Lately I’ve seen a lot moms of tween girls lamenting the limited choices for modest, age-appropriate swimwear. When my girls were younger, I could grab any old swimsuit at Target and it would be fine. But now that they’re getting older, I’m finding those thin, flimsy swimsuits aren’t up to the task of keeping our girls modest and comfortable so this summer I’m on the search for quality swimsuits that don’t break the bank.
I’ve had a few great discoveries, and I also put the question out on my Facebook page to get even more advice. I’ll compile all that information here, so if you’re also looking for good quality, modest swimwear, this post is for you! And feel free to leave your own tips in the comments. At this age, you may have to flop back and forth between the kids’ and juniors’ departments. Both my girls can still shop in the girls’ departments, and I’m keeping them there as long as I can!!!!
Where to find cute & modest swimwear for girls:
I lucked out and found a suit for my 11-year-old daughter on ThredUP (an online resale site) that was new with tags, and it’s a very nice suit — a fully lined tankini that is modest and cute.
I actually did well at Kohl’s this year, but they are hit or miss. I grabbed two swimsuits early in the season for my girls’ Easter baskets. One worked great and the other one, not so much. Ironically it was this cute one-piece that I chose for my older daughter, the 11-year-old, that worked out. It’s not too low cut in the chest area (often my complaint with one-piece suits) and it has a decent lining. Score!
Then just last week I also bought this one for my younger daughter, and she likes it a lot. She particularly likes the shorts that go over it; they are lightweight enough to swim in.
3. Lands’ End
Lands’ End has always been good to me in the swimsuit department. I find to be dependable, their suits are generally very well made, and they stand behind their products if you have any issues.
And right now, their swimwear (and coverups and water shoes and beach towels) are marked down 40% off!!!! Prices shown reflect the savings.
I just ordered this tankini for my 11-year-old.
Surprising, I know, but I’ve had a few people I trust tell me they did well at Justice for bathing suits. What I like is that some styles have extra thin removable liners for modesty in sizes 10 and up. YAY! There are a lot of tiny bikinis but also some cute tankinis like this one.
And today, online only, they have their swimwear marked an additional 20% off! (That’s in addition to their typical 40% off. Which is such a racket, butanyway.)
5. J.C. Penney
I haven’t shopped here in YEARS but I know they’re rebranding and I’ve heard a lot of good things. I’m definitely willing to give them a second look. You have to sort through all the bikinis in the juniors’ department, but they have some cute modest styles too.
6. Boston Store
Someone suggested this on my Facebook page. I admit, Boston Store is new to me, but they have some cute styles. Their juniors’ section looks awfully grown-up to me, but they have a kids’ section too.
7. Lime Ricki
This is another new one to me. These are more modest than most; that is their goal. They only carry women’s sizes, but if your daughter is on the larger side, they might work. They are also a bit more pricey than some, but again, it depends on your needs. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend a bit more, especially if you do a lot of swimming.
Again, you will have to sift through a lot of riff raff, but department stores often offer a large selection with a variety of styles and price points. Macy’s has some cute ones with shorts in their juniors’ department.
9. Garnet Hill
Garnet Hill also has cute styles that tend to be well made, and they are running a 30% off sale right now.
Again, these can be pricey, but if you shop their sales, you can do well. They’re also running a 30% off sale — on all Childrenswear!!
Those are my top picks for tweenage girls’ swimwear. I just ordered from Lands’ End because I’m familiar with their sizing and quality and their current sale prices are fantastic, but there are certainly lots here to choose from. Go forth and shop!