Yea or Nay: Orlerbar Brown Swim Shorts

Posted on June 13, 2014

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[Photo Credit: Orlerbar Brown]

    • @Biting Panda


      • Danielle

        Seconded. Nay for lack of bulge.

        • DaveUWSNYC

          Bulge is so important in making a proper assessment.

          • Anna

            How are we supposed to tell if they’re properly fitted or not and how much we want to take them off if there’s no bulge?

            • Raspberry2012

              BULGE!! NO MODELS, NO BULGE, NO LOVE!!! There is a distinct lack of sausage in this particular Sausage Friday post!

            • Anna

              “BULGE!! NO MODELS, NO BULGE, NO LOVE!!!” The Bitter Kitten battle cry!

              Also, someone get out the BK t-shirt printer cause that definitely needs to go on a shirt!

            • Raspberry2012

              I mean, it’s just a horrible tease! It reminds me of when I was in HS, summer of ’82 – Christopher Atkins was the naked male celeb in Playgirl that month. So my best friend Renee and I ran out to buy it. We get it back to her dad’s house, and I don’t know if you remember how badly Playgirl sucked when it came to the male celebs, but they were never actually “naked”. Sure, they were unclothed, but the sausage would always be conveniently hidden. So the huge teaser shot is of Chris standing in a swimming pool, the water just up to the “treasure trail”, and all the naughty bits were all blurred out because they were under the water. We actually sat there like a pair of idiots, tilting the magazine to see if from SOME angle, we could see his privates, you know – like the water was going to slosh off the page and reveal him to us in all his naked glory. That’s what these swim shorts are – that unfulfilling tease!

            • Anna

              Hahaha! I love your stories :).

              I’ve never actually, ahem “read” Playgirl but my first experience with ogling a male celeb in that manner was Antonio Sabato Jr. (God, remember him?) in I can’t even remember what ad or magazine it was now (I guess it doesn’t really matter). Also, with my best friend at the time and of course the frantic shuffling/hiding the magazine under the bed, along with the nervously, high-pitched, “Nothing, we’re FINE,” and trying to prevent my mom from coming in my room when she was checking on us/asking if we want any snacks.

            • Danielle

              Like when they teased that we would see full moose with Levi Johnston’s shoot. NOTHING. NOT EVEN A PUBE.

          • Lower L

            I clicked through to the website, which has models *who lack bulges*. I think that’s more tragic than the price for these swim trunks.

            • demidaemon

              Ouch. How does that even happen? Although, some underwear shoots accentuate the bulge so much it seems a little farcical and unbelievable.

          • Kent Roby

            The first pair would be perfect for a big bulge, since the entire graphic seems to be lauding its glory!

        • Glam Dixie

          And thighs, where are the thighs? What’s the point of the shorter legs on the trunks without thighs in them? Resounding nay.

      • demidaemon

        While I do agree with your critique, I still like these. ;)

    • sisterb67

      Nay on the photographs, Yea on the artwork.

      • Constant Reader


    • BForte

      They are lovely photos/designs, but I wouldn’t ever wear them. It’s a NAY for me.

    • Laura Renee

      I suppose it gives people an excuse to ogle areas you normally shouldn’t be caught ogling?

    • Emily Dagger

      I like them. And it’s a nice excuse if you get caught staring — “sorry, the tropical scene on your ass just looks so familiar.” So yea.

      • AlisonS

        Especially the 2nd one. “Oh I was just seeing what color of swimsuit that woman is wearing.” *zooms right up to crotch.*

    • Mona_Visa

      Yea. “Um, I was looking at the artwork on your shorts. Yeah… That’s it…”

    • Mothra

      I would wear them. AND TWICE ON SUNDAY! Yay!

    • MinAgain

      Sure, why not?

    • MilaXX

      Cute, YAY!

    • Ashleigh

      What the hell is the use of showing swim trunks (not you, the manufacturer) NOT being worn by hot bodies? hello? sex sells!

    • Ashleigh

      PS I love them. a lot

    • Artesian_Belle

      But why are there no thighs in the shorts?!

    • LeelaST

      Retro Cute!

    • zmayhem

      Sure, models would be great, but even so I dig them in a big way and I’d totally buy the vintage travel poster ones and the last pair for my husband in a hot second if I didn’t suspect that a single pair would set us back approximately a month’s rent.

    • NurseEllen

      YAY! Lots nicer than the usual generic stripes or color blocking that the guys generally wear. I wonder if the designs continue onto the posterior…..nice to think about a good view from both directions, LOL

    • lamamu

      I need to see them on James Marsden before I can make an informed yea or nay.

      • Bad Idea Jeans

        I think the 3rd pair would work especially well on him, too. Certainly much better than those 2 ft long board short thingies.

        • lamamu

          Agree. That right sail is MIGHTY suggestive…

    • cat772

      Yay on most, nay on the two pool photos. But I *would* like to see them on.

    • Eclectic Mayhem


    • BlairBear

      yay for male thighs being on display (I assume) nay for not displaying them on said thighs.

    • Imasewsure

      I’m going to go NAY also because these seem too busy. Would make great beach towels though

    • JauntyJohn

      Yea, especially since we seem to be getting back to a shorter trunk, rather than that basketball short length which makes almost everyone’s calves look smaller and is kind of silly for its level of modesty.
      Show me the gams, boys! (for starters!)

    • B_C_J

      Garments have to be worn to get a real feel. These look whimsical but until you put them on who knows what they really look like.

    • kategs

      yay! what fun.

    • Sarah

      I really like these. But not on my manimal. Slap those on Tom Selleck (in the 80’s) and we’re cooking with gas.

      • Nancer

        Totally! He would wear the heck outta these shorts!

      • jilly_d

        Yes to all of this.

      • marlie

        Heh, “manimal.” I love it.

      • demidaemon

        He’s still got it today, too. I don’t know how, but he does. He’s irrepressibly sexual as Jesse Stone and I don’t know why.

        • Sarah

          Heck yeah! He was one o my first serious crushes. He represents Grown Ass Man to me still

          • demidaemon

            I don’t know what it is about him. He can get everyone from Angela Landsbury (Mrs. Fletcher) to the young town lawyer in his arms. It’s quite a feat!

    • macwell

      I say ‘yay’ to all of them. They are appropriately retro, and call back to a certain era with their length and fit. Wish I had a pair.

    • ChristySchiff

      The cars and the speedboats are so fun!

    • Mrs. Julien

      LOVE, but a model would have been nice.

    • appliquer

      Really need to see what they look like on James Marsden.

    • Bill Curtis

      Love, love, love them. But I had a sad when I clicked through to shop for them. Beyond my limited budget.

      • uprightcitizen

        Did the same thing. I can’t imagine paying $345 for a pair of shorts or swim trunks, no matter how cool they are. Maybe they’ll be on the sale rack somewhere at the end of the summer.

        • Bill Curtis

          Save me a pair if you find them…or maybe we could share a pair.

      • par3182

        Good lord, at those prices you wouldn’t want to get them wet.

    • Bill Craven

      Oh, to be twenty years younger and be able to pull these off (and on, and off, and on).

    • Dreamwr8tr

      Can’t decide. How do they look from the back? These look entirely too baggy for strategically placed design element on the crotch. The third one from the bottom is an elaborate joke about trimming.

    • Tanya Wade

      These are precious, and it would be so much fun to see the pools “bulge.” Add me to the chorus of “Why no models?”

    • FibonacciSequins

      Whimsy is appropriate for swimwear, so I say YEA. Cute stuff.

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Right! I was thinking the same – perfect for swim trunks!

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      My husband has sexy legs, so it’s a big YAY! from me. I’d probably get a pair for myself, too. I am an active at the beach/skin like a peach type.

