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, summer 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 are the best swimsuits to sport to the beach and beyond.
Stand out with your swim style this season in graphic camo-print swim trunks. Unlike classic Army green, gray camo has the versatility to be worn with just about anything, making it a no-brainer purchase when calculating cost-per-wear.
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.
It’s all about the details with these nike shorts. The utility clasp on the belt adds all the style you need to confidently sport these on the beach or city streets. Best of all, these board shorts have plenty of pockets for all your small gear—just make sure you take out your tech gadgets b