The Great Beachwear Debate : Speedos or Shorts ?

Daniel Craig has a lot to answer for. Thanks to the now infamous 30 second scene in Casino Royal where 007 emerges from the sea in the shortest of short blue trunks, with bulging muscles, toned within an inch of his life. He has single-handedly raised the bar of female expectations about the male physique. Ronaldo and Beckham have since jumped on the bandwagon, having both fronted campaigns for Armani’s range of skimpy underwear.

If you’re beach bound this summer here’s a guide to all that’s fashionable this season when it comes to bearing leg or more…

Affectionately referred to as ‘budgie smugglers’ and ‘slug huggers’ the speedo is the shortest of briefs. Not for the faint hearted, speedos great advantage is they are quick-drying, smooth to touch and allow for an all over tan. This season Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel and Aussiebum are all favouring the speedo-style brief. This fashion infusion moves away from the plain, block colours associated with traditional Speedos, adding different colour combinations and prints to the mix. To be quite frank, unless you spend hours with regular gym sessions sculpting your body, best to avoid speedos at all costs. If you reckon you’ve got the bod for them, then go for it!

Squeezing yourself into some hipster-style trunks a la Daniel Craig is unlikely to have quite the same effect as 007. That said sales of short shorts have rocketed this year with some fashion experts suggesting that as men’s swimwear gets shorter, it bodes well for economic growth. Whether this be true or not, to pull off wearing this slightly racier style of shorts, you need to wear them with confidence. The ‘League Brief 10’ range by Aussiebum is a sure winner when it comes to this style. Boxer-style briefs are perhaps the more ego-friendly less fitted variety of short shorts.

Forget baggy Bermuda shorts, this season board shorts go preppy with somewhat of a 60s feel with key styles including check patterns, pocket detailing and strong bold colours. In contrast to preppy, geometric prints are also very popular and create a very eye-catching look. This style is all about looking relaxed and laid-back at the beach or chilling out in town. Shorter guys should beware of oversized shorts as these will make you look even shorter.

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