THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE BIG SPLASH:
Designers Choose Swim Styles
BROWN REIGNS - Lightweight and brown are the prerequisites
for any' man's spring suit. Natural lines stressing the narrow look.
... ."a sale"
Men Switch 'to Shorter Jack ts
The problem of men's swimming
suit fashions presents a real poser
to an, aspiring young designer.
Due to the exigencies of the
male anatomy, the surface area
fo most swimming suits is reli-
ably estimated at between two
and three square feet.
Within this somewhat meager
framework, there is only so much
that the swimming suit designer
can do to vary the styles from
one year to another.
After all, male swimming suits,
unlike some female models, are
fundamentally designed as a pro-
tective apparatus against observa-
tion. That's about all there is to
Thus the imaginative designer
is bound on one hand by the limi-
tations of his raw material, and
on the other by those of the pur-
pose of his product. Both are fair-
In spite of this rather serious
situation, the gentlemen in charge
of such matters have managed to
cone up with some variations on
the basic theme.
Swimming suits this year fall
into three main categories.
The ever-popular boxer short
this year, as usual, seems destined
to account for around 60 per cent
of the swimming suit business.
They will be appearing in bright
colors this year, with stripes em-
phasized, especially those in bright
red and white. Another trend in
the boxer short line is the intro-
duction of the new foulard pat-
terns, now popular in sport shirts,
to the swimming suit field.
Another popular model is the
brief, i.e., the swimming, swim-
ming suit. This particular style
pushes the coverage limitation
slightly, and thus suffers from
lack of raw material to change
style with. The pattern and de-
sign style remains thus about the
same from year to year.
The brief will appear this sum-
mer again following the trend to
brighter and more shocking colors,
in bright reds, blues and stripes.
A new feature in the brief will
be the introduction of a reversible
model with increased color com-
bination possibility. This model
will feature, for example, red on
one side, and black on the reverse.
A new style for this year will
be the short boxer, in contra-
distinction to the boxer short.
This creation features, like thej
brief, an elastic cloth which
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traditional whiskers represent bet- til the right fertilizer is selecte
ter taste. For those who wish to be This is a controversial subject ar
in keeping with the avant garde, one particular brand is really :
stretches to fit the wearer's an-
The short boxer has, essentially,
the top of a brief, but with a box-
er-like bottom, which extends part
way down the thigh much like a
pair of tights. The whole assem-
blage is in stretching material, and
thus fits the wearer closely.
Other structural details of this
model include either front or side
zippers and reversability.
Colors for this year will include
plaids of various types, stripes and
bright colors. With the reversa-
bility feature, these should be
available in almost any combina-
Some Real Winners
For the lunatic fringe, the left
wingers in the swimming suit fra-
ternity have come up with some
real winners. Termed euphenis-
tically "comic suits," this line
One word sums up men's
fashions for 1-95p . . . Continental.'
Shorter coats will be the rule in'
the first major ,style change since
the "drape shape" bowed out to
make way for the Ivy League cut.
Also in store for, fashionable men
in '59 will be a more fitted coat
with a" cutaway front and the
-"old-style" two button closing.
Side vents will be in evidence
also. Trousers will join the English
style of cuffless bottoms. Cuffs
never were popular in Merrie Ole
England anyway, and it's only in,
America that the dust trappers;
caught on. The trousers will also
Black, Grey Popular
The popular polors seem to beI
black and grey.% The iridescent
materials are coming in also withi
dacron-wool gabardine the most
popular fabric. Lustrous shark-l
skins and dacron-wool are the
. other two fabrics which will see
the most wear this year.
Light checks will make some-
thing of a comeback with a,
houndstooth-check in wool re-j
ceiving big advance play from the
The coat sleeves will also be7
tapered more than usual.
Backabuckled pants have ap-
parently had their day. Some of
the new styles will have' button-
through frontier pockets in frontJ
and no pockets in back. The front
of almost all styles will be plain
or a single pleat'
Other features to watch for in
'59 will be: the absence of a7
breast pocket in some models,
natural shoulders on some cuts1
and softly padded s h o u l d e r s
on others, as well as no-pleat
The history of this latest
fashion, that actually dates to
around 1800, involves England,
France, and to some extent, the
United States - 1860 vintage.
During the final throes of the
French revolution the French no-
bility decided that it would be to
their advantage, (i.e., keep their
heads from being chopped off), to
start dressing like the peasants
who were now taking over.
The English riding coat of 1725
became the frock coat or cutaway
of 1800. This same cutaway coat is
the height of fashion in 1959.
Black and blues became the ac-
cepted evening wear colors and
still hold their own today. Simi-
lgrly the natural shoulder and
Ambassador models" of today be-
gan way back then.
Knee breeches died after the
Battle of Waterloo in 1815 when
King George IV decreed that
trousers were necessary. The
trousers were worn cuffless and
cut tighter, and the 1959 model
trousers are similarly cuffless and
slimmer than last years'._
Men didn't accept the center
crease in trousers until the '90's
when the army officers were wear-
The cuffs appeared around 1900
when Englishmen began turning
up their wool trousers on rainy
days. According to the story a
nobleman forgot to turn his down
at a big social event and presto,
the style was launched. It was
THE thing to do.
But now, in 1959, junior execu-l
tives and the college' crowd areI
returning to cuffless slacks. Ap-t
parently they're more practical.
They're also easier to tailor. t
Stay on Top
Under bulky, wool sweaters col-s
lege men are still wearing shirts ofs
all styles to stop that scratchys
In dress shirts, the 'white pox-r
ford with button down collar ist
still by far the most popular style, i
In the colors, blue is the best seller
with stone colored linen becomingi
The changes in the style of dressi
shirts has come mostly in the
cuffs. The once stylish French
cuffs are rapidly dropping out of
fashion, with one clothing store in
town not even bothering to carryl
them except in the tuxedo dress
shirt. In their place, much to the
cuff link manufacturers' delight,l
is the convertible cuff. This com-
bines the old French cuffs and
the traditional button cuff, with
the advantage of being worn either
with or without cuff links.
Still the barrel cuffs are by
far the most popular.
In sport shirts, the ivy-styled
shirt is still the top seller. Stripes
and large plaids are rapidly losing
favor to the new styles such as the
foulard and the paisley. The small
plaid or check is still holding its
own. In spite of the wild colors
that are being advertised the sub-
dued patterns, and colors are still
the favorite of most college men.
To the now almost traditional
ivy-league shirt has been added
tapered body styling. This features.
a narrow waist, but still retains
the ivy-league styling.
Even though they are still not
perfect, wash and wear shirts are
becoming more popular and should
be an even bigger seller this spring
Vests Again Come1
On Fashion Scene
Vests are coming'back into style
There will be more three-piece
suits offered than last year. The
vests are quite functional with
many pockets. These will prevent
wearing pants loaded down with
Fancy vests will also be on the
upgrade. However, plain-color
vests will be seen more than the
loud checks and plaids of last
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