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Girl to Girl Talk: Should Christian Girls Wear Bikinis?

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 Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

This week’s question comes from a PI Girl who is asking if bikinis are too risqué and immodest. Since spring is already here and summer will be approaching before we know it, I thought this topic was quite relevant and also fun to discuss! Here is the question she posted:

Hey guys, I’ve been struggling with this topic for quite awhile now and I was wondering what your intake was on it…bikinis. Are they okay? Everyone wears bikinis and I know that’s not an excuse to be allowed to wear them but they aren’t as hot as tankinis and they are cute. But the problem is, I feel like whenever girls wear bikinis, all the guys care about is her body. Any opinions??

This is a great question and one that likely will elicit a variety of responses. I think it definitely depends on your age, your style and whom you are around. If you are with some close friends and go to a spa or to a private pool with family, a bikini could be fine. If you know you are going to be around a lot of boys and it might make them stumble, then you might want to wear a cover-up, a wrap skirt or a tankini.

I personally grew up at the beach, so I am used to two-piece bathing suits. When they are tiny bikinis that are inappropriate, or if you are showing so much skin that it is tasteless, then, yes, I agree that you should not wear them.

Too many girls nowadays want to grow up so fast, look more mature and “hotter” or “sexier” than their age, but sometimes it’s too much. With peer pressure and the desire to be accepted, this can be a hard thing to understand.

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I really like this tankini set from Kohl’s…what do you think PI, girls?

If you are a teen or a pre-teen, it is age appropriate to wear a tankini or a one-piece bathing suit. Nicole loves the one-piece now because they are more modest and don’t show so much skin. Nowadays, there are so many cute one-piece bathing suits and so many options for tankinis as well.

If you wear a two-piece I don’t believe you should be judged, AND if you don’t wear a two-piece you shouldn’t bring down someone who does. It is all about wisdom and wearing what is appropriate. Also, your mom or parental guardian probably has an opinion on this as well! Trust an adult’s opinions since they have some extra perspective.

For most girls on this site, I would recommend a tasteful tankini or a cute one-piece. Maybe a polka dot one, or a cute striped one. Patterns are fun and so are bright colors!

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I love this picture of Nicole…wear a fun hat with your one-piece for a more fashionable, fun look!

PI girls, what is your opinion on this topic? Do you think bikinis are too immodest? Are tankinis are better for teens? Take the poll below, then share more of your thoughts in the comments!

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What do you think about bikinis?

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  1. Savvonikki

    Posted by Savvonikki on February 28, 2014 at 17:29

    I have grown up wearing bikinis, and up until now I have never questioned wearing them. Now that I am a teenager I am about to make the switch because bikinis cause a little bit too much staring from guys, and I would not want to provoke them by any means to lust after my body. I don’t have a problem wearing them but I have come to realize that they don’t leave much to the imagination, and its probably best as a teen girl not to wear them out in public.

  2. Meg15

    Posted by Meg15 on January 5, 2014 at 16:43

    I don’t think it’s right to wear a bikini. It causes our brothers in Christ to stumble. I wear a lot of tankinis and one pieces, even when all the rest of my friends don’t, for just that reason, and I’m proud of it! That’s the thing though, bikinis are becoming more and more popular and you have to really look for those few one pieces out there. And the ones I do find cut too low in front, or have pads in them to make you look bigger, even the smaller sizes that are meant for younger girls! There are more tankinis out there than one pieces, so I find myself buying more of those. It makes me sad because our culture nowadays is so focused on the outside appearance instead of what’s on the inside.

  3. 17maya

    Posted by 17maya on December 30, 2013 at 07:48

    Okay, I do not wear bikini’s because I believe that they totally show to much skin and they are so close to bra’s and Underwear. My question to you guys is would you go outside in your bra and underwear? Would you be embarrassed? I read this article from a magazine and thought it was so good I typed it up. If you want to know how what you wear affects others I think this would be an awesome place to find out. :D https://docs.google.com/a/forestcity.k12.ia.us/document/d/1FIUyhxZArH9f0mKP74VdJ8NCzQgnfAwH97znFr2IXbg/edit

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Lauren3 on April 11, 2014 at 18:07

      THANK YOU SO MUCH. That really helps clear up alot of things!

  4. Queen E

    Posted by Queen E on December 28, 2013 at 22:29

    I’m really not allowed to wear them, so out of respect for my mom, I don’t. However, I personally think that under the right circumstances, they are fine. If I’m going to a co-ed party say with my yearbook staffers, a co-ed group, then I would probably steer clear from one, even though the other girls would. Despite the fact that it is almost completely a sorority, there are still a few guys there, and I don’t want them to get the wrong image of me and my morals. If I’m going with a group of girls, then maybe. My mom wants me to wear a one suit, but personally, I think an attractive, pretty, reasonably modest tankini are more appropriate for my age (almost 15). However, in that group, my Revival Christian youth leaders (17 and 18) do wear bikinis and have been for at least a while. What do you think I should do? I’d love to get some honest feedback! In advance, thanks and God bless!

  5. iam_priceless

    Posted by iam_priceless on December 28, 2013 at 12:38

    I think bikinis are fine if you are wearing them with the right reason in mind. If you wear them to draw attention to yourself it is bad. If you are wearing them to draw attention I think it is perfectly acceptable.

  6. MissMorland

    Posted by MissMorland on December 27, 2013 at 10:07

    I think it’s funny how it would be completely unacceptable to walk around in your underwear, but take the same pattern and use spandex instead of cotton and it’s perfectly OK. I just get a bit of a double-standard impression…

  7. Sis206

    Posted by Sis206 on July 29, 2013 at 16:10

    I don’t like bikinis. I just think all of them are too immodest. Some people like them but I think they are not very modest. I like tankinis

  8. rosiegirl

    Posted by rosiegirl on July 20, 2013 at 13:37

    Ok. Bikinis technically aren’t allowed at my house. I don’t mind, for a while I was VERY uncomfortable with my body. I’ve been working though that. Next summer when I’m 18 I will wear one. A skirt and sports bra type top. But I don’t see anything wrong with showing your belly. I do have a problem with showing other parts of your body.

    • Queen E

      Posted by Queen E on December 28, 2013 at 22:31

      I agree. I’d rather be in a bikini, than tiny short-shorts, that are revealing my underwear. I’m 14, and I’m not allowed to wear a bikini, but I really don’t see a problem showing your stomach. I mean, there are far worse parts of your body to be shown, and showing your bare stomach is like showing your bare arms – at least in my opinion.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Alexus on July 14, 2013 at 23:13

    I think as long as its not provocative, or tempting others its acceptable. It’s about the heart. Don’t wear anything that will provoke lustful, jealous or sinful behaviors in others or yourself. Wear stuff that proves you confident in God and the body he made you, not in self glorification.

  10. 2daniellehernandez

    Posted by 2daniellehernandez on July 14, 2013 at 16:52

    Awesome Godly view/study on Bikinis! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wtLYeyp8QU

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Mohammed 21 on June 28, 2013 at 12:01

    Beauty of environment is our ethics modest and our behavior the frank