Best Men's Swim Trunks

The 25 Best Men’s Swim Trunks

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Heading to the beach or pool is now a time that’s no longer an afterthought. That is, it’s no longer an excuse to look sloppy — that starts with wearing a better T-shirt (try a slim V-neck tee, for starters), and it rolls right on through to the most important part of the equation. Namely, we’re talking stylish swim trunks that help, not hurt, your sense of style — or at the very least, serve a utilitarian function for surfing or swimming.

There are brands that offer up tried-and-true takes on the swim trunk, there are picks here that offer maximum coverage and functionality for water sports, and there are swim trunks that just look plain stylish — never a bad thing, even when off-land. In fact, the most stylish swim trunks should probably wear a bit more like shorts — that is, cut to look great when in the water, and fit to be able to wear at a dockside meal or on the patio once your time in the water is done.

As with other style-minded ventures, our picks of the best men’s swim trunks reflect a variety of price points, too. Shop on, and enjoy your time in the sun.

Pictured above: Lightning Bolt Plain Turtle Boardshorts

Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunks

Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunks

If your fall and winter wardrobe is stocked with tough menswear, it’s likely stocked with Flint and Tinder. In that case, it’s likely that you need some of the brand’s summer gear in your life, too. The Breaker Trunk is a recent introduction from a brand that knows its basics from head to toe. Starting with classic color options and high-quality fabrication is the company’s calling card, and the Breaker Trunk is no different. At an accessible price, that means you should buy them quickly right now. – Buy It

Bonobos Banzai Trunks

Bonobos Banzai Trunks

As we’ve come to know over the past several years, Bonobos gets the job done in nearly every menswear category imaginable, from handsome outerwear to slim chinos, slim shirting and excellent tailoring. Swimwear is part of that list, too — and rightfully so. If you want a pair of no-frills, stylish-yet-accessible swim trunks, the Banzai Trunk is the way to go. Constructed with a 7-inch inseam, the Banzai comes in colors and prints for plenty of winning summer style this season. – Buy It

Mack Weldon Swim Trunk

Mack Weldon Swim Trunk

From its upgraded basics and its new AirKnit line to its recent introduction of swim wear, Mack Weldon is crushing it for guys who want accessible, high-quality, simple style. These just might be the swim trunks of summer, what with their clean design, reliable fit and versatile color options. With stretch fabric, a supportive mesh liner and an accompanying bag for valuables, they’re a great buy all the way around. Grab a durable tote bag, your favorite shades and a six-pack to hit the beach. – Buy It

Onia Charles Trunks

Onia Charles Trunks

There are times where you need swim trunks that can take on anything, and do it reliably and stylishly. For all of those times — which tends to happen in the summer — the Onia Charles Trunks should be your go-to. In a range of solid colors and featuring an accessible price, the Canopy color is our favorite for teaming with a striped navy tee or a red tank top. Finished with nickel hardware and made from a stretchy nylon blend, the Onia Charles Trunk is ideal and understated. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Surf Trunk

Taylor Stitch Surf Trunk

Taylor Stitch knows that the name of the game is simplicity, classic looks and sharp designs — that’s as true with the hard-wearing Surf Trunk as it is with the rest of the brand’s goods. And the perfect set of swimwear to team with your TS chambray shirt or T-shirt? We think we’ve found it. Made in a neutral steel color and out of 100 percent nylon poplin, it’s a unique pair of swim trunks with fast-drying fabric and the kind of refined look you seldom find on a beach. – Buy It

The North Face Swim Trunks

The North Face Swim Trunks

It’s true, The North Face makes more than just hard-wearing winter outerwear. They also make a nice pair of swim trunks, with performance features and plenty of functionality as part of the equation. At just over $30, these relaxed-fit, easy-to-wear swim trunks provide UPF protection and essential summer style in spades. Three versatile colors should earn you style points when you head to the beach or boardwalk, and the quick-dry technology is quite handy, too. Don’t sleep on these another second. – Buy It

Penfield Seal Swim Shorts

Penfield Seal Swim Shorts

If all you’re looking for is a simple pair of summer swim trunks in a color that’s not too bold or bright, then the Penfield Seal Swim Short is exactly what you need to be on the lookout for. Offered up at a reasonable price by the good folks of Huckberry, it’s a reliable summer style staple on offer from a brand that also excels at providing durable spring outerwear. In short: The next time you need a summer swimsuit, go for Penfield without a second thought. – Buy It

