20 Modest Swimsuits If Skimpy Isn't Your Thing

Modest fashion and swimwear aren't usually uttered in the same sentence, but maybe they should be. Modesty in fashion is a fast-growing movement that shouldn't be ignored. In fact, it was just reported that searches for the term are up by 500% on Pinterest's UK site, and an entire e-tailer devoted to the modesty trend recently launched (although it doesn't yet sell swimwear). Since swimwear is a staple in most of our wardrobes for much of the year, it's only fitting that modest options be discussed as much as they are for other clothing styles.

Truth be told, it can be a bit tricky to put your finger on exactly what modesty is. It's all relative and means something different to everyone, and the reasons for modesty vary from personal preferences to religious standards or maybe even just a beach vacation with your significant other's family. And given that it can be a challenge to find swimwear that doesn't bare all, we made it our mission to source stylish options that would appeal to women who want to practice modesty but still want to wear a beautiful swimsuit.

While most of these options won't leave you completely covered up, there are long-sleeve and high-neck one-pieces, bikini bottoms with full coverage, tankinis, and skirted styles in the below roundup, all of which are cool enough to want to wear regardless of their coverage level.

A pretty option that's comfortable enough to wear from sunup to sundown. 

Available in sizes XS to L.


As you can see, a black-and-white short-sleeve one-piece can be very chic.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Meet your new LBD (that you can actually swim in).

Available in sizes 10 to 24.

We'd gladly repurpose this as a bodysuit.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Tory Burch has a plethora of subtly modest options. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

So many pretty details in one swimsuit.

Available in sizes 0 to 3. 

Sporty, and that's why we like it. 

Bottoms available here.

Available in sizes S to XL.

Proof that skirted styles don't have to be cheesy.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This retro silhouette is currently trending. 

Available in sizes X to 3X.

Hate cheeky swimsuit bottoms? This one's for you.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This rose-gold swim dress is so ethereal. 

Available in sizes XS to XL.

We're currently coveting this color combination. 

Available in sizes 1X to 3X.

If you like the athleisure trend, you'll love this sporty swimsuit.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Another skirted style that feels so fresh.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Solid & Striped is really good at this cool modesty thing.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Swimsuits are often described as elegant but this one should be.

Available in sizes XS to L.

You'll turn heads in this one-piece despite being covered-up.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

The fact that this brand is literally called Cover says a lot.

Available in sizes S to L. 

This one-piece offers UV protection and is reversible.

Available in sizes XS to L.

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