The 25 Best Men’s Swim Trunks For Summer

When you’re planning out your summer wardrobe, there are a million things to consider—sunglasses, sandals, boat shoes—but the most important summer purchase you’re going to make (aside from that flight to Mexico) is a new pair of swim trunks.

They’re going to be with you when you’re hanging out in your buddy’s pool in the suburbs, when you’re at a fancy resort with your fiancé, and when you’re on your father’s new sailboat. You want a pair that will look appropriate in all these situations, but will also be more unique than the plaid trunks everyone else on the beach will be wearing. That’s why we rounded up the 25 best swim trunks for men—get a new pair, or two, depending on how sun-soaked your summer plans are.

RVCA Guideline Board Shorts

RVCA Guideline Board Shorts

If you’re not into the European-style short shorts that everyone’s wearing nowadays (see most of our picks below), you can pick up a pair of these board shorts from California-based RVCA. The striped pattern and green piping look stylish, and the length is long enough to make you comfortable but still slim fitting enough to not make you look like you’re stuck in 1999. [Purchase: $60]

United By Blue Stillwater Board Shorts

United By Blue Stillwater Board Shorts

Philadelphia-based United By Blue was started with the intention of making eco-friendly clothes that still look stylish. These Stillwater board shorts do exactly that—made out of recycled polyester and featuring a classic cut and pattern reminiscent of waves, they’ll look great, regardless of what you’re diving into. Bonus: United By Blue donates a portion of every sale to ocean conservation efforts. [Purchase: $64]

Mollusk Pennant Swim Shorts

Mollusk Pennant Swim Shorts

If you’re not the kind of guy who’s into patterns, check out these Pennant swim shorts on offer by San Francisco-based Mollusk. They’ll look good by the pool, but the best part about these trunks is that they’re understated enough to take you from the water to a seaside restaurant without anyone batting an eye. [Purchase: $66]

Saturdays NYC Colin Trunks

Saturdays NYC Colin Trunks

Saturdays NYC is all about surf culture, which is why its Colin board shorts are a good bet. At $70, you can buy a pair in red and navy, and always be ready to dive in. [Purchase: $70]

Polo Ralph Lauren Printed Swim Shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Printed Swim Shorts

Ralph Lauren isn’t just for the country club set, it’s also for the yacht club set. Mesh-lined and made with quick-dry fabric, these anchor printed shorts will make you look right at home on a boat. Maybe you can convince someone that you own it. Just a thought. [Purchase: $70]

J Crew Vibrant Red Tab Swim Shorts

J. Crew Vibrant Red Tab Swim Shorts

These slim-fitting shorts hit just above the knee and are a good way to introduce a pattern if you still want to be subtle about it. For an extra $10, you can add a monogram, which will help you fit in with the ascot-wearing crowd (that is, if you want to fit in with the ascot-wearing crowd). [Purchase: $75]

J Crew Oxford Blue Striped Board Shorts

J. Crew Oxford Blue Striped Board Shorts

What’s a day at the beach without someone wearing nautical stripes? These classic board shorts can transition easily from the beach to the bar, and the red, white, and blue will look beyond appropriate come 4th of July. [Purchase: $75]

Saturdays NYC Safari Print Trunks

Saturdays NYC Safari Print Trunks

If you want to break out of stripes into something more unique, pick up a pair of these Safari Print Trunks from Saturdays NYC. The print is available in an array of color options (from the more understated blue and black combo to the “hey look at me” red and white combo). [Purchase: $75]

Bonobos Surfside Board Shorts

Bonobos Surfside Board Shorts

If you’re too overwhelmed by choices, it’s okay to go with an old standard. Bonobos is a brand that’s known for it’s brightly-colored shorts and pants, so it’s only natural that they’d have quality swim trunks on offer as well. These board shorts are classic, and the striped pattern and turquoise coloring will blend right in around the pool. [Purchase: $85]

Lightning Bolt Core Scallop Board Shorts

Lightning Bolt Core Scallop Board Shorts

Lightning Bolt was born out of 1970’s Hawaiian surf culture and these shorts reflect that. A bit of a throwback with scalloped edges and white piping, these shorts will stand out on the beach. [Purchase: $85]

Wellen Pineapple Pops Valley Trunks

Wellen Pineapple Pops Valley Trunks

Want to look tropical without wearing a cheesy print that your uncle would wear? Pick up these pineapple-printed trunks from Wellen. Bonus: they might inspire whomever you’re with to order a round of pina coladas. [Purchase: $88]

