10 Modest Bathing Suits for Little Girls

10 Modest Bathing Suits for Little Girls

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10 Modest Bathing Suits for Little Girls

I’ve read a few articles, and the hundreds of comments that follow, about how difficult (some say “impossible” it is to find modest bathing suits for little girls. Other complaints are that even the baby and toddler suits are “sexualizing” our little ones, and that finding a suit that isn’t frilly, pink, sparkly, or otherwise overly “girly” is a huge challenge.  Personally, we have never experienced these issues, and have found great, age appropriate, full-coverage swimwear at Target (We also find great suits at Old Navy and through LL Bean and Lands End)

Avery and I ventured out to Target, to put this to the test, and we’re here to share our results!  Avery is 40inches tall with a 16 inch inseam. (All leg!) Her waist is tiny (she still fits into some 18m bottoms–in the waist) but being leggy, we often run into the issue of things being too short.  The first 5 bathing suits shown here are from the Girls section – sizes xs(4/5)–xl(14/16) (Avery is wearing the xs)  The last 5 are from the Baby & Toddler section, and she is wearing a size 4t

1. Sporty One Piece with Shorts

Sporty girls bathing suit with shortsThere were many things I liked about this suit! I loved the little cover-up shorts, and the fact that the one-piece suit offered full coverage on top and on the bottom. I was also drawn to this suit since I had one almost exactly like it when I was a kid!  Avery like this one because she thought she looked like a life guard!

2. Tankini Sparkle Pineapple

Pineapple Tankini Cat and Jack bathing suitThis tankini obviously doesn’t cover as much as the other suits, but I thought it was a good compromise for those who really want a bikini, but want more coverage.

3. Girls’ Bikini With Rashguard

Rash Guard Tropical GirlsAvery and I both loved this suit.  The bottoms are a full coverage brief, and the rashguard is great for sun protection!  Depending on your daughter’s age/development, you can wear the bikini top under the rashguard if needed for additional coverage, or just wear the rashguard on it’s own.

4. Love Tie Dye Bikini And Rashguard

Love Tie Dye Bikini and Rash guard setThis was a cute suit! I’m a big fan of tie dye, and I loved the color of this one  The bottoms aren’t as full as some of the  others but they still covered Avery well.

5. Sunset Palm Bikini and Rashguard Set

Sunset Palm Bikini Rashguard setThis suit was our favorite of the big girl swimsuits! Avery loved the surfer style of the rashguard, and the “boy shorts” The bikini top fit well and covered very well for a bikini (It was more like a sports bra) and it was clear that it would stay-put.

Now on to the Toddler/Little girl suits…

6. Polka Dot Halter One Piece Swimsuit

Polka Dot one piece halter swimsuitThis swimsuit is adorable. Avery loved that it looked like a Minnie Mouse suit, and I loved that the bottom was cut to offer really great bum coverage. On Avery it looks a bit like an old-timey suit, since her torso is so short, the bottom is almost like a boy-short cut.

7. 2-Piece Stars & Stripes Rash Guard Set

Stars and Stripes two-pieceI loved this suit! The top, with it’s long sleeves, it great for sun-protection, and the bottoms offered great coverage!

8. Sun Is Shining Long Sleeved rashguard set

Sun Is Shining Rashguard setAvery was a big fan of this bathing suit because it was pink and purple.  I loved the long sleeves and UPF 50+ sun protection!

9. One Piece Rash Guard

one piece rashguardWe both loved this little Cat & Jack number! Unfortunately, they only had a 3t, so we had to pass as it was a bit too small. But, even a size too small, it offered good coverage.  It was a bit high-cut, but in a 4t it would have been perfect.

10. Hello Summer Short Sleeve Rash Guard and Bottoms Set

Hello Summer rash guard setThis was my absolute favorite of all the toddler swimsuits she tried on. I LOVE the boy shorts, and the on-trend colors! Avery loved the fit and colors as well! I just wish it were long sleeved!

And here are two bonus suits! These are the two that Avery actually chose for herself

Tankini Set with Flounce Bottom

Little girls Tankini with Flounce Botton

Stripe Skirted One Piece Swimsuit

Striped one piece swimsuit

Keep in mind, that this is just my personal opinion of what is “modest” you may be looking for even more coverage than than we are. And, of course, girls of different sizes and shapes will fit in these bathing suits differently. And we were just shopping for little girls, and know it can be different for older girls. But, we think these suits are a great start for those looking for more modest bathing suits for little girls!

Another thing to note, is that most of these suits are Cat & Jack brand. Those suits are made to last, and they guarantee it! If your Cat & Jack product doesn’t hold up, you can return it–up to a full year from the time of purchase (with receipt)

What do you think of our choices for Modest Bathing Suits for Little Girls?  Which one do you like the best? Where do you have the best luck with swimsuits?


  1. Jen Y says:

    I love the tankini set with flounce bottoms. And $11.99??? Sophia does not need another bathing suit BUT…..

  2. Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    Thanks for the tips for buying modest swimwear for little girls. My daughter is learning to swim soon, and I want her to have a modest suit to wear. The one piece with shorts is the best is definitely what I’m leaning toward.

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