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Modest Swimwear for Teenagers

Most teenagers enjoy swimming in clothes while they get used to the changes of puberty, as long as they look cool.

Be safe in the sun, look good on the beach and in the pool in a sun hat and comfy swim kit. Modest swimming clothes for teens should be comfy and not get in the way of of fun or play.

Make up your own modest swimming outfit, which might be cheaper than specialized offers. A comfy long sleeve top and tracksuit bottoms or 3/4 length shorts are a good start.

Teach Modesty

Encourage your kids to dress in a modest way, introduce them early to wholesome swimwear and practical clothes for many watersports. Besides, learning to swim in clothes is an essential water safety skill. See our Lifesaving website for details.

The Challenge for Swimming Pools

In holiday resorts swimming pools are often outdoors, especially in water based theme parks. The hot sun of holiday countries hits hard on your skin. We've all seen how skin got sun burned when we went to such places.

Sun tan lotion comes off when you jump into the pool. It also affects the pool filter systems. On busy days in public pools you can see a thin oil slick on the water surface.

The Solution

Modest swimwear not only looks wholesome, but also gives you good sunburn protection which doesn't come off every time you jump into the pool. Swimming pools prefer manmade fibres which don't clog up their filter systems. Some pools allow cotton clothes like T-shirt and jeans, or jogging suits.

Make Your Own Modest Swimwear

There are many ways you can make your swimwear more fun and exciting. You're not limited to shorts and T-shirt.

Finding the right swimwear for kids and teens is not always easy, considering how choosy they can be. Take them with you to the mall. Let them choose what clothes they like to swim in, try some on and have fun with it. This makes life easier.

Modest swimwear gives you a chance to express your individuality. Be creative and pick from your wardrobe clothes you soon will grow out of. In the water they will widen a bit, so you can wear them for longer as swimwear.

Many girls just wear boy's swimming trunks with a T-shirt or tankini top, which works fine and is probably cheaper.

Swim Shirts and Shorts

T-shirts or Lycra swim shirts are the most trendy choice for modesty and sun protection. They feel good to wear on land or in the water. Combine a cool looking T-shirt over a long-sleeve Lycra swim shirt for added style.

Lycra Swimsuits

The suits look like one piece wet suits and they are designed to protect from the sun. It's a good solution for kids who want to look a little more modern. Full-body swimming suits help protect arms, back and legs from sunburn. No more red peeling skin.

An alternative to one-piece suits are Lycra shorts or long tights with a swim shirt or rash guard. They are more easy to put on or take off, but can leave your waist exposed to sunbirn if they don't fit well.

Soccer Kit

Sports shirts are also a great choice, but make sure they don't chafe or feel rough. Buy only the soft kits and try them first in the bath. If they still chafe, wear a T-shirt underneath.

Surfer Look

It started the new swimwear fashion with more variety. Long sleeve swim shirts with surf shorts that go below the knees are a good start. Beach pants or kite pants are even better. These clothes are mode for the water and easy to swim in. Good start.

Jogging Suits and Hoodies

If the pool allows cotton clothes, pick a T-shirt and hooded jogging suit. That's just a blast and super cool fun. When it gets wet it becomes heavy out of the water which feels totally rad. In the water it is very cosy, but will slow you down a bit. It soaks up a lot of water which makes it harder to swim in. Great fun for pool games or strength training.

Clothes tend to widen a little bit in the water so your kids can wear old clothes which they would outgrow soon anyway. This is a very efficient use of old clothes, and cuts spending on swimwear.


Unlined tracksuits are fun to swim in and cheap to buy. Many pools allow them if they are made from man-made fibres. They are popular for adventure sports underneath waterproof clothes as they don't chill you like cotton does. We prefer tops without a zip or only a short zip because they are less bulky. A hood provides good sun protection.

T-shirt and Jeans

Some teens simply wear T-shirt and jeans when swimming outdoors. It looks good, is comfy and already in their wardrobe. No need to get changed, just jump in and enjoy.

This has been classic swimwear since the mid 19th century when jeans were invented. Wear good fitting jeans with a long T-shirt tucked in. Add a hoodie if you like. This outfit feels good in the water and looks awesome.

This robust swim outfit for wet and wild games reduces the risk of cuts and bruises and is probably the least expensive option. These swimming clothes are very popular swimwear in Asia.

Please note that cotton can get cold quickly when out of the water. It is best for warm climates or indoor venues. Always carry a change of clothes.


Waterwear is just a fancy name for waterproof or windproof sports clothes designed to be worn in the water, like anoraks and rain pants.

A nylon rain suit is fun to swim in and feels good in the water. Not for fast swimming, more for adventures, fitness training and splashing around.

On cooler days an anorak with matching pants makes a comfy swimsuit that also dries quickly.

Before you wear this outdoors, wear it in a pool. It is great fun to swim in these water clothes while you gain confidence and experience. Many pools will accept it, provided it is clean and fits well.

anorak blue hood swimming friends

Reader Comments

Surprise Swim

by Rowan, San Diego, California

It was a warm but rainy day when I came past the local swimming pool which allows for modest swimwear. My friends were having fun dressed in modest swim clothes. They called for me to join.

Then I realised that I didn't bring my swim shirt and shorts, or a change of clothes so I could have jumped in as I were. Too bad.

"Why don't you swim in your rain suit?" one friend asked. Great idea. I took off all my clothes, put on just my unlined rain suit, and jumped into the pool.

To my surprise the suit felt pleasant and comfortable. It was easy and fun to swim in or play around. I got a few envious looks from my friends.

Afterwards, I changed into my dry clothes, shook the water off my rain suit and put it back on. What a simple and practical idea. Why didn't I think of that earlier?

Friends Join New Swimwear Fashion Trend

Now my friends and family do the same when we go swimming. Instead of carrying around extra swimwear, we all swim in anoraks and rain pants, or similar clothes. Many wear some really stylish kit. Looks like we've started a new fashion in the pool.

Update 6 Months Later

The local swimming club noticed that we've gotten stronger and faster from consistently swimming in rain suits or other clothes. They've included it now into their swim training, and asked me join and teach this skill to beginners. Great fun. The young swimmers love it.

Pool Shop

After asking me for a few fashion tips, the pool is now selling colourful rain suits, jogging suits, swim shirts and leggings as sun protection clothes in their shop, ready to be worn in the pool. It has become trendy among young people to swim in these colourful clothes. Nice to see.

Wholesome Swimming Lessons

by Andy from Bitburg, Germany

Our church youth group organises modest swimming sessions with the help of the local pool. They let us wear modest swimwear, or whatever clothes we enjoy and feel comfortable with. That's great!

The lifeguards teach us how to swim safely in clothes which is terrific fun. They show us survival swimming using breaststroke, front crawl, sidekick and backstroke.

Often the lifeguards jump into the pool as well in their uniform. Many are members of our church and thus follow a modest dress code.

Every week I always look forward to our fun swimming sessions in wholesome clothes. Thank God we have a pool management that supports us.

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