OK you might think we’re insane to even mention swimwear as the autumn chill is swooping across the British Isles, but with many jetting off to warmer climes or taking advantage of the great exercise that swimming provides we just couldn’t help ourselves.
Under…denims? That’s the new underwear push from Diesel, who’ve put together a new range of “Underdenim” trunks for men who like to wear their slacks low with a bit of cheek on show, otherwise known as the “Most Dumbest Fashion Fad Eva”. Misleading marketing be-damned, they’re made of cotton rather than denim (which we’re certain your knackers will be thankful …
With the summer only a few weeks away, it is time to dig out your swim trunks and hit the closest lido. However, if like us you need a new pair make sure to check out one of our favourite swim trunk brands, Orlebar Brown. The swim trunks come in a variety of lengths (including some very short shorts for …
Last week Brandish was invited to celebrate 135 years of Jockey Underwear, at an impressive international catwalk show. The show saw the brand go back to its roots, showcasing a number of heritage pieces from its original collection in 1879, before introducing some of Jockey’s more updated collections for A/W 2011. GQ Editor Dylan Jones, hosted the night and provided …
The Alexander McQueen brand’s first foray into underwear has just dropped on Oki-Ni. The signature print, most synonymous with the silk scarves produced in previous seasons makes an appearance. If you have a spare £50 you can pick them up here.
Made from 100% cotton, these shorts blur the line nicely between casual shorts and swim-shorts. At the cheap price of £20 these are a must have for the beach. Available in a red or blue colourway, these have limited numbers so get there fast.
Shorts have definitely become the fashion story of the summer, a trend that kicked off last year but is still gathering momentum. At MACHO CITY last night bare calves were definitely the norm, with pleated chino shorts and cut off denims (worn by the likes of Henry Holland) vying for top spot. In the on-going search for the wildest shorts of the summer, pattern and colour have stepped into the fray. In New York, where a steamy summer is to be expected, Debonair reports that the psychedelic Batik-print shorts by Nolita store Unis are stealing the limelight. Cut high on the thigh and light enough to be worn as swimming shorts, I can see them working here too allowing for an easy transition from lido to London Fields picnicking. For an Anglo take on the trend, seek out wild prints from Liberty, Paul Smith florals or run up a pair in toile de jouy! Eyes and minds will boggle.
The word sarong is synonymous, at least in the UK, with David Beckham. One of his key fashion moments, he popularised the formerly little-known ethnic printed wrap and inspired, if not a generation, then at least a summer’s worth of Essex lads to don the said item on the beaches of Spain. Dries van Noten‘s just-shown collection for SS10 featured ethnic prints such as the Indonesian ikat design and by next summer we could be much more familiar with prints from this part of the world. In the meantime, APC have this amazing sarong, with a contemporary twist on the classic Indonesian design. Sadly not available from their main site, this is the perfect beach cover-up being part garment and part towel. As an alternative, if you’re somewhere interesting this summer consider buying lengths of gorgeous printed fabrics for a DIY version.
Swimming trunks are often a cause for anxiety, fashions come and go as rapidly as elsewhere, leaving you rocking a baggy Speedo look whilst everyone else is in sleek mid-length shorts. Swim shorts are generally the more practical option, allowing you to step from pool to poolside bar with ease. These swim short designs by Paul Smith make a bold statement through print whilst keeping the shape flattering. Floral surf shorts are definitely having a revival, especially, as here, where the quality print suggests Hawaii’s heyday. Pair with perfectly tone-matched Havaianas (still acceptable for the beach) and a witty tote for Rio-class beach cool.
Make no bones about it, Spanx are for decreasing the size of your arse in fancy dresses, but the makers of Equmen proclaim that their Core Precision Underwear does all these whizzy things:
- Improves posture
- Supports core muscles
- Controls body temperature
- Visibly streamlines the body
Apparently men all over Japan are getting literally getting into bras as the man-bra takes the country by storm.
I’m not convinced by the hype, the man-bra looks like something that would fail to appeal anyone other than underwear fetishists. This just seems like a opportunity for a gratuitous “lawks ain’t Japan just crazy” story as we hit a post-Obama lull.
Anyway, if you need more info on the moob-tackling undies, the silky bras retail for twenty quid and come in white, pink and black from the Wish Room site.
Pictured from L-R: Giorgio Armani on holidays in Sardinia; Stefano Gabbana cruising in Portofino. [Photos: Olycom SPA/Fabio Piumetti/Rex Features]
Okay, so it’s not quite like perving on David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo on holiday but our designers deserve a break too you know. And let’s face it, if you’re a 74-year-old man (like Giorgio Armani) you could only wish to look as good as this. No… what worries me is the form of swimwear Armani and Stefano Gabbana have opted for – Speedos.
So, after the Brandish Poll, 43% of you thought that ‘Worrelly’ is bound for disaster but if these holiday snaps are anything to go by, the couple is going from strength to strength.
Pink and red is one of my favourite colour combinations, it’s perhaps not the most classically stylish colour combination but the pairing of masculine red and feminine pink makes for a satisfying clash.
Hopefully this summer will sound the sartorial death knell for knee-length boardshorts. They’re fine on teenagers and actual surfers, but on a twenty or thirty-something male the look is a bit tragic.
Curiously, pyjamas are fairly high on the agenda right now. Between Fantastic Man’s latest photoshoot, and Alexis Petridis weighing up the practicalities of sleepwear-chic; it sounds like PJ-inspired looks are being talked about with completely straight faces in fashion circles.
What can we say? We do try our best here on Brandish and every so often an iconic-well-dressed-mega-major-celeb pays attention.
Essentially a large pair of pants, Fundies allow you to share undergarment space with a loved one; I’ve never seen anything quite like it before but they are up for grabs on eBay for $4.99 (link kind of nsfw).
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