All this talk of layering, bundling, flannel and wool has got us feeling for… swim trunks. Hey, it’s summer-o’-clock somewhere (in the entire southern hemisphere, Miami, LA, the tropics… a lot of places, actually).

And we just so happened to stumble upon this new swimwear label, Solid & Striped (courtesy of our friends at UrbanDaddy LA) that will sell you a pair of trunks in one of the two patterns of its namesake. So in the event that you’ve got any southward migration planned for the winter, here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: It’s the typical Hollywood story: guy moves to LA with dreams of making it big… in the swimsuit industry. (No, this has nothing to do with movies, just a smart choice in headquarters.) He makes the swimsuits with a Euro-leaning cut and disposition. They look great. We start making preparations for a week in Saint Martin.

Who to Channel: James Bond in any beach scene; a Sardinian shipping magnate sipping a Negroni on a breezy afternoon on the Côte d’Azure; 1970s basketball players.

When to Wear It: On the beach, at the pool, in your nearest hot tub… nowhere more than 100 yards from a body of water.

Degree of Difficulty: The length might give you trouble if your upper knee hasn’t seen the light of day for some time, but there’s nothing to do but get out there and begin rectifying the situation.

A scholar, gentleman and sailor demonstrates the proper form…

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar