Gym shorts are cool—but they are not swim trunks
We’ve spent a lot of time this summer talking about the best swim trunks to wear—and even more importantly, how they should fit. There’s one more lesson that’s so obvious as to be basically unspoken: if you’re going swimming, wear swim trunks. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One star, style fixture, and globe-trotting celebrity, seems to need a refresher course.
While relaxing on the beach in Barbados yesterday, Hamilton showed off his love of logos and friend Justin Bieber in an outfit that included a golden-yellow pair of Bieber’s Purpose tour mesh shorts, Supreme x Hanes boxer briefs, and a white Supreme mesh bucket hat. To his credit, the F1 racer’s fit is made up of stuff we would gladly wear while working out at the gym, grilling with friends in our backyard, playing a round of pick-up soccer, or walking to and from the laundromat. Hamilton’s fit even looked totally acceptable for the beach—until he walked into the water.
Lately, mesh shorts—you know, the kind you wore for lacrosse or soccer practice in high school—have seen a style revival, along with every other 90s sportswear trend. And dudes across America are stoked that the loose-fitting slinky favorites are officially cool again. But this same fabric has also been known to mold to every last contour of a man’s manhood—and the effect is only magnified in water. We’re thankful Hamilton chose to wear underwear, but that decision raises a philosophical question about beachwear: if you have to wear underwear under your swim trunks, are they even swim trunks at all? We say no. So if you don’t want to spend your beach day dancing with the devil that is the soaking-wet gym short, get yourself a proper pair of trunks, and leave the mesh shorts in your gym bag.