So my time in Maui was well spent, snorkeling, hanging out, swimming, spending most of my days wearing board shorts. All three pair from our friends at J.Crew. I have two plaid pairs and one from the Quicksilver collaboration. They fit great, but the nylon Quicksilver pair are my favorite for how quickly they dry. But the problem is inside.Another fantastic review! "Thanks!" again to J.Crew Guy In Canada for his take on board shorts for Men.
Board shorts from J.Crew are often described as lined with a mess lining, but it's not what you think. The board shorts are in my mind, unlined; the lining is much like a pair of wool pants, attached to the fabric to separate your skin from the fabric the shorts are constructed from, but they do not have a lining that keeps things in order down there, meaning things are free and easy. (I planned a Jon Hamm joke, but it just felt wrong.) Trouble with being unlined is comfort. Watching what other guys wore at the beach showed me that most fellows want a lining and support; the evidence was around the waist band. Sadly all these fellows had underwear bands crouching above the board short waist band. Not the best look, a little trashy in my mind.
Before you think I was right there two advertising my love of Calvin Klein underwear fear not. Last year's hot holiday taught me the best way to pack for a tropical vacation and how to solve the board short issue. After a few unlined days I too wore underwear in my board shorts, but I wasn't happy about sitting around the pool with wet boxer briefs under my swim wear. So I got a Speedo shoreline square leg trunk. Basically it's much the same as the usual boxer briefs I wear (is that an over share?) but designed for the water. The trunks dry quicker and give better support than underwear and are low rise so I can avoid my secret being revealed.
Now with the question is why can't J.Crew line their board shorts properly? I've seen the old man trunk in the mall with mess underwear linings in them, so why not the cool board short? I'm not ready to wear the nasty elastic waisted models with the mess underwear, but do I need to keep wearing two sets of swim wear just to look and feel good?
It's interesting that he brings up support in lining with J.Crew's swimwear for Men. I felt the same for the Women's collection that I have not purchased any pieces in awhile. The board shorts for women that I already own are lovely, but I always wear a pair of bikini bottoms underneath. (I am not sure if they are meant to be worn alone- but I do not feel comfortable with that.)
I also find that J.Crew's swim tops for Women could use more padding. At least the current pieces come "lightly padded", but the ones I have from a few years ago did not have anything and it always made me self conscious.
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's board shorts? Do you own any of the items mentioned in this post? If so, please share with us your review. :)