Fashion: Top 5 Adorable, Modest Tankinis!

    A couple of weeks ago, we rounded up our top five picks for modest one piece bathing suits and promised we’d return with our favorite tankinis. As we said before, if you’re in the market for a new swimsuit, the trends this year are seriously in our (modest) favor. With vintage-inspired style taking over all levels of fashion, conservative and comfortable cuts have become popular, and in response, tons of brands have put out tons of great options!

    We love the discussions about swimwear that have been happening on the site, and we checked out all of your comments and your favorite stores for inspiration as we scoured for great tankinis. As usual, it was super hard to narrow down the options, and we can’t wait to see what else you girls have found in the comments below.

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    Unsurprisingly, Target has so many amazing finds. But specifically, they have TONS of tankinis! All of their two piece suits are mix-and-match tops and bottoms, so this listing is just for this adorable ruffled top, which comes in three different colors. (Target, $25 for the top)

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    We love the beautiful floral pattern of this v-neck tankini. The bottoms also feature adorable ties on each side! The whole suit is sweet and feminine without being too cutesy. (Asos, $35 for both pieces)

    Girls, many of you are commenting that this top is a little too low-cut for your tastes. If that’s the case for you, you could wear an awesome rashguard, like this one from Old Navy, over the top for a cool layered look!


    (Old Navy, $12.50 on sale!)

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    It’s all about the geo print this season! While the busy pattern may be a little too much for you on a day-to-day basis, it’s a super fun and interesting look for a swimsuit! We also think the simple and modest boyshort bottoms are adorable. (Macys, $52 for both pieces)

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    We’re dying over this insanely adorable polka dot peplum swimsuit top, which is another one of the mix-and-match items over at Target. Like peplum but prefer something even more flowy? They also have a black and white a-line top that’s really boho and cute (check it out here!) and a striped top with an adorable foldover cut. If you’re into something more basic, we also fell for this simple black tankini top with a tied keyhole center. (Target, $25 for the top)

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    If you’re looking for a versatile print, you can never go wrong with leopard, which never seems to go out of style. This suit features adjustable-shoulder straps, a twist-knot detail at chest and a super sweet ruffled hem. (Zappos, $53)

    Which of these suits is your favorite? Have you gone bathing suit shopping yet, or do you have a favorite that you already own? We’d love to know where you got it and why you love it!

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    1. I’m loving the first and last ones! I love pink, and I love cheetah print! The second one is way too low cut, really. The third one is cute, but I don’t like the pattern. I do like the shorts, they’re really more modest than the average swimsuit bottom. I like the last top a lot, I just couldn’t pull it off!

    2. I’m having a lot of trouble seeing how the second floral-print one would be considered modest, especially with the standards of modesty on this website. My parents definitely wouldn’t let me wear it b/c of the low v-neck. The print is of course perfect for spring/summer, but other than that, I wouldn’t wear it!
      Despite that, I do agree with vanilla and lotr1997 about their comments on the modest boyshort bottoms. I consider those 100% modest and living up to PI’s standards!

    3. i really like the hot pink ruffled (the first one) but the blue and white polka dot is my favorite. That one is absolutely adorable!!! But I think the second one is way too low cut.

    4. I love all of them except for the blue one! I’m fine with the second one, but I was surprised it was on here, considering the standards for this site. I especially liked the third one 😀

    5. I got a great tankini halter top at Target. It provides sufficient coverage, and is really cute and feminine. It is multi-colored with ruffles. 🙂 For my swimsuit bottom, I am using the same one I have worn for the past few years. It is a Nautica skirted swim bottom. I prefer wearing a tankini top and skirted bottom, because it is more modest than a one piece. The reason a modest two piece is more modest than a one piece, is because one pieces are extremely fitted. I tried on a few one pieces while swimsuit shopping, and I felt really uncomfortable with how tight they were. My teenage brother agrees that it is more modest for a girl to wear a modest two piece, than to wear a one piece.

    6. Okay…Am I the only one looking at those and thinking “Holy smokes, how are those modest?”
      1. Shows off the top of the breast.
      2. Do i really NEED to say anything?
      3: Not too bad, but still shows off a little.
      4: No model to show, but in general that syle cup shows off the top of the breast.
      5. STILL TOO LOW!
      I’m sorry, but I’m looking at these and I’m like “Gee, I wonder where guys will be looking…” and it kinda ticks me off a bit these are some of the suggestions on a Christian site.

