Do you want to maintain your modesty and still go swimming? That’s important to me. Some Christians feel comfortable undressing in public as long as its for swimming but I just can’t believe that that is honoring to our Lord. God doesn’t want us to be legalistic and follow some man-made list of rules. He does, however, care about our hearts. He does care whether we love Him enough to want to honor Him with our choice of clothing. I’ve gathered a list here of some great links to help you find a modest swimsuit for yourself, your husband, your sons or daughters. Some of the sites offer patterns and/or fabric to make your own swimwear. Some offer suits for guys, suits, some for gals, some for children. Some even offer maternity or nursing swimsuits.
My boys have always worn tee shirts in the pool or at the beach. We’ve found swim shirts at thrift stores and most guy swim shorts are decent anyway. It’s usually the girls and women you’ve got to be concerned about. I’ve only actually ordered a modest swimsuit for my girls twice: once through Amazon (a rash guard suit) and once from one of the places listed below. Both were several years ago and both suits have held up well during the years. Besides that, we’ve “put together” suits for my girls through a bit of creativity and careful shopping. Once we put together a cute outfit using leotards and sports shorts. If you don’t have a lot of money, you might take some time, say a prayer, and get creative. If you’ve got some money to spend, you might want to check out some of these sites, maybe buy one, maybe find a pattern and make your own. Whatever you do, I hope you have fun.
If you have some questions about modesty or about the history of our modern swimsuit, you might want to read Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America by Jeff Pollard. Sermons by him, including ones on modesty, can be found on SermonAudio.
My apologies but some links simply aren’t clickable. They do work, however. Just copy and paste. Thanks!
Modest Swimwear Patterns
Fresh Modesty http://freshmodesty.com/ (offers a 34 page swimwear e-book that teaches you how to design and sew modest swimwear, including options for maternity swimwear; also offers an e-book for sewing denim; good prices, worth looking into if you are a seamstress)
Patterns of Time offers old-fashioned (but cute) swimwear patterns from the Victorian/Edwardian/Titanic era with original instructions at these links: (for ladies) http://patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AG1415, http://patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AG1416, http://patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AG1426; (for girls) http://patternsoftime.com/proddetail.asp?prod=AG1427
Simply Modest http://www.simply-modest.com/posecom/categories.php?category=Sewing-Patterns (girls and ladies swimwear)
Modesty Matters http://www.modestymatters.net/clothing.html (offers pattern for swim dress)
Past Patterns http://www.pastpatterns.com/7696.html (pattern for one-piece bathing suit, circa 1922)
Quick Stitches http://www.quickstitches.com/home1.html (offers modest swimsuit patter for ladies as well as other patterns)
LeeLach Israeli Women Designers http://www.leelach.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; offers a variety of styles and colors for girls and women in a range of prices, sells clothing and head covers also)
UnderCover WaterWear http://www.undercoverwaterwear.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; girls and women’s sizes including plus sizes, swim dresses and tops and bottoms, swim hats, variety of colors, variety of prices)
MarSea Modest Swimwear http://www.marseamodest.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; offers a range of colors and styles in girls and women’s sizes, offers limited sale items, offers clothing for girls)
HydroChic http://hydrochic.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; offers girls and women’s sizes including plus sizes and maternity, accessories offers sales, variety of styles, colors and prices)
Princess Modest Swimwear http://modestswimwear4u.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; offers mens and women’s styles, variety of colors, some sales, swim caps)
AquaModesta http://aquamodesta.com/ (some suits offer extensive cover; offers women’s and girls sizes, variety of styles, good prices)
WholesomeWear http://www.wholesomewear.com/page-3.html (some suits offers extensive cover; offers girls and women’s sizes, variety of styles)
Creations by Savannah https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsbySavannah (offers girls, women’s and maternity swimwear in a variety of colors and styles)
Modest Swimwear & Activewear by: Cori http://modestactivewear.blogspot.com/ (offers swimsuits, workout wear and snow ski wear
Meant to be Modest http://meanttobemodest.com/ (very modest; offers complete swimsuits or separates, offers maternity suits suitable for nursing, accepts checks and paypal)
Dressing for His Glory http://www.dressingforhisglory.com/ (offers girls and women’s swimwear and clothing, cut to order, offers school uniforms, has some ready made clothes on sale at reduced prices)
Swim Modest! http://www.swimmodest.com/ (offers boys and mens swim shirts, girls and women’s to size 20 one (sarong style) and two piece swimsuits in a range of colors, offers returns within 30 days if sanitary strip is still in place)
Simply Modest http://www.simply-modest.com/posecom/ (offers ladies and girls swimsuits, maternity swimwear, custom made and ready made; offers swimsuit fabric and patterns, some sewing notions)
Stitchin’ Times http://www.stitchintimes.com/ (offers girls, women’s and nursing swimsuits in a variety of colors, limited style options, also offers slips, good prices)
Modestly Yours Swimwear http://modestlyyoursswimwear.com/ (offers girls and sizes, made to order, variety of styles and colors, my two daughters favorite swimwear site)
Lilies of the Field http://www.liliesapparel.com/ (offers girls and ladies swimwear, offers head coverings, aprons and clothing, etc.)
KatieMellas http://katiemellas.com/ (offers modest swimwear for girls and women, maternity skirts and music lessons)
AnnieBlueStudio http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnieBlueStudio?ref=ss_profile (girls modest swimwear, good prices)
C WEAR http://www.cwear.com.au/ (offers suits for men, women, plus sizes and children)
SolarTex Sun Gear http://www.solartex.com/ (offers a wide variety of modest swimwear for men, women and children; offers special needs swimwear and accessories)