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TABS: The Authentic Bermuda Shorts

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note how the logo matches the new Bermuda tourist board logo/typeface

I’ve been wanting to do a post about this company since it relates to a subject near and dear to my heart: Bermuda shorts and the style they embody. TABS is a “lifestyle brand”, which I think covers a bunch of different topics.  Rebecca intended to “reclaim Bermuda Shorts and show the world what they are really made of. ”  She goes on to say:

I spoke to countless locals about what makes Bermuda Shorts unique and why they are proud to wear them. The research paid off and after over a year of pinning, poking and testing I had my first prototype.

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The Bermuda Tourist Board Typeface

Both Rebecca and myself will point out that she is pretty much the only Bermudian business that is trying to market this style internationally, which is one of the reasons I like her company. You can buy her products online. And while the English Sport Shop (ESS) and TABS both market this fashion in a lifestyle mode (although I would say ESS is the older, traditional Bermuda), TABS is the “New Bermuda”.

Although Bermuda shorts are the national business attire coming in various colours. The more conservative colours are gray, beige or navy blue. But some men prefer brighter colours: orange, pink, green or yellow. Newly arrived expatriate businessmen tend to go for the dark grey at first. Then they graduate to navy, dark green, burgundy, yellow and pink as they get used to that being the norm (I admit to having done this as well at first for a few reasons).

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The cognoscenti know these Authentic TABS shorts from at least two different things even with the hanger in the way.

TABS shorts are different in a few ways from those sold by the English Sport Shop: although both are proper Bermudian Business attire. However, little things show that you are wearing TABS, not shorts from the ESS. For example, I can tell the shorts are TABS in the Style Advisor picture from the How to wear Bermuda shorts (for men) post. People who know the TABS brand tend to be cohesive. And small in number at this point, but I hope that the number gets much larger.

I won’t get as effusive about the shop as some of the reviews I’ve seen about the store since it isn’t the only place to buy Bermuda shorts on the Island. Also, the

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TABS’ distinctive linings on the  Bermudiana Purple Polo (front) and shorts.

store seems a lot like most other clothing stores with the exception that it sells Bermuda shorts with all the colours that entails. Toss in that I like both ESS and TABS. It’s Rebecca’s desire to popularise Bermuda shorts that makes me like this company (and feel sorry that I didn’t talk to her more when I met her in the store). We share a goal of seeing this style become more popular  outside of Bermuda.

I would point out that the English Sport Shop has been around for over 100 years, which makes them very much a part of the Bermuda short culture. You can’t discount ESS in any discussion of Bermuda Shorts

IMG_7426On the other hand, the English Sport Shop doesn’t have a website or sell online. You will get some assistance in making a wardrobe at ESS, but TABS has its style advisor to help you get the look right. Toss in the linings of the TABS shorts also help give an idea of what colours coordinate with the shorts!

I really like this brand and recommend them. At least stop in if you are in Bermuda.

And maybe you’ll end up a convert to this style.

The TABS Bermuda website:
https://www.tabsbermuda.com/

The Secret Museum of Bermuda

SIMG_7417ome of the things in Masterworks Bermuda’s storage room are the signs for the H.A. & E Smith and Triminghams. There is at least one other lost stores sign. They are the original items.

Anyway, I’ve seen a couple of articles about how you can still buy things from these closed stores. It’s done by going to places like Etsy, eBay, Poshmark, etc. that sell used or secondhand items. Although I have found more than one new with tags items, such as the huge Bermuda shorts in a previous post.Triminghams Bag
The wildest item I have seen so far is this Triminghams bag which is for sale on eBay UK!

I have to agree with the reviewer on Trip Advisor that:

Many old, great stores on Front Street like Trimingham’s and H.A. & E. Smith are gone and replaced by banks, re-insurance firms, and tee-shirt shops. Yesteryear was much nicer.

I liked it better when there weren’t traffic jams too!

But you can still do some shopping online and find the Triminghams handbags.

And even a shopping bag to put it in!

I know where that is!

They are at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club on Elbow Beach.
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I know this not only from the fact that it’s a popular location for beach weddings, but I am really familiar with Elbow Beach (and most of the beaches on that part of the island).

I could tell where they were from the background. Here’s a slightly different view which backs up my statement.DSCF1155

TABS_pink_front_open_groom_2000xI would recommend it for a great place to get married. Some people go for the unfinished church in St. George, which is interesting since there are signs warning people that the church is unsafe…

Anyway, the site for the Bermuda Weddings where I saw the pic is http://www.bermuda-wedding.com/bubbling-with-happiness/.

Oh, and TABS will customise your shorts with “Groom” and “Best Man” (or “Lucky You”) for the perfect wedding night! (Cost #20)

Point Finger Road.

Not sure why this hasn’t made it to the net yet, but I am now fixing that.

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How to wear Bermuda shorts (for men).

OK, there are a couple of good guides out there. The first being TABS Bermuda’s Style Advisor, which is the starting point for this. Rebecca is the Bermuda Short guru, although the people at the English Sport Shop will give similar guidance. Sean from Island Gentry also has a video that’s worth watching on 4 ways to wear Bermuda shorts.

