Suiting Up: Unraveling the Secrets of Men’s Status Swimwear

If you’ve ever been to Fire Island—the popular beach destination off of Long Island—you know it’s a place where seeing somebody not walking around in a bathing suit feels off. Fire Island, the new movie out now, is no different. But is a bathing suit ever more than just a bathing suit?

On Fire Island (and in Fire Island), men’s swimwear is more than just clothing, it’s a marker of status. David Tabbert, the costume designer for director Andrew Ahn’s rom-com about friends visiting the island one last time, says the Speedo still reigns supreme there, but beyond simply the cut of a suit, it’s often a brand name that says something about the person wearing it. Read more at Town & Country.