    • Deac82

      I’ll be placing my order for the sail boat and vintage cris craft print shorts this afternoon….seriously. I love these.

      • Deac82

        Make that only one pair….$400, yeesh.

    • Heather

      I went and google image searched them to see what they look like on a body. I give them a yea. I would have given them a much heartier YEA if they were just an inch or two shorter. I need more man thigh in my life.

    • Qitkat

      I love the idea but not the price. Hurryup and someone knock these off (if they can do it for Oscar gowns, why not these?)
      I think this idea would also make awesome ladyshorts.

      • charlotte

        My link didn’t get through, but I have similar ladyshorts. You can still find them on the Boden website, they are called Bistro Shorts.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks :)

    • luludexter

      yea – I love these!

    • ashtangajunkie

      Love these! They’re just so fun.

    • PinkyK

      I like them! The prints are beachy without being just floral/Hawiian. But then again I live in Florida so shorts like these are wardrobe staples….

    • Gatto Nero

      Yea. The appropriation (or imitation) of vintage images can go so very wrong, but these are great.

    • boweryboy

      Major YAY! Swimwear is a perfect choice for these fun prints. Menswear in general is either too stuffy or too craycray so these are refreshing. Sadly, as much as I want some, I won’t be buying any. Too expensive for me.

      • demidaemon

        What’s the price point?

      • demidaemon

        Nevermind. Explained below. :)

    • carnush


    • conniemd

      Yea, I like them but I’ll add a Boo for lack of models.

    • mjude


    • kfizz

      Yea! I dig em. Wish there were beautiful men in them for the photos, tho.

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      I’ll take one of each, please!

    • uprightcitizen

      Yay. I would love to have any of these, especially the Palm Springs swimming pool and the black and white sailing ones. Awesome. So happy that men’s shorts are getting shorter. I’m a tall, slim guy. Long shorts make me look scrawny, but showing some thigh is all it takes to put things back in proportion.

    • Jen Freeman

      Cute prints! I’d love them as summer shorts for me! But for male swim? Nay.

    • Lily

      Wow! I really like that (swimming pool / palm tree / race car / pool umbrella) on your shorts there. Er… did I mention I like that swimming pool?

    • Lori

      I think I’d need to see them on an actual body in order to be able to vote. The prints are great, but I have some concerns about how some of the elements are going to look when they’re not laying flat on a table.

    • MW

      Yay, I love them.

    • MarissaLG

      YEA! These are awesome (but as other ladies have said, models would have helped!)

    • marlie

      The shorts are cute and fun in a retro way, but not in a million years would any of the men in my life would wear these.

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i love the first pair where it looks like the women are all applauding while he unzips….anyways…..

    • Mod_girl

      The only real question is : How Would Bob Benson Look in These?

      • par3182

        Not Good, Bob.

    • dmkava

      Yea on the drawings, Nay on the photos

    • colorjunky

      I need to see them on before I can judge, but I like the concept.

    • Jane Donuts

      Yea! Love.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I like the silhouette but not the prints. But it’s hard to tell without models. Where are the models???

    • WallyBe

      Yay here to the photograph ones, less so for the art ones. The photo ones remind me of Mary Katrantzou’s designs which I love, so I’d be happy to wear a male version! Alas, if only I had $350 or a …. patron to buy one for me.

    • Myra Amler

      Love the prints. Yea

    • KT

      Adorable! Definite yay.

    • sleepycat

      Shut up and take my money

    • Barbara Affolter

      I would wear the shit out of these with a bikini top, especially if it hit about mid-thigh.

      • Shelby

        Oh, I love your vision…

    • decormaven

      Love! Needed a male model to close the deal.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Can’t wait for the lower priced knock-offs to show up. These are major cute, but my significant other would divorce me if I spend $350 of ANYBODY’s money on swim shorts.

    • Shawn EH

      Yay, but only because the cut is even better and more flattering than the prints.

