Man Wearing Low-Cut Swimsuit As Though Public Pool A Sun-Kissed Sardinian Cove
KANSAS CITY, MO—Clad in a pair of revealing, skintight swim trunks, local man Paul Withers strode past an array of plastic lounge chairs Wednesday as though the Choteau Community Pool was a remote, sun-dappled Sardinian cove, onlookers reported. Withers, who seemingly confused the facility’s concrete walkway with a winding path down a rocky slope leading to the gleaming white sands and azure waters of the Costa Verde, then proceeded to mill around the swimming area in full view of patrons, having apparently mistaken the roughly 30 west Missourians for a group of lithe, olive-skinned European models. 
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Man Wearing Low-Cut Swimsuit As Though Public Pool A Sun-Kissed Sardinian Cove

KANSAS CITY, MO—Clad in a pair of revealing, skintight swim trunks, local man Paul Withers strode past an array of plastic lounge chairs Wednesday as though the Choteau Community Pool was a remote, sun-dappled Sardinian cove, onlookers reported. Withers, who seemingly confused the facility’s concrete walkway with a winding path down a rocky slope leading to the gleaming white sands and azure waters of the Costa Verde, then proceeded to mill around the swimming area in full view of patrons, having apparently mistaken the roughly 30 west Missourians for a group of lithe, olive-skinned European models. 

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Swimwear That Doesn’t Look Like Swimwear
Traditionally, there have been two kinds of swimwear for men. There are swim shorts, which are mid-length trunks with an elasticized waist. These are arguably the most comfortable, as they have the most flexibility. Then there are boardshorts, which comes out of Californian surf culture. These are a bit longer (usually about knee-length) and instead of an elasticized waist, they have a rigid waistband, Velcro fly, and some kind of lace-up tie. This double fail-safe system ensures that your trunks won’t be ripped from you in a wipeout. 
When I go swimming, I like to wear what some might call “all day trunks,” which are trunks designed without any of those traditional details. So, no elastic bands, visible ties, or sporty designs. Instead, I look for trunks that look a regular pair of shorts, but are constructed from a fast drying fabric. 
As a result, I get something I can wear in the water, but also pair with other things once I towel off. For example, I recently wore my swim trunks to go to the beach with friends, but then paired them with a linen button-up shirt and some woven Rivieras when we decided to hang out till night. It’s an incredibly easy and convenient combination when you want to look presentable afterwards — say, if you want to grab tacos in a beach town or hang out at the hotel bar — but don’t want to have to go and change clothes. 
You can find such trunks at any number of places. I have a pair of Orlebar Brown’s Bulldogs, which are a mid-length short with side tabs. The tabs are not only a nice stylistic touch, but they also give a more adjustable fit. I also have a pair of Onia’s 7.5” Calders, which are just as nicely constructed, but have a slightly longer length that I think looks more flattering when I’m out of the water. Additionally, Robsinson Les Bains is good for more interesting prints, while Faherty does the same thing, but in more casual flavors.
As usual, if retail prices are too high for you, you can wait for end-of-season sales or check eBay. Orlebar Brown can be had at the moment at The Mens Market for $72, while Onia is about the same at Wittmore and Barney’s Warehouse. 
(Pictured above: Onia shorts, Orlebar Brown t-shirt, Oliver Spencer linen shirt, and Riviera slip-on shoes)

Swimwear That Doesn’t Look Like Swimwear

Traditionally, there have been two kinds of swimwear for men. There are swim shorts, which are mid-length trunks with an elasticized waist. These are arguably the most comfortable, as they have the most flexibility. Then there are boardshorts, which comes out of Californian surf culture. These are a bit longer (usually about knee-length) and instead of an elasticized waist, they have a rigid waistband, Velcro fly, and some kind of lace-up tie. This double fail-safe system ensures that your trunks won’t be ripped from you in a wipeout. 

When I go swimming, I like to wear what some might call “all day trunks,” which are trunks designed without any of those traditional details. So, no elastic bands, visible ties, or sporty designs. Instead, I look for trunks that look a regular pair of shorts, but are constructed from a fast drying fabric. 

As a result, I get something I can wear in the water, but also pair with other things once I towel off. For example, I recently wore my swim trunks to go to the beach with friends, but then paired them with a linen button-up shirt and some woven Rivieras when we decided to hang out till night. It’s an incredibly easy and convenient combination when you want to look presentable afterwards — say, if you want to grab tacos in a beach town or hang out at the hotel bar — but don’t want to have to go and change clothes. 

