
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