Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Where to Find Modest Swimwear

Here are some options for where to purchase modest swimwear. If you have additional information, please do email us at BoutiqueNarelle(at)xtra.co.nz If you purchase any of the following items, drop us a line and tell us what you think of it!

USA websites:


Sew your own & adapt to your tastes:


We know that purchasing from overseas can be difficult/expensive. We are certainly working to find viable options for you. Here are some local ideas.

Australian websites:

Check out this Sue Rice Poly-Chloroban swim jacket.


OzResort’s Sun Protection section offers a zipped swim jacket with elbow-length sleeves, and a long sport short. They also have a range of kaftans, wraps, and board shorts, including full length trousers (resort wear).

New Zealand websites:

Blude Dude Swimwear Mecca is a store in Auckland that offers its catalogue online and takes phone or fax orders.

The end of Blue Dude's One Piece Swimwear section includes some wetsuit-like outfits with sleeves and legs, for both women and children. Something to be wary of when purchasing this type of suit is how the suit is sewn in the crotch. If there is a center back seam, it is likely to cling between your buttocks and be both revealing and uncomfortable. If the crotch does not have a complete gusset like regular underpants do (many suits are made with a small triangular gusset), it is likely to cause the same problems at the front.


Blue Dude's clothing section includes board shorts, kurtas, wraps, and jandals (thongs/flip-flops).


The Warehouse (affectionately known as The Red Shed)

The Warehouse offers a wonderfully low-priced brand called "Active Intent". The useful sporting items include a shelf-bra muscle-back tank top that covers the hips -- make sure it's the type without the plunging neckline; a sport short similar to boy-leg pants but with a much longer leg; and several types of t-shirt, some with shelf-bra support and some without; and of course the colourful and varied board short. Board shorts are fairly easy to come by in other stores, such as EziBuy, but tend to be much more expensive. I recommend you go for the dome-fastening board short -- avoid the lace-up version, as they're frustratingly tedious to get in and out of!

www.TheWarehouse.co.nz and www.TheWarehouse.com.au feature store locations, brand listings, and online viewing of sale catalogues/mailers. They are not online stores.


www.EziBuy.co.nz and www.EziBuy.com.au

Check the various women’s labels for swimwear sections. I didn’t get any joy out of typing ‘swimwear’ in the search feature.

The Warehouse rarely stocks women’s rash vests, and I’ve never seen them at EziBuy. See the Rash Vest post for further ideas on where to get these.


Lydia said...

I have used part of the pattern from Biblical womanhood. I was designing my own and needed some undergarment construction. The fabric for swimsuits can be very tricky. I would suggest, if you can afford it, to go ahead and purchase a swimsuit or have an experienced seamstress sew it for you. After you buy the fabric and notions you don't save a whole lot of money anyway.
My favorite ready wear suit is the Wholesome Wear romper suit, it looks comfortable and movable yet meets a high standard of modesty.

Narelle Worboys said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Lydia. Have you tried the WholesomeWear swimsuit, or do you so far just like the look of it?

Yes, indeed, sewing knit/stretch fabric is quite a skill. But girls, don't let that keep you from trying. Those without sewing machines (or time) still need a swimwear specialist and that specialist one day could be you! =)

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