Part burqa, part bikini: burqini babes hit the beach

When temperatures rise and it is time for a dip, Muslim women wanting to cover up while looking stylish can opt for the burqini. Source: Madamme BK

It is part burqa, part bikini - when it comes to hitting the beach this summer, the coolest, covered swimwear for Muslim women is the burqini.

It is part burqa, part bikini - when it comes to hitting the beach this summer, the coolest, covered swimwear for Muslim women is the burqini.

Have you ever wondered why some Muslim women cover their hair or choose to wear a burka, niqab or hijab?

The Koran calls for men and women to 'cover and be modest', and for some women in includes covering up, with burqas, which cover the whole body and face, niqabs which cover the whole body and face apart from eyes, or the hijab which usually covers the hair, ears and neck.

When summer comes around some Muslim women choose to hit the beach in burqinis (which technically are more like a hijab-meets-wetsuit!) to stay modest, while women of all different faiths also choose to wear the outfits to keep sun-safe while being stylish.

Famous chef Nigella Lawson even sported a black and gold burkini at Bondi Beach in 2014 to keep sun safe.

Burqini was name the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year in 2011, and they have been popular ever since.

Here's a collection of burqini babes to inspire your beach looks this summer.

Selfie time! Burqinis look pretty fantastic indoors too.

Strike a pose: it is simple to accessories burqinis with a classic pair of sunglasses like this Miu Miu pair.

Burqinis are practical for all kinds of water activities, and attract all kinds of ocean friends.

Make a splash by contrasting your burqini colours or try a bright pattern.

Keep your cool at the pool in sporty, streamlined burqinis.

#girlsquad: when you and your BFF wear matching burqinis you know your look is on point.

Infinite style: rock a burqini in your holiday snaps for extra glamour.

Slip, slop, slap: don't forget to add a hat if you're catching some serious rays!

It is quite possible the best accessory to pair with your burqini is an adorable baby!

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