Burkini swimwear range launched by M&S

It is the first time the store has stocked Burkini's in the UK Credit: M&S

A new range of Burkini swimwear has been launched by high street retailer Marks & Spencer.

The full-length swimwear, designed to protect the modesty of Muslim women, comes in two designs and marks the first time the UK arm of the company has stocked the product.

The product description outlines how the Burkini Credit: M&S

According to the M&S website the suit has being created so that it "covers the whole body with the exception of the face, hands and feet" and is "lightweight so you can swim in comfort".

Although not exclusively bought by Muslim women the Burkini is worn by many for religious reasons as it is though to comply with the Quran's guidance for women to dress modestly.