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Mormon Culture: Modesty and Bikinis

Here’s a message I got the other day from a friend: “I just really don’t understand why my midriff causes so much uproar from other people. It’s like my belly button is somehow so much more inappropriate or sexual than some guy’s belly button.”

What do you think of that? I personally don’t think there’s anything sexy about a bellybutton, but maybe other people do? Comment and let me know so I can get the facts straight.

Scott Gordon, the President of FairMormon, a non-profit “dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief and practice,” told me in an email, “Bare midriff for men or women is the same.” In regards to modesty, he said, “I think you are correct to note that the focus on modesty seems to be our young women. One can argue that is because they have the most difficulties with it, but I suspect much comes from cultural bias.”

About a year ago, I read an article by an LDS mother who said teaching modesty is sometimes done in a way that’s harmful. And recently I read one called “Stop Teaching Your Daughter to be Modest” by Baily Suzio.

In Suzio’s article, she said “Measuring skirt length and tank top straps will not free girls from being objects of lust but it will make them self-conscious.”

She goes on to say “causing them to want to hide their bodies and to blame themselves for another’s sin, that is not honoring the image of God in each and every woman.” This comment comes from the idea that women who dress revealingly cause men to sin in their thoughts or actions. And it’s a problem that society — and people in the church — use as reason to tell young women to dress a certain way.

Editorial moment by me: If a woman is dressed in something “revealing,” she is not asking to be raped. And men who use a woman’s dress as an excuse for raping her need to spend time in prison. So society, do not teach your boys that women are the problem. Teach your boys to respect women no matter what they wear.

Back to non-opinon …

While the teaching to be modest has been in the For the Strength of Youth since it was first introduced, with different times and fads, the church has modified the dress standards in the pamphlet. You can read the differences over the years in the links below:

  • Here’s the current version of the For the Strength of Youth
  • Here’s the 2012 version of the For the Strength of Youth
  • Here’s the 1990 version of the For the Strength of Youth
  • Here’s the 1972 version of the For the Strength of Youth
  • Here’s the 1965 version of the For the Strength of Youth

An interesting change that’s happened over time is the reference of swim suits in the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. The early versions didn’t mention swim suits, but the 1972 version says not to wear bathing suits that show a bare midriff. But the 1990 version doesn’t mention it. The 1990 version mentions that you shouldn’t wear an immodest bathing suit, but doesn’t specify what that means. The 2001 and 2012 versions don’t even mention swim suits. So which “rule” are people to follow when it comes to swim suits? I guess we have to figure it out on our own.

But just a story first. I was with some people and someone we knew posted a photo of herself kayaking with friends, and she was wearing a bikini. Someone who I was with said something like, “Oh, but she was such a good missionary.” Last time I checked, wearing a bikini doesn’t mean you were a bad missionary, and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. I think people are  too often too quick to judge people’s righteousness on what people are wearing. Is that okay?

The For the Strength of Youth says the following of modesty: “Prophets of God have continually counseled His children to dress modestly. When you are well groomed and modestly dressed, you invite the companionship of the Spirit and you can be a good influence on others. Your dress and grooming influence the way you and others act.”

Scholar Rosemary Avance did a study on the interpretation of modesty in the LDS church. She says the body has been sexualized, and so modesty is sometimes seen as “tool for aiding in the control of lustful desires.” She then says that this thought leads immodesty to be treated as a “sexual, female sin,” which makes women responsible for the purity of both women and men.

In a New Era article from 2006, nothing is mentioned of the young men’s dress; however, the authors say the following to young women: “As you dress and behave modestly, you can have a great impact on young men. Your modest actions and dress will help them control their thoughts and focus on virtue and that which is wholesome.”

Now, I want you to consider this question. Is it okay to tell women that they are at fault if men can’t “control their thoughts”? Just saying.

