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Going Euro: The Six Swimsuits to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


It’s not unlikely that you’re going to find yourself in or very near a body of water in the next few months.

And should that body of water happen to be on the Iberian peninsula, in the French Riviera, on a lake with an Italian name or at that very European pool party your neighbors throw every Bastille Day... you’ll want the appropriate pair of trunks: ones straight from Europe. There’s just something different about the way they make swimsuits over there—maybe it’s the power-tie-esque patterns, their progressive stance on upper-thigh visibility or those six weeks during summer when the entire continent shuts down while everyone heads to the nearest beach.

So, should you be in the market for a pair of trunks from the land that invented the concept of “summering,” we’ve rounded up your best bets, after the jump.»

The Last Swim Trunks You Need This Summer

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

0820KMT - Bather_HeaderOur friends at UrbanDaddy Dallas bring us word about a new line of swim trunks from our northerly neighbors. And although summer is waning, they’re handsome enough to warrant one last summer must-have.

Bather Trunk Company started developing their street-inspired beachwear last year and have just launched a shiny new website/online shop, making the double-lined, leopard-printed shorts accessible worldwide.

Our top three picks for your Labor Day leisure, after the jump.»

What Your Printed Swimsuit Says About You

  • Kempt Staff


Printed swimsuits are having a moment. (Look no further than our summer must-haves for proof.)

This summer, it seems that every menswear label with access to quick-dry material has put out some sort of printed swimsuit—from camo to full-on art photography—and in the event you’re in the market for one or have already jumped on the trend, it’s imperative you know how your fellow pool-mates or beach-goers are reading into your choice. So, in our grand fashion of telling you what your sartorial choices mean:

Here’s what your printed swimsuit says about you.»

MTM Wetsuiting Is Now a Thing

  • Najib Benouar


It’s hard to imagine a situation where the buttoned-up lot on Savile Row and laid-back surfer types would overlap, but it seems they have...

According to our friends at UrbanDaddy, you can get yourself a made-to-measure wetsuit from the British surf gurus behind Swami’s (they’ve made some handsome boards in their day, including a collaboration with Paul Smith). Just in time to dapper up any Endless Summer–inspired weekends you’ve got planned, they’ve teamed up with a wetsuit maker on the Celtic Sea who’s doing to-order custom jobs for anyone in need of a perfectly snug neoprene suit. (Yes, you can refer to him as your wetsuit tailor.)

As you can imagine, the benefits of a MTM wetsuit are similar to its wool counterpart—the personalized comfort, the boost in confidence, the decreases in body fatigue—but this one also keeps you much drier than normal. And for all the stuff out there getting the “bespoke treatment” these days, this is something we can actually get behind.

Our MTM sock garters, on the other hand...

Measuring Up Your Swimwear Options


The beach prep’s almost complete.

You’ve already determined your stance on tank tops, bought a beach blanket and assessed what it takes to don a Hawaiian shirt. And that’s all a great start. But the true be-all and end-all of summer readiness is deciding exactly how much pre-knee skin you’re willing to show. It’s a choice that’s left many a man blushing and befuddled, and that’s where we come in.

Now, you’ve probably seen the articles on swimwear selection that lump suits into classes like “the European,” “the confident man” and “the grandfather.” But we don’t believe in that sort of unnecessary categorization. Instead, we’d like to put on display the whole host of diverse beachwear selection. And show you that with a little strut in your step, any length will do just fine.

Accompany us after the jump, where we’ve organized all of your finest choices in swimsuiting by length of inseam—from boardshort to banana-hammock...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff

Weekend Sales

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For Looking Fashion-Forward to Summer: Opening Ceremony is knocking 20% off most of their spring wares with the code SpringFling20. Discount: B Sizes Available: A- Selection: B+

For Princely Pants: Dockers is throwing a Friends and Family sale with 30% off everything, including their Alpha Khakis—which were recently spotted on British royal Prince Harry—with the code FF2013. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Swimmers: Get up to 60% off swimwear at Nordstrom, featuring one of our favorite trunk-makers: Orlebar Brown. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale, after the jump.»

