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If I'm buying one pair of swim shorts, which color should I get?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dressed2the9s, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Kaplan

    Kaplan Senior member

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    I've never heard of this brand but they look nice. The sidetabs are a very nice touch. Why do they cost so much though, is the brand so famous they can charge that much? They cost even more than Villebrequin.

    The nylon used by Vilebrequin feels a little softer but the fit of OB is much better, IMHO.
     


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    Dark is there's any chance of transparency.
     


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    I've never heard of this brand but they look nice. The sidetabs are a very nice touch. Why do they cost so much though, is the brand so famous they can charge that much? They cost even more than Villebrequin.
    They're a new brand, relatively speaking, but the products are absolutely incredible. The fit is fantastic, and the side tabs allow you to cinch the waist without the use of elasticized waistbands, which I find to be ugly (they make swim shorts look like boxers, IMO). The Bulldog model comes just to the right length, just a few inches above your knee, and there are darts in the back. In a way, they fit very much like a good pair of custom trousers (in the sense of the side tabs, darts, etc) There are also nice design details like a zippered back pocket and outside locker loop. Fabrics are from France, zips from Italy, everything constructed in the UK and Portugal. I also find them tastefully designed. Most come in nice solid colors, but they also have a nice geometric designs that are much better than the floral designs Villebrequin comes out with. A lot of people balk at the idea of $250 for swimming trunks - and that's a lot to be sure - but many of us are spending $150-200 for ties and $200 - $250 for trousers. Even those who can't afford Drakes and Marinellas at retail are finding ways to get them on eBay or through discount sites. I think Orlebar Browns are worth the $250, personally, but I don't see why people just don't utilize all of their regular bargain hunting tactics to get these for a cheaper price. You can find them occasionally on eBay for $80-$125, and at that price, I think they're leagues better than any other swimming shorts on the market.
     


  4. Dressed2the9s

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    I agree! Because I signed up for the Orlebar Brown club, for a 1st time purchase, I got it for a total of $222 (which includes standard shipping).
     


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    i like the greys that nobd showed, great for wearing with a white t in a beach bar as well.
    do these fit TTS, anyone know? my waist is 32", i should be good with that right?
     


  6. Kaplan

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    ^ Check the size chart here, it's pretty accurate. If your waist is 32" (at the point where you expect to wear these) I would go with a size 30" (I did).
     


  7. NOBD

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    Thanks, DWW.
     


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    2 pairs of OB's size 34 @ 50% off here.
     


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    What color would you guys recommend for pasty white folks?
     


  11. Dressed2the9s

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    I really like the color and texture on the Apolis trunks. If it wasn't for the visible branding I'd be all over these in blue.
    http://store.apolisglobal.com/event/...9-adf365817b3d


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    Those are cool. I'm trying to get away from the string tie ups in the front. Its takes away the clean seamless look to me and is kinda distracting. Granted, I do own American Apperal swim trunks with the strings.

    My shorts came in and the box was really nice. The material is very soft and it has all the details it mentioned on the site. They end right where they should above my knee and the fit was perfect. I was afraid I would have to size down but the size was spot on. They don't even feel like swim trunks!
     


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    They're a new brand, relatively speaking, but the products are absolutely incredible. The fit is fantastic, and the side tabs allow you to cinch the waist without the use of elasticized waistbands, which I find to be ugly (they make swim shorts look like boxers, IMO). The Bulldog model comes just to the right length, just a few inches above your knee, and there are darts in the back. In a way, they fit very much like a good pair of custom trousers (in the sense of the side tabs, darts, etc)

    There are also nice design details like a zippered back pocket and outside locker loop. Fabrics are from France, zips from Italy, everything constructed in the UK and Portugal. I also find them tastefully designed. Most come in nice solid colors, but they also have a nice geometric designs that are much better than the floral designs Villebrequin comes out with.

    A lot of people balk at the idea of $250 for swimming trunks - and that's a lot to be sure - but many of us are spending $150-200 for ties and $200 - $250 for trousers. Even those who can't afford Drakes and Marinellas at retail are finding ways to get them on eBay or through discount sites. I think Orlebar Browns are worth the $250, personally, but I don't see why people just don't utilize all of their regular bargain hunting tactics to get these for a cheaper price. You can find them occasionally on eBay for $80-$125, and at that price, I think they're leagues better than any other swimming shorts on the market.


    Darn. This thread is making me want a pair of Orlebar's. I've had the same pair of crappy swim trunks for the last 8 years. I got them for barter in exchange for an hour's graphic design work.

    The orlebar's look really sharp but I'm concerned about the big metal buckles on the waist? Is it uncomfortable at all placed like that? Makes me think I might like the models with the string instead.

    Also, what is the interior mesh like? Are they small, "brief" shaped that cling close to your body, or does it just line the inside of the shorts and stay loose?
     


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    "Brief" shaped. I haven't noticed the buckles when wearing, but like I said before, I've only worn them a few times.
     


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    Thanks for the write-up dieworkwear!
     


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