Modest Swimwear – there is such a thing!

modest swimwear

Modest swimwear – Rio Del Sol

While there is a time and a place for scantily clad beach babes, there are certainly also plenty of places where more modest swimwear options are required.

Likewise, the majority of our population are not blessed with model-like bodies, and may prefer to enjoy time on the beach in a less showy bathing suit, something providing more coverage than a bikini.

If your swimsuit search falls into one of these categories, don’t fear. There are lots of unpretentious options out there, from one-piece swimsuits options to many types of cover-ups including sarongs and kaftans.

One Piece Swimwear

One piece swimwear options have stood the test of time. They are the preferred option for girls having swimming lessons or training in squads, and they have always been the go-to costume for the more mature swimmer or beach goer.

One piece styles can be as simple as a round neck, mid-rise leg and a cross back, to the more elaborate versions available today with built in padding and ruched fabric to flatter the tummy.


Skirted Swimwear

When you hear the term skirted swimwear, you may be forgiven for visualizing the swimsuits of yesteryear.  However, these days there are two styles of this kind on offer. The first is the one-piece bathing suit with a skirt built in to the bottom half of the costume, the other is simply a swim-skirt worn instead of a bikini bottom.

Both these options provide cover up. The wearer’s bottom is covered as well as the top of her legs, which makes the swim-skirt a great option for the more bashful beach goer.


Bathing Suits

Bathing Suits today have been designed to flatter – whatever your figure. While one-piece training swimsuits are generally worn by those who swim and train regularly, the vast array of bathing suit options available to women these days, have every body type covered.


Small bust? Then find a swimsuit with padded cups. Flabby tummy; look for the ruched fabric. Want a two-piece while hiding the tell tale tummy? How about a tankini? Prefer a print to a plain, or just want to draw the eye away from the body with some bling – there is a modest swimwear out there to suit everyone, it’s just a matter of finding the best swimwear for your body type.

Still feeling modest – try these swimwear accessories:


Stylish and lightweight, the sarong not only acts as a cover up for the self-conscious beachgoer (are there any women out there who aren’t??), it can act as an on-trend, fashion statement.

There are many beautiful sarongs available. You will find them to match your swimsuit, or to contrast with it. There are sarongs in prints or with a feature trim. There are long sarongs and shorter versions.

Sarongs are a simple solution for the modest, and would take very little expertise to make your-self, making them a cheap answer to cover-ups too.


Kaftans have made a fashionable resurgence since the days of Kamahl and Nana Mouskouri! Today you can spend up to $500 on a pure silk, beaded version and wear it to a formal occasion.

As a modest beachwear option though, Kaftans are a dime-a-dozen. In colorful cotton, they are a loose fitting, V-neck shirt. No cuffs or collars, kaftans often have some embroidery detailing and while the sleeves are a ¾ length, the hem usually covers the bottom and finishes mid-thigh.

Kaftans provide coverage and sun protection and they can be dressed up or down. They can look equally as good over your swimsuit with thongs or sandals or teamed with a pair of trousers and heels.

Don’t let your modesty stop you from hitting the water. There is a swimwear option available no matter how proud or prudish you might be.

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Stacey Allert

About Stacey Allert

A Sydney based Mum of two, I fuel my creative engine by writing. I have a blog that focuses on Hand Made and Pre Loved items and when I find something unique that is crafted by hand, then this is where I share it. My weakness for fashion is a money and a time trap - both of which I am always lacking in. My favourite days are the ones that begin with blue skies, and if I can have the radio on playing new music from waking 'til sleep, I'd consider it a perfect one. My philosophy is simple; "Live What You Love" - which is easy when you love fresh flowers and a good bottle of rose`.