You can find such trunks at any number of places. I have a pair of Orlebar Brown’s Bulldogs, which are a mid-length short with side tabs. The tabs are not only a nice stylistic touch, but they also give a more adjustable fit. I also have a pair of Onia’s 7.5” Calders, which are just as nicely constructed, but have a slightly longer length that I think looks more flattering when I’m out of the water. Additionally, Robsinson Les Bains is good for more interesting prints, while Faherty does the same thing, but in more casual flavors.

As usual, if retail prices are too high for you, you can wait for end-of-season sales or check eBay. Orlebar Brown can be had at the moment at The Mens Market for $72, while Onia is about the same at Wittmore and Barney’s Warehouse

(Pictured above: Onia shorts, Orlebar Brown t-shirt, Oliver Spencer linen shirt, and Riviera slip-on shoes)

It’s On Sale
Lands’ End 6” Volley Swim Trunks
I’m a big fan of simple swim trunks. No logos, no cargo pockets, no BS. I also don’t like to spend a lot of money on them, and I get annoyed trying to buy something without a bunch of baloney on it at a reasonable price. I know some folks prefer a non-elasticated waist, but if you don’t mind that feature, you’re not going to get much better than this. As usual, if anyone has any suggestions for inexpensive (say $45 or under) basic board shorts without logos, cargo pockets and so forth, I’m all ears. Note that Birdwells Beach Britches, often suggested to me, now cost $61.
$12.99 from $24.50 at LandsEnd.com

It’s On Sale

Lands’ End 6” Volley Swim Trunks

I’m a big fan of simple swim trunks. No logos, no cargo pockets, no BS. I also don’t like to spend a lot of money on them, and I get annoyed trying to buy something without a bunch of baloney on it at a reasonable price. I know some folks prefer a non-elasticated waist, but if you don’t mind that feature, you’re not going to get much better than this. As usual, if anyone has any suggestions for inexpensive (say $45 or under) basic board shorts without logos, cargo pockets and so forth, I’m all ears. Note that Birdwells Beach Britches, often suggested to me, now cost $61.

$12.99 from $24.50 at LandsEnd.com

The Only Swim Trunks You Need
I think we can all agree that a grown man looks ridiculous in board shorts, and even more absurd in a Speedo. That leaves traditional swim trunks. I prefer them in a fast-drying synthetic, with a slim profile, no logo and a solid color scheme. That’s surprisingly tough to find, especially at a reasonable price point, but there is a solid option: Lands’ End.
I like the Men’s 6” Volley Swim Shorts, which are $24.50 at full price, come in some nice colors and will be plenty stylish for years of use. Lands’ End has frequent sales - you just missed a 25% off and free shipping code - and with a little patience, you might manage to pay less than twenty bucks. If you happen to be a size small, there are even some of last year’s colors for $16.97.
The quality of Lands’ End products is unspectacular but solid. I, for one, really appreciate a source for decent basics at a reasonable price, with great customer service policies. Fits and styles at LE are rarely fashion-forward, but for things like swim trunks, they needn’t be. Simple is best.
(PS: How about that creepy disembodied guy up top? Sweet, right?)

The Only Swim Trunks You Need

I think we can all agree that a grown man looks ridiculous in board shorts, and even more absurd in a Speedo. That leaves traditional swim trunks. I prefer them in a fast-drying synthetic, with a slim profile, no logo and a solid color scheme. That’s surprisingly tough to find, especially at a reasonable price point, but there is a solid option: Lands’ End.

I like the Men’s 6” Volley Swim Shorts, which are $24.50 at full price, come in some nice colors and will be plenty stylish for years of use. Lands’ End has frequent sales - you just missed a 25% off and free shipping code - and with a little patience, you might manage to pay less than twenty bucks. If you happen to be a size small, there are even some of last year’s colors for $16.97.

The quality of Lands’ End products is unspectacular but solid. I, for one, really appreciate a source for decent basics at a reasonable price, with great customer service policies. Fits and styles at LE are rarely fashion-forward, but for things like swim trunks, they needn’t be. Simple is best.

(PS: How about that creepy disembodied guy up top? Sweet, right?)

It’s On eBay
Vintage Madras Swimtrunks
Start at .99, end Wednesday

It’s On eBay

Vintage Madras Swimtrunks

Start at .99, end Wednesday

It’s On Sale!
I don’t know what the “top italian mill” who made this print is, but J. Crew has been using the “top Italian mill” Loro Piana for its cashmere recently, so it’s somebody who’s somebody. And these trunks are fly as fuck. WINTER SWIMMING!

It’s On Sale!

I don’t know what the “top italian mill” who made this print is, but J. Crew has been using the “top Italian mill” Loro Piana for its cashmere recently, so it’s somebody who’s somebody. And these trunks are fly as fuck. WINTER SWIMMING!