* = inexpensive options
These are the best places to find skirts!
My favorite is Savers / Value Village – even though I am plus size, I found most of my clothing there!
Being plus size, I find it really difficult to find clothing that actually fit, or doesn’t look like a potato sack. My little sister, who is a size 4, also has trouble finding clothes that she wouldn’t have to add to, to make it modest.
The stores we usually shop at are:
JCPenny, Ocean State Job Lot,
So here are a few tips that we both use,when shopping at regular stores
This is usually what happens to my sister: everything may FIT, but when she tries it on its way too short.
HALF SLIPS / SKIRT LENGTHENERS!
You can either find one you can use at a secondhand store, or you can buy one of these:
- THE ORIGINAL DAINTY JEWELL’S LAYERING SLIP
- Bring on the Frill Half Slip
- Slip Extender
- Floral Lace Skirt Extender
- Lace Hem Extender
- Women’s Double Layered Satin Skirt Extender / Half Slip Lingerie
- Knee Length Underskirt
- Pinterest and Amazon also have numerous results !
2. Low Cut?
Layering tees, mock camis, high lace bralettes, and layering tank tops are your friends 🙂
- House Of Daudelin Cleavage Cover UP – AuRevoir cleavage
- Second Base Demi Cami – Boatneck
- Mae Women’s Hi-Neck Lace Bralette
- Cami Secret Set of 3 Clip-on Camisole, Black/Beige/White, One Size
- Blouse Buttons – or you can just add a button yourself for cheaper!
- Cleava Snap Mock Cami
- Layering Tees
- Full Length Layering Shell*
- Apricot Apparel
Modest Clothing Shops / Shops that have Modest Clothing Available
- Boutique Abby*
- Deborah and Co
- Cris Regina Store
- Inherit Co
- Mika Rose
- Shop Marie Rose
- Rose Marie Fashions
- Carver & Co. Boutique
- Rachel Parcell
- Cleo Madison
- Jen Clothing
- Vence and Co
- 3 Brunettes Boutique
- Downeast Basics*
- Shabby Apple
- Mindy Maes Market
- Jane *
- Hello Modest *
- Jen Clothing
- Graceful Apparel
- Sacramento Skirt Store
- Morning Lavender
- Novae Clothing
- Poppywells Boutique
- Modest Pop
- Ypsilon Dresses
- Sweet Salt Clothing
- Piper and Scoot
- Tara Lynn Boutique
- Indigo Lane
- DM Fashion
- Wren and Ivory
- Krush Kandy Boutique
- Latched Mama*
- MotherCare *
- Classy Loft
- New Creation Apparel *
- Woman Within *
- Long Tall Sally
- The Elevated Closet
- Zadie B’s
- St. Linus Veils
- The Modest Poppy*
- Skylark Clothing
- Dress Like an Angel
- Jade Mackenzie Apparel
- Kosher Casual*
- Covered Girl Clothing
- Double Header USA
- Slaydon and Rose
- Robbie + Co
- Olive Ave
- Olive Drew
- LuLaRoe The Purpose Foundation
- Gal Meets Glam / Julia Hengel
- Lindy Bop
- Just Skirts by Lori *
- Romans Originals
- Mikah Fashion
- Preppy Pineapple *
- Que Bonita Boutique *
- Style Plus Curves
- Hope Ave
- June Isle
- Peony Street Boutique
- Linen Fox
- People Tree
- Pyne and Smith Clothiers
- The Darling Style Store
- ADA Faye Clothing
- Be Modest Boutique
- Beautiful One Modest Apparel
- Golden Lemon Boutique
- Yours Clothing
- Ava Lea Couture
- The Dressery Boutique
- Dress Barn
- Shop Simply Style Boutique*
- Society Plus
- Midi Modas
- Ivy City Co
- Shop DM Fashion
- Laura Rocha Moda Evangélica
- Lane Bryant
- Chi Chi Clothing
- Joy The Store
- Christopher & Banks
- The Pink Desert
- Florence Adams
- Neesees Dresses
SEE THE WHOLE LIST OF SHOPS HERE
- Beautifully Modest
- A Dressy Occasion
- Bridal Image*
- Latter Day Bride
- Totally Modest*
- Chatfields Boutique *
- Virtuous Prom*
- JJ’s House *
- Mon Cheri Bridals
- Alta Moda
- Esila Bridal
- Maggie Sottero
Maternity, Children, Boys, Plus Size – we have compiled a huge source for y’all!
PIECES – Piecing together your swimsuit? Here are a bunch of pieces for you.
CHILDREN – Having problems finding your little girls a suitable suit? Here are some GREAT ideas!
WHOLE SWIMSUIT IDEAS – Pieced together, a ton of ideas for you!
NURSING/MATERNITY – MODESTY maternity/nursing swimwear!!
BABIES/TODDLERS – Adorable swimsuits for the littles!
MEN/BOYS – Modesty is for men too!
Hope this helps!
Please let me know if this helped anyone out!
Please share if it did ; let’s reach out to all women and men looking for modest and fashionable alternatives to swim in!
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I’ve used mens Hanes White Cotton T-shirts for years during the summer months, I just really loved the material, and they saved me many times. I wore them underneath regular clothing, ones that sometimes are low-cut, or sleeveless otherwise, and the t-shirt just gives a nice, airy cover-up. I had cut the sleeves to my preferred length and also cut the collar off.
BUT, this was before I learned about half-tees (which you can make out of these same t-shirts if you are on a budget). Personally, I still like the coverage of the full t-shirt, just because the shirts I wear in the summer are SO thin they are almost see-through. But half-tees can be extremely helpful for any outfit.
