Custom Made Cuts
Our custom swimwear is designed in-house by our very own fashion designer, from the fabrics to the features as well as the cut and the styling of each garment. With comfort, style and practicality in mind, every little detail is carefully thought out by a specialist. This unique pattern is then sized for a variety of different sizes to offer you a great range. We measure these sizes in inches and in centimetres and then input them into a handy table to make sure that you can easily find out which size you will need.
You can create the design for printing on swimwear and create your own unique style. Use photos, faces or even a collage for a personal pair, or add text, a name or even a logo to your piece. Anything you can think up and create is possible, and our simple to use online design tool will help you see exactly what it will look like on the finished item. You can even choose some of the finer details when you make your own personalised swimwear, such as the stitching thread colour or the drawstring colour, depending on the style.
A Brief History
Historically bathing and swimming would be done nude; this is how it was for centuries. During the 18th century, each town could make their own laws with regards to what should be worn whilst swimming. In the mid-19th century, the UK made it law that men would no longer be able to swim naked. Since that time swimwear has gone from a wool suit which resembled a thermal all-in-one to the trunks and shorts that we know today.
Men's Swimwear Styles
There are a variety of different types of men's swimwear, most of which are still quite strongly based on historical styling. Swim briefs or 'speedos' are similar to appearance to 'briefs', a type of underwear. Dating back at least as far as the 1930s, it is most likely that the swimwear came before the underwear. Early versions were made of wool, with a canvas waist belt, and over the years these have been made from various fabrics, including nylon, spandex and poly materials.
Trunks differ in meaning dependant on locality. In the US this would be a loose-fitting, mid-thigh cut, which we would commonly refer to in the UK as swim shorts. In the UK, the phrase 'trunks' when associated with swimwear tends to refer to tighter fitting, shorter shorts that are longer and more conservative than briefs. Swim shorts would sit around the mid-thigh and have a looser fit; these would usually have a brief shaped lining inside.
Board shorts are a longer version of swim shorts that would sit around knee length - either just above or just below. These shorts were originally for board sports, including but not limited to surfing and wakeboarding. These are not specifically swimwear however are often made from quick-drying material and are perfectly fine if they get wet.
Printing on Swimwear
We have come a long way from wool and canvas swim shorts, however, options are still somewhat limited. Men's swimwear tends to feature 'traditionally masculine' colouring, with very few patterns and details available. Those that do have patterns are not always printed, they are often a transfer or just a logo emblem made from a different material and stuck on, occasionally embroidered.
At Bags of Love, we are here to change that. With personalised swimwear for men, you can choose your preferred style, and upload your photos, artwork or even add text and initials to our design tool. You can adjust the features, dependant on the style you have chosen, including stitching thread colour, size and sometimes even material. Once you are happy with your creation and have checked the real-time preview, all you need to do is submit your design for printing on swimwear. Our specialists will then hand print, cut and stitch your personalised swimwear to order.