Do you use such shorts to bathe in?
No. A wide brimmed hat provides better protection against the sun without the unfortunate colonial overtones. Unless you're in a Marx Bros skit or re-enacting Gunga Din....
No, I meant bathing, as in the British English use of the term....but I suppose you mean swimming.
No, I meant bathing, as in the British English use of the term.
What I don't get, is why you would wear shorts to the beach, but not for wearing them in the water, and yet, won't wear them in the city, where they are also not used for being in the water.
But perhaps it's just myself that are not stuck up enough, as to limit myself to certain types of clothing for various activities.
When it gets hot enough, only a fool doesn't wear shorts.
BTW, American soldiers wear paints.
I don't wear shorts for the same reason I avoid Panama hats -- they're not my style. If I were to entertain ancestral considerations, I'd be walking around Miami in a kilt. Hmm, linen kilts anyone?
I dream of a climate like that. . . .
I'm in kind of the same boat. I just don't look good in shorts. My legs are muscular, very, but thin by my standards. The last thing I want to do is show those when I go in public -- unless I'm working out.
I've never worn shorts as an adult. To me they are boy's wear. And besides ,jeans protect your legs from the sun. I cover up as much as possible - long sleeves, hat, etc, in summer.
The line between clothing and costume is measured in sincerity and panache.
When it's seriously hot, I wear light blazers. Pinstripe, pastel blue and white is my favourite. My wife picked open the lining at the bottom of the jacket and sewed a few weights in there, makes the blazer hang like a heavy garment. Match it with cream oxford trousers, made in linen or heavy duty cotton, spectator or conference shoes and a panama/fedora. My shirt will inevitably be one of the many tropical style ones that my wife makes for me. I wear the shirt collar over the blazer collar. If the heat is insufferable the style looks just as good without the blazer.
One thing I always do though, is to wear an old, wornout, white t-shirt underneath. It might be an extra layer but it does prevent the wet underarm look. The t-shirt absorbs the sweat without transferring it to the shirt.
No not at all. The weights are small but heavy, they are about the size of a book of matches. (This is not my computer, so I don't want to go uploading pictures onto it, or I would post you an image.) the jacket hangs just like my heavier pure wool ones. My wife got the idea from an article that she read about years ago. The royal costumier, sewed weights into the hemlines of the Queen's skirts and dresses to spare the royal blushes on windy days.Question for GHT: wouldn't the weighting cause the garments to lay flat against the skin, thereby cutting off any flow of air?
My mother bought me a couple of rayon shirts to wear to school in the 1950's. At the end of a hot day those shirts would guarantee me a seat on the bus. Maybe rayon, in the early days, was less absorbent than later versions of rayon. Certainly with the coming of polyester, synthetic materials were less likely leaving you with a B.O. problem. I take your point about the extra layer with t-shirts, that's why I don't throw out my old ones, I only wear them as absorbent underwear when they are absolutely threadbare.The problem with t-shirts is that they are an extra layer of clothing, which I find intolerable in tropical heat. Much preferable are light-colored rayon shirts, 1950's style with the collars that lie flat.