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Well suited: Orlebar Brown's prints make perfect trunks.

* As with so many other looks, dudes have less options than ladies when it comes to swimsuits, all too often relegated to wearing a fairly standard swath of navy fabric below the belly button and above the knee. Orlebar Brown breaks with humdrum tradition, making the most of the space they have with their Bulldog beach short--a patterned optical illusion worthy of M.C. Escher. The wild trick-of-the-eye design makes the print seem deeper than the Atlantic, a refreshing splash of variation. The cut hits perfectly on the thigh, not long or frumpy like a board short but not so trim that it invades your privacy. They've also reworked basic hardware, adding a snap fly and a zipper to a front usually stuck with Velcro, as well as ample pocket space for storing any seashells picked up along the dunes. Finally, there's a men's suit worth its weight in sand dollars.

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ALEX FRANK orlebarbrown.com

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Title Annotation:STYLE
Author:Frank, Alex
Publication:The Fader
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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