Friday, August 01, 2008

What Not To Wear

I'm spending a week at the South Carolina shore with a group of high school friends and I didn't have a thing to wear.

I swim more than the average person and I have plenty of swimwear. But as a triathlete, my swimming attire is a bit... clingy. I don't thing my high school buds need to see me in a speedo. I had no idea how hard it would be to find more appropriate clothing.

I wanted a "bathing suit". Maybe that term is dated, so I'd settle for a "swimsuit" or "swim trunks". Turns out, they're harder to find than you would think. I DID find plenty of "board shorts", but those aren't bathing suits. I'm sorry, but the shorts go down below your knees they're really not intended for swimming. I saw youth bathing suits, but I really don't want Spongebob on my shorts and I don't have a 22" waist.

I went to Big 5 and Sports Chalet. Macys, JCPenney and Nordstroms. They either only carried board shorts, or the wrong size swim trunks. Why is it so hard for a middle-aged man to find something he can swim in without making it look like he's trying to a frat boy?

I finally found a small selection of traditional swim trunks at Sport Connection and I picked up a pair of conservative green trunks. Why green? I'm embarrasss to say, I picked them to match my tattoo.


Blogger Paulie said...

When I'm just going to the beach or swimming with friends and family I like to wear something like this:
It looks just like a regular pair of shorts and even has pockets. Not too tight or loose and not too long. It's like something you would wear with a polo and be ready for an afternoon of sailing.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Target and Mervyn's carry sensible swim shorts that aren't too baggy or long. Cheap and not too dramatic looking.

11:32 AM  

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