Swimwear has long been a tricky issue for many. Growing up, I remember how difficult it was to find a bathing suit that went beyond one-piece suits, bikinis, or two-piece ensemble that were either too short or sleeveless 😕

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But we’ve come a long way since then, and now there are actually a bunch of places where you can find a lot more variety in swimwear to cater to your needs. Plus, online shopping has also made it so much more accessible! I took to our Instagram to ask our readers their recommendations on where to buy modest swimwear from, and so many kindly shared their go-to spots. I’m proud to present to you a compiled list that means you’ll never have to worry where to get your swimwear from again 😉

Note: The list is categorised by either brick and mortar stores (for those who prefer to try on clothes before purchasing) as well as online shops, those please note a number of the online stores may also have a physical store available – they’re noted accordingly.  Prices shown are based on online searches as of 27 June 2019.

Brick & mortar stores

1. Decathlon

Ever since Decathlon, one of the largest sports retailers in the world, came on the scene in KL, it has quickly become a much-loved place for buying anything sports-related. With a large variety of items spanning across pretty much any sport (be it hiking, swimming, strength-training, yoga, and so much more) at affordable prices, it’s no surprise it’s on our list!

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Decathlon stocks swimwear of all varieties, including Muslimah-friendly options! Whether you’re looking for long swimming leggings or a long-sleeved swimming top, the store tends to carry a good variety at all times, which makes them a reliable source for your swimwear needs 😁

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Decathlon has four stores in and around KL (Damansara, Old Klang Road, Shah Alam and USJ) which are all open 10am – 10pm daily. See the full list of stores and their details here. They also have an online store available too, if you’d rather browse online (when searching online, look under the swimming as well as aquafitness sections!).

Price range: Between RM39 – 99 per piece
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Address: Refer to full list of stores and their details here.
Contact no.: Refer to full list of stores and their details here.
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2. Ogival

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Ogival is proudly a homegrown brand in Malaysia that has been supplying swimwear since the 1970s! Known for selling swimwear, swim gear, and other fitness wear, the company has quickly grown to become one of the most widely available swimwear labels throughout the country, with their products sold in departmental stores such as Isetan and Metrojaya. They also have standalone stores in several locations, including one located at Sunway Pyramid mall in KL!

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The best thing about Ogival is probably the variety of options available, from simpler designs to colourful printed ones. Whether you’re looking for a cute rash guard (like the one above), or you prefer something looser and more modest that’s been specifically tailored for the Muslimah audience, there’s something for everyone! The also sell Muslimah swim caps too 😊

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Price range: Between RM60 – 200
Opening hours: Subject to respective stores opening hours.
Address: Refer to the full list of stores and their details here. You can shop online too!
Contact no.: Refer to the full list of stores and their details here.
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3. Sun Paradise

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Sun Paradise is a chain of stores in Malaysia selling swimwear from a range of brands (most notably Arena, Sunseeker and Tabata). The store sells a wide range of swimwear including more modest pieces, from burkini sets (that come with hoods and are of a looser fit) to separate tops (such as long-sleeved ones) and bottoms (including  3/4 and full-length leggings), so you can choose which ones suit you best!

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Sun Paradise has 13 outlets throughout Malaysia, including several outlets in KL at shopping malls such as Pavilion, 1 Utama, and Sunway Pyramid (in fact, the Sunway Pyramid outlet is right next to the Ogival store!). Their items tend to be a bit pricier, however with brands like Arena, you’ll be getting athlete-class gear that will be sure to last!

Price range: Between RM150 – 300
Opening hours: Subject to respective stores opening hours.
Address: Refer to the full list of stores and their details here. You can shop online too!
Contact no.: Refer to the full list of stores and their details here.
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Online options

4. Bella Ammara BAkini Swimwear

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Completely tailored with the modest Muslimah in mind, BAkini is the brainchild of popular Malaysian Muslimah clothing brand Bella Ammara (the BA in BAkini stands for Bella Ammara!). This swimwear line has thoughtful details incorporated, such as an extra layer of fabric covering the chest area, ties or buttons on the side where you can pin down the shirt (so it doesn’t float upwards in the water), and cuffed sleeves and leggings.

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The latest range of swimwear (BAkini 2.0) even has hidden zippers that make it easier for those who are breastfeeding to do so (don’t worry, the range is not just restricted to mums, anybody can wear them!).

Price range: Between RM190 – 220. Shop for it here!
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5. Matsallehdesign

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The cheekily-named Matsallehdesign came onto the scene in 2018 and is quickly growing in popularity. It’s easy to see why as this brand which specialises in modest swimwear has some amazingly beautiful designs! Founded by a Lithuanian based in KL, the brand strives to balance modesty with fun and fashion, resulting in some beautiful pieces.

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Price range: RM219. Shop for it here! (They ship internationally too!)
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6. Mis Claire

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Mis Claire is a plus size boutique that offers a beautiful array of clothes catering to full-figured ladies! Besides having a variety of casual, office and sleepwear items, the brand (which has sizes from XL to 7XL)  also offers activewear, including swimsuits.

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The cutely named Dolphin Active Swimming Body Suit is a one piece that comes with a skirt, cutting a flattering shape that still remains modest. While Mis Claire is primarily an online boutique, they have also opened a physical store located in Petaling Jaya (we hear the service there is great!).

Price range: Between RM85 – 140. Shop for it here! (They deliver to Singapore too!)
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7. Pink N’ Proper

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Pink N’ Proper is a Malaysian swimwear brand founded in 2011. In addition to a range of conventional swim and beachwear, the brand also carries a whole line of modest swimwear catering to the Muslimah audience 😊

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Their modest swimwear comes with ties at the side to make sure it’s secure while you’re frolicking in the water, and they come with a swim cap too. Don’t forget to check out Pink N’ Proper’s cute beach accessories too, including sunhats and beach shawls.

Price range: Between RM199. Shop for it here! (Also available on Fashion Valet, Zalora, 11Street, Shopee and Lazada)
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8. Poplook

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Poplook has become a name synonymous with modest fashion, especially during Raya time when they roll out their beautiful baju kurung! But did you know they also sportswear and swimwear?

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Their current available swimwear online comprises separate pieces that you can mix and match to your liking 😉 Poplook also has three physical stores in KL, in case you want to check out their swimwear (and other clothes!) in person. See the list of stores here.

Price range: Between RM79 – 92 per piece. Shop for it here! (They ship internationally too, including free shipping to Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia!)
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Bonus

The retailers we covered in our list today are all based in KL. But there are also other makers of awesome Muslimah swimwear from other parts of the world!  Our audience shared some brands based in Singapore (in particular, Graceful Swimmers and GLOWco.) as well as Indonesia (especially Polite Swim and Noore Hijab). Other favourite mentions from even further afield include East Essence and MadammeBK, which we’ve also covered in a previous list of global Muslimah swimwear brands (read more about those brands and others in that article!).

And there you have it! A whole plethora of brands providing an amazing array of swimwear to cater to your personal needs and requirements. There’s nothing stopping you from having the perfect swimwear for your next beach or island getaway! 😎

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