9 modest swimsuits for women who don't want to skimp on style
Covering up doesn’t have to be boring
Let’s be real, modest swimsuits need a new PR strategy. These unsung heroes of the fashion world have long been associated with all things frumpy and daadi ma-core. But while modesty does mean something different to everyone – whether it’s rooted in religious beliefs or personal choices – who said you can’t make a statement without baring it all?
For all the times you want the Goa vacation feels as you lounge by your society pool or take a dip in the ocean on a family holiday minus getting looked up and down by judgemental aunties, pack a set of modest swimsuits that doesn’t skimp on style. Think one-piece swimsuits with high necklines, tankinis with ruffle detailing, and swim skirts with dreamy patterns.
Offering extra support and coverage where you prefer it, they’re all about making you feel confident and comfortable no matter your body type. Brands are now also keeping UV protection in mind when it comes to the fabric they use. Forgot to reapply your sunscreen? Trust the long sleeves of these modest swimsuits to save you from sunburn.
Here are 8 modest swimsuits we have our eyes on RN
1. Nadi Nadi
For sporty days at the beach sans adjusting your bikini after every cartwheel, Nadi Nadi’s playsuit doesn’t only offer ample support but also a flattering figure-hugging fit. Don’t forget to film a slow-mo Baywatch run while you’re at it – that fiery red is sure to get you blamed for the rise in temperature.
2. The Beach Company
Even if you don’t have one athletic bone in your body, this full coverage sporty set from The Beach Company will have everyone convinced otherwise.
No worrying about wardrobe malfunctions or even having to carry a sarong to cover up after your swim in this dress-like one-piece.
Anything can be your fashion ramp if you want it to be, including your surfboard. Take the colour-blocking route and stand out from the crowd with this full-sleeved Flirtatious swimsuit that won’t ride up or tear off when crashing waves hit.
5. Dash and Dot
If skirts aren’t your jam, Dash and Dot’s swim shorts will give you the same kind of coverage with the added ease of movement. Go ahead and customise your fit by pairing your shorts with matching solid-coloured bikini tops or turn up the vacation mood with some tropical prints. Did we mention it comes with pockets?
6. Fancy Pants
What do you get when you combine the style of an LBD with the functionality of swimwear? A fail-proof vacation outfit. Complete with adjustable straps and an asymmetrical hem to add more dimension to the piece, Fancy Pants’ modest swimsuits can easily double up as a beach rave outfit.
Cut like the kind of outfit that Serena Williams wears to add to her Grand Slam trophy case, this sporty silhouette also features practical boy shorts that are barely visible under the dress’s hemline.
8. À la mode
Is it a dress? Is it a swimsuit? A la mode gives you the best of both worlds in a lightweight fabric swimsuit with built-in cups and shorts. Blurring the lines between beachwear and loungewear, it’s perfect to wear around the resort, on a yacht and also in the water.
Want fuller coverage than what the traditional bikini bottoms offer? Izsi’s swim skirt with built-in underwear has your name on it. Available in the brand’s signature prints including Oriental Poppy, Royal Poinciana and Cosmic Wave, it’s perfect to pair with your bikini top or a one-piece.
Ultimately, it isn’t about what you’re wearing, it’s about the way you’re wearing it. So go ahead and experiment with different combinations that suit your style best (Here are some options for wide-hipped beauties). You can pair high-waisted bikini bottoms with a trendy rash guard for a sporty vibe. Or wear a flowy cover-up over your swimsuit for a boho-inspired look that’s perfect for a beachside bonfire. The possibilities are endless.