We are so thrilled to have finally found bathing suits this year that are both modest and pretty! *cheer!* Here are our daughters Karen (13) and Melanie (12) donning their cute new suits from Meant To Be Modest.
Do you and your daughters feel comfortable wearing your bathing suit in public? I had a dear friend say to me a couple of years ago, "You know...I wouldn't greet my neighbor at the front door in my underwear - but that's what I feel like when I'm wearing my bathing suit around!" *chuckle* I totally agree. For years I wore sporty shorts over my one-piece Spedo bathing suit at the beach. And then as our daughters got older both my husband and I would say, "Boy...the girl's suits are just so revealing, and they are always creeping up in the back..." And those were one-piece Speedo's! So we looked for other possibilities for suits.
The next summer we purchased, together with Grandma and Grandpa, L.L. Bean's swim shorts and tee shirts for the girls, and then also the same type of swim shorts and tees suits from Costco for the boys, because not only were they modest but they were great sun protection! Our boys still wear these and we and they love them. But our girls were still saying that they felt uncomfortable in fitted-bottom shorts. Having worn dresses and skirts exclusively for about 3 years now, they were desiring swim suits like dresses as well. We looked around online but didn't find anything we were really thrilled about. This year we were looking again and found some okay options, but nothing real exciting.
Then one of our readers this year pointed us to this online business, MeantToBeModest.com. The suits are made by Mrs. Julie Clark, a Christian homeschooling mommy to 6 blessings who just happens to actually be local to us here in Washington! Julie's swimsuits feature,
"High-quality Lycra does not cling when wet; dries quickly. Bodice is double-layered for optimum modesty. Leggings slip on separately ~ no more peeling off an entire wet suit to use the restroom! So practical and easy, especially for little girls. No snaps, buttons or zippers to fuss with! The top and bottom simply pull on."
Julie's suits are not only beautifully made, but they are custom made! There are lots of photos on her website if you would like to see many more suits she's made. We just sent her our measurements (or desired size from the size chart she provides), chose our fabric from her wonderful Hawaiian-print selection, chose the style options we desired (i.e. bodice style, length of the pants or sleeves or skirt, ties or no ties), and wa-la! *beam!* Julie also wisely makes the suits snug-fitting in the torso so that they cannot float up while ladies and girls are in the water. Or, if you prefer like we did, you can order the suits more roomy so that the girls will still fit in to the suit next year. Our girls wear their suits in Puget Sound, not in public pools (too expensive, and not much opportunity) so we are not so concerned about suits floating up and other people noticing. Plus they usually have a wet suit on over their suit when in the water anyway due to the very cold temperature of Puget Sound! Brrr!
The top bodice part of Julie's suits are also lined, so it is modest that way, too. The suits do not, however, have bra support for ladies (except for the snug-fitting suit itself), so some friends of ours who have also ordered these darling suits recommended wearing a sports bra and underwear underneath the suit. This is totally fine with us as the girls were doing this anyway with their shorts and tee shirt suits. And we feel these new suits are very worth it.
Prices for Julie's suits range from $45 (toddlers) to$80 (for plus sizes). Karen & Melanie's suits were $69 and $59 respectively. It is an investment, but we feel it is well worth it. Since our girls have summer birthday, they and we chose to combine Mom & Dad's birthday gift money together with their grandparent's gift money to buy these suits for them. And we couldn't be happier.
Summer swimming will be very fun this year! Karen & Melanie feel pretty and well-covered, which makes them feel happy and free to really enjoy the beach all the more!
If you order any bathing suits from Julie at Meant To Be Modest, remember to mention that you heard about them at Large Families On Purpose!
Blessings on your family's adventures this summer! *smile!*
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