Swimwear for the modest woman

This week is my start to get back in shape week. Back to the gym, set up physiotherapy and start up at the pool. I joked on FB that it’s time to get out the shvimkleid. You know, those long sleeved and beskirted full cover swimsuits. I don’t own one, nor do I wish to. When I swim I will be swimming at my gym during ladies only swim times. Some women are strict even at such times, and will be covered head to toe and then some. If I am in the pool, and the lifeguard is female, and the other swimmers are female, I personally don’t feel the need to cover up. My black one piece is fine.

Will I cover my hair in the pool? If I do, it will be so that the chlorine doesn’t destroy the color.

Is there a need, in your opinion, to cover up in front of other women?

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  1. In general, I think modesty should apply around other women. Otherwise it takes on a focus of “don’t let the men sin” that I find really abhorrent. But I would make an exception for swimming because it’s not practical to get in the water in a full-length dress.

  2. sheldan says:

    I don’t really have a picture of the women who would be literally covered head to toe. I am sure that some women do, and that is their right. As usual, as long as they don’t impose their chumra on someone who doesn’t observe the chumra, there’s no problem.

    I realize that this might not be the best type of post for me to participate, so please forgive me if I’ve offended anyone.

    In my opinion, you should do what is comfortable for you and you do not have to cover up for other women.

  3. Nechama Leibowitz says:

    Cover up, having been to the gym, takes on a whole new meaning than it did before I used to go to a gym. Yes, there is a need to not walk around butt naked in front of other women but no, there is zero need to cover your hair in front of another woman in an all women environment.

  4. batya from NJ says:

    I agree that there is no need to cover one’s hair in front of other women & I also wouldn’t feel the need to wear the hydrochic modest-type swimwear in an all-women’s pool. There is nothing wrong with a regular bathing suit IMHO when swimming together with only women. Of course, there are women who always cover their hair so that even the walls of the house never see their hair & to them I say, Kol Hakavod but it’s really not my understanding of what is Halachically necessary & since I am not a fan of excessive Chumras, I personally don’t see a need to keep my hair covered at all times but to each his (or rather her ;)) own!!

  5. shilohmuse says:

    Our local pool, which only has separate hours, is outdoors and open only 3 months a year. I need to cover up because of the strong sun. Pool chemicals aren’t good for the hair at all.

  6. postpunkchronicles says:

    I am kind of a modest person (not just Tnuis modest) and I probably wouldn’t feel comfortable in a regular bathing suit simply b/c I’m not used to wearing it. It would feel really weird to me. Maybe I’d get used to it with time, I don’t know.That said I don’t care one way or the other so long as a women isn’t trying to go overboard and look “better” than all the other women by showing off her figure/looks/hair in order to feel superior–which sadly OFTEN happens between women.

  7. Lisa says:

    Do you have any links to places selling modest swimwear?

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