You can probably just make your own Half Tee!
Or maybe you just need cute little blouse button I stumbled upon on Pinterest!
(This is also something you can easily DIY.)
During the summer months avoiding layers IS the best; and thin, loose clothing is key. I buy these tank tops from Walmart and use them as under-t-shirts (they smooth the bra-lines and give me extra confidence when I feel my shirt is too thin). I wear them backward and they give more upper coverage. I also buy them a tad larger, so they are not as tight, the picture below looks way too tight in my honest opinion. But if it’s worn below your clothing it really doesn’t matter, and it’s up to you if you feel comfortable with tighter clothing under there 🙂
Layering tank tops can also be purchased at the Skirt Outlet; these are actually made for layering and have an even higher neckline than the Walmart tank tops.
Clip on camisoles are something new (to me at least) that one of my best friends told me about; she just wears tops she finds at Walmart (and Thrift Stores), that are thin and comfy, and she uses the clip on underneath. At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work for me because I am plus sized and the clip on didn’t hold tight enough to cover enough area when I bent down and such, but I found that if I wrapped the snaps around the bra strap twice and then snapped it closed, it gives an excellent fit. This is REALLY helpful, especially for those shirts that are perfect except-for-that-drooping-neckline !
Usually, I wear a slip, or a second (white) petticoat-like eyelet skirt underneath my skirts in the cooler months, but during summer the last thing I want to do is wear more than one layer of skirt, so instead of this, and to save my poor chafing legs, I wear these Danskin shorts. They are so far the best hack I have encountered for Summer Modesty. They are great coverage under skirts and keep your legs from rubbing together in the heat. And I can tell you that wearing these shorts is actually a lot less hot than wearing just the skirt.
Also, a great tip is to look for these items not just online but in the stores; especially the Thrift stores (though make sure the shorts look brand new, wouldn’t want an old pair of well-worn shorts that someone else had…). It’s amazing what you can find at thrift stores! I have found many items that have great elasticity and thin-ness that I love, from thrift stores. So, keep that option open. 🙂
Fabrics such as the maxi skirts I have found to be great in the summer months. One skirt especially, matched with the shorts before mentioned are my number one staple during the really hot and muggy days. It’s wider but feels like you are wearing almost nothing. I love it. I actually found one that looks the exact same on eBay as the one I have, so it gives you a better idea; only mine is almost half shorter and a tad more flared 🙂
Faded Glory is one of my favorite clothing lines for summer t-shirts. And I have found the t-shirts from Time&Tru from Walmart, with the Walmart tank tops underneath are really comfy. I like to sew the sleeves a bit higher and add some lace whenever I feel like dressing more feminine. 😉
Something I’ve done last year as well that was really comfortable was wear a cover-up/shrug over a tank top. Making sure the tank top wasn’t too low cut or showing any bra-straps, I just wore a shirt like this one over it. The tank top wasn’t tight either, so it worked out very well!
You can also find light, thin, summer cardigan shrugs to wear over tank tops as well.
Just don’t forget your clip-on camisole to cover up those dipping necklines 😉
- Rayon. …
- Silk. …
- Georgette. …
- Jersey. …
- Chambray. …
You can add sleeves and a higher neckline very easily! Plus there are other little tricks you can do if you know how to sew! Here are a few ideas!
Dresses & Maternity/Nursing Wear:
If you’ve got either the cash or the sewing know-how OR you’re just really good at finding things in stores & thrift shops, lightweight dresses are the best for summertime. They are my personal favorite; especially if they are of t-shirt material. Plus, they look really cute and feminine. Just don’t forget your bloomers 😉
Great for nursing mothers! Nursing Half Tee from Amazon!
More great Maternity wear ideas here:
God bless, and remember, it will be hot and muggy whatever you wear, perhaps the heat is God asking for us to do more penance 😉
Where To Find Cheap Swimsuits!?
So, St. Joseph and my guardian angel are my #1 shopping companions. If, after asking them for help and literally searching for hours and hours and coming up with nothing, its probably for the best. But with that said, God knows our needs and asking your patron Saint and your Guardian angel before putting together a swimsuit or searching for the correct piece at a thrift store, can really help.
Putting everything in God’s hands (after all, this is for His glory is it not?) is my number one tip.
Sew Your Own!
If you are into sewing, (or even if you’re not!) you can try sewing your own bathing suit. There are many patterns for the simple, modest bathing suit. And if you aren’t ready for that yet, you can at least learn to sew modesty panels and/or lengthen board shorts and so on. Sewing is very helpful in the modesty depo if you are interested. 🙂
Look for Polyester/good swimwear fabric on clearance, and also at $1.99 stores near you 🙂
Piece by Piece
Piecing a swimsuit together isn’t as disastrous or frustrating as they make it sound. You just need to agree on exactly what you want to do and work on that. Here are a few of my ideas to help you:
You can find these on Amazon or for brand new at Thrift Stores, or even at stores like Old Navy for great prices:
(NOTE bold words are links!)
this tunic with leggings or swim shorts.
this kind of swim dress with leggings and half-tee.
Swim skirt and leggings which you can pair with a bikini top (for support) and rash guard.
See more pieces and ideas here: https://www.pinterest.com/catholicmodesty/swimwear/
Wearing coverups (when you’re not swimming in the pool and such) over your swimsuit, if you are just dipping in the water for a bit or hanging out at the beach is helpful. Here are a few ideas:
- Also, when wearing leggings, put them on first before putting on the one-piece bathing suit.
- If anything, you can just save up and grab yourself an adorable bathing suit from CreationsBySavannah , Modli , Lilies Apparel or Modestly Yours Swimwear