June 3rd 2010

Bye-bye boardshorts, hello cutouts

Decked out in the men’s short-of-choice from seasons past this summer? You might be alone. According to a recent article from the Style section of the New York Times, boardshorts have seen their day.

The new look? Shorter inseams a la James Bond – showing a little more leg and bringing back a classic style.

The article outlines popular New York swimwear store Parke & Ronen, owned by Ronen Jehezkel and his partner  Parke Lutter,  on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea.

Although the store does include many styles – from tiny briefs to mainstream boardshorts, the store’s best seller are the classic swim trunks with a two-inch inseam.

With some inspired by vintage sport shorts, this style is definitely back in – without the elastic waistband.

For women, though, the newest look is in the cutout swimsuit.

Filled with rips, slashes, and shards of material, these one-piece looks show just the right amount of skin.


Designed for showing off your body, popular companies such as Victoria’s Secret have created a few suits of the new look after seeing them on runways earlier this year.

“It’s one of those easy translations from the runway,” said Sharleen Ernster-Lazear, senior vice president of brand design at Victoria’s Secret, in a recent article. “It was a no-brainer. It was a good fashion trend to jump on as a brand.”

Designed for fashion – not function – this is the season’s must-have for women, those who are ready to flaunt their gorgeous curves.

Image: Victoria’s Secret

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