    • Yoshio

      Huge Yay!

    • Alicia

      Gorgeous. Definitely yay, on the right boy.

    • gitchygitchymama

      very yay……..just not $300 yay.

      • demidaemon

        Yea. No. Maybe $50, but even that’s pushing it, I think.

    • majorbedhead

      Oooh, I love these, and I echo the BK battle cry, because I’d love them even more if they were on a hot bod.

      Some of the prints remind me of Shag. This is a good thing.

    • somebody blonde

      Yay! I hope to see stuff like this on American beaches, though hoping is really all I can do- I sure don’t expect it.

    • kimmeister

      Rather meta, but totally YEA for me.

    • alyce1213

      Très amusant. I’ll wait for the knock-offs too and get a pair for my boy.

    • traceyishere

      Cute, I want them

    • kt mac


    • t bell

      Yea, they’re nice and colorful but I’m waiting for the return of bikini cut speedo types to be in fashion again.


      Fun! IN. Wait, not in, but YEA

    • icm

      fun , but $350 for a pair of shorts, that is ridiculous . There will be knockoffs before you know it and seriously who would know the difference between the original and a knockoff at the beach.

    • Nicole

      So fun! Love!

    • swissgirl

      LOVE these. How much do they cost? I want at least four of the designs for my husband (who also loves them). So YAY.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Perfect for Bob Benson!

    • megalomanic


    • theresaharnisch

      Yay – for the lack of elastic waistband, cool print, and length of leg. I like.

    • demidaemon

      Finally, I can unreservedly YEA something. Bout damn time.

    • Bert Keeter

      Pretty awesome….lets see how they look on?

    • TwiddlyStun

      I like them, but let’s make them even shorter before we give them to James Marsden, shall we? We can take up a collection.

    • ankali

      Yea. Very Katrantzou-esque, which is always a plus in my book.

    • throwslikeagirl

      I absolutely love them! But, at $345 a pair, I’m gonna have to absolutely love them from afar.

    • livesarah

      I would wear these! Agree with the chagrined mood re lack of male models though ;-)

    • osiatynska

      Yes, yes, yes. And unlike just about everyone, I like—and perhaps prefer—seeing a garment on its own. The detailing is exquisite. The print imagery and placement opens up a world of semiotic double-entendres. These are bold and clever yet restrained and elegant. Yes, yes, yes.

    • Sherilyne Cox

      Lurve them with both of my eyeballs! Do think the surf themed shorts could have featured a classic woody, but still admire the wit and winking style. Yay.

    • venusvelvet

      Brings back my lifeguarding days. At these prices, I’d have to frame them on a wall. As swimsuits, they come up too high, judging from google images. I like the waistline at the hip.

    • jif


    • shazziz

      I LOVE THESE!!! Very fun for the guys.

    • Gotham Tomato

      No. These are possibly worse than the pants that say ‘juicy’ across the ass.


    • Deborah Newell Tornello

      Yea! I’d even wear them–with a string bikini top.

    • Columbinia

      When I was about 7 or 8 I had a short little nightgown (with matching panties) with a scene printed on it, much like these swim trunks. Cute idea for kids clothes, probably not a good idea for an adult male who is not looking for, er, financial support in some form. I just talked myself into a NAY.

    • crash1212

      YAY! Yea!

    • ItAin’tMe

      Yea! I’m shocked you have to ask!

    • Danielle West

      So fun! Yea.

    • Clash D

      Love them.

    • theblondette

      How can anyone nay these? They are delightful.

    • amanda lynn

      Yea. The artwork is very fun. I wish I could see them on a model, not so much for ogling, but to see how it lays on a body. If that makes sense.

    • Valdri8

      Oh I want a pair of these so damn bad, but at 345.00/pair, I can send a lot of dog food to the shelter.

    • P M

      Well, it gives you a legitimate excuse to look at someone’s happy place, so yea :D