T proposed the following as a topic for me and it got the juices flowing a bit.
“We’re probably all familiar with the expression “she’s mutton dressed as lamb” which is usually aimed at women of a certain age who wear clothes eg a short skirt, that society would deem to be only suitable for a much younger person. Does this derogatory comment also apply to older men who wear speedo type swimwear/skimpy underwear?”
I’d probably lean towards it doesn’t apply. Mainly because I don’t think society sees them suitable for any guy in general. With underwear being something most people don’t see you in, no one should really care what you wear. Swim briefs on the other hand, there may be toleration of them, but not widespread acceptance.There is a stereotype with swim briefs that older guys with beer bellies wear them. At least that is what you’ll see posted places anti swim brief or going around as jokes.
Now it does seem somewhat true that it is an older generation that you’ll see more often sporting a swim brief at a beach dominated by boardshorts and trunks. I assume that is what they grew up wearing, so they see them as normal. Or maybe they figured out you only live once and wear what they want.
Back to the expression, in general you would assume a younger guy would look better in skimpy underwear or Speedo type swimwear or less. They typically have the time to workout or are active enough to keep themselves in decent shape. If these were the normal attire for guys to wear then people might use that expression towards an older guys. Of course it is a generalization and I’ve seem many older guys in great shape that sport the swim brief or could. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder. We all like different things and if you don’t like what you see you don’t have to look. If you like to wear a swim brief or skimpy underwear and have the confidence then wear it.