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How to choose your swimwear

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Choosing the right swimmers is essential — your choice of swimwear needs to be appropriate for the situation

  • Contact sports such as water polo require something tight and tough.
  • Surfing requires something long and colourful.
  • Turning heads pool-side requires something sheer and sexy.

My worst swimwear-related wardrobe malfunction was the first time that I tried water polo. I was fairly apprehensive about the whole thing, but wanted to make a good impression, so I wore a pair of black Armani swimmers — very stylish and quite flattering, but obviously only designed for lounging in the sun. After being introduced to the team, the captain told me to dive in and swim a few widths of the pool. As my body hit the water I could instantly feel that I was leaving my trunks behind me. I spent the rest of the training session pulling up my trunks which made it almost impossible to swim, or catch the ball — both fairly essential skills in water polo.

The only see-through pair of swimming trunks that I’ve ever bought was an ice-blue speedo from Aussiebum. I think I may have ordered them when drunk. There really should be a law against shopping after drinking — the combination of mis-placed confidence in your looks, and a lack of regard for your credit card debts is a recipe for disaster. I wore them a couple of times to water polo training to the general embarrassment of my team-mates. I did also give them an outing on the beach at Mykonos that summer — again, there may have been alcohol involved in that scenario.

Choosing the right swimwear — it’s not as easy as you’d think!

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Lads in lace for L’Homme Invisible

The Anapos Line of underwear and club-wear takes masculinity in an exciting direction.

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French fashion brand L’Homme Invisible has released a new campaign for its Anapos Line. This underwear and club-wear collection is made from striking blue fabric featuring organic shapes that evoke the waves of the ocean.

This collection includes three underwear styles and a t-shirt. The Anapos underwear comes in String Striptease, Slip Sexy Back, and V Shorty Push-up.

All styles are lined with a lightweight, semi-transparent, super-soft fabric in beige colour. This protective fabric lets your skin shine through the transparent lace while the contoured pouch draws attention to where you want it.

The T-shirt is made from the same fabric to match the underwear, and features a V-neck in black trim. This tee can be worn as a set with the underwear, but also for a night out if you want to add some colour to your ensemble.

The campaign was photographed in New York. The model is Philip Fusco.

The Anapos collection of L’Homme Invisible is available online and from specialist retailers.

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