View Full Version : Modest suits

February 28th, 2002, 09:41 PM
Even though as swimmers, most of us look "pretty good" for our ages, I still can't help but think that walking around in a modern Speedo is disconcerting for some. Most of the suits are cut for kids who are 22 years old or younger and have as much material in them as a hankie. The correct waist size suit covers less body than my Fruit-of the Looms. Does anyone know of a manufacturer selling a suit more like the old Ocean-Pacific suits we had back in the 60's?
I want to wear a traditional suit and not one of the newer body-suits. I know it doesn't bother other masters swimmers, but I recently officiated a USA meet where a 37 year old man entered and walking around in his Speedo looked very out of place among the kids.
Basically, I'm just wondering if there's a more modest alternative on the market.

February 28th, 2002, 10:24 PM
Speedos don't bother me, but I know that several companies make "masters suits" with a longer side and square cut leg. I think The Victor is one (www.thevictor.com) and Speedo itself may make one. They're probably only available by mail order, though.

March 1st, 2002, 12:12 AM
You can try the Speedo "jammer" style...

Phil Arcuni
March 1st, 2002, 01:35 AM
There are several more modest styles out there, at least one by Speedo. When I was shopping a few weeks ago, I found a suit that I was convinced was mislabeled - it was way too big to be a 34. When I showed it to the clerk, she convinced me that it was a 'modest style.'

Her comment was that only us old guys were comfortable in the racing suits anymore!:o

March 1st, 2002, 03:05 AM
This may sound wierd, but check out the Ralph Lauren Polo selection at your local department store.

I have a very good pair of short light trunks I got about 5 years ago. They are very well made and not at all bulky. Also a much more modest look to them than a speedo while not being overly weighty or inefficient.

The really nice thing though is that after 5 years, and probably over 1,000 swims in pools and the ocean, they are not at all faded or worn. 100% brand new appearance- I kid you not.

I think these set me back around $40.00. Not exactly bargain basement, but then again I have had them for 5 years and will likely have them for many, many more.

On a side note, it is rather funny how we in the US obsess over this. If you are a guy in a Speedo you must be gay, and if you are a woman in a string bikini, then it seems you are only supposed to have 2% body fat. Where did we pick up this annoying judgemental habit?

I was in Brazil in November 2001 for 2 weeks during the start of the peak summer season and I was staying at a hotel right on the beach in Ipanema. Everyone wore stringy stuff- young and old, fat and thin, smooth and extremely hairy. People even went into better restaurants on the beachfront dressed like that. In Rio, noone cares. And I must say it is a very cool thing to not have that superficial pressure.


March 1st, 2002, 09:12 AM
Water polo suits tend to be cut a little longer on the side. Many catalogs will tell the length of the side seam, compare against the suit you have.

I just wear my lycra suits a long time and look like the saggy baggy elephant.

Swim fast,

March 5th, 2002, 08:08 AM
World Wide Aquatics has a section of "Moderate Racing Style Suits" that might be what you are looking for. Right now they have a deal for 10% off and free shipping (on orders over $30). Special ends tomorrow.