I dress modestly.  Not because I’m a religious nutbag.  Not because I’m resisting the forces of modernity.  Not because it’s a statement about anything.  It’s just what I prefer.

Being scantily clad has always made me feel insecure and vulnerable.  I hate feeling that way.  I hate fighting with a miniskirt to keep it in place.  I hate the way my seatbelt chaffs my chest if I wear a low cut top.  Whenever I attempt to wear a skimpy ensemble I spend the entire day pulling at my clothes.  It’s just not for me.

Of course, depending on how you want to define modesty, I may very well be a harlot because I hate wearing bras.  See through long sleeve shirt without a bra = fine.  Tank top = Ah hell naw.

So before I tell my little story about modest swimsuits, if you want the lowdown on intentional chaste dressing, here’s my two cents.

Every single woman who intentionally dresses modestly will tell you the very best place to shop is http://www.shabbyapple.com/.  They are number one!  Go there.  Bask in the glory.

I like http://www.shadeclothing.com/.  It can get a little Mormon-y but they’re generally great.

I was recently introduced to http://www.mikarose.com/.  They have beautiful stuff.

My deal is I like to rock these pants:

http://www.express.com/clothing/Women/Editor+Pants/cat/cat320071

With either a long tank top/cardigan combo or long tee-shirt with ¾ length sleeves.  I’m a simple man with simple needs.

One of my hang-ups is I never like my arms to be showing.  It’s inane but it’s really no one’s business but my own.  If I don’t want to flaunt my arms, I don’t have to.  So I cover my arms everyday.

The one thing that I cannot do with my arms covered in public is swim.  There have been times when I have not gone swimming because I didn’t want anyone to see my arms.

What Autumn?!  That’s crazy!

I know.  That’s why I don’t talk about it with people.

You sound like a lunatic!

I know.

When I was in college I saw a Muslim woman swimming in what I can only assume is a special Muslim woman swimsuit that covered her entire body and hair.  I thought it was brilliant.  I seriously connected with this piece of swimwear because I’ve always wanted to wear a more covering swimsuit and particularly one that covered my arms.  But it seems inappropriate to wear a religious swimsuit because I’m an idiot who can’t get over myself long enough to play splish splash with the others adults.

I’ve thought about wearing a wetsuit but I’m not brave enough to do that.  I think every person I know would make fun of me for wearing a wet suit in a pool.  Plus, then I’d have to answer questions about why I’m wearing a wetsuit and I hate having to defend modesty because it makes me ideological bedfellows with people I hate or makes me look like I’m fishing for compliments.

What I never think about, but has been suggested to me, is wearing a shirt into a pool.  I am vain and I like fashion too much to take (pardon my rudeness) the fat girl route.  I’m not fat; I like full coverage in public GODDAMMIT!

After years of searching the internet for a solution and then hemming and hawing over whether I was really going to purchase an ultra-conservative swimsuit, I finally got myself a suit I like.  It’s fashionable enough that I don’t turn my nose up at it and it has all the features I want in a swimsuit:

  • Covers my arms
  • I don’t have to shave my bikini line to wear it
  • It doesn’t ride in an uncomfortable way when I move around
  • A strong wave will not pull it off my body

Without further ado:

Modest Bikini

Fear my fluorescent skin!  Fear it!

Photo on 3-27-13 at 5.04 PM #2

It has a contrasting color for the zipper and I’m so charmed by that. 

It’s by http://www.theseea.com/.  They have a lot of really awesome suits.  I‘m basically buying suits from them forever.

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