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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby John27 » 27 October 2020, 21:36

I think of the two options (trunks vs. board shorts) that the trunks look better. But I don't even like the standard trunks I see today, which--in my area--tend to baggier and bigger than pictured in the first photos of this thread.

I think my first swim suit (1970s) was smaller and tighter fitting (although not tight) than the standard today. I have to assume it was more or less standard style--my mother probably bought it someplace like KMart. I didn't have a swim suit until I was in my 20s (1990s), and I remember noting that it looked like they'd changed a lot. Locally, one saw board shorts at the pool--and I have a sense that board shorts became increasingly common.

I remember my father got a swim suit in the 80s. It was his first swim suit since probably at least the 1970s if not the 1960s. I'm sure he got a standard swim suit, and he commented at how revealing swim suits had become. Thinness of material was his comment, IIRC. I think he was a bit appalled--odd, because in many ways I don't think he'd have been bothered (I doubt, for example, he'd have been the guy changing into a swim suit in a toilet stall).
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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby John27 » 27 October 2020, 21:54

As for Speedos...I sometimes like the look, sometimes don't. I love the look of a sleek swimmer, wearing a Speedo with good cut and fit. On the other hand, it's not so nice seeing a huge, fat slob wearing a poorly fitting Speedo. But if he's happy with the Speedo, I'm happy he's happy.
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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby harel » 29 October 2020, 19:48

So far, most of us have the same preference for tight beach boxers. Very frankly speaking, I find colorful board shorts or loose boxers the cutest option, but, on the other hand, I do not want men to look unmanly, childish, shy etc.
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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby harel » 6 April 2021, 19:27

Do you agree that today's fashion trends are sexist towards men? Board shorts are offered to men looking for swimwear (95% of the assortment at stores). When I was looking for beach boxers, I had to buy them on Aliexpress, which I do not like at all. There is no need for men to wear knee-long shorts, while swimming or sunbathing. If the vast majority of men buy and wear board shorts, then the rest becomes shy to show their forms too.


Also, formal dress code is much more strict than for women. Short men's trousers are not acceptable in formal occasions, while mid-thigh long skirts are acceptable in formal occasions, also for old ladies.
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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby Marmaduke » 6 April 2021, 19:47

Fashions are the desires of that market to which they pertain. They are not a conspiracy devised by a harem of women to hawk board shorts. The fact that you are not fashionable, or otherwise unaware of where to purchase fashionable items, is not the fault of the swimwear industry. A degree of blame, I will concede, may be levelled at the marketing industry. However, that’s not sexism, it’s professional inadequacy.

If I’d invited you to a black tie event and you’d arrived in shorts and a tuxedo jacket, I would’ve asked you to leave before anyone saw you, lest they formed the opinion I was friends with a child molester.
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Re: Board shorts vs. beach boxers

Unread postby harel » 6 April 2021, 21:36

Large European fashion brands do not carry out market research on the cut in clothing. I mean that they do not evaluate cut in clothing on representative samples and they do not order from deigners cut in clothing based on the consumers' revealed preferences.

Fashions are the desires of that market to which they pertain.
Fashion is not milk, chocolate, or meat with hundreds of equal suppliers. Even in the elementary economics, you have two alternative laws: (1) demand is determined by supply, (2) supply is determined by demand.
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