I have searched high and low all over Louisville, Kentucky in search of a modest bathing suit. I have gotten some of the strangest looks from nice older ladies who ask if they can help me in various department stores. When I tell them I am looking for something modest, it is almost as if they do not know what that word means any more. I figured I would run to Target, my shopping place of choice, and simply pick up the cutest tankini for the best price and be on my way. Oh no no no. For some reason, this year, even the one pieces barely cover the essential areas. Then the tankinis make up in cleavage what they cover in midsection. I want something that covers it alllllll, no comprehende?! I have even looked in maternity!
FINALLY, I found the best, most amazing swimsuit I have ever seen in my life and it's from Sears and actually from the Lands End catalog. Sears now carries some lands end stuff and they have this swim suit top that is a basic high tube top but it has straps you can make a tank or racerback or halter. The tank goes all the way to my hips but both sides have the elastic stuff with strings coming out the bottom so you can cinch it up higher or leave it longer, which ever way suits you!!! It's really not even that tight in the mid-section either. Then, you can pick which ever modest bottoms you like to go with it! They are a little pricey but my husband was willing to splurge for a one time expense that will end the drama of wearing your underwear in public places that happen to have water! I personally chose a solid color top so I can mix and match different or same colored bottoms with it! Then all you need is shorts and you are good to go! So, for all you lovely ladies that are looking for a modest suit for all your summer fun, this could be the place for you. They actually have a ton of tankinis online that come in basic colors that are all pretty modest! CHECK IT OUT!!
I really have to question why we have gone along with culture on this issue. I never even really thought twice about it before. But especially now that I am married I am more conscious of some of these things. I would NEVER EVER wear a bra and underwear in front of ANYBODY at our church or at school or even any of our friends minus a few girl friends alone. So why do I feel like this is really okay as long as there is water around? Why has the church just run right alongside the world on this issue? Even a lot of one-piece suits are crazy provocative!!
I do have to admit, I think 2-piece swimsuits are really cute. When I was on my search I was tempted so many times to just buy a decently modest two piece because they are just way more appealing to me because that is what I have been programmed to like because of what the world prizes and advertises and because of my own sin that wants me to feel attractive and sexy etc etc etc.... So I'm not at all condemning people that wear two pieces and I haven't trashed all of mine. I am just saying we need to really be thinking about this. We need to be people who are constantly evaluating our lives and the things we support and go along with. That is what I am doing, not at all expecting every one to feel my conviction on this issue. Really writing this is a way for me to keep myself accountable to what the Lord is showing me right now, because I am soooo tempted to fall backwards on so many issues.
ps. The reason for the bathing suit is because we are going to NEW ZEALAND TOMORROW!!! We will try and post while we are there, otherwise you can expect a long update when we return!!