Men’s swim trunks are a crucial staple for any man traveling on vacation, so we have reviewed the 10 best men’s swim trunks below. These trunks have unique designs, vibrant colors, and are of excellent quality. They are designed beautifully and will not balloon or cause drag in the water, and, most importantly, they are ridiculously stylish for your pool-side look. Here is our pick of the 10 best:
1. Boto Swim Trunks
Boto Swimwear offer a stylish and tailored swim short to flatter the modern man. This season, their designs er towards plain backgrounds with pineapples, sharks, and so forth printed on the plain backdrop. This gives the shorts a clean and stylish look.
Designed in Montreal, the brand was created after frustrations at the lack of suitable swim shorts available for men. With an emphasis on comfort and fit but not at the cost of great style, the manufacturing process is likened to that of tailoring a fine suit. Another priority is that they are fast drying; all the shorts are made with an ultra-soft, quick-drying fabric. To finish the high-end look and to increase durability and lifespan, Boto uses the highest quality zippers, eyelets, and snap buttons. There are multiple size options, including different lengths, which means, whatever your style, you will find a Boto trunk to fit.
The range of designs includes European-inspired styles and classic styles in all sorts of colors. There are also more modern styles for the fashion-forward man, including a rather fabulous flamingo print! The brand also offers beach shirts to accompany your swim shorts perfect to cover up from the sun or to wear at the beach bar. Boto is also recommended by Condé Nast Traveller and is an ideal poolside accompaniment for this season.
2. Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren’s swim trunks add a “New England” classic style to your poolside look. This is such a well-known designer brand that is easily recognizable. They have plain designs, stripey designs, and tropical designs, all crafted from a fast-drying nylon fabric with an elasticated drawstring waistband and are finished with the signature Polo Pony motif. Their shorts are perfect for beachside adventures and have an interior mesh brief for added comfort.
Vilebrequin specializes in luxury swimwear for men and women. This season there is a focus on wild designs. They have some lurid flowery designs on their swim trunks and psychedelic swirly designs on their women’s swimwear. While I love this brand, this season’s choice of fabric design can make some of their garments “a bit much”. Then again, whether these designs are over the top depends on where you travel to. What might be too much on the chic French Riviera might be just the ticket in the laid-back Caribbean.
4. Tom Ford
Tom Ford designs some of the world’s most stylish clothes, and that includes swim shorts. This season, Tom Ford’s lightweight swim shorts come in plain designs with buckle detailing. Quite the opposite to most of Vilebrequin’s latest collection incorporating psychedelic glamor, Tom Ford has gone for subtle glamor. His trunks are beautifully designed and made. My only criticism is that the lack of labels and subtle design might mean that nobody knows you are wearing expensive designer trunks except you.
I mainly buy my Burberry from the duty-free store at London’s Heathrow airport in Terminal 5, just near the entrance of the British Airways First Class Lounge along with their Galleries Business Class lounges in the terminal.
This year Burberry has their usual ‘Check Drawcord’ swim shorts so there is no mistaking what brand you are wearing. The White black and red cheque on the tan background is unmistakable. Inspiring? Perhaps not, but there is no mistaking what brand your swim trunks are if you wear these.
Valentino swim trunks have gone down the Vilebrequin route this year with vibrant trunks to make you stand out by the pool. I guess you would expect nothing less from this iconic brand.
I’m not sold on the latest Gucci swim trunk collection. They are focusing on black trunks with white piping and a bee. The design of the shorts reminds me of short shorts from the 1980s and look dated to me, but if Gucci is your brand you will no doubt find these shorts irresistible.
Fedeli designs classy swim shorts and this season has gone for a selection of pastel hues and patterns. These shorts come in a range of colors and are delivered inside a clear waterproof pouch that can be used to store your personal items on the beach or by the pool. Perfect!
Moncler is an abbreviation of Monastier de Clermont, the Alpine village where the brand was founded. Men’s swim trunks form part of their collection regardless of the distance of this Alpine brand from the sea. After all, you can swim in gorgeous pools and lakes in the Alps. Their trunks feature an elasticated drawstring waist and side snap button pocket with silicone logo plaque.
While not the best-known designer, we like Kairen’s ImpactZero swim shorts. ImpactZero has sustainability at its core. Kairen was Inspired by the glamorous, classical style of the Southern coast of Italy from the 60s & 70s, and has created a fantastic launch collection of swimshorts made with 100% recycled plastics.
Every swim short contains the equivalent of 13 recycled plastic bottles. Their partners are in Indonesia respect ethical production principles. Why Indonesia? Because Jakarta has such a problem with plastic litter that ends up on the world’s oceans. Jakarta’s rivers send 2000 tonnes of plastic into the ocean each year.
Their men’s swim shorts offer a wonderful range of prints, from Riviera, a fun print, for an energetic and dynamic look, to Arancia, the classic one-color short. Each swim short is carefully crafted and offers superior quality and versatility. The quick-dry recycled polyester fabric gives a smooth on-skin feeling and there’s even a functional lateral pocket and key ring pocket. Of course, the shorts are lined for extreme comfort.
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