Shorter and more form-fitting than traditional swim trunks, but less revealing than briefs, contemporary swim shorts have become a beachwear essential for men. Featuring bold colour combinations and everything from graphic logos to conversation prints to statement tropical patterns, the best designs of the season are anything but neutral.
Whether you go for an elastic-waist design or shorts with a drawstring closure, here’s what to look for ahead of your next summer holiday: an inseam length that you’ll feel comfortable in, technical fabrics with strong performance features, and an eye-catching pattern that’s versatile enough to wear on—and off—the beach.
Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh: Mariana de Silva Graphic-Print Swim Shorts
Most pieces from Off-White’s collaboration with Vilebrequin are already sold out, but the label’s art-inspired swim shorts are still available.
Bather: Daytime Bouquet Swim Trunk
This pretty floral swim trunk is made in Toronto using a quick-dry polyester material.
Cape Town’s Granadilla label specializes in colourful, fun shorts that are designed for adventure.
Derek Rose: Printed Swim Trunks
Featuring a vibrant botanical pattern, these monochromatic shorts will go with almost everything in your wardrobe.
Orlebar Brown: 007 Dr. No Mid-Length Swim Shorts
Orlebar Brown is known for its tailored, colourful swim shorts; these ones feature an illustration from Dr. No.
Givenchy: Givenchy Paris Swim Short
Bold logos are in the spotlight this season. Why not wear yours in bright yellow?
BOSS: Style Barracuda
Made with a lightweight, quick-drying fabric, these printed shorts are perfect for casual days at the cottage.
Lacoste: Men’s Hawaiian Print Long Swimming Trunks
These trunks feature a number of handy pockets and a retro-feel Hawaiian print.
Shan: Classique Print
Designed and made in Canada, these fun swim shorts are available in sizes S to 3XL.
Union Los Angeles: Sheila Bridges Harlem Toile Swim Trunks
The print on these swim trunks is inspired by toile, as imagined by American artist Sheila Bridges.
Dior: Nylon Swim Shorts
For fall 2019, Kim Jones’ first beachwear capsule collection includes shorts in two prints by Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama.
Love Brand & Co.: Men’s Staniel Swim Short in Pelican Plunge
Designed exclusively for luxury resort Carlisle Bay in Antigua, these swim shorts are manufactured in Europe using fabric that is 53 per cent recycled plastic bottles. Five per cent of the company’s yearly revenue is dedicated to wildlife conservation.
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