Monday, July 27, 2009

Mens Swimsuits Getting Shorter



In the article How to Buy a Swimsuit: A GQ Primer we’re told that men’s swimsuits are going shorter this summer. A shorter and fit cut makes us look “trim, confident, and, manly.” Just like the man in the above GQ photo.

Let’s be honest. A swimsuit made with discarded McDonald’s wrappers and dental floss would make this guy look “trim, confident, and manly.”

When shopping for a swimsuit we should look for three key features: flat front, Velcro fly and lace tie. I’m happy to report that the two suits I bought for my cruise had all three!

Swimsuits of this construction will keep your “package private” by preventing clinging as you emerge from the water. (Is GQ missing the entire point of having a package?)

Do you think short swimsuits will come back? GQ tells us they are, but that is the fashion world creating trends. In the example below, the shorts still look out of style and dated to me. How long will it take before our eyes say this look is fashion forward and the in-thing?



In case you want this swimsuit, it’s by Loro Piana and according to GQ costs $345. Yes, $345 for one swimsuit.

No offense to Loro Piana, but for $345 I better get a swimsuit, a private beach cabana, 4 Go-Go boys inside, a fruity drink with an umbrella and a shot of penicillin for the flight home.

18 comments:

Eric Arvin said...

mmmmm...swimsuits....

Bob said...

"No offense to Lora Piana, but for $345 I better get a swimsuit, a private beach cabana, 4 Go-Go boys inside, a fruity drink with an umbrella and a shot of penicillin for the flight home."

And then some!

behrmark said...

A short fit cut would definitely not make me look trimmer. It would be like wrapping a rubberband tightly around a marshmallow. Still, I appreciate a man who can pull off the swim suit, regardless of whether it is shorter or a board short. Then again, just plain ole nekkid works as well.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Hellooo...suddenly I've forgotten about my bad 'date' experience, Michael! Thanks, enjoy your witty & kind words always...Fab new week darling* ps: added you to my link, hope it's ok!
XO*

Mitzi said...

I like those swimming trunks Daniel Craig wore in Casino Royale.

John said...

Unfortunately I think it is going to take a few years before the shorter swimsuit makes a comeback in the U.S. I bet you see them though a lot in other countries.

You didn't say if your new swimsuits are shorter or like the boardshorts. I know, how about a picture of you in them!

I always thought the inside netting lining of the swimsuit was to prevent the "clinging as you emerge from the water," but GQ didn't mention that.

I didn't renew my GQ subscription. Details won't be renewed either. They are always just too fashion forward, at least for the midwest. These magazines have a great free online version with busy messages boards by real people though and I highly recommend them.

Have fun on your cruise & be sure and take lots of pics!

ayem8y said...

Well being a Florida beach bunny I have to say that the short swimsuit is already back. The hot surfer boys have been sporting them all summer long and some have taken to wearing Speedos. I prefer the vintage Rock Hudson styles myself...I’m so far out of style that I’m suddenly back in. Who wants to have a tan below the knee and above the waist? It’s icky and besides it’s all about a nice tan line in the bed.

RAD said...

I was buying womens surf trunks a few years ago ( I liked them as they were eaxctly like mens but shorter) and now this year it has made it way back-- I bought a few pairs of cool shorter trunks at H@M and American Apparel this year in the MENS dept!! Yup shorts are back.....time to show some leg boys!

Doug Goff said...

That's a lot of money for some swim trunks! I'd just as soon use an old pair of shorts because I could care less who sees me, I'm married lol!

Stephen said...

swimsuits... who wears a swimsuit?

Marco said...
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Michael Rivers said...

Thanks for the fix/message, Marco! I went to reply to your comment and I deleted it by mistake. Sorry! Cheers to you too!

Laura said...

There's something about this post that reminds me of our chat yesterday. Now I can't stop laughing again!

I don't mind these suits, it's the speedo's on the wrong body that I mind!

Lori (Phoenix) said...

With a body like that, I don' think it matters what he's wearing!!

Ken Fron (Chicago) said...

I've been on a no-snack diet so I can parade around in these new shorter trunks... gotta keep up with the times! LOL

Wonder Man said...

$345? I only shell out that type money on trips, Comic-Con and Louis Vuitton

Mark in DE said...

I sure hope shorter swimsuits will return. I'm so sick of guys hiding their lovely hairy legs under those jams and boardshorts that go to the knee or below.

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