Email All of a sudden it's summer, which means it's time to swap some fresh options into your swimsuit drawer or you know, replace the one worn-out pair of swim trunks you've had in there since college. Sounds simple right? Well, not exactly. Now, more than ever, the men's swimwear market is a labyrinth of colors, patterns, shapes, and, most confusingly, a variety of different lengths. So if the idea of going swimsuit shopping makes you feel a wee bit anxious, we feel your pain. Even men who've been blessed with abs of steel and legs like Ronaldo , have trouble choosing between board shorts, classic trunks , and something we call "beach-to-bar" shorts.
The Man's Guide to Swimwear | How To Choose Men's Swim Suits
Non-recreational swimming was done in whatever you were wearing when you fell in, because it beat the heck out of drowning. Purpose-designed swimwear started out as a modesty garment first, and a practical garment very much second. Early swimsuits were made from knit wool, and in the case of women's swimwear included long skirts, weighted down at the hem to keep the water from lifting them up. Suits were strictest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when both men and women were prohibited by law and custom from going barechested in public. One-piece suits with cutoff sleeves and legs were the common style. In the 50s and 60s, men actually organized protests arguing for the right to go topless.