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Modest Swimsuits for Women

Updated on May 6, 2013
Not all women feel like Gidget in a swimsuit!
Not all women feel like Gidget in a swimsuit! | Source

Dealing With The Dreaded Swimsuit Season

Oh no... it's swimsuit season again? Didn't we just go through this last year? Like many women, I greet hot weather with equal parts excitement and apprehension. I love to swim, and I definitely enjoy reading a book and drinking iced tea next to the pool, but I absolutely hate wearing bathing suits.

I'm often jealous of men at the pool, because nobody seems to judge them for how they look in a swimsuit. Maybe men secretly feel insecure about their bodies at the pool, but if they do, they never talk about it. At least the options for men's swimsuits are pretty standard... long trunks are pretty much the norm, and there's not much else to it.

Women, on the other hand, have way too many choices. Bikinis, tankinis, one-pieces, suits with skirts, full-coverage, medium coverage, patterns, no patterns... it's all too much! I also find it ironic (and terrifying, and just plain strange) that just because it's 100 degrees, everyone expects women to show up at the pool or the beach in the equivalent of a bra and panties. Women are supposed to feel confident doing that? Enduring stares and sideways glances is too horrifying for words, even for women who are fairly confident in their own skin.

Modest swimsuits and accessories are a must for women who don't necessarily want to show up to a neighborhood pool party in the equivalent of lingerie. Luckily, "retro," modest swimsuit styles are coming back into fashion, which is great news for those of us who would like to show a tiny bit less skin!

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"Full Coverage" and "Boy Leg" Suits and Bottoms

There's nothing quite like having your swimsuit bottom ride up so half your butt cheek is hanging out. Seriously, who decided that was a good look? Even if your rear is perfectly smooth, tight, and good-looking (we can dream, right?), it's just embarrassing to have it all hang out like that.

"Full coverage" or "boy leg" suits are really the way to go if you want to feel secure while walking around. 50's style, retro suits are really in fashion these days, which is awesome for women looking for more modest suits.

Of all the online retailers, Boden gets my vote for a great selection of boy-leg bottoms and one-pieces, and their suits are really cute, too! They provide coverage without looking matronly. Since boy-leg is really in style, you can find this kind of suit at most retailers (hooray!).

Swimsuits with Skirts

Swimsuits with skirts aren't just for grandmas anymore! Swim skirts are really flattering and cute for women of any age. Skirts are also great confidence boosters, since they eliminate the whole "is my suit riding up?" fear. Skirts also create a smooth line from back to legs, and skim right over a certain part you may not want to emphasize. Swim skirts also give off a bit of a tennis playing, athletic-girl vibe.

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Modesty, Surfer-style

I sometimes think surfers have got it right when it comes to swimwear. Surfer shorts and UV-protective swim shirts are definitely a great choice if you're looking for modesty and sun protection in one! Even if you're not actually that athletic, boy-shorts and a surfer swim shirt will give you the appearance of athleticism! Just don't try to do a triple-twist dive of the high diving board.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      P.S. at Hazel, the guy on the left in top photo was one of the stars of "Time Tunnel," on ABC in 1968 or '69. Just caught that. Thanks again for sharing your talent.

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      hazelbrown 3 years ago from Central PA

      Thanks, Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      hazel, you are most-welcome. This was a nice read. Well-written. Kenneth

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