Women's Muslim Swimsuits
Swim Comfortably and Modestly
Having had a couple cancers already, I choose to protect my skin and wear modest attire at the beach.
I've found that not all modest swimsuits look like black scuba skins under huge t-shirts, anymore. Now we have a wide selection of color coordinated suits to satisfy everyone's taste.
See pictures of my outfit and the story of how I began to wear it, below. My reasoning was two-fold: after my conversion to Islam I became more conscious of modesty in public, and skin cancer is an ever more present concern.
photo credit: A Burquini
It is No Longer Odd to See Beach Goers Dressed - for protection and fun
More and more folks the world 'round now wear sensible and fun comfortable swim gear for allover skin protection. Skin health is the body's first line of defense against elemental damage. Once you wear these great outfits you won't settle for swimming in anything less.
More and more women are wearing full-body swimsuits to preserve modesty and protect their skin from harmful rays. It wasn't for nothing that the Burqini was designed in Australia.
Prior to buying one of these, it was hard for me to imagine what all that fabric would feel like. But most of the swimsuits are made of polyester/spandex mixes. Those combinations tend not to cling to the body when wet, and water tends to run off meaning a fast drying suit.
Since the suits resemble scuba body skins covered by either a long pullover vest or jumper top that extends to above the knees, and scuba divers are pretty common in our larger bodies of water, we don't feel so odd in long suits anymore.
The Suit I Opted For
My swimsuit consists of a pair of long, loose bottoms. The top is long-sleeved and fits like a snug t-shirt that snaps easily and securely over the crotch of the pants. Over that is a vest or sundress-like topper.
Mine was teeny tiny for the size I ordered. I'm tall and accustomed to buying a larger size than I might need, to get the length. I couldn't get the dress part over my bust so I stashed it in the closet and hoped my exercise plan would make me teeny tiny too.
I sewed my own swim dress out of polyester fabric - which I would not recommend except as a last resort, which mine was. Polyester clings to the body and legs of the swimsuit and defeats the whole purpose of the dress over the skins - like scuba-skins.
However I've used it for months and it has gradually seemed to grow as I shrank. When I forgot it a few times in the shower room I tried out the original dress and it fit, and the fabric does shed water! Swimming again is one of my true joys!
Burquini Designer Talks About her Style - Even the Head is Covered
Swimsuit head-coverings vary with the designer. Most are designed to hold long hair comfortably and securely, with find hoods attached to the neckline or separate, like mine is, or even detachable.
It's now easy to feel great, knowing that my skin is protected and body covered for participation in a full range of water activities this year.
OK, so I bought one of these, now what!
For the first six years after I converted to Islam by making my declaration of faith, "there is no god but God, and Muhammad is his Messenger," I did not swim at all.
For years prior to that I had enjoyed swimming in a bikini or one-piece suit, every Summer, delighting in the sensations of all water exercises, floating and swimming!
It was before I felt comfortable and competent on the Internet, and I was unaware that there was such a thing as a swimming suit designed for muslim women.
photo credit: my photo
Super for Modest Beachwear
Thanks to cable TV news where I watched a spot on how muslim women were swimming in comfort and modestly in this suit they named the "Burkini!" Before long I made my selection and purchase. My anticipation melted in disbelief when I pulled the suit from the mailing carton.
This wisp of a garment surely could not cover my long body, I skepticized in dismay. Then I held up the over-vest, with it's printed bodice, and I knew I had never been that small - it was tiny! I really mean tiny! AND IT WAS SIZED XXL TOO.
The rest of the suit is stretchy to the max, but not the vest - the heart of the outfit! It is designed to hit mid-thigh, but not so for a tall woman. So I set this part aside. And with it my plans to swim anytime soon. Eventually I forgot the swimsuit and my quest for that refreshing exercise mode dried up.
But then it sparked again, and I tell the tale below! Enjoy the modesty of specially designed swimsuits for Muslimahs.
This is a fine pick for the sporty woman who wants updated styling. I like the trim fit for super activewear.
Australian Style Muslim Swimwear for all Modest Women in Many Styles & Colors
Modesty is a virtue that can seem undetectable at beaches worldwide, but more businesses are designing bathing suits for those who don't want to show it all! without compromising their beliefs.
The alternative is to rent a whole pool for a section of the day, to provide a closed swimming environment, but groups often only meet for these swims every month or so and some people are objecting like this.
It's not only Muslim women who are making attempts to be modest when they go out - there's also a contingency of Christian women and Jewish women, and other women, who just don't feel that they need to expose their bodies.
North America Made Alsharifa Veilkini Swimsuits
with four-way stretch fabric
complete swimming comfort
Swim Dress With Hood and Leggings
Contemporary graphic print dress tops a sleek set of leggings. Fashion forward.
Youthful Style Modest Swimsuit
This swimsuit brings simply styling and designer chic to Muslim swimsuit options. I like the unique color.
Kids Modest Muslim Swimsuits - Really Great Buys
Great colorful styles for kids to protect them from harmful rays in a comfortable, fun suit.
Meet Your Modest Clothing Needs