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.

Lands' End Volley Swim Trunks

Lands’ End Volley Swim Trunks

Less flash, better features. Forget the board shorts this summer. Sometimes the best swim trunks nail down the basics better than Nike’s next $100 pair of micro fabric. Lands’ End’s Volley Swim Trunks feature a three-piece mesh liner, a fast-drying polyester construction that dries quicker than most other fabrics, and, of course, two sides and a back pocket that drain quickly in the water, and hold your valuables when you’re bellying up to the bar beachside. The best part? no flashy color schemes. Only the essential solids in navy, red, …..etc.

Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

For when it’s time to step out of your slim Bonobos chinos and into something more comfortable and pool-ready this summer, you know where to go: Right back to Bonobos, of course. The lauded brand has taken the same attention to detail that makes its colorful chinos so essential, and simply translated it into a fun, easily wearable pair of swim trunks in a tailored cut. Add your own accessories (stylish sunglasses and perhaps a cold beer), then get ready to soak up the sun.

Rhone 6" Fletcher Swim Trunks

Rhone 6″ Fletcher Swim Trunks

As with other brands on this list, it’s quite helpful — and these days, essential — that you can switch from one set of gear to another while keeping the same brand in your rotation. In this instance, we’re talking about Rhone’s stylish and functional athletic gear, complemented nicely here by some cool down-ready swim trunks in a 6-inch cut designed for a tailored look to show off your training sessions.

Outerknown Apex Trunks By Kelly Slater

Outerknown Apex Trunks By Kelly Slater

What better place to start your search for your new favorite pair of swim trunks than with a pair crafted by none other than legendary surfer (turned fashion aficionado) Kelly Slater? Together with the help of standout designer John Moore, Slater has come up with Outerknown, a brand that consistently impresses us for its functionality, style and sustainability – we certainly think you’re getting all three in spades with the Apex Trunks. Take it from the legend himself, will ya?

Onia Charles Swim Trunks

Onia Charles Swim 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 navy color is our favorite for teaming with a striped white 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.

L.L. Bean Men's Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks

L.L. Bean Men’s Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks

That’s right — L.L. Bean doesn’t just specialize in making some of the best men’s boots for winter.  They’ve got a whole lineup of spring and summer style staples, including the aptly named Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks, the ideal pair to take to your next weekend lake getaway. We love the Vintage Indigo color and the agreeable (sub-$50) price tag.

Rhone 7” Board Short

Rhone 7” Board Short

Anytime we’re looking for performance mixed with minimal style, we turn to Rhone. This is a brand that can carry you through season to season, right on into the spring and summer months as you shop the best men’s swim trunks. Water-flow pockets reduce drag on your swim, and the seven-inch length is classic board short length for the modern man, with a cut and functionality that’s not obtrusive – -they’re designed to keep you on the beach, and in the water, all day long. Guaranteed.

Howler Brothers Horizon 2.0 Hybrid Shorts

Howler Brothers Horizon 2.0 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.

Trunks Surf & Swim Co. Swim Trunks

Trunks Surf & Swim Co. Swim Trunks

Heading to the beach or the pool should be fun moreso than anything, right? The sun, the sand and a cool pair of printed swim trunks from Trunks Surf & Swim Co. Swim Trunks should be on your “must-bring” list this spring and summer. The print does the talking here – pair these up with a classic white T-shirt and espadrilles when you’re not in the water.

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.

Outerknown Nomadic Volley Swim Trunks

Outerknown Nomadic Volley Swim Trunks

If you follow along with the world of sustainable menswear and gear (and we certainly hope you do), then it’s not too much of a stretch to think that you’ve probably got an Outerknown T-shirt and perhaps one of the brand’s famed Blanket Shirts in your rotation, right? Now, step up your swimwear game the best way possible: With trunks that have every bit the DNA and style you’d expect from a brand founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater.

Mack Weldon Swim Trunks

Mack Weldon Swim Trunks

Mack Weldon basics are the stuff of legend around these parts, the perfect blend of premium quality, soft performance fabrics and utility. It should come as no surprise that Mack Weldon swim trunks carry on that same lineage quite handsomely, too. These are a technically inspired pair of swim trunks made to take you into the water with the same ease as wearing Mack Weldon basics back on dry land. Stock up on both accordingly. 

Brunello Cucinelli Swim Shorts

Brunello Cucinelli Swim Shorts

Who said swim shorts can’t be refined and stylish, right? Gone are the days of tired swim trunks made from thin fabric, replaced instead by a pair of ultra-luxe Brunello Cucinelli Swim Shorts that are perfect for fans of the revered luxury brand. These are the perfect swim shorts to pack for a resort getaway, and they’re so well-cut and well-made, you can even wear them to a patio lunch with a Brunello Cucinelli polo shirt without missing a beat. Those are swim trunks we can get on board with wearing. 

Vilebrequin Men's Solid Swim Trunks

Vilebrequin Men’s Solid Swim Trunks

Vilebrequin is throwing it back to the 1970s here with these premium and retro swim shorts.The cut is tailored and stylish, akin to your favorite pair of chino shorts and yet with the functionality you need for long days in the water. The quick-drying fabric and the navy color in particular are two huge bonuses in matters of both utility and style, making them truly one of the best pairs of swim shorts we’ve seen on the market in some time.

