By Steve Huebl
This is a common dilemma for men when heading off to the beach. Dare they venture out in public donning this skimpy form of spandex beachwear, leaving very little to the imagination? Or should they cover up, opting instead for the baggier and less revealing swim shorts?
This, of course, depends on many things.
Firstly, consider where you are. In Europe, speedos have been the norm on beaches for generations. Though perhaps not as prevalent as they once were, you’re still far more likely to come across scantily-clad speedo-wearing men on a European beach compared to, say, one in the U.S.
In North America, straight men are far less likely to be seen out in public in a speedo nowadays. It’s been hypothesized that it’s due to a more conservative culture, a more obese population or simply sheer shyness.
Many even find the use of speedos offensive. Let’s face it, it’s not called a “Banana Hammock” for nothing.
According to the results of a Tripadvisor survey that questioned 3,800 U.S. respondents, 35% said men in tight-fitting swimsuits is a violation of beach etiquette.
Of course, the survey failed to differentiate between an older, obese man in a tight fitting speedo versus a hunky, 20-something-year-old Brad Pitt-look-a-like. This is the next consideration when choosing whether or not a speedo is for you.
If you’re packing the pounds, the truth is nobody wants to see your junk. Despite your self-confidence and your I-don’t-care-what-others-think attitude, do everyone else at the beach a favour and opt for swim shorts. Besides, it will be more comfortable.
On the other hand, if you realistically think you could cut it as a model – be honest with yourself – then maybe, just maybe, you could pull off wearing a speedo. The ladies, and even some guys, always appreciate some beach eye candy.
Age is another factor. What guy hasn’t grown up wearing a speedo at some point in his childhood? Children in speedos are regarded as cute. Don’t hesitate to strap a speedo onto your child for a fun day at the beach. Your 40+-year-old husband on the other hand, that’s another story.
When deciding what type of swimwear is best for you, just use common sense. Do you have the right body type for skin-tight spandex? Are you in a country where speedos are generally acceptable? Are you sure you even want to be showing off your package?
If you really feel the need for something tight-fitting, consider square-cut spandex shorts as an alternative to the over-revealing bikini-style speedo. Everyone else at the beach will appreciate it.