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Cute modest swimwear for busy moms

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

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This one's for you, fellow moms! I was looking for cute and trendy modest swimwear this summer. It wasn't always easy to find swimsuits with plenty of coverage and which were cute, trendy and designed for anyone under the age of 50. But rest assured, those types of swimwear do in fact exist! Here I'll talk about some of the styles I found for summer 2024 from different places and different budget ranges. I was finally able to get a great suit and I hope that you too can reap the rewards of my internet hunt. I'll show pics of each style and link back to where you can get it. First though, some mom-specific swimwear tips:

Tips for swimwear for busy moms

Get a color or pattern that stands out for your kids

By far the best tip I have for you is to go for a color or pattern that's easy to spot at the pool - something that stands out from the crowd. Why? Just as it's important for you to be able to see your kids at all times, it's equally important for your kids to be able to see you. Of course, if you have a non-swimmer you'll be at arm's reach of him or her at all times anyway, but if your kids can swim and you're at a busy community pool then it'll help if you're wearing a color that is a little less common.

Most colors work OK for this except black or dark blue. The other reason an easy-to-spot color can make life easier is if you're meeting friends at the pool. People can be much harder to recognize in their swimsuits and with sunglasses on. My previous neon yellow suit has worked out really well for that! I'd tell friends I'd be wearing bright yellow, and it's always made it easy. As much as I still love that suit, I needed to get a new one to alternate with it on different days, which is how I came to write this article.

For this reason, all the swimsuits, tankinis and swim dresses I'm showing pics of here are ones that fulfill the stand-out color requirement.

Always think whether the swimsuit can handle you carrying a baby or toddler without a wardrobe malfunction

Another mom requirement is carrying a squirming baby or toddler without accidentally revealing more of your body than intended. I'm pretty sure most swimwear designers do not even consider this when creating their styles! So again, all the styles I've selected here are ones I'd be comfortable wearing while carrying a baby or toddler - nothing is going to skew weirdly in a way that will expose parts you don't want exposed.

Recommendations for modest yet cute swimsuits for summer 2024

Here is my shortlist (OK it's not actually that short!) with pics of the pieces I recommend for anyone looking for a modest yet trendy look at the beach or pool. You'll notice a range of styles and budgets here. I show one piece swimsuits, tankini swimsuits, and swim dresses. This is because some women are more concerned about their top being covered up, others about coverage of their bottom, and others like to have everything covered. So you're certain to find something here that will please you. Feel free to click or tap on any of these to look at sizing and pricing. There's also some extra budget-friendly tips and tricks I mention at the end which helped me a lot.

Full coverage swimsuit

One of my absolute favorites for plenty of coverage at the neck and bottom while still looking on trend and youthful is this Women's Graffiti Shirred Cutout One Piece Swimsuit at Macy's. Look how awesome this suit is:


Swimwear with good coverage up top

If you're fine with a higher-cut leg line but want to have more coverage up top, then go for this sleek and sporty Maldives One Piece Swimsuit from Athleta:


Swimwear with a modest leg line

On the other hand, if you're OK with showing a little more skin up high but still want the bottom to be modestly low-cut, then the Ditsy & Petals Tummy Control One-Piece from Macy's is right for you - and right for your wallet too, at an affordable price point.


This modest swimsuit is beautifully feminine while still providing plenty of coverage, particularly at the leg line.

As we saw, modest one piece swimsuits offer plenty of options, but if as a busy mom you're looking for something with even more coverage, you have options there too, as we'll see in the next section.

Swim dresses

Let's move on to something different: a swim dress. I love swim dresses because of their modesty at the upper thigh region. I don't feel self-conscious at all in a swim dress, I just feel like I'm in a mini-dress that I happen to be able to wear into the pool swimming. Here is my favorite swim dress this season - and as an added bonus it's an absolute steal: the stunning Profile by Gottex Line Up One Piece Swim Dress from Marshalls.



A sporty tankini is the perfect way to look great at the pool. As a mom, I love the flexibility it provides: before going to the pool you can simply throw on a pair of shorts over the bikini bottom and you're good to go! If you later need to go anywhere on the way home with the kids (e.g. takeouts, errands), you can, because the tankini top is modest enough to wear as an ordinary top. No need for a separate cover-up, no need to go home before errands.

My favorite tankini top this season is the sporty Leilani Cali Tank Bikini Top from Marshalls. Please note that this item is the tankini top only, so you'd have to buy a separate bottom. The good news is that the price for this top is so unbelievably low that you'll have plenty left in your budget for the tankini bottom.


Plus size tankinis

Now for plus sizes, my favorite is the Anna Cole tankini collection at Marshall's. I love the elegant style. This collection comes with both tops and bottoms - they're sold separately but they are both on the same page in the link I just gave.


Long sleeve swimsuit

If part of your reason for wanting to be modest is sun safety, then you're going to love this Zando Long Sleeve One Piece Swimsuit at Amazon. This long sleeve swimsuit comes in many different options of colors and patterns to create the ultimate in looks and practicality.

Indulge in girly elegance

Kate Spade is synonymous with elegance and beauty, so if you're looking for an excuse to splurge, this Sea Garden Embroidered One Piece Swimsuit at katespade.com is the one for you!


It's definitely possible to find cute modest bathing suits for women which still provide plenty of coverage! You may also like to know where to find the cutest swimwear for toddlers and young kids.

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