Posted on Jul 18, 2019
By Rowayda Kawji
Sometimes, dressing modestly can be as challenging as it is rewarding. One of those times is trying to find appropriate swimwear. There is absolutely no shortage of skimpy swimsuits; however, modest swimwear can be difficult to find. And, if you want to find modest swimwear that is stylish, comfortable and affordable - well good luck! But if you plan on using your swimsuit for years to come, it's worth the investment.
We’ve tackled this challenge in the past with our blog post on the Ultimate Guide to Modest Swimwear (that covered accessories for the beach in addition to full-coverage swimsuits) and felt it was time for a reboot and update! A number of new brands have emerged while others have updated their offerings! So, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best brands offering modest swimwear that ticks off all the boxes.
Find the suit that works for you and get thee to the beach!
1. Lyra Swimwear
Lyra Swimwear offers several modest designs in a variety of colors and patterns that are minimal, flattering and stylish. Their swimsuits are very popular because they come in four versatile pieces. The top is a long sleeve one-piece swimsuit that can be worn alone if desired but is paired with matching leggings, skirt cover-up and turban/undercap for an easy, modest swim look.
Coolibar is not specifically focused on modest swimwear. However, they offer long swim tunics that work really well mixed and matched with different swim bottoms to create a modest swimsuit that fits your style and personal level of modesty.
This brand has recently partnered with Muslim influencer Summer Albarcha to create a gorgeous, modest swimsuit made up of a long swim shirt reaching mid-thigh in length with matching leggings. We love the punchy, summer-ready colors and looser fit of this one!
Modanisa is mostly known for their modest clothing like long shirts and flowy dresses, but they also carry a large assortment of swimwear. The large variety means there are many colors, patterns and cuts to choose from to suit your personal taste and modest preferences. Many Modanisa modest swimsuits, including the popular Mayovera brand, come with a more affordable price tag in comparison to other modest swimsuits.
5. Build Your Own (Do It Yourself)
Beyond these few brands, the reality is that although fashion brands have begun to embrace modest dressing when it comes to swimwear, options are still limited. A great choice for those who cannot find a modest swimsuit that stylistically speaks to them or addresses their level of modesty is to build a modest swimsuit out of various workout pieces, which are often made of same or similar quick-drying material as swimwear. Long shirts paired with leggings, joggers, or wide workout pants make for great modest swimwear.
Be sure to choose fabrics made of polyester, spandex, nylon or lycra, which all dry quickly, do not absorb water and are comfortable to swim in. Also, be aware that this DIY approach may lack the fasteners that attach some swim tops to pants/leggings and help you avoid exposure in and out of the water.
Pairing a water-friendly hijab with your DIY modest swimsuit can be also be a challenge. A good option would be to choose a hijab created for sports such as the popular Nike Pro hijab or similar hijabs produced by modest brands
6. Swim Hijabs
Image source: Muslim Girl | Marwa Abdulhai
Pairing a water-friendly hijab with your DIY modest swimsuit can be a challenge as well. A good option would be to choose a hijab created for sports such as the popular Nike Pro hijab or similar hijabs produced by modest brands
We're thrilled to see more brands embracing modesty, and we hope to see more brands create modest swimwear. Modest swimwear can be difficult to find, but there are some good options out there! Although the prices can be a bit much, consider it to be an investment for years to come! We hope that our suggestions will keep you comfortable and covered poolside and on the beach this summer!