'Modest' swimwear sheds its mothballs in US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Modest bathing suits have shed their mothballs and come back in style in the United States, with a clientele spanning the religious, the curvy and the sun-sensitive.
"Definitely, there was a need for it," said New York fashion designer Regine Tessone.
"There are a lot of women who need to wear one, including myself," added Ms Tessone, an orthodox Jew who calls her line "original kosher swim wear".
While still a niche industry, modest swim wear is experiencing a boom as retailers see a steady stream of new buyers eager to snap up their four - yes, four-piece swim sets, cover-up dresses and body suits.