It also gets into what I call “Going Full Bermuda”, which is an interesting term since my interpretation is to go with as many things bought from Bermudian companies as possible. Which means wearing my Smith’s Blazer with a tie and belt from ESS. The shorts and socks would be from TABS or ESS, While ESS sells shirts and shoes, that is probably optional. The other option is a Polo shirt especially if it is from a legacy company like Smith’s or Triminghams. TABS sells polo shirts, but a shirt from one of the closed department stores is heritage (as is the Smith’s blazer since ESS sells those too). But that is a digression.

Tie and shorts

From TABS Bermuda’s Style Advisor

The Traditional/Formal style used for business is to wear the shorts with a navy blazer and knee socks. The shoes are dress shoes (brogues/wingtips) although tassle loafers can be worn as well, Rebecca just says brown or black loafers. IOW something which is made of leather. Sean starts his portion on this look without a tie, which is a no-no: that’s more the casual look.

Socks should be Navy, Black, or compliment the tie.

IMG_7278The tie should compliment the shorts and the socks as the pic above shows. Although the socks take precedence over the shorts for being complemented by the tie. The tie in the TABS pic can be worn with pink or blue spectrum shorts or socks: preferably one or the other.  It would have been the perfect tie for what I am wearing.

The shirt should be white. Rebecca says it can be striped. I’ve worn pink and sky blue. But white seems to be the “safe” colour. And it needs to be tucked in.

For whatever look (formal, casual, informal, etc), the socks need to be up all the way. Otherwise, don’t wear socks. But no tie and no socks is not the formal business dress.

4 Stylish Ways To Wear BERMUDA SHORTS

Sean’s advice from Island Gentry.

The next step down is casual, which runs the gamut. On the island, steer clear of going too casual if you are going out. By that I mean, wear the type of shirt you would for the formal and open the top two buttons. You can roll the sleeves up or wear a sweater/jumper or cardigan depending on the weather.

The rule of thumb for shirts is wear a brighter shirt with neutral shorts or wear a neutral shirt with brighter shorts. This is why I say the white shirt is the best for the formal look. The same also applies for  wearing black or navy socks as opposed to the brighter colours.

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The two surcingle belts are from ElizaB/Leatherman and the other is from ESS. The ESS belt spells “Bermuda”

Rebecca says wear a brown or black leather belt, which I think is the best for going formal. I also like wearing the surcingle belts, but that is better for the less formal occasions.

Espadrilles are bottom line for acceptable casual. Things have changed a lot on the island and they don’t expect the formal dress for dinner! Although, I am enough of a traditionalist that I would at least wear a good shirt for going out.

One final tip: wear white underwear. Anything else prints.

Anyway, other than the formal/business style, this stuff is pretty much people’s opinions on how to wear the shorts. Take them more as guidelines (other than how to wear the socks). Anyway, I hope this gives you ideas on how to do this style and you will try it.

Renting a car in Bermuda

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They do have electric cars you can rent which are called “Twizy”. The people who used to joke I drove a smart would be even more amazed at these things. They are electric cars which look like something that would fly out of a jet fighter with the passenger being in the rear.

And there is absolutely no cargo space.

image-assetThe only advantages of the Twizy to a scooter is that the Twizy is electric and protected by being a cage. They cost around $100 a day to rent from Current vehicles, where I pulled the pics from.

Depite the changes in Bermuda, Bermuda’s Wade International Airport is something which hasn’t changed much since the Second World War when it started life as an RAF base. The Arrivals-immigration area hadn’t changed from when I was a kid: the pictures of the Queen were still young if I wasn’t. The Site MoretimetoTravel has a good write up on the airport: Bermuda Airport (BDA): Six things you need to know.  Number 5 is:

You won’t find any car rental counters

His explanation that:

And you won’t find rental cars off the airport grounds either. That’s because foreign visitors can’t rent cars in Bermuda. The combination of driving on the left-hand side (to which many visitors aren’t accustomed); narrow two-lane roads; and motorbikes zipping around the curves make it too dangerous.

“If you people rented cars here, you’ll kill us all,” explained one taxi driver. (Thus, taxis and public buses are abundant at the airport).

Isn’t totally accurate.

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Traffic Jam in Hamilton

Visitors were not allowed by the Bermuda Government to rent cars or operate any other kind of four or more wheeled vehicle on Bermuda’s roads, or bring their own motorized 2-wheel vehicles – not even for the handicapped or disabled until the laws were relaxed in 2017.

This is because of Bermuda’s very small physical size, which is less than 21 miles in total land area and sixth largest population per square mile in the world, higher than in Bangladesh and Bahrain and exceeded only by Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Macao, Monaco, Singapore and Vatican City. Foreign drivers licenses are not legal in Bermuda, which means that visitors, even when they have driving licenses issued by their home state or province or country, allowed to drive in Bermuda.

One of the major changes from when I was a kid is that Bermuda has by far more vehicles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. That means I was a treated to seeing a traffic jam which extended the length of Front Street and Pitts Bay Road, which was a few miles.

So, I go for the Twizy if you want to brave Bermuda’s roads in something other than public transportation.

See also:

O Sibili!

This used to hang above the bar at the Pompano Beach Club in Bermuda when I was young (not sure if it is still there, but I hope it is).
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Anyway, my Dad thought it was funny as heck.

I would love to find this.