Grayers Praia Swim Short

Grayers Praia Swim Short

Grayers is all about, as the brand says, “reinventing the classics.” When they apply this notion to swimwear, that makes just as much sense — witness the Praia Swim Short for further reference. Available in patterns as head-turning as Rough Plaid and as summer-appropriate as bright tropical prints, the Praia is a new addition to the Grayers line. Helpfully, it features quick-drying cotton and nylon blended together in one stylishly finished package — as good-looking as your favorite shorts, and much better suited for the water. – Buy It

Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts

Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts

You likely know Howler Brothers for the brand’s vintage-leaning, highly wearable snap shirts. They blend a throwback feel with slightly bold prints for the modern guy — and if you’ve been hunting for the perfect pair of swim trunks with which to pair ‘em, we’ve got you sorted out. The Hybrid Short is just that — a pair of shorts that fit like slim chambray shorts, yet feature nylon ripstop construction for performance in and out of the water. Too good to be true? Buy them and see for yourself. – Buy It

Thorsun Swim Trunk

Thorsun Swim Trunk

When one surveys the swimwear landscape, Thorsun jumps out for its accessible, reliable style and a dash of continental appeal. These bold black swim trunks manage to be at once eye-catching and yet easily wearable, made in America for an extra dash of crafted heritage. With all of that going for these swim trunks, it makes sense that Todd Snyder would sell them — they fit right in with the designer’s aesthetic of heritage-inspired staples made modern, and that means they’re a prime summer purchase. – Buy It

J.Crew 6" Swim Trunks

J.Crew 6″ Swim Trunks

J. Crew should be a veritable summer style mainstay in any discerning guy’s wardrobe, what with classic style staples for the warm weather. Starting with the brand’s perfectly faded shirts and carrying on through to its classically cut swim trunks, there’s not really a better place to go to get all of your beach gear in one trip. Available in two versatile color options, everything from the inseam to the classic elastic waistband should work more than nicely for you this season. – Buy It

Lightning Bolt Plain Turtle Boardshort

Lightning Bolt Plain Turtle Boardshort

Want to go back to the days when bold, brightly colored boardshorts ruled the beach and the pool? It’s easy — just step into the Lighting Bolt Plain Turtle Boardshort, featuring unique color and classic style aplenty. Designed to wear like a volley short for extra style points, the inseam (just over five inches) hits higher on the thigh — designed to show off all those hours in the gym. And the color calls to mind the surf culture upon which the brand was founded — a big design plus. – Buy It

Chubbies - The Glades - Swim Trunks

Chubbies – The Glades – Swim Trunks

Chubbies offers up style that’s instantly recognizable and not for the faint of heart. The Glades fit that bill quite neatly, with a short inseam and the type of looks guaranteed to turn heads at your local pool or beach. To style these the right way, opt for a simple, crisp white summer T-shirt and premium leather sandals — the Chubbies Glades trunks can definitely do the rest of the talking for you. The best part? You get them for an accessible price, with cash left over. – Buy It

Nike Clash 7" Swim Trunk

Nike Clash 7″ Swim Trunk

Nike, much like Under Armour, seems to continually be driving forward in its mission to be everywhere in terms of the closets of active-minded, style and adventure-seeking guys. The Clash Trunk only furthers this aim, made with stretch and support for long sessions in the water. The polyester brushed microfiber is made to shed water, keeping you moving from the minute you step into the water, while mesh is placed specifically to drain water. It’s all designed well and priced affordably, too. – Buy It

Vineyard Vines Solid Chappy Trunks

Vineyard Vines Solid Chappy Trunks

Vineyard Vines is a coastal staple that exemplifies preppy style and easygoing beach living. It’s fitting, then, that they’re on our list of the best swimwear to buy for the summer season. In a wide array of bold and bright colors, the Solid Chappy Trunks are just what you need when it comes to the right way to liven up your summer swimwear. And with a fit that’s more similar to slim chino shorts than baggy board shorts, the brand just gets what consumers want. – Buy It

United by Blue Clear Creek Boardshorts

United by Blue Clear Creek Boardshorts

It follows that when you’re hitting the water in style, you want to feel good about what you’re wearing — right? United by Blue has the perfect way for stylish guys everywhere to achieve that aim — its Clear Creek Boardshort looks great, combines unique colorblocking and is made sustainably and with great care. The four-way stretch ensures top-notch comfort all day long, and your purchase of these trunks helps remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. – $55

