Summer Fashion: Board Shorts or Speedos?

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Did you know that in the 1800’s women would swim in full garments covering their entire body? Things sure have changed in the last 200 years. If you have been to any popular beach recently, the modern young female prefers the skimpier bathing suit. Things have evolved a bit backward for the opposite gender. While women of the day were swimming fully clothed, men often swam nude. The men’s bathing suit has steadily increased in length, at least for mainstream American culture. I will let you draw your own conclusions as to why (cough-cough we are one of the most obese countries in the world).

So, you are a young, fit modern male, with everything from your local Billabong (https://us.billabong.com/shop/short-length) board shorts to the latest Brazilian bikini fit speedo from CA-RIO-CA at your fingertips. Here are some common sense rules to follow when picking the swimsuit that works best for your body this summer.

Tall men in good shape will likely look better in shorts that fall a few inches above the knee. Many modern swimwear makers have realized that a lot of guys want to show a little more skin in the sun, because who likes to wear longer shorts on the beach with all that sand? There is nothing more uncomfortable than bulky board shorts coated with wet sand touching your skin. Brands like Hollister (https://www.hollisterco.com/shop/us/guys-swim–1 ), H&M (http://www.hm.com/us/products/men/swimwear), and Asos (http://us.asos.com/men/swimwear/cat/?cid=13210&nlid=mw|clothing|shop+by+product) have all started catering to the shorter cut shorts that often still include the lining underneath. These brands and others will have multiple length options in brick mortar stores than you can simply try on in the dressing room. Online companies like Asos have free shipping and returns, which make it easy to maybe try something you wouldn’t normally lean towards.

Shorter guys in good shape want to pick a swimsuit that elongates the idea of their legs, optional styles here would be sungas, speedos, or for the truly daring bikini or European cut swim briefs, ya know, like the ones short Olympian Tom Daley wears. If you think less fabric means cheaper prices, think again. The smaller suits usually require even more design effort and use more expensive fabric. An average speedo cut men’s brief runs about $65-$100 from popular brands like Mertailor (https://www.themertailor.com/shop-men.html), Manus (https://www.swimmanus.com/) or LASC (http://www.shoplasc.com/swim-s/109.htm). These stores are typically only online although LASC has a store in West Hollywood if you are in that neighborhood. If you are feeling self-conscious or lack that ideal male model body, the skimpier suits are something you will want to stay away from.

While men don’t often concern themselves with tan lines as much as female sunbathers, it’s the guys who often look the most ridiculous with tanned legs from only the knee down. Choosing the right bathing suit for pool, beach, lake or any outdoor activity can certainly help that terrible tan line. The best rule of thumb, no matter what you choose this summer, make sure the length of your relax wear is shorter than the length of your everyday shorts, that way no one knows where your tan lines fall.

For more swimwear brand ideas check out male swimwear model dw_chase2 on Instagram for what brands are in style and even discount codes for popular men’s swimwear.