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TABS: The Authentic Bermuda Shorts

FireShot Capture 371 - The Authentic Bermuda Shorts - www.tabsbermuda.com

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/

I know where that is!

They are at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club on Elbow Beach.
Bermuda Wedding
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)

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.

Buying Bermuda Shorts online.

This is probably more of an issue if you are trying to buy the English Sport Shop shorts than the TABS (The Authentic Bermuda Shorts) shorts. Actually, English Sport Shop doesn’t have an online store, which means that you would probably be on eBay or Etsy. Toss in that the people at TABS are really helpful, which is good for an online vendor.

Of course, I am all for your taking a trip to Bermuda to buy Bermuda shorts.

But here are some helpful hints if you don’t.

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This person probably bought them looking at the label, but found that English Sport Shop Islanders run small. My guess is that something similar happened below as well.

FireShot Capture 373 - islander linen bermuda shorts in Shorts for Men - eBay - www.ebay.com

The lesson is that it is good that the English Sports Shop doesn’t sell their shorts online! The other lesson is that you should measure your waist if you are buying these shorts online.

He’s got the look!

My Bermuda Shorts outfit

I’ve been threatening for some time to try the accepted Bermudian business dress, which I mentioned in my fashion for a changing climate post.  The weather is finally getting unbearably warm to the extent that I really couldn’t care less what people think–I want something that is going to be comfortable!  Unfortunately, supplex shirts aren’t going to be acceptable wear for business anytime soon*.

Surprisingly enough, the outfit received more positive comments than I expected.  Sure, it does look like a boy’s school uniform, but I’ll always opt for comfort where comfort is concerned!

I’ve been told that I have the legs to pull this off (and the kilt as well).

I just wish I had the hair!

* Supplex nylon has a unique moisture-management treatment to help disperse perspiration. It looks and feels like cotton, but dries much faster.

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Fashion for a changing climate

A friend of mine told me that British Foreign service workers used to receive hardship pay to live in Washington, DC at one time due to the hot summers. Now that the Earth is warming, we all need to think about more comfortable work attire for hot climates. Part of me wishes that the Continental Advocat’s robes were long enough to hide that one is wearing shorts. Of course, the alternative is to wear Bermuda Shorts as they do in Bermuda.

The real Bermuda shorts, worn three inches above the knee and they are correct national day and evening attire for any non-formal occasion including meetings on the Island of Bermuda. The correct mode of dress is Bermuda hose (imported long – knee-length – socks), plus a white or blue button down imported Oxford or other appropriate short sleeved shirt and conservative Windsor knotted striped or corporate insignia or club or regimental tie, with a single or double breasted navy blue blazer or a sport coat or madras or linen jacket that contrasts with the Bermuda Shorts, and tassel loafers. While dressy, They are not formal wear. There is no such thing as black formal Bermuda shorts. When invitations state formal wear on the Island, they exclude Bermuda Shorts and instead mean a dinner jacket, with matching long trousers and bow tie.

If you are tempted to go the route of wearing the Bermuda shorts attire, the proper hose can be found by googling “Bermuda Socks” or “Men’s Long Golf Socks”. The proper Bermuda hose is similar to kilt hose in that it comes almost to the knee and then folds over. The socks are thin knee-highs. The tops fold down 4 inches; the top of the fold ending at the top of your calf. This ebay seller carries this type of sock at a reasonable price, but you can expect to pay anywhere from £2.25-9.99+.

Proper Business shorts are made of finer fabrics, traditionally linen or wool blends, usually in subtle shades such as gray, beige or navy blue. But you will find them also in tropical color including pink, green and yellow. It seems to me that cotton would also work provided it is in a conservative colour (khaki, stone, etc.). The US Company Lands End has been trying to bring the Bermuda short fashion to the States and sells what appears to me to be an acceptable pair for business attire. You are also looking for a 23 CM (9 inch) inseam if you are of average height for that proper Bermuda Shorts look.

the Real Deal (English Sports Shop Linen!)

If you are willing to travel to Bermuda to buy REAL Bermuda shorts, the best place to buy Bermuda Shorts is the English Sports Shop (49 Front Street, Hamilton City, Phone: (441)295-2672) or Aston & Gunn (2 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 11 Phone: (441) 295-4866) At least you will know that you are being truly authentic in your attire.

Well, it’s a thought for hot weather business attire! If we can’t do something about climate change, then we will have to do something about dressing to survive the hot weather that comes with that change.

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And special thanks to Denise for coming up with the Real Deal (English Sports Shop Linen!) for me at a bargain basement price! Now, I’m officially dressed!