August 7, 2019

Modest Swimwear for Women – How to Dress at the Beach?

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Like most people, summer has always been my favourite time of the year. My favourite place to spend summer was at the beach, where I would spend endless hours soaking up the sun, lounging by the pool and swimming. For me, this was my idea of heaven. One of my worries during my first summer as a hijabi was where I would find modest swimwear for women that is both stylish and functional. The key is to find a good quality stylish burkini and to accessorise it. Here are my tips on how to stay modest yet fashionable on the beach…

…Pick the perfect burkini.

Picking the perfect burkini can be a daunting task. In the past, there was not much choice but now many online Islamic retailers offer fashionable Islamic swimwear. When choosing a burkini don’t be afraid to experiment with picking colours, patterns and shapes to develop your own unique style. Its is important to remember that when choosing a burkini your goal is coverage so make sure that the burkini is a good fit before you commit to the product. It is also recommended to pick stretchier, more flexible material that won’t absorb too much water and dries quickly.


Like with any outfit its important to accessorise to develop your own unique style and a burkini is no different.
A popular trend at the moment is wearing a beach kaftan or kimono over a plain black burkini. The advantage of sporting this style is that you can invest in a high-quality black burkini which is timeless and just update your style each summer with a new printed kaftan or kimono.

An alternative to this is wrapping a shawl over the burkini for a pop of colour and extra coverage, very handy to have on hand to cover up when coming out of the water and the burkini stick to your body.

Finally pair your burkini with your favourite beach bag, sun hat and sunglasses.

Where to shop?

It can be really hard to find shops that sell burkinis depending on where you live especially if you live in a non-muslim country. It also can be time-consuming browsing the internet to find the retailer that meets your needs. So here is a list of the best places to buy burkinis

1. Modanisa

Our favourite place to shop for burkinis has to be Modanisa, the Turkish online clothing giant. This is because they have such a wide range of products from multiple established Turkish brands and up and coming designers. You can choose from plain timeless pieces, chic patterns or sporty designs.

They also have a variety of fits and styles from loose-fitting balloon and bell sleeves to a standard fit for the burkini tunic.

Modanisa swimwear

Shop burkini’s at Modanisa here


LYRA is a revolutionary brand that was born in London in 2016 out of a woman’s frustration of not being able to find a suitable way to look fashionable yet cover at the beach. Ikram Zein the founder of Lyra complained of having to wear leggings and baggy tops to avoid wearing a burkini she didn’t feel comfortable in. She spent a year doing her research to find out what women wanted in a burkini and through all her hard work created this extremely stylish brand we love.

LYRA’s brand is all about style through subtly, using a neutral colour palette with the occasional inset prints, It’s signatures are piped detailing and smart design details that offer coverage, like sleek turtlenecks and detachable skirts.


Lyra Sofia

Shop burkini’s at LYRA

3. Mayovera

If you’re looking for a vibrant style and a variety of fits to choose from we recommend Mayovera. Mayovera is is a Turkish brand that prides its self for topping the Muslim swimwear market by its revolutionary designs.

Mayovera has changed the game by experimenting with different shapes and fits in chic patterned fabric to give women a variety of choice to find their own style. Mayovera takes direct orders on their website but also stock their items at other outlets such as Modanisa.

Shop burkini’s at Mayovera


MADAMME BK Paris was founded in 2011 by designer Vanessa Lourenco after witnessing a need for covered swimsuits in her entourage. A fashion graduate of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne she decided to put her skills to good use to create an Haute Couture swimsuit for the elegant Muslim woman. Her brand is fresh and sophisticated with an Eastern- wEstern Fusion concept that appeals to the contemporary hijabi woman.

MADAMME BK prides its self on delivering originality with a focus on comfort, luxury and most purposefully modesty.

Shop burkinis at MADAMME BK

5. Amazon

If you are in a hurry and have a more conservative budget Amazon as always has the answer! Amazon stock a range of suitable fully covered and half covered swimsuits. Amazon is a great place to shop for convenience and quality and you can rest assured that you will receive exceptional customer service in the case of any refunds.

The best thing though is Amazon Prime, if you have a holiday booked and still don’t have the right swimsuit, Amazon will solve your problem! Here are our favourite picks from Amazon…

Remember when choosing a burkini…

  • Decide on what look you’re going for, get ideas by following hijabi bloggers before you shop.
  • Pick a fit that complements your figure but is loose enough for modesty.
  • Pick a stretchy more flexible, lightweight fabric to avoid soaking up too much water.
  • Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize!


    Whats are your top tips to how to dress for the beach? Leave a comment below…


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