We review the ten best men’s swim shorts brands in the world. These designer shorts are all very special, with unique designs, vibrant colors, and the best possible quality. The first swim short brand in our listing is also incredibly eco-conscious, with swim shorts made with 100% recycled plastics.
All these short brands will enhance your physique and set off your tan on any tropical beach. They will help you look stylish poolside, and because of their quality, they should last many swims. The fabrics used by their brands are designed with nautical prints, classic solid colors, and chic patterns that look great on the trendy beaches in Rio De Janeiro and in barefoot luxury resorts in the Maldives. Here is our pick of the ten best swim shorts brands in the world.
Kairen was founded in 2019 and is owned by the distribution company, ImpactZero. 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 and respect ethical production principles. Why Indonesia? Because Jakarta has such a problem with plastic litter that ends up in 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 pictured above. 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.
2. Ripa Ripa
Another brand that you may not have heard of but that should be on your radar is Ripa Ripa, the brainchild of an Oliviero and Anna Laura who found it difficult to find what they considered to be stylish swim shorts. Ripa Ripa showcases the best in Italian style.
We love that Ripa & Ripa is made in Italy, using small producers, from rope manufacturers to fabric printers. These swim shorts are of exceptional quality and don’t balloon in the water, as they have a slick, glove-like fit without being tight. They just offer the right amount of support and stiffness in the material to maintain their shape.
Taking its name from the city’s famous Ripa di Porta Ticinese and Ripamonti, where their co-founders spent most of their time, Ripa Ripa has redesigned the drawstring swim short for a tailored cut that offers sartorial detail, maximum comfort, and sophistication.
These swim shorts are designed to turn heads with geometric prints and a comfortable and flattering fit. They are made from soft, brushed fabric that is quick-drying and has a distinctive soft cotton feel, these shorts feature tying-cord made from braided nautical rope and fine-mesh interlining. They are hand-crafted in Portici, Italy, and showcase the Ripa Ripa Mediterranean chic style.
3. Ralph Lauren
You may have heard of the brand Ralph Lauren which is perfect for seaside adventures. Ralph Lauren’s swim shorts add classic style to your poolside look. This is such an easily recognizable designer brand. They have plain and tropical designs, all crafted from a fast-drying nylon fabric with an elasticated drawstring waistