How to find an Islamic swimsuit

We recently received this question from a concerned husband of a hijabi. We thought we’d share it with you and our answer as well. If any of you have suggestions for him please feel free to add your comments!

Question:

Living in Southern California, we have tons of fun places here that involve getting wet. I would love to take my wife to these places, but it becomes a problem because she wears the hijab. She never wants to go to the beach because she can’t go in the water and she either ends up sitting by herself or not coming. There are lots of water parks that she can’t go to. Even the swimming pool in out apartment building is “off limits” to her because of the hijab issue.

I suggested to her that she try one of those Islamic swim outfits that have been labeled “burqinis”. But she says that they are VERY ugly would not be caught dead wearing them.

I don’t really know what they look like and I don’t know much when it comes to fashion, but  she says, “They make you look like a Teletubi”. I want to buy her something that she can wear that would allow for her to join the fun with us, without compromising her “fashion integrity”.

PLEASE HELP!

Do you know anything about these outfits. Are they really THAT ugly? Are there any alternatives? Or will covered women forever be stuck standing at the shore, while their husbands and brothers play around in the water? Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Answer:

I had the same dilemma and so I made my own concoction so that I could swim when we’d go on vacation.. I went to the Nike store and found fabrics that are meant to stay dry through sweat etc. and it worked out great. However it can get a little complicated to swim in if the pants start to stretch endlessly in the water.

So I decided to buy an Islamic swimsuit, the first one was a disaster so I returned it.

I was happy to finally find Splashgear. The lady who designs it I believe lives in L.A. or around there.

In my opinion it’s the best one out there because the pants are the exact material of men’s swim trunks so they dry immediately after you get out of the water. The shirts are the same as one’s worn by surfers and there is a matching hijab that you can wear which also dries immediately and doesn’t weigh you down in the water.

Here is the website:
http://splashgearusa.com/

It’s a little hard to navigate, but if you contact her she’s good about getting back to you and figuring out sizing etc.

I’ve worn this suit on vacation in Florida and to the swimming pool in my building and no one has looked twice.

Good luck on choosing a suit.