With women’s suits becoming more flamboyant than ever during the 1950’s and beyond, the male bathing costume was not to be outdone, resulting an explosion of color patterns and fancy detailing. “Cabana sets” consisting of matching boxer trunks and shirts with loud prints such as zebra stripes and pony prints enjoyed much popularity during this time.
Boxer trunks were here to stay — becoming a sort of “screen” to project the men’s hobbies and interests. While women’s swim wear underwent almost constant transformation in style, men’s swim wear was confined, for the most part, to the basic boxer and brief.
1950s: The explosion of the middle class in 50s created a huge demand for leisurwear. Terry-lined cabana sets in popular Hawaiin prints were perfect for backyard barbecues and pool parties.