On the other hand, Avance makes an interesting point: that in saying this, church members are also saying men don’t have the ability to exercise self-control. So not only are we blaming women if a man can’t control his thoughts, but we are also saying men aren’t able to exert self-control. Is that a good thing?

Yes, the church has always counseled people to dress modestly, but the way each person chooses to dress modestly is their choice, and it’s not anyone’s place to judge how someone chooses to dress modestly.

Some questions to consider

  • Do I judge people on what they wear rather focusing on who they are?
  • Am I teaching about modesty in a way that’s about respecting our bodies or in a way that makes people feel ashamed of their bodies?

another opinon

After telling my friend about this Mormon culture blog I was writing, he sent me a Facebook post written by a member of the church. It had over 12,000 reactions, over 9,000 shares, and over 1,800 comments. As you read it, remember that it doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, but it might make you ask yourself some new questions about how you assess modesty and judge others.

 

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Bikini begone: What modesty at the beach means for Mormons, Muslims, Orthodox Jews, nuns and more

Summer is in full swing. For many of us, that means trips to the pool or the beach to cool off from the summer sun. So what are the options for people — women in particular — whose religion dictates modest dress? Deciding what to wear in the water as a conservative or plain clothes dresser varies by religion, and among individuals within a faith. Here are some of the general rules and practices of some major faiths.

Mormons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides guidelines regarding swimwear in an official document, "Handbook 2: Administering the Church," available on the church website. According to the Utah-based faith, adult Mormons are required to wear special garments, a type of underwear that covers the shoulders and upper thigh, once they participate in sacred ordinances in an LDS temple. However, Section 21.1.42 of "Handbook 2" states that the garments may be removed for swimming. Nevertheless, Mormon women are encouraged to buy swimsuits that uphold the church's general standard of modesty. While this does not mean their suits have to cover as much as the garments would, they generally are expected to cover midriffs and to wear bottoms with sufficient coverage. This allows Mormon women, if they so choose, to wear fairly modern one-piece suits and tankinis. Some unofficial LDS sites, such as LDS Living, publish swimwear guides to help girls find fashionable, modest suits.

Catholic nuns

Regulations for nuns' swimwear are far from universal. According to Sister Lorraine from Ask a Catholic Nun, a social media-based forum run by the Daughters of St. Paul, some cloistered nuns never swim at all, while those of other orders may choose to wear fairly modern suits. Although popular culture typically depicts nuns wearing traditional, veiled habits in their day-to-day lives, many no longer do so. As a blog post on the website of A Nun's Life Ministry explains, a "habit" is technically a "clothing characteristic of a group." In this case, their habit is general modesty to discourage their bodies' being seen as sexual objects. "We would dress in a way that would create a climate favorable to chastity," Sister Lorraine wrote. "What that would entail in a particular case would be up to the good judgment of each sister."

Muslims

Burkinis, full-coverage bathing suits, made headlines last summer (and again recently) when they were banned from some beaches in France. This type of suit, however, is an option for Muslim women who want to swim in public while maintaining their standards of dress, short of swimming fully clothed (including veil). Leaving only the face, hands and feet uncovered, the burkini doesn't provide as much coverage as the many types of head coverings that Muslim women generally wear after puberty. But it conceals the hair in the same way a hijab, or headscarf, would. Burkinis may be some of the most conservative bathing suits, but that doesn't mean they can't look trendy. Shops such as Adabkini offer burkinis and semicovered suits in a variety of colors and styles. Mahei Fatourade started the swimwear store Adabkini in 2014 after noticing fashion-forward burkinis in Turkey. He saw the demand right away, as his sales went up by 300 percent in the first year. "Still, it's growing," he said. "There's a huge market."

Amish and Mennonites

While not all Mennonites avoid modern inventions as the Amish do, members of both these Anabaptist Christian groups are typically expected to partake in "plain dress," which for women includes wearing long, basic dresses and head coverings for modesty. According to Steven Nolt, a professor of Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, most of these groups "discourage or completely prohibit mixed-gender swimming." For this reason, they will often swim in more secluded places as opposed to public beaches. Lucinda Miller, a member of a conservative Mennonite group in Wisconsin, explained that it doesn't matter what she wears in a women-only group. "People might wear a suit and some people might wear shorts and tops or whatever," she said. "There's quite a bit of variety." Also, Nolt said, young children are able to wear more modern swimwear, as they are not yet official members of the church. Older Amish teenagers have more freedom in what they wear too, during the period of rumspringa. Depending on the region and the specific group, Nolt said, families will sometimes go to the beach but not necessarily swim. In this case, he's seen women wear their full-length dresses and men wear short-sleeved, button-down shirts.

Orthodox Jews

While some Orthodox movements such as the Hasidim are more conservative than others, Jewish law, or halakhah, generally requires a female's collarbones, elbows and knees to be covered. A swimwear company catering to these needs, Aqua Modesta, was founded over a decade ago by designer Regine Monavar Omid Tessone, to make halachic bathing suits out of breathable material that dried quickly, like a regular bathing suit. Her company sells swim dresses and swim sets ranging from a girls size 6 to a women's size 20.

"The idea of the line is to create more modesty," she said. "Once this modest swimwear came out, there was no more excuse [to wear revealing suits]."

In this Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 photo, Muslim women bathe in the Mediterranean sea in Tel Aviv, Israel. France's burkini controversy is boosting the bottom line for Israeli makers of modest swimwear. Israel, home to large populations of conservative Jewish and Muslim women, has cultivated a local industry of modest swimsuits, and the full-body outfits that have caused uproar in France have been a common sight on Israeli beaches for several years. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

In this Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 photo, Muslim women stand at a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. France's burkini controversy is boosting the bottom line for Israeli makers of modest swimwear. Israel, home to large populations of conservative Jewish and Muslim women, has cultivated a local industry of modest swimsuits, and the full-body outfits that have caused uproar in France have been a common sight on Israeli beaches for several years. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

This photo provided by Lands' End shows the Lands’ End women’s slender tunic swimsuit. For those looking for the right swimsuit shopping experience that includes more size options, versions under $100 and generous return policies, there are plenty of stylish choices. (Colette DeBarro/Lands' End via AP)

This photo provided by Lands' End shows the Lands’ End Beach Living squareneck underwire top and swim mini. For those looking for the right swimsuit shopping experience that includes more size options, versions under $100 and generous return policies, there are plenty of stylish choices. (Danilo Hess/Lands' End via AP)

This photo provided by Lands' End shows a pink bikini from the Lands’ End Sea & Sky collection. For those looking for the right swimsuit shopping experience that includes more size options, versions under $100 and generous return policies, there are plenty of stylish choices. (Will Davidson/Lands' End via AP)

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“Choose the Right in Swim Wear,” New Era, Apr. 1983, 20

We’ve come a long way since the heavy, shapeless, wool serge swimsuits and knit bloomers of the 1900s. But just as a pendulum swings from one extreme to another, swimsuit styles have gone to extreme when you consider the new wave of skimpy suits featured in fashion and news magazines. Bikinis, super-thin knit and string suits, cutouts, and netting are especially immodest. It’s time to assert your fashion independence and choose what’s right for you, your figure, and your standards of modesty.

As I scouted the swimsuits in department stores, I was delighted to discover that stores are well stocked with fashionable yet modest suits. For the best selection, you’ll have to buy early. You may, however, wish to wait until the end-of-season sales for a better dollar value. Since suit styles vary only slightly each season, they are not likely to go quickly out-of-date. In recent years suits have gone on sale in time for the summer sun.

In selecting a suit, be sure you take the time to try it on, since most suits are not returnable. (It’s rough to get home and discover you’ve got a suit that would better fit your 10-year-old sister.) Swimsuits must be tried on over underclothing, which may interfere with the style of the suit or create bumpy lines. Just remember, those lines will be eliminated; then summon your courage and view yourself in the mirror—from all angles—to ensure an appropriate and attractive appearance. Consider the suit for the freedom of movement it allows; comfort; and a flattering, modest fit.

Freedom of Movement

Unless you won’t be swimming in anything larger than a bathtub, a swimsuit must allow you to move freely, without the worry of ripping a seam or slipping a strap. I recall the pure panic on the face of one fellow when he was informed by another that he had split the back seam of his suit. His 100-yard dash for the nearest towel set new records on the sands of Long Beach!

Serious swimmers need a streamlined, snug-fitting suit. For speed and action, knitted fabrics, such as stretch nylon with spandex, or woven blends of cotton combined with stretch synthetics are best. The trick here is finding a suit that’s not too thin and revealing. Suits made from cotton or cotton-polyester blends are also available, but they allow less action.

Suit yourself for action in swim wear that is lightweight and without bulk. Fabrics that absorb water will only weigh you down. Durable construction, with reinforced or double-stitched seams at points of strain, will increase the strength of the suit as well as your confidence when wearing it.

Comfort and a Flattering, Modest Fit

Whether worn to sun or swim, your suit must be comfortable. Fabrics should not shrink or they will pull and bind. During that try-on session, be sure you bend, sit, and move your neck, arms, and legs to check the comfort. Halter tops and crisscross or tight-fitting straps can create a strain on the neck and shoulders. Quick-drying suits will increase your comfort when out of the water.

A loose-fitting suit is more modest than a snug-fitting style. Swimsuits for girls may be “unconstructed” in the bodice area such as the popular maillot (pronounced “my-Yo”) and depend on the fabric for figure control. The snug-fitting tank styles fit like a second skin and should be limited to competitive swimming.

“Constructed” suits for the gals are designed with darts or seams and offer figure control in the bodice. Girls will want to look for tops lined with nylon or a soft, fiber-filled or bonded fabric that will give the swimsuit extra body and shape. Underwire styles are also available in many styles and come in all sizes to give added support and comfort. Constructed suits come in a variety of styles for a variety of figures and include the loose-fitting blouson and camisole styles, sheath and draped designs, strapped bandeau styles, dressmaker suits, and skirted swim dresses. The choice is yours.

Swimsuits will retain and return to their original shape and wear longer when fully lined. Men’s suits are generally more comfortable with a lining and worn with support. If the suit is white, it’s a must to be lined. It can come as a shock when you come from a swim and discover that your unlined white suit has become totally transparent when wet.

Whether you sink or swim, it’s well worth your time to shop around until you find a suit that covers you modestly. Attention to color, texture, line, and design can help you create the effect you’d like.

Darker and duller colors absorb the light and appear to recede, so darker swimsuits will cause the torso to appear somewhat smaller. Lighter and brighter colors reflect the light and appear to advance, so light-colored suits will cause the torso to appear larger. You can use these color principles to your advantage by choosing a suit that will either accentuate or minimize areas to achieve a more balanced-looking figure.

Small, all-over prints tend to accentuate less than suits of a solid color. Large, bold prints will generally make a large figure appear even larger. Since border prints can call attention to and increase the apparent size of the area where they are placed, they are not a good choice to encircle a wide waist or large hips. But they may be a terrific choice for smaller girls.

Medium weight jersey knits are less revealing than thin knits, and nonknits should be noncling for a flattering fit. Slightly thicker, soft and nubby fabrics or velours increase apparent size and are a good choice to fill out a thin figure or to balance a thin torso and heavy legs.

For girls with thin figures, shop for suits that drape or pleat and feature shirring, gathers, tucks, or ruffles, possibly in a bold print or wide horizontal stripes.

For girls with heavier figures, avoid thin “spaghetti” straps, which cannot provide proper support. Shop instead for constructed suits with a center panel or a skirt that is slightly flared at center front or that falls close to the hips all the way around. Decorative details which direct attention up to the face—such as vertical piping, slightly higher necklines, vertical or diagonal stripes, and small, all-over prints or solid colors—are good choices for a flattering fit.

Swimsuit legs should cover you well. The elastic in the legs should fit snugly but not tight, or it will cut into the thighs and create bulges where you don’t want them. The current trend toward high-cut, French-leg styles can go too far; they are neither modest nor flattering to most figures. Loose, little-boy-leg styles are slightly longer than average and may be a good choice for girls with heavy legs.

Swimsuit styles for the fellows are becoming more subtle. They’re finally getting away from the second-skin look, and we have surfers to thank for that. Bikinis for boys are always a poor choice, and while knitted and fitted stretch racing suits offer streamlined comfort, they’re only for competition. Bermuda-length and boxer trunks offer a fashionable look that’s functional too. You get the freedom of movement and comfort with a more conservative cut. They may be found in colorful cotton or cotton blends; in prints or solid colors; and with elastic, lace-tied, banded, or belted waistlines. The bermuda-length legs offer protection when waterskiing and surfing. For the nostalgia buff, there’s an updated version of the tank suit of the 1890s. While it covers, it also clings and is only for the slim and trim.

Longer Wear with Care

Good care leads to longer wear, and swimsuits are no exception. While you want to select a suit that keeps its finish; is colorfast; is not faded by sun, salt water, or chlorine; and is not ruined by suntan lotion, your swimsuit is bound to take a beating. (Salt and chlorine are both bleaching agents and will damage the fabric if left in the suit.)

After each wearing, wash your suit by hand or on a gentle machine cycle, in cool or cold water, and with a mild detergent. Avoid hot water and machine drying or the suit may shrink. Towel dry and hang or lay your suit flat to dry.

If you spend a lot of your days in the sun and the surf, it’s a good idea to own two suits and rotate them, allowing them to air and regain their original shape. With proper care, you can expect a good suit to last three to four seasons.

After-swim Cover-ups

While swimsuits are the appropriate attire for swimming, they are not generally appropriate for out-of-water activities. A former student of mine related feeling fine and perfectly modest while swimming in a pool at a party. But later, when seated inside the house for a casual supper, she felt uncomfortable and immodest and she wished for something fun to put on as a cover-up. For those after-swim occasions, a cover-up is not only fashionably modest, but it may be needed for warmth or for protection from the sun, sand, or wind. It will also add to your comfort for lunch or for lounging when you are unable to change back into regular clothing. Quick and slide-on simple is the key to clever cover-ups.

Terry cloth—absorbent and easy care, either heavy or lightweight, and stable or stretchy—may be used for marvelous beach coats, ponchos, caftans, and hooded robes. Long T-shirt shifts offer a lightweight and unconfining yet total cover-up. Velour robes offer you the feeling of absolute luxury, and you can make your own for a more affordable price. For a sportier look and greater warmth, sweat tops with a drawstring hood and waist, paired with pull-on sweat pants, are traditional standbys. You can easily buy or make your own if you like. Tunics are terrific cover-ups and do double duty for nonswim occasions.

Super-sized, sarong-tied scarves offer protection with pizzazz. Girls can shop for a store-bought scarf or buy a beautiful, boldly printed piece of fabric and fashion their own. Tie the scarf at your hips or your shoulders and arrange it in a soft, diagonal drape. They’re easy to pack or carry when folded flat and tucked in a beach bag.

A young man’s swim wear may be coordinated with trunks and a matching shirt; safari jacket; cotton knit, crew neck sweater; zip-front jacket; or bomber vest. But don’t leave the fellows out of the fashion scene, for they can look and feel terrific in a handcrafted caftan just as easily as the girls.

For both fellows and gals, selecting swim wear that’s right for you is essential. Take the time to make sure you choose the right as you look forward to fun in the sun.

Points to Remember

  • By choosing carefully you can be both modest and fashionable.

  • Try it on. Make sure you can move freely and that the fit is flattering and modest.

  • Select materials that do not absorb water yet are not too thin or revealing.

  • Select prints, colors, and decorative details that flatter you.

  • Good care of your suit leads to longer wear.

  • Take along a cover-up for after-swim occasions or for walking to and from the pool or beach.

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Mormon Clothing Modesty Opinions - 3 Mormons

Swimwear for women has a type of myth surrounding it in the LDS culture — what is and is not modest is a common question.

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Ultimately, Church handbooks should be read and followed and everyone should decide individually what type of swimwear to wear, but the BYU public contains mixed feelings about this semi-hot button issue.

While answers to the question of which bathing suits for women are modest and which ones are not are subjective, they provide interesting points of view which add to the range of varied opinions on campus.

According to the Church’s Web site, people are counseled to dress modesty to show respect to themselves and to God.

“The way you dress sends messages about yourself to others and often influences the way you and others act; you should dress in such a way as to bring out the best in yourself and those around you,” the website states.

Page eight of “For the Strength of Youth” also warns against immodest dressing.

“If you wear an immodest bathing suit because it’s ‘the style,’ it sends a message that you are using your body to get attention and approval, and that modesty is not important,” the pamphlet says.

According to the booklet, immodest clothing for women includes short shorts, tight pants, off-the-shoulder, low-cut and revealing clothes.

Extremes in clothing, appearance and behavior are also listed as immodest.

“Modesty is an attitude of propriety and decency in dress, grooming, language and behavior,” the Church says. “If we are modest, we do not draw undue attention to ourselves. Instead we seek to ‘glorify God in [our] body, and in [our] spirit (1 Corinthians 6:20).’”

Scott Wall, a sophomore majoring in business, said he doesn’t have a problem with women wearing bikinis.

“The girl should wear what she is most comfortable wearing,” he said. “There is a point when women’s bathing suits are too extreme, however. Women need find their own line of appropriateness when it comes to swimsuits.”

Elinor Wood, an open major at BYU, has an opinion similar to Wall’s.

“Deciding what bathing suit to wear is a personal choice,” she said. “I am OK with wearing tankinis and most one pieces, but I know a lot of guys who get uncomfortable with girls wearing revealing swim suits.”

Wood said she is not concerned with women who wear two pieces, but would never wear one herself.

“I don’t feel comfortable,” she said. “I know a lot of people who say it’s not a big deal to see girls wearing bikinis. People see it so frequently and so often, they just don’t care.”

Wood said she does not look down on girls for wearing two piece bathing suits; rather she is impressed with their boldness.

Being a Church member, there is a definite level of responsibility when it comes to modesty, Wood said.

“It’s important to recognize the standards,” she said. “It’s more important to stick to these standards. Just because friends are wearing immodest swim suits, doesn’t mean you have to.”

Wood said she thinks women justify wearing revealing bathing suits too often.

“The standards are there for a reason,” she said. “Girls might not think it’s a big deal, but guys think differently about modesty, even if they don’t admit it. It’s important to be seen for more than what you look or dress like. One of the reasons the standards exist is to keep women from becoming ‘commoditized.’”

Wayne Iu, a marketing major, said women should not be too extreme in their bathing suit choices.

“Your body needs to be covered,” he said. “However, some people say ‘you can’t wear this or that,’ and that is not necessarily true. God gives everyone agency to choose.”

Iu said he likes fashion and apparel, but said not every trend should be adopted.

“Some trends aren’t bad to follow,” he said. “But, there are some that need to be avoided. Bathing suit choices should be the individual girl’s judgment. She should ignore what people think about her and focus on how she feels about herself.”

While Iu said he thinks women should cover their bodies, he said he doesn’t feel uncomfortable around women who wear bikinis.

