From Speedos to waterproof shorts: A brief history of men's swimwear

From Speedos to waterproof shorts: A brief history of men's swimwear

by Bob van Iersel


Let's embark on a journey through the sands of time, exploring the evolution of men's swimwear.

From Modesty to Magnificence

Centuries ago, men braved the waters in little more than fig leaves – a fashion statement that, shall we say, left little to the imagination. Fast forward to the early 20th century, and we witnessed the birth of the iconic one-piece swimsuit, a symbol of both athleticism and, ahem, modesty (though some may beg to differ).

Enter the Era of the "Swim Brief"

As the tides of time rolled on, swimwear took a revealing turn with the advent of the snug and daring briefs. Adored by many men and occasionally mocked by the less confident, the Speedo became the gold standard of daring fashion – because who needs modesty when you've got confidence?

The Rise of Board Shorts

In the groovy 1970s, board shorts strutted onto the scene, embodying the epitome of "cool surfer dude" vibes. With their laid-back style and carefree attitude, these bad boys were all about kicking back on the beach. But let's face it – practicality took a backseat to fashion, leaving many a soggy wallet in its wake.

The Emergence of
Waterproof Swimming Shorts

As people became increasingly reliant on their valuables such as phones and electric car keys, the need for effective waterproof solutions became more pressing than ever. Sure, there were options like the unflattering, waterproof phone neck pouches – but let's face it, nobody wants to rock the nerdy tourist look on the beach.

Fed up with the frustration of soggy valuables and waterlogged wallets, not to mention the unfortunate trend of belongings mysteriously vanishing while they took a dip, people were desperate for a solution. And lo and behold, the waterproof swimming shorts made their grand entrance. No longer were our prized possessions subjected to sticky-fingered thieves. Finally, we could frolic in the waves with peace of mind, knowing our valuables were snug and secure, tucked away in trusty waterproof pockets.

Whether you're catching waves, go for a sup-board adventure or lounging by the pool, your stuff stays dry as a bone. 

The Evolution Continues

While in the past, waterproof swim shorts relied on clunky zippers, today's brands like RAKE are taking things up a notch with magnetic sealed waterproof pockets. No more fumbling with zips – just flip it, and voila! Your belongings are safe and dry, even at depths of 30 meters. It's like having your own personal underwater vault – stylish, practical, and oh-so-easy to use.

So, whether you're diving into the waves or lounging poolside, make a splash with waterproof swimming shorts. Enabling a complete peace of mind, knowing that your valuables are safe and sound right next to you.

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    From Speedos to waterproof shorts: A brief history of men's swimwear

    From Speedos to waterproof shorts: A brief history of men's swimwear

    by Bob van Iersel

    Let's embark on a journey through the sands of time, exploring the evolution of men's swimwear. From Modesty to Magnificence Centuries ago, men b...
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