I assume most of you will recognize the term “two-piece” when referring to bathing suits…. well, that is not the topic of today. What I would REALLY like to talk about is THE most comfortable, and easy-to-use (ha!), modest bathing suit. I could hear the Hallelujah chorus the moment I wore it. It is so comfy, and actually feels like a great bathing suit (before AND after going into the water.) After years and years of searching for something that didn’t include me wearing four or five layers of clothing AND that consisted of actual bathing suit material!!! …. I FOUND the answer. 🙂 Well, ONE answer; there are certainly many, many modest bathing suits out there that one can order, or even sew themselves but, let’s face it… not all of us can afford such cool luxuries. So THIS is for those lovely ladies that cannot afford the 50-90$ +++ modest bathing suits, and who prefer a more “home-styled” way of doing things. This bathing suit in its entirety cost me around $50, ONLY because the main piece was not second-hand (which is preferred, unless you can find a brand new-looking one at a second hand store, which is great! 🙂 ) The other two pieces were from thrift shops and cost me no more than about $10 for both. SO! Here goes!
First you will need :
An athletic shirt
What you want to look for is that slippery feel and stretchy-ness. Following the Church’s Marylike Standards for Modesty, to be sure that we will not be dressing as “objects” and will not be a “stumbling block” for others so to speak, it is good to look for t-shirts that have either cap sleeves, or 1/4 length sleeves for shortest length (anything longer is up to your own personal preference). Next, be sure to note that the athletic shirt is not see through or such a bright color (such as lime green or white), that when wet, it is see-through. (Kinda defeats the purpose of the whole over-shirt thing 🙂 )
The next thing you want to WATCH OUT for; is the neckline. You want to make sure that the shirts neckline is no deeper than two fingers below your collarbone.
I found my athletic tee at Savers; it was half price, so I paid .50 ! Fifty cents! I can assure you that there are tons of these at thrift shops like, Salvation Army, Savers, Goodwill… ect. If you cannot find one in the women’s, check out the MEN’S section! You can always pin/sew areas of the shirt to fit more “feminine” (plus, unfortunately, it will probably be cheaper in the men’s section, ha!)
Next up is the BLOOMERS! 😉
Under-shorts —> Yoga pants
I use yoga pants that I found at Goodwill for $1.00 ! They were long, down to the ankles so I just cut to a few inches BELOW the desired length and folded it up. (Of course, you can hem it afterwards so it looks nice if you get into the same circumstance.) AND of course… you can probably buy the shorter length yoga pants ahead of time so you don’t have to shorten them. 🙂 The preferred length for the Marylike Modesty Standards is to have the knee covered.
The stretch and “feel” of the yoga pants are PERFECT for “bathing bloomers” or “under-shorts” because they are made to be used while exercising and sweating soooo.. yeah. 🙂
The third and most important piece is the actual, one piece bathing suit. I found mine at JC Penny (you can buy them pretty cheap, like $30.00 in late summer, when summer is almost over. OR, of course, you can find some at thrift stores… JUST MAKE SURE they look brand new……..
So what you want to look for in this one piece is just that it is skirted, (your behind is covered ;)) and that it is pretty fitted (unless you want odd bulges underneath your athletic top.) Below I created a Polyvore image of what your suit will look like. MAKE SURE you put on your shorts FIRST and THEN your one piece… then of course your athletic top. 🙂 That way, you will also not have to worry about your shorts sliding down and off during your swimming/walking, whatever.
Now, if you are interested in purchasing some cute already made modest swim suits, or if you want to check out more ideas for modest swimwear – you can check out these places;
I guess that’s all for now.
Until next time – God bless you!