More of the Season’s Most Dapper Swimwear


Admit it, you can already hear the beach calling... The sand between your toes. The salty sea air. The bikinis... One day soon enough, though, it’ll all be reality. And you’ll need to be prepared.

Luckily, our friends at UrbanDaddy have tipped us off to just the solution: the ever-handsome swimwear selection at Venroy, now finally available in America.

Designed by two Australian surfers-cum-master-boardshort-craftsmen, Venroy has been churning out beautiful swim trunks in Sydney since 2010. And up until now, that’s where they’ve stayed. But as of May 1, the pair has begun shipping to their friends across the Pacific (read: us). The hand-tailored shorts hit that elusive upper-knee sweet spot and come in colors like “guava” and “honeysuckle,” which should have you ready for the approaching seminudity.

A couple crunches might not hurt either.

Seize the Day

  • Najib Benouar

We’ve extolled the virtues of the seersucker swimsuit... but when it comes to swimwear, once you cross the Atlantic, all bets are off. So if you’ve ever romanced the thought of spending a rum-soaked week on some far-flung beach amidst the impossibly bronzed, skip the seersucker and head straight for these new swim trunks from Seize sur Vingt. The cut was inspired by Mediterranean beachgoers in the 1950s, the fabric is from Como, Italy (naturally), they’re constructed in a French swimsuit factory, and the designs are limited-edition art by Paul Weil (only 60 yards of each fabric were produced). Which means you’ll be in good company, no matter which body of water you end up near.

Girls Like Strangely Shaped Curtains

Also, Drinks Sherry: As usual, Bryan Ferry wears the hell out of a summer suit. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Our Man in Thailand: Boogie offers some spectacular black and white photos of Thailand—and a few more from the boxing ring. [Hypebeast]

Trunks: Commerce with a Conscience rounds up their favorite swim trunks. [CWAC]

Reasons to Love Tom Waits, Part 43: Vulture’s recap of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction makes Tom Waits sound pretty awesome, and Neil Young sound pretty incoherent. [Vulture]

Sir Smith Returns


Consider this one a late addition to our catalog of favorite swim trunks.

These Paul Smith trunks are pretty slim, but they stop just shy of the knee—perfect for anyone trying to halt the rising hemline of men’s shorts. More importantly, they swap out the usual drawstring for the wonderfully stodgy side-tab—something we haven’t seen in quite a while. It’s easy to forget that behind all that Technicolor, Sir Smith’s still a damn good tailor.

Reach the Beach

  • Jared Paul Stern


We've never been overly fond of Miami Beach—the “badly-dressed epicenter of the Northern Hemisphere”, as we once put it—a place where even the normally natty seems to lose their sartorial senses.

We're seriously reconsidering that position however since the advent of a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week offshoot dedicated to swimwear, which wrapped up yesterday. In New York there'd be the usual parade of starving waifs stumbling down the runway, but this being Miami the catwalk was packed with stacked stunners eye-popping enough for us to ignore how hideous most of the designs were.

Never mind that GQ recently declared that fake tits are as outré in the current economic climate as gas-guzzling SUVs.

The news apparently never reached Miami, and therein lies its charm.

Gisele Gets Wet (Kinda) and Men Go to Sex in the City (Maybe)


Gisele Wears Naught But CGI Water: Damn you, Photoshop! [Popcrunch]

Sonia Rykiel Closes Men's Line: And we're not going to stop her. [VogueUK]

Blue-Blood Style: 2108 Vintage releases sweaters for those Ivy League shits who've been making your life miserable (not that we're bitter for being waitlisted). [AnimalNY]

Blue-Collar Style: Way on the other side of the economic spectrum, our boy at ACL revels in 1940's workwear. [A Continuous Lean]

"Why Are Straight Men Seeing Sex and the City": They are? Really? Are you sure? [Gawker]

Cannonball!: Finally, some good advice on swim trunks. [Hint]

Deal Alert: Get down to Opening Ceremony and Acne you dirty, dirty hipster. [Racked]