“The thing that is awkward is seeing a bunch of guys stare at girls in bikinis,” he said. “I realize this is common, even when girls are not wearing swim suits and are just wearing their street clothes guys stare at them, it’s natural.”

Buffie Chau, a civil engineering major, agrees with Wood on the bathing suit issue.

“I personally feel uncomfortable in bikinis and only wear one pieces,” she said. “I feel modest that way. I don’t like showing off my body.”

Chau said she thinks this issue is about free agency.

“We are given guidelines and follow them to our discretion,” she said. “If girls feel like they are being modest wearing bikinis, then that’s their decision.”

Chau said she knows guys who get uncomfortable when they see women in bikinis.

“Some guys freak out,” she said. “It really differs among people though. It’s relative to their experiences and the climate they grew up in. If you didn’t grow up in the Church, it’s likely you aren’t as uncomfortable with this issue. People who grew up around beaches are used to seeing people in bikinis, so they are more lax about their opinion.”

Courtney Anderson, a senior majoring in public health, said she feels comfortable wearing two-piece bathing suits.

“There are different types of people who wear these types of bathing suits,” she said. “There are people who wear bikinis who flaunt themselves to get attention and there are others who wear them because it is what they feel most comfortable in or just what is practical to swim in. I don’t like wearing bikinis to flaunt my body. I never walk around wearing only that, I always put on a cover-up or towel.”

Anderson said wearing a two-piece bathing suit is wrong when you have an immature attitude about it.

“It all depends on a person’s attitude about why they are wearing the suit,” she said. “We are expected to be modest, but modesty, unfortunately, means something different to everyone. I think you can still be modest and wear a two-piece. If you are married and you are with your husband, for instance, I don’t see a problem. If you are looking to attract people by the swim suit you wear, that is really shameful to God, not only because it detracts you from having the spirit, but because you are attracting people who only care about your outward appearance.”

To read more about what the Church says about modesty visit lds.org/study/topics/modesty.

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Standards lds swimsuit

How can I choose a modest swimming suit?

The Church encourages modesty in dress for all occasions, including swimming. The dilemma comes when people want pictures or measurements or definitions of exactly what is OK to wear. Since fashions change from place to place and time to time, this is not possible.

For example, several years ago Church guidelines said not to wear two-piece swimsuits. At that time, “two-piece swimsuits” meant bikinis, which are very revealing. Now fashion has changed, and some two-piece swimsuits are actually among the most modest swimsuits you can buy. They are better fitting and have longer tops that cover the torso. The bottoms come in more modest styles too. So the guideline not to wear a two-piece swimsuit is not as helpful as it once was, but the goal to dress modestly remains.

In sports, recreation, and all aspects of our lives, we need to practice the principle of modesty.

“Modesty is a gospel principle that applies to people of all cultures and ages. In fact, modesty is fundamental to being worthy of the Spirit. …

“… When we recognize our bodies as the gifts they are and when we understand the missions they help us fulfill, we protect and honor them by how we act and dress.

“In everyday living, immodest clothing such as short shorts, miniskirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire are not appropriate” (Robert D. Hales, “Modesty: Reverence for the Lord,” Ensign, Aug. 2008, 34–35).

Concerning modesty, it is best when we no longer ask, “How far can I go?” but rather, “How well can I follow gospel standards?”

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Bikini begone: How different religions deal with modesty at beaches, pools

Muslim models display burkini swimsuits at a shop in western Sydney on Aug. 19, 2016.

Summer is in full swing. For many of us, that means trips to the pool or beach to cool off from the summer sun. So what are the options for people — women in particular — whose religion dictates modest dress?

Deciding what to wear in the water as a conservative or plain clothes dresser varies by religion, and among individuals within a faith.

Here are some of the general rules and practices of some major faiths:

Mormons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides guidelines regarding swimwear in an official document, “Handbook 2: Administering the Church,” available on the church website. According to the church, adult Mormons are required to wear special garments, a type of underwear that covers the shoulders and upper thigh, at all times after their first temple visit. However, Section 21.1.42 of “Handbook 2” states that the garments may be removed for swimming. Nevertheless, Mormon women are encouraged to buy swimsuits that uphold the church’s general standard of modesty. While this does not mean their suits have to cover as much as the garments would, they are expected to cover midriffs and to wear bottoms with sufficient coverage. This allows Mormon women, if they so choose, to wear fairly modern one-piece suits and tankinis. Some LDS sites, such as LDS Living, publish swimwear guides to help girls find fashionable, modest suits.

Catholic nuns

Regulations for nuns’ swimwear are far from universal. According to Sister Lorraine from Ask a Catholic Nun, a social media-based forum run by the Daughters of St. Paul, some cloistered nuns never swim at all, while those of other orders may choose to wear fairly modern suits. Although popular culture typically depicts nuns wearing traditional, veiled habits in their day-to-day lives, many no longer do so. As a blog post on the website of A Nun’s Life Ministry explains, a “habit” is technically a “clothing characteristic of a group.” In this case, their habit is general modesty to discourage their bodies’ being seen as sexual objects. “We would dress in a way that would create a climate favorable to chastity,” Sister Lorraine wrote. “What that would entail in a particular case would be up to the good judgment of each sister.”

Muslims

Burkinis, full-coverage bathing suits, made headlines last summer (and again recently) when they were banned from some beaches in France. This type of suit, however, is an option for Muslim women who want to swim in public while maintaining their standards of dress, short of swimming fully clothed (including veil). Leaving only the face, hands and feet uncovered, the burkini doesn’t provide as much coverage as the many types of head coverings that Muslim women generally wear after puberty. But it conceals the hair in the same way a hijab, or headscarf, would. Burkinis may be some of the most conservative bathing suits, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look trendy. Shops such as Adabkini offer burkinis and semicovered suits in a variety of colors and styles. Mahei Fatourade started the swimwear store Adabkini in 2014 after noticing fashion-forward burkinis in Turkey. He saw the demand right away, as his sales went up by 300% in the first year. “Still, it’s growing,” he said. “There’s a huge market.”

Amish and Mennonites

While not all Mennonites avoid modern inventions as the Amish do, members of both these Anabaptist Christian groups are typically expected to partake in “plain dress,” which for women includes wearing long, basic dresses and head coverings for modesty. According to Steven Nolt, a professor of Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, most of these groups “discourage or completely prohibit mixed-gender swimming.” For this reason, they will often swim in more secluded places as opposed to public beaches. Lucinda Miller, a member of a conservative Mennonite group in Wisconsin, explained that it doesn’t matter what she wears in a women-only group. “People might wear a suit and some people might wear shorts and tops or whatever,” she said. “There’s quite a bit of variety.” Also, Nolt said, young children are able to wear more modern swimwear, as they are not yet official members of the church. Older Amish teenagers have more freedom in what they wear too, during the period of rumspringa. Depending on the region and the specific group, Nolt said, families will sometimes go to the beach but not necessarily swim. In this case, he’s seen women wear their full-length dresses and men wear short-sleeved, button-down shirts.

Orthodox Jews

While some Orthodox movements such as the Hasidim are more conservative than others, Jewish law, or halakhah, generally requires a female’s collarbones, elbows and knees to be covered. A swimwear company catering to these needs, Aqua Modesta, was founded over a decade ago by designer Regine Monavar Omid Tessone, to make halachic bathing suits out of breathable material that dried quickly, like a regular bathing suit. Her company sells swim dresses and swim sets ranging from a girls size 6 to a ladies size 20.

“The idea of the line is to create more modesty,” she said. “Once this modest swimwear came out, there was no more excuse (to wear revealing suits).”

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