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From Bodysuits to Burkinis: The 21 Best Modest Swimsuits for the Summer

Photo: Courtesy Hadia Ghaleb

It’s that time of the year again. As the mercury continues to rise, your calendar for the next few months is likely to include many more plans that focus on cooling off, be it with beach visits or dips in the pool. And while summer may translate to ‘bikini season’ for many, there’s something to be said about the appeal of a modest swimsuit. Offering the perfect amount of coverage, modest swimwear pieces come in a myriad of colors, patterns and cuts, ensuring that their wearer can enjoy the best of the summer without having to feel uncomfortable in their skin. As we gear up for our summer breaks, Vogue Arabia chalks out the best modest swimsuits available right now, from classic one-pieces to higher coverage numbers.

The best swimwear for light coverage this summer

Fancy a one-piece that allows ease of movement and also looks cool? Look no further than Cover Swim’s black turtleneck piece, or Summersault’s two-toned blue number, which features a high neck and thicker sleeves than basic cuts. Norma Kamali’s ruffled swimsuit is ideal for extra leg coverage, while Mary Katrantzou and La Double J’s playfully printed creations effortlessly cover the shoulders for especially hot days.

Light coverage: Norma Kamali, AED 923

The best bodysuits for medium coverage this summer

If you’re looking for a tad more coverage this summer, swimsuits with shorts-style bottoms are a must-have. Cases in point: Cynthia Rowley’s floral blue piece, which extends over the thighs, and Stockholm Surfboard’s all-black bodysuit, a versatile number you can keep coming back to. For complete arm coverage, Emilia Wickstead, Duskii and Mara Hoffman have some great picks, each in a print more exciting than the other.

Medium coverage: Cynthia Rowley, AED 873

The best burkinis for full coverage this summer

Hadi Ghaleb’s latest poolside line, featuring wraps and burkinis, is ideal for the woman who loves vibrant hues, but that’s not where the options end for modest swimwear. Look to Nike and Adidas for classic tunic and legging combinations in solid hues, or stir things up a bit with Lanuuk’s swim pieces, accentuated with feminine ruffle details. Lyra and Munamer add a modern twist to modest swimwear with exotic prints and zips, while Shelline’s pistachio green piece makes the perfect pick for the pastel lover.

Full coverage: Hadia Ghaleb, AED 699

Below, take a closer look at the best modest swimwear on Vogue Arabia’s list

Light coverage: Mary Katrantzou, AED 1,730

Light coverage: Cover Swim, AED 850

Light coverage: Ganni, AED 656

Light coverage: La Double J, AED 1,502

Light coverage: Summersault, AED 420

Medium coverage: Duskii, AED 588

Medium coverage: Stockholm Surfboard, AED 1,934

Medium coverage: Emilia Wickstead, AED 1,419

Medium coverage: Mara Hoffman, AED 895

Medium coverage: Balenciaga, AED 2,260

Medium coverage: Marysia, AED 1,379

Medium coverage: The Upside, AED 963

Full coverage: Shelline, AED 624

Full coverage: Lyra, AED 390

Full coverage: Nike, AED 500

Full coverage: Lanuuk, AED 414

Full coverage: Adidas, AED 550

Full coverage: Munamer, AED 652

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