GET A HEAD START ON SUMMER AND DIVE INT0 THE TRUNKS THAT MAKE A SPLASH.
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SWIM IN STYLE
Best swim trunks for men 2019: “swim in style”
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, 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 are 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 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 & 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 & worrying about a wardrobe malfunction with your man junk.
If you didn’t hit your summer body goals, or just expect to have your weight fluctuate a bit from spring to 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 & 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.
To wrap in short for our trendy swim shorts here are the key highlights of the details mentioned above:
Boxing trunk waistbands with drawstring closures
Popular prints include op art, geometric abstracts, retro vintage/photo kitsch and animal stripes (in neon hues)
Coordinating coverups (especially white gauzy drawstring pants, guayabera shirts and preppy polos)
Quick-drying performance microfibers.
The White Stripes
A no-brainer for summer garments, nautical-inspired swimwear offers a classic way to channel some effortless Parisian cool. That doesn’t mean you can dig out that pair from your 2008 trip to Nice and be done with it. This season’s maritime look sees
Breton stripes get an upgrade: whether they’re being tilted, stacked, layered or re-coloured, these next-level lines balance insouciance and style as only the French can.
“White striped shorts are officially menswear’s go-to trend this season,” says Holly Blake, a stylist at the River Island style studio. “In particular, swim shorts with bold vertical stripes are trending as they can be easily paired with a basic T-shirt and flip-flops or espadrilles for a laid-back, stylish day-to-night look this summer.”
Bold stripes not only look the business under the sun: they’ll also work wonders if you’re not beach body ready. If you’re on the slimmer side, horizontal stripes will add a little width. If you’re carrying excess baggage, vertical stripes will elongate your body by drawing the eye up and down
Botanical prints have made the jump from female favourite to everyday essential for men, and there’s no better time to dip your toe in the water than when on holiday.
Floral shirts worn under a summer suit add a sense of fun to an otherwise staid look. The same can be said for when you’re (almost) in your birthday suit. “For the most flattering look, scale the size of the florals to your frame: if you have a small frame go for a smaller sized floral and if you have a larger frame you can take a bigger print,” says Gilfillan.
“If you’re print-shy all year round, florals provide the easiest way to dip your toe into the water. If you usually wear plain colours this is a fun way to get some print into your life, with the added bonus of not having to worry about what you’re going to match them with.”
Hawaiian prints and tropical foliage make great Instagram-fodder. However, if you’re on the pale side, go for something with a dark background to avoid looking washed out. Similarly, those with darker complexions should opt for a light background to dial up the contrast and make the shorts stand out.
The best way to ensure that all your snaps are on point is to avoid clashing prints with your mates. Not only will images featuring simple block-colour swimwear not date as quickly, you’re also more likely to find a single shade that flatters you than a whole pattern.
“Just make sure you pick a shade that suits you and accentuates your colourings, otherwise it can be disastrous for your skin tone,” says celebrity stylist Alex Longmore. “Avoid black at all costs as it doesn’t work in the sunshine and can look unforgiving with so much skin exposed.”
If you’re lacking in vitamin D or didn’t have time to get a spray tan before jetting off, opt for deep green, burgundy or navy hues. They sit well on milk bottle bodies. If darker skinned, go for something more vivid. Shades of cobalt blue, lime green and sunshine yellow will help you stand out, or go full Baywatch with red shorts seeing as you’re less prone to the all-over lobster look.
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The appeal of retro sportswear is as present as ever, and now nostalgic swimwear trends are diving in too. This season, designers have taken their lead from the old-school vibe and updated it, to help you avoid looking like your old gym teacher on swimming lesson day.
“You’ve got to have the whole look down, so try wearing them with some equally retro sunglasses,” says Longmore. “For a reference point, take inspiration from James Bond: he did retro shorts well.”
More often than not, retro-inspired shorts come in an A-line shape, with wider leg holes to retain the throwback silhouette. While it’s a flattering cut that’ll make you look in proportion (especially if you’re larger up top), it does leave a lot of room for, err, flapping. So ensure they’re lined to save giving everyone a peek of Harry and Sally when you lay back on the lounger.
“Get a head start on summer and dive into the trunks that make a splash (in or out of water.)”
Whether you're putting in serious laps or just chilling at the poolside bar, these are the best swimming shorts
Deciding on the right pair of swimming trunks is not as easy as you’d think. While it might seem simple at first, you’re essentially deciding how you want to look in one item of clothing while bathing at the pool or beach.
So to help you nail poolside cool this summer, I’ve picked some trends every man should be buying into.
The military-inspired look has been one of the most prevalent trends of recent decades, and it’s now gone full circle to storm the beaches. Perfect if stripping down to your shorts has you feeling slightly vulnerable, enlisting the armed forces can add some rugged manliness to even the skimpiest of swimwear.
“If your legs resemble pieces of string, then these shorts are a great choice,” says Sarah Gilfillan, a personal stylist and founder of menswear hub Sartoria Lab. “The busy pattern will add some much-needed width and bulk to your legs by drawing the eye outwards.” Don’t go for acres of fabric though, Gilfillan warns. “Ensure the hem of the legs is not overly wide which will only accentuate the problem. Go for a slimmer cut instead.”
As for length, Action Man-style shorts should be kept to mid-thigh level to outflank any surfer dude connotations. If going for something patterned is outside of your comfort zone, solid khaki shorts will still hit the mark and can be worn slightly longer (but never below the knee) in case you skipped leg day one too many times.