Jeans hold a solid spot in your everyday look. That is, until warm weather season rolls around. From Summer Fridays out of the office and lounging on a pool float, to that week-long beach vacation you’ve been impatiently waiting for, outfits are built around your best swimsuit to take advantage of any opportunity to beat the heat with a quick dip (possibly in a kiddie pool for on-duty dads). Even if you’re one of those unfortunate fellows with little opportunity to catch a wave or a poolside break, there’s a number of stylish men’s swimsuits and trunks that have the versatility to become your weekend wear go-to with moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric, perfect for any sweaty situation in the sun.
To help you upgrade to the best men’s swim shorts for your style and body type, there’s a few things to keep in mind.
The look of your swim trunk matters, but the length is the most important. For most guys, the sweet spot of where your swimsuit should hit is about two inches above your knee. This is the most flattering length a guy can wear—shorter guys won’t feel shorter with most of their leg covered and taller men won’t feel like they’re wearing tap shorts as the newest members of the Rockettes. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than sitting in your new swim shorts and worrying about a wardrobe malfunction with your man junk.
If you didn’t hit your New Year body goals, or just expect to have your weight fluctuate a bit from now ’til summer, drawstring waistbands and elastic waistbands are your friend. However, the best adjustable waistband to sport is one that lays flat to avoid added bulk. If you’re going for a snap closure, just make sure it’s not too tight with the ability to unsnap after one beer. The right fit on the waist will have you feeling seriously confident, even if you don’t have shredded abs.
Go for a color and pattern that stays true to your year-round style. Solid color swimsuits in navy or dark neutrals have the most outfit potential to pair with any linen button-down shirt, graphic T-shirt, or slim-fit polo shirt. Prints can be tricky, but we suggest avoiding any prints that look too child-like or resemble your grandmother’s kitchen wallpaper (you know what we mean.) Cool abstract artistic prints and classics like stripes and gingham are a sure bet for the best beach style.
Now, here’s our 23 best swim suits to sport to the beach and beyond.
Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks
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Bonobos has you covered, even when you’re ready to ditch your suit and tie. This recycled swimsuit comes in 14 different colorways, is available up to a size XXL, and has options in every length a guy could ask for.
Vertical stripes are the most flattering swim trunks for short guys. These stripes will elongate your legs to give the illusion that you’re 5 inches taller.
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From the gym to a refreshing swim, these trunks have four-way stretch for optimum comfort and a playful print to upgrade your summer vibes.
This best-selling style from luxury resort wear brand Onia is a hit with guys for it’s versatility, from beach, to bar, and everything in between this summer. With a snap closure, flat waistband and side pockets, they look just like your ordinary summer shorts, but have the swimsuit features of a mesh lining and quick-drying fabric.
Prints are good. Prints are especially good when they feature a retro-like geometric print that pairs easily with crisp summer whites and neutral solids for elevated summer style. Mr. P focuses on timeless styles that guys will want to keep in their closet for years to come, so you know it’s a worthy investment.
Opting for a tailored swim short adds some polish to your summer beach look. When paired with a lightweight linen button-down shirt and sleek leather sandals, your beach attire will easily transition from daytime at the beach, to an outdoor evening cocktail party.
It’s not just a bathing suit, it’s wearable art. Daily Paper’s collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum brings the influential artist’s work into your everyday life with bold color and painted florals for a fresh summer style flex.
Subtle, sleek, and all-around stylish, this two-toned stunner is perfect for daily wear.
When you think of Speedos, you probably think of those teeny-tiny swim briefs, but the brand actually makes some stellar shorts, too. Wear this smart black swimsuit all-day-every-day this summer, thanks to it’s quick-drying and UPF 50+ sun protection fabric.
Guys, this might be the champ of all board shorts: four-stretch, adjustable waistband, multiple zip pockets, and an all-over tropical print that stays subtle in deep water colors. It even comes with a water-resistant bag for your small gear—it doesn’t get better than this.
The North Face challenges your favorite khaki chino shorts with their swim shorts that offer a one-two-punch with quick-drying fabric and UPF 50 protection, all with the sleek look to sport outside of the water.
Create your summer style vibe around these sporty Saturdays NYC shorts. A white graphic hoodie and retro sneakers complete the throwback look that feels fresh for the warm weather season.
The best way to reward yourself after an intense workout? Taking a dip, without having to change your shorts. That’s right, this swimsuit doubles as workout shorts. Lululemon, take all our money.
Thinking about water pollution problem while hitting the beach? These recycled nylon swim shorts are eco-friendly with a stylish print to boot.
Stand out with your swim style this season in graphic camo-print swim trunks. Unlike classic Army green, black camo has the versatility to be worn with anything you could possibly pair it with, making it a no-brainer purchase when calculating cost-per-wear.
The beach is the best place to go bold with your style, and nothing makes a style statement quite like these not-so-mellow yellow swim trunks.
UnTUCKit is the perfect one-stop-shop for all your summer wardrobe needs including polos, button-down shirting, and now, stylish swimsuits. The brand partnered with Fair Harbor on crazy-cool board shorts made from recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly fabric is quick-drying and has 4-stretch, so not only are these swim shorts good for the environment, but you’ll look and feel good, too.
These Vilebrequin swim shorts are basically the best pool party trick ever. When wet, these solid purple shorts display a stylish pattern until they dry.
UPF 50 protection, quick-drying fabric, and a secure built-in belt make these stellar trunks a no-brainer.
Inspired by Vietnam Era Navy SEAL shorts, the D-ring belt detail makes this swimsuit look sophisticated and luxe.
Shorter than a standard swim trunk and longer than itty-bitty briefs, the Ibiza swimsuit is a 2(X)IST best seller for guys who want to show their muscular legs, but without feeling exposed.
Go for gingham if you’re looking for a classic men’s swim trunk that’ll pair well with all of your solids and stripes.
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