Banks Dotty Boardshort

Banks Dotty Boardshort

In keeping with style trends, Banks has built a boardshort that mimics the look of slightly faded dark blue denim while incorporating some eye-catching polka dots. If you already have a pair of neutral swim trunks but want to try something new, a pop of pattern on a neutral navy is the way to go — plus, they’re unique enough where they’ll stand out compared to other trunks at the beach. Pair these with a navy tank top for a monochromatic look, and watch the compliments roll in. – $65

Grayers Batik Print Swim Trunk

Grayers Batik Print Swim Trunk

It’s no surprise that Grayers, inspired by modern takes on prep-inspired fashion, can also craft a pair of swim trunks that nod to the past but combine on-point, current designs — just like the rest of its apparel and outerwear. The front-stitched pocket design serves a purpose both utilitarian and style-minded, and the batik print is unique and fashion-forward — in a good way, that is. With retro style definitely coming back into play, it makes sense to incorporate some of that into your swim trunks. – $88

Reef Lucas 18" in Navy

Reef Lucas 18″ in Navy

For those among us who are more action-minded when it comes to hitting the water, Reef delivers on boardshorts that are every bit as good as when the brand first launched. The neutral navy color works well in a variety of situations, be it on the beach before you catch some waves, or hanging out post-surf. The style of these trunks offers coverage and comfort when in the water, and the elastic key loop and braided drawcord provide maximum function and structure where you need it most. – $39.50

Quiksilver AG47 Everyday 20” Boardshorts

Quiksilver AG47 Everyday 20” Boardshorts

Quiksilver is another brand that combines a love of surfing with plenty of functionality, structure and support when it comes to boardshorts. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a dedicated amateur catching some waves before you head into the office, this brand has you covered for a price that’s solid. The grey-and-black colorblocked combination is no-nonsense, the long cut works quite well in terms of comfort and functionality, and the laser-cut, heat-bonded inseam is sturdy. Plus, the heat-welded back-zip pocket helps you keep track of your gear. – $55

J. Crew 6.5” Tab Swim Short in Harbor Stripe

J. Crew 6.5” Tab Swim Short in Harbor Stripe

For a more classically inspired look, reach for a pair of swim trunks that are cut higher than normal for a tailored look. The faded red color and thick white stripe avoid going full-on Baywatch, and the moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric adds an extra layer of functionality. The front tab closure looks clean and crisp, too. These are the kind of swim shorts that look just as great at the bar after hitting the water as they do on a boat. – $75

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Short

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Short

Even after five-plus decades in the spotlight, there’s not quite a style icon like James Bond. That’s why it makes perfect sense to reach for the very style of swim shorts that the iconic character rocked in Skyfall. Orlebar Brown plays off its excellent heritage with a pair of swim trunks that combine tailored principles — like side tabs and side-angle front pockets — with quality construction you’d expect from an top-notch brand. These are the dressiest pair of swim trunks that money can buy, and they’re worth every penny. – $240

Bonobos Surfside Board Short

Bonobos Surfside Board Short

Bonobos has built its brand name on the strength of its high-quality chinos and denim, and it translates that same attention to detail into its swim trunks. The Surfside Board Short takes a classically stylish approach to the swim trunk, with a just-right 7” inseam and a sensible striped pattern that looks smart without being too overpowering. As with any of Bonobos’ fashion-forward product offering, these swim trunks will look just fine with a slim short-sleeve chambray shirt as they will when you wear them for a swim. – $88

SWIMS Paloma Hybrid Chino

SWIMS Paloma Hybrid Chino

While plenty of swim shorts look just as great as regular shorts, few incorporate the technological touches that SWIMS does when it comes to its Paloma Hybrid Chino. They look like high-quality tailored shorts and perform like a reliable pair of swim trunks. In a classic navy color, they’re perfectly fit for the back deck or country club, and they’ll perform well elsewhere. Rock them with a white polo or an olive henley for versatile, casual style. – $130

Johnnie O 90H20 Surf Shorts

Johnnie O 90H20 Surf Shorts

For classic style that incorporates the best of prep fashion with the comfort and functionality of a pair of swim trunks, Johnnie O fits the bill perfectly. In a cool “Silver Lake” Blue, the white cord adds a nice pop of contrast and the peached fabric should feel great for those long days at the beach. The 8.5” inseam hits at just the right length for a modern swim short — wear these to and from the ocean, wear these out on the water, and wear them back to dinner. – $55

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