Difficulties arrive in the form of a bathing suit: Just what do you wear, as a woman, when swimming?

I live in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, and being surrounded with freshwater in all forms means that during summer many outdoors activities are water oriented. It's lovely to take a dip when it's one hundred degrees out, and the humidity is nearly as high. But how to do it without compromising? The local Amish women (I live near a large community), as I've seen, tend to wade in ankle or sometimes knee deep while fully clothed. That's about as far as they get. But if she wanted to swim or wade out over her head, a full dress would be not only impractical but dangerous as well.

For myself I've decided on knee length swim shorts and a long sleeved rash guard, a kind of UV protective swim shirt that not only protects my modesty but my lily white Irish burnable skin from looking like a lobster after a day down the river. Saves on sunscreen, too! What has everyone else decided on?

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Now I'm intrigued. I will not hijack the thread, but I've been challenged to find modest exercise clothes.  I have longer exercise pants, but they are quite snug. What I'd love would be a  long exercise skort.  

Paula

The Wholesomewear ones do seem to wear well. I wore a different style for seven years. The elastic in the waist in that one was eventually destroyed by my using it when I was pregnant :)

Isabel

Emele Williams said:

It was soooo hot and humid today, just one of those such days! I ended up going tubing down the local river with a bunch of work friends before we all had to clock in, and no one was put off by my shirt, shorts and kerchief, though I was considerably covered up by their standards. Good fun, and nice and cooling.

I really like the Wholesomewear extended one as well. That look pretty much like what I'd been looking for. Do they wear well, Isabel? I've always try to handwash when it comes to bathing suits and the like so they last longer, but even then they wear thin after too long. Nice find on the article, Paula, and thank you! Looks like I'll be saving up my pennies for next year.

I really like what I see on this site! Thanks for sharing Bridget, I'm seriously considering ordering from them :)

Bridget Casterline said:

I've bought from Modestly Yours Swimwear (Tropical Sands style with extended sleeves and length).  You can specify all the measurements -- sleeve length, skirt length, inseam, etc. -- plus whether you want a tight or looser fit.  They are easy to swim in, dry fast and are comfortable to be active in.  I've gone swimming in pools and the sea/ocean, snorkeling, etc., and been quite happy with the suit.

I clip a bandanna on for a covering.

Paula,

I've heard good things about Kosher Casual, although I've never bought from them.  There's also Modest Activewear, Spirit Skirts by Runningskirts (they also have "maternity fitness skirts"), a 27" exercise skort from Modest Apparel, and I'm thinking of ordering the Exerskirt from Mira Clothes. 

Just so we're not completely off-topic [grin], Mira's Exershirt on the same page can also be worn in the water.

 

--Bridget

 


 
Paula Roberts said:

Now I'm intrigued. I will not hijack the thread, but I've been challenged to find modest exercise clothes.  I have longer exercise pants, but they are quite snug. What I'd love would be a  long exercise skort.  

Paula

Zaley,

 

Happy to help.  :-)

 

I like my suits, so I'm comfortable recommending that company.  I do sort of wring out the dress and legging hems when I first get out of the water to speed up the drying time.

There are a couple other companies that make similar suits, though for widely varying prices.  Meant to Be Modest has prices similar to that first site but not too many fabrics, and then there's Simply Modest, which is more expensive (but also has pre-made suits in addition to custom, plus a wide selection of fabrics).

Something else to consider is print vs solid colors.  I wear solids for my dresses, but since swimwear is more form-fitting than regular dresses, it may be that prints on it help divert the eye....

--Bridget


 
Zaley Warkentin said:

I really like what I see on this site! Thanks for sharing Bridget, I'm seriously considering ordering from them :)

Bridget Casterline said:

I've bought from Modestly Yours Swimwear (Tropical Sands style with extended sleeves and length).  You can specify all the measurements -- sleeve length, skirt length, inseam, etc. -- plus whether you want a tight or looser fit.  They are easy to swim in, dry fast and are comfortable to be active in.  I've gone swimming in pools and the sea/ocean, snorkeling, etc., and been quite happy with the suit.

I clip a bandanna on for a covering.

I have to say: I admire all of ye lady Friends, for thy modesty in this discussion of swimming. If more people practiced this, the beaches wouldn't be as bad a place to visit. To go to these areas in warm seasons is nearly impossible to do, too much flashing of skin. Exposure. Immodest. (Also, it can cause various skin cancers.) So, I'm glad to know, that ye are doing differently—modestly swimming. Good for ye all. . .

Again, for myself, if there was a body of fresh water, say a private pool nearby; this ole man would have dove in with my suspenders (braces), trousers, shirt, minus hat, shoes, and glasses! On that 106°f day, where the heat index was 109, I would have been on the bottom of the twenty foot area like a frog!! :)

I'd still look the same. . . Only soggy and soaking wet and much cooler! A dripping disheveled beard and hair, clothing all stuck to me like plaster, but modest.  (May not improve our visage much, but the temperatures would have reduced though!)

Thy Friend,

Timothy

I've been using swim pants and a rash guard for about five years now.  Back then there were not many choices out there.  Imagine my surprise when Huffington Post posted a slide show on modest swimwear.  Some were just my style, others frumpy.  Hey, to each one's own, I say.  

I was disheartened by some of the comments from some readers from folks who just do not get it that many women, such as myself, that we are called to wear modest swimwear, or simply trying to protect our skin or both.  I've even had multiple incidents at a local waterpark in NJ of management threatening to kick me out of the park for wearing cyclists pants/shirts instead of what they deemed as swimwear.  They did not care that I laminated a picture of my swimsuit and showed where I purchased it from.

But I ramble...Anyhow, I will definitely check out the other vendors now that the summer is over.  Glad to see that modest/sun protective swimwear is gaining traction!

Tossing in another one! HydroChic

 

It was recommended by an actress from the show Big Bang Theory who also happens to be a tsniuz-dressing Jew.

http://www.kveller.com/mayim-bialik/modest-bathing-suits-for-the-win/

 

They're very nice looking, if expensive. If I take up swimming for exercise, I might have to consider this skirt with this top

Resurrecting this thread to say:  HydroChic has a 50% off sale going on now.

Emele

Thanks for the link. I live in Florida and love to be on the beach as much as possible. This will be perfect.



Isabel Penraeth said:

Emele--

I have worn the "extended slimmer swimmer" on this page: http://www.wholesomewear.com/slimmer-c.html

It allows me to participate without using too much sunscreen (lily white Cornish skin) and allows me to feel modestly covered. They are pricey, unfortunately. I also cover my hair.

Isabel

i live at the beach, a lot of times i just never change out of regular clothes and plan to walk in up to my ankles, and i come home soaked and i just wash my clothes.  other times i wear a long swim skirt and a long sleeve top meant for sun protection, and then i never end up getting in the water and i say, why did i change clothes-.....being in the water is overrated, really.  sorry typing on a mexican keyboard and i can't find the punctuation...

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