Tommy Bahama Hybrid Swim Trunks

Tommy Bahama Hybrid Swim Trunks

We think we know exactly what works well when getting dressed for summer, and we think Tommy Bahama knows a thing or two about that topic — in that sense, it’s fitting that the brand’s Hybrid Swim Trunks are but the latest and greatest addition to your rotation of summer gear. They’re made with all the quality and premium design you’ve come to expect from Tommy Bahama, and they pair very well with one of the brand’s super-soft and stylish T-shirts, for starters. 

Aether Hydro Shorts

Aether Hydro Shorts

Just when you thought you were done with your Aether Apparel gear for the season (as in, the brand’s durable and rugged outerwear and hard-wearing boots), the brand comes through in the clutch with the perfect pair of swim shorts for the modern man on the go. The Hydro Shorts are worth the price in every way possible, the result of meticulous research and development in a way that only Aether Apparel can commit to making work. They’re your new go-to pair of swim trunks, easily. 

Peter Millar Swim Trunks

Peter Millar Swim Trunks

Peter Millar has a knack for making breezy, easygoing, and yet finely crafted warm weather style staples, the kind that look great on the course, in the water, or back in town for dinner. As far as “in the water” is concerned, the Peter Millar Swim Trunks deliver with plenty of style points and the kind of classic functionality you need in a no-nonsense pair of premium swim trunks. For your next vacation, there’s a very good chance Peter Millar gear could be all you need. 

Adidas Classics 3-Stripes Swim Shorts

Adidas Classics 3-Stripes Swim Shorts

The three stripes of Adidas are about as notable as it gets as far as athletic logos are concerned (although we can certainly think of a few others). That being said, your regular swim shorts get the traditional Adidas treatment by way of the classic “3 stripes” effect, and the result is a sporty and versatile pair of swim shorts that are perfect for more athletic-minded pursuits in the water. 

Solid & Striped Classic Swim Shorts

Solid & Striped Classic Swim Shorts

The name of these swim shorts is about as fitting as it gets, because these truly are a classic subtle and stylish pair of swim shorts for the modern man. They’re made with a lightweight fabric that certainly performs in the water and dries quickly on land, and it helps that as you shop for your new favorite swim trunks, you can also get plenty of summer style essentials via the stylish digital shelves of MR. PORTER. 

Fair Harbor Bayberry Swim Trunks

Fair Harbor Bayberry Swim Trunks

We appreciate a brand that takes sustainability and eco-conscious design as seriously as it does style, and that’s what we absolutely can’t help but appreciate about Fair Harbor. The brand has been making some of the best swim trunks on the market with material that incorporates recycled plastic bottles, and the range of colors and patterns in which you can get the Bayberry Swim Trunks is but another huge positive. 

Speedo Vibe Colorblock Swim Trunks

Speedo Vibe Colorblock Swim Trunks

These Speedo swim trunks certainly have a lot going for them, from the retro stripes and color combinations to the fact that they’re priced more than affordably (under $50, to be exact). That makes them a can’t-miss pair of swim trunks for fun in the sun and in the water, and they’re an especially wise bet if you don’t feel like wearing one of Speedo’s shorter options (I.E. An actual speedo). They’re all the better for it, as is your summer wardrobe. 

Free Fly Lined Swell Shorts

Free Fly Lined Swell Shorts

To say the least, we know we can trust Free Fly when it comes to the most dependable gear on the planet, especially the sort that functions as well in the water as the Free Fly Lined Swell Shorts. SImply designed and nicely priced for the quality and careful construction (they’re made with recycled coconut husk fabric), these swim shorts are next-level when it comes to providing some serious bang for your buck. 

Psycho Bunny Men's Cullman Swim Trunks

Psycho Bunny Men’s Cullman Swim Trunks

Your swimwear and your summer wardrobe should be fun and eye-catching, and what better way to do that than with some vibrantly patterned swim trunks from Psycho Bunny? It’s the kind of piece the brand excels at making across its entire line, and you’re going to enjoy injecting some color and life into your warm-weather gear for that next beach getaway. 

Lululemon Channel Cross Swim Shorts

Lululemon Channel Cross Swim Shorts

If ever you’ve tried Lululemon workout gear, you know the brand gets the job done with plenty of performance-minded functionality built into each staple piece across its entire line. And when the time comes to cool down and take a much-needed dip, you can step from one pair of Lululemon workout shorts into these well-made and highly effective swim shorts without missing a beat. The brand wouldn’t have it any other way. 

KÜHL Shift Amphibia Shorts

KÜHL Shift Amphibia Shorts

KUHL’s Shift Amphibia Shorts are exceptionally well-made as far as the modern, adventurous guy is concerned — that’s because they’re quick-drying and filled with stretch, made to go from water to land with relative ease. You can wear them on a hike as an effective pair of outdoor shorts, and then right into the water when you do find that coveted hidden watering hole. That’s the way we’d do it, and if you agree, get a pair of these versatile KUHL shorts. 

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