Venroy Rope Front Shorts

Venroy Rope Front Shorts

These Venroy shorts may look simple, but they were designed in Australia, and who knows more about what’s going to look good on the beach than Australians? Nobody. Not even Tommy Bahama. [Purchase: $89]

Apolis Chambray Swim Trunks

Apolis Chambray Swim Trunks

While everyone’s hitting the beach in nylon and polyester trunks, you’ll stand out in these striped chambray trunks from California-based Apolis. And they’re more than just a good-looking pair of shorts—they’ve got a pocket (hey, credit cards can get wet, right?) and a keyholder string, meaning you can head into the water and not worry about your stuff getting stolen back on the beach blanket. [Purchase: $90]

Jack Spade Floral Grannis Swim Trunks

Jack Spade Floral Grannis Swim Trunks

If you’re the kind of guy who can pull of floral prints (kudos to you!), check out your new favorite swim trunks: the Floral Grannis from Jack Spade. [Purchase: $98]

Jack Spade Solid Grannis Swim Trunks

Jack Spade Solid Grannis Swim Trunks

Like the look of Jack Spade’s Floral Grannis trunks but don’t want to get all flowery on the beach this summer? Check out the Solid Grannis trunks—they’re the same cut, but solid instead of patterned. The mint green coloring and the bright orange drawstring are bold and understated at the same time. [Purchase: $98]

MNII Clubmaster Swim Shorts

M.NII Clubmaster Swim Shorts

You don’t see a lot of black on the beach, which is why you’ll stand out in these Clubmaster shorts from Hawaii-based M.NII. Slim-cut and classic, when you wear these at a beach resort, don’t be surprised if you see a difference in the attentiveness of the drink servers. [Purchase: $125]

Solid and Striped Lifeguard Red Classic Shorts

Solid & Striped Lifeguard Red Classic Shorts

Your Baywatch dreams can become a reality with these Lifeguard Red shorts from Solid & Striped. Do your best Hoff impression and maybe you’ll find your own version of Pamela Anderson this summer. [Purchase: $130]

Faherty Brand Classic Board Shorts

Faherty Brand Classic Board Shorts

This classic cut board short from Faherty brand (helmed by twin brothers Mike and Alex) allows you to dip into the tribal print pool in a subtle way (you can work your way up to full-on Native American swagger). Also cool: the shorts are recycled polyester made from plastic bottles (thanks, Poland Spring!). [Purchase: $138]

Faherty Brand Printed Swim Shorts

Faherty Brand Printed Swim Shorts

If you’re more confident about your ability to wear tribal designs, check out another offering from the Faherty twins. It’s a bolder print, still made with eco-friendly fabrics. [Purchase: $140]

Onia Charles Trunks

Onia Charles Trunks

If you’re looking for quality patterned trunks that look like you dropped some cash on them, look no further than Onia (appropriately, “Onia” is Hebrew for “ship”). The Charles trunks, especially, are gorgeously-designed, and tropical without being kitschy. Women will be asking you where you got them, trust. [Purchase: $195]

Onia Liberty Print Charles Trunks

Onia Liberty Print Charles Trunks

Get the party started with another offering from Onia—these confetti-patterned trunks. [Purchase: $195]

Frescobol Carioca Swim Shorts

Frescobol Carioca Swim Shorts

If you want to feel like you’re in Rio even when you’re in your back yard in New Jersey, check out these mint green shorts from Frescobol Carioca, a designer that creates apparel and accessories in the spirit of Rio de Janeiro (check out their beach bat set—you can look good and have fun). [Purchase: $210]

Corsaro Classic Flamingo Swim Trunks

Corsaro Classic Flamingo Swim Trunks

The Italians know a thing or two about how to live la vita bella, so take a page out of their book and check out these Flamingo trunks from Italian designer Corsaro. They prove that your grandmother in Florida doesn’t have the market cornered on flamingos. [Purchase: $240]

LimoLand Printed Swim Shorts

LimoLand Printed Swim Shorts

It’s easy to feel like a jetsetter during the summer when you’re taking all of your vacation time and running off on weekend jaunts to somewhere near the water, so why not go all the way and get these LimoLand shorts featuring a jet plane print? [Purchase: $250]

Orlebar Brown Why Me Ah Bulldog Shorts

Orlebar Brown Why Me Ah! Bulldog Shorts

Orlebar Brown was created in London by a photographer who wanted to make men’s swimwear just as fashionable as women’s swimwear. If you peruse their offerings, you’ll see he was successful, and you’ll also see his eye for photography included in shorts like the Why Me Ah!, which features as gorgeous image of surfers in Hawaii. [Purchase: $345]

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