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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. Project Inspired

    Posted by EmmiGi on April 10, 2015 at 17:13

    As a someone who has been swimming her whole life I can definitely say that there are times and place to wear and to not wear bikinis. I personally do not have a problem with them but if you know that you will be around a lot of the opposite sex or people who uncomfortable it probably is best to cover up. On my team there are girls who wear bikinis to practice (they are made to be able to practice in) and they typically are the ones who are hit on more or get look at by people walking by our pool.

  2. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on April 1, 2015 at 16:26

    I personally don’t wear bikinis, never have, and none of my friends do, but in this discussion, may we keep in mind that it can be just as immodest to wear a V-neck tankini or low-cut one-piece?It became really difficult for me to find a top that didn’t show cleavage, so now I wear a swim shirt (picture a rashguard for surfing). I’m not judging people who wear these, but I definitely think we need to talk about this. Just another piece to the puzzle.

  3. LizzieJean

    Posted by LizzieJean on March 19, 2015 at 07:51

    Wearing a bikini is literally the same as wearing your underwear. Would you show up to school/work in your underwear? Probably not… Then why wear a bikini to the beach or public pool?

    I can think of just two examples when wearing a bikini is okay
    1. Swimming at your house with close friends or family.
    2. If you are very tall and other swimsuit options are uncomfortable for you.

    If you are tall have tried other swimsuits and can’t find anything comfortable, it’s OKAY. You tried your best to find something else and shouldn’t feel ashamed or guilty. Just find a well made bikini and a nice cover up to wear before going in the water and afterwards.

  4. clumm

    Posted by clumm on March 17, 2015 at 17:49

    I, personally, do not usually wear bikinis. I feel uncomfortable in them and have every since I was little. I think if you keep it classy and aren’t about to fall out of your swimsuit, there’s no big deal. You just have to remember that you represent Christ Jesus everywhere you go. What would He hope you do?

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by bookworm98 on March 17, 2015 at 12:17

    I believe that there is no such thing as a “modest” bikini. I have three brothers and they all agree that weather you are showing cleavage or not bikinis can be a temptation. A girls midriff, especially if she has been swimming and is wet, can be a huge stumbling block. I am by no means shaming girls bodies, for they are made by the hand of God, but I am saying that we should think about pleasing God more than how cute or comfortable we think something is. The bible says in Mark 9:42: ” But whoever cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and if he were thrown into the sea.” Your heart doesn’t matter when it comes to how you dress and if you are dressing in way that cause someone to stumble you will be judged. It’s not just the guys fault, as it is not just the girls. A guy can lust no matter how you dress, but if the way you are dressing is provocative then you are helping him. I’m blessed with brothers and a dad who look away when a girl is dressed immodest and that has made me not want to be someone that they would need to look away from. Just some food for thought. :)

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by eyelash_viper on March 17, 2015 at 09:17

    Plus the Bible says that if a man lusts after a woman bc she is dressed immodest it is just as much her fault as his. I would rather not be blameable for his lusting. If he lusts anyway that’s his problem! Love your bodies, but don’t give way to peer pressure just bc everyone says it’s ok to do. And don’t make excuses. Pray about it. God will show you what he wants you to do. If u have the slightest hint of conviction follow it.