If you know anything about the Duggar family, you know they have ridiculous rules for pretty much every aspect of life.
Of course, the guidelines most commonly discussed online have to do with premarital sex and “modest” attire.
The well-documented and maligned Duggar courtship rules and Duggar dress code are inherently linked, of course.
These codes both serve the same, dubious purpose of preemptively discouraging any sort of “impure” thoughts.
So to speak.
Mental imagery that causes young couples to jump the gun and sample the wares before exchanging vows?
That’s a no go.
When Jim Bob’s daughters get married, their husbands get to decide what they wear in public, but until that point?
The dress code is unforgivingly rigid. Duggar girls and women are expected to dress “modestly” at all times.
Even while engaged in sports and other outdoor activities. This creates major problems in the warmer months.
When swimming is on the agenda – and it frequently is! – and the mercury rises into the 90s? That’s no excuse!
Fortunately, the Duggars have come up with all sorts of hilarious solutions for this conundrum. Take a look:
Showing Some Skin
The Duggars have very strict rules regarding the type “modest” attire that Jim Bob’s daughters are permitted to wear. These rules apply even when grown Duggar women go swimming. Here, Jill Duggar models some modest, Duggar-approved swimwear.
Finding Freedom … Sort of
Of course, Jill is somewhat on the outs with her family these days, especially with Counting On getting axed and validating a lot of her efforts to distance her family from the Duggars in recent years. Her new lifestyle and mentality gives her a lot of freedom with regard to what she wears.
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In fact, Jill is not only rocking racier swimwear, she’s selling it through her Instagram page! Preserving your modesty, protecting your skin from dangerous UV rays AND 15 percent off? Where has this kind of deal been all our lives.
Jill Duggar Swimsuit Photo
While still extremely modest by conventional standards, Jill’s curve-hugging couture is still raising some eyebrows. You can bet Jim Bob is not a fan of his second eldest daughter’s new look!
Wet and Not So Wild
In order to fully appreciate how far Jill has come, we have to take it all the way back to the beginning, to the time when America first became aware of the ridiculous Duggar swimwear rules.
The Duggar Dictionary
The first time the family went to the beach on 19 Kids and Counting, producers even offered a helpful primer on the Duggars’ bizarre guidelines.
Full Coverage at the Beach
Even Duggar men are required to wear a ridiculous amount of clothing at the beach. Of course, there’s an irony in Josh following the dress code rules, as they certainly didn’t keep his thoughts pure.
Swimming With the Duggars
The attire that’s worn by Duggar girls and women while swimming is not all that different from what they wear the rest of the time. As you can see, very long skirts are still the preferred look.
A Diving Duggar
It seems to us that wearing that much clothing while swimming would present a drowning hazard. But we’re sure that like so many other inconveniences, the ladies of the Duggar clan are used to it by now.
Joy-Anna Duggar has long been regarded as one of the most conservative and tradition-minded Duggars. As you can see from this pic, she’s been a fan of following the rules since childhood.
Duggar Pool Rules
We’ll say this one thing in favor of the Duggars’ swimwear rules: at least they’re somewhat fair. Men are required to wear almost as much fabric as women.
Jana and Laura: Paddling Modestly
Jana Duggar and her best friend Laura DeMasie even rocked long skirts while paddle-boarding. We guess this is how you prevent rumors from starting! Of course, there has been a lot written about the nature of the relationship between these two, which is a story for another time.
Jessa and Ben Get Wet
For some reason, this family really hates seeing shoulders! Here, we see a younger Jessa Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald modeling the appropriate swimwear for men and women. All the coverage in the world can’t take away from the fact that these two have some serious hot bods.
Of course, the Duggars have been known to let their guard down a bit when they travel, and Jim Bob’s not there to enforce the rules. Here, Jill and Derick show more skin than usual on vacation.
Derick Lets Loose!
On this particular trip, Derick even sported some bare shoulders. That’s usually a big no-no in the Duggars’ world!
The OG Breaker of Rules
Yes, Derick doesn’t abide by all of the Duggar swimwear rules. Of course, he’s been rebelling against Jim Bob for quite some time now. Just one of the many reasons he’s the least-favorite Duggar in-law!
Of course, there’s one Duggar who’s even more rebellious than Derick. We’re talking. of course, about cousin Amy, who’s never shown any interest in the Duggar swimwear rules.
Amy Duggar is ever so slightly badass with her swimsuit and cleavage in this honeymoon photo. Wowza.
Jim Bob is Gonna Blow a Gasket
Amy Duggar shows off a bikini (a strapless turquoise bandeau) top with skimpy bottoms in a photo with husband Dillon King. This is a huge deviation for the Duggars – you can bet that Jim Bob is gonna blow a gasket if he sees this … or as Teresa Giudice would say, a casket.
PDA in a Bikini
Dillon King gets a kiss from Amy Duggar, who rocks a bikini on the couple’s honeymoon. For a Duggar family member, this is unbelievably racy.
Hot Tub Hottie
On their honeymoon, Dillon King filmed a brief video of wife Amy Duggar in a bikini. Her fans were upset (seriously, some told her to cover up), but she is clearly having a blast.
A First and Last Time For Everything
Dillon King filmed a brief video of his hot wife Amy Duggar in a bikini. Your first, and last Duggar family member bikini video.
Yes, Mrs. King has been a revelation. But will any other Duggar women ever follow in Amy’s footsteps and rock a midriff-baring two-piece?
Tough to say, but for now, most of them seem content to follow the Duggar beach rules. Any changes we’ve seen have been incremental.
Satisfied Jim Bob … For Now
And you can be sure that’s just how the family’s famously-strict patriarch likes it. With no more TV money to hold over their heads, though, perhaps we’re about to see the great swimwear awakening. Fingers crossed.