Fashion July, 10 2012

Product Review | Zara Seamed Bermudas

These floppy Zara Seamed Bermuda shorts drew a lot of ire from readers when I posted them back in May. Some subtle points were made about their harem crotch (“embarASSing!”) but my attraction remained. I ordered up a pair and when they arrived in the mail, another complaint received rang true: “Zara’s sizing is fucked.”

I had hesitated at ordering a large (even though the sizing chart said they would fit a 32-inch waist) and they arrived too big. A couple of weeks later, the mediums came out of the box feeling not much smaller. Still, the pants were about as comfy as marshmallow pillows so I didn’t take them off for a few days.

The crotch is intense, and draws continual comments. One reason I enjoy its bagginess is that it feels similar to the low-crotched fat pants I wore as a young skater in the early ’90s. That bit of nostalgia coupled with a very high comfort quotient (read: balls can breathe easy) have made these a fine summer garment.

The construction quality is a tad dubious—what with the front button now held in pace by a single strand of thread after only a month of wear. They also look best when the fabric is tight from being in a hot dryer. What you are seeing in the gallery above is the sag and neglect of about 10 wears without washing.

Even cheaper now at $40, the shorts are relatively thirfty, as are most of Zara’s goods. A portion of their menswear is also a touch avante garde, so the low price point makes the retailer a good testing ground for strange new designs and fits. Rick Owens, here we come.