      • I don’t think guys are really that tempted by the collar bone area haha. IMO, only the second one is even low cut. I honestly think that guys will have enough self control not to stare at your breast just because it is not 10000% covered… Honestly, I wear bikinis, and I went to the pool with 3 of my friends, one of whom was a really nice Christian guy, and he didn’t stare at me at all…

        • It makes me smile to hear that Applebypie 🙂 I wear bikinis as well, and it didn’t seem to affect the boys Im with AT ALL. I think how you carry yourself/act is important in this issue. I’m impressed by the selection. They’re actually pretty cute.

        • applybypie123 and AllisonGrace…i’m NOT judging you or saying you’re bad Christians for wearing bikinis, but how in the world can you confidently say that bikinis don’t affect guys??!! can you see what’s going on in their head?? for all you know your friend wasn’t staring at you because he was trying not to look at you too much because what you were wearing was causing him to have sinful thoughts (i’m not assuming or saying that your guy friend is a bad Christian and would automatically have sinful thoughts, Christian guys do still sin sometimes, nobody’s perfect). in my opinion, even if bikinis cover all of your chest they are still immodest because you can see all of your stomach and back!

        • I agree with Mandi Pi… I have brothers, and I always go to them to ask what goes on thorough their heads, whats modest, whats not… Their answers were surprising! They may not act like they are not effected, but they really are! My brother said that even yoga pants are a stumbling block… something which I used to wear all the time! Guys really respect those girls who respect their future husbands by saving their bodies for them and them only. Look at Proverbs 31:12.

        • thank you musicgal!! yeah…even stuff that may seem normal to us could affect guys. and actually, now that i’ve been saying that so much on PI, i’m realizing that some clothes i wear might be pushing boundaries….

        • Let me be straight here. I do not dress for men. The Bible says to dress with decency. I dress with decency, and do not parade my body around. I dress in what I feel convicted towards. I am keeping my body for my husband, wearing a bikini does not change that.

        • Like Allison, I feel the need to defend myself (Although I shouldn’t have to). I could come up with my own explanation, but instead, I will quote Allison who said EXACTLY what needed to be said:)
          The Bible says to dress with decency. I dress with decency, and do not parade my body around. I dress in what I feel convicted towards. I am keeping my body for my husband, wearing a bikini does not change that.
          Also, I don’t think my stomach or back is that inapropriate… A back should not be sexual, nor should a stomach. There are some things that I know could be stumbling blocks to guys, which I do not wear, like short shorts and low cut tops, but other things like yoga pants, I think that as long as they are not to tight, and are not leggings, are fine to wear. Also how can you confidentally say bikinis affect guys? can you see what’s going on in their head??

      • In my opinion, bikinis aren’t a huge deal. Some styles are a little provocative, but over all as long as you keep everything covered I think they’re fine. It’s not like a guy is going to think “oh my gosh she has such a hot back” I don’t know. That’s just my thought. :p

        • there’s really no way for a bikini to keep everything covered…even if it’s “just your back” or “just your stomach” like most girls say, when you really think about it, your back and (especially) your stomach can still easily lead a guy to sinful thoughts.

        • For me, swim wear has always been a matter of efficiency rather than style. I’m an elite competitive swimmer, training multiple times a day all year long, and so what I wear has to be efficient to my sport. Meaning, during practice it needs to be relatively tight so there is not a bunch of drag, my championship race suit has to fit like a second skin essentially, etc.

          That being said, my views on summer swim suits differs. I’ve never worn a one-piece suit outside of my practice/training suits. I do agree that tankinis are the way to go with modesty. When I was little, I was insecure and practically lived in a tankini during the summer at the beach and by the pool.

          On the matter of bikinis, they aren’t the most modest. Do I believe that we shouldn’t wear them? For the most part, yes. However, many (including myself) disregard that. (We’re confident in our body, we don’t want ridiculous tan lines, etc are common reasons I hear)

          When I hear the word bikini, I think two-piece suit with uncovered stomach (some tankinis have open backs, mind that while shopping) that girls wear in the summer so than can be as tan as a bar of chocolate. I personally wear them because the only time I wear them is the week when I’m at the beach, in my back yard pool, and to the water park when my friends and I go, and the lake (but I’m wearing my life jacket while driving a jet ski).

          ‘Bikini’ is more a general term. There are various types that provide different amounts of coverage. My mom is relatively particular in how much coverage I have. I have 2 from American Eagle, 1 from Garage, and one from Aerie. The string bikini type seems very skimpy to me (no offense to anyone). When wearing a bikini, we need to be mindful of how much cleavage we are exposing. It is very possible to be covered in a bikini (making sure you have e right size top. Most can be tied tighter if you need more coverage but Re still relatively small around. I have the problem of back muscles and broad shoulders.)

          My recommendation on a more covered bikini top are the triangle (some are string which I would avoid as the tend to not have a lot of support) or bandeau style.

          I just recently got back from a training trip in Florida (Panama City) with my group. Girls, wearing a bikini does provoke sinful thoughts in a guy’s mind – whether they mean to or not. My absolute best guy friend (very strong Christian boy) would sometimes be staring at me, and other times he would seem to be avoiding looking directly at me. Later,(after we had all changed, gone to our second practice and were down for dinner) we talk it over. He told me that he does find girls in bikinis provocative, although since we are really good friends it didn’t affect him too badly. The moral of this is: if you do coded to wear a bikini, be mindful of the venue where you will be wearing it at. For instance, in a backyard pool, the beach, a local/neighborhood pool, or a friends party might be alright. However, some occasions merit a modest makeover.

          A few girls pointed out that some of the tops listed here are not that modest because they expose to much at the top. It is the model and how the suit was arranged for the shoot. If you try n the same suit, it will be different. It’s like when you go bra shopping: a model wearing the same bra on a poster may seem like she has a mountain of push-up in the bra, but when you try it on there is essentially none. I do agree that the 2nd one is a little low for a “modest apparel” swim suit.

          Long story short: as Christians, we are supposed to conduct ourselves in a manner that pleases God. Modesty is part of the package. However, as human we are prone to relapse. A tankini is the solution for modest two-piece swim wear. Bikinis are not the best option, but it is not my place to say anything against. In any type of swim apparel, bikini or shorts and t-shirt, we must also remember to conduct ourselves in a manner that pleases God, reflecting his love to the world and spreading his message.

          (Sorry is is so long, I would have lots more to say but I ran out of time)

        • SharpieFairy: i’m on a competitive year round swim team too! 🙂 i agree with most of what you said…i believe bikinis are simply wrong…people always say there are “modest bikinis” (i guess they mean ones that completely cover your chest), but i don’t believe those exist. even if your chest is completely covered, it still shows ALL of your back and ALL of your stomach…so, most of your body is exposed! to me, i cant see how people think that is modest (though i’m not judging the people who do wear them). it’s awesome that you have a guy friend you can talk to about what guys consider modest…though personally, i don’t have a guy friend close enough to ask that. :/ my mom has a good basis on modesty, so i can only wear what she approves of course, and she doesn’t approve of bikinis…and what i do is, if your not sure if what you’re wearing is modest, take a look at yourself and how much skin is showing, and ask yourself…if i were a guy, how easy would it be to, well (sorry), imagine the rest of me. because that’s what immodest clothing tempts guys to do. in my opinion, that’s the second best option behind actually asking a guy about it.

    7. I personally feel that some of these were a little bit too immodest. All the same, they might work for some girls differenly then others, depending on your shape and size. I have a pink polka dot tankini from belk that I wear with black boy shorts. It was a little pricey at the time (I had to buy it in March for vacation) but I’m sure they have gone on sale now. I really like tankinis and generally they are way more modest then bikinis.

    8. The V-Neck goes to low in my opinion. For busty girls like myself, who the tankinis won’t provide enough support: Buy a bikini top that DOES provide enough support and is the same color/is a complimentary color to the top. Then wear it and the tankini over it. It is basically a bra.

      • No. Not right. Almost everyone wears less than they usually wear when they’re swimming. Would you wear your tiny little swim dress out? Probably not. It’s dressing for the occasion. Same goes for a tankini with boy shorts. You wouldn’t wear that out either! Dress for the occasion.

    9. I would wear the top ruffled one and the geo print and the peplum I wouldn’t wear the low cut one not cause it’s low cut it’s too flowery I personally like low cut stuff there is nothing wrong with a little cleavage just as long as it’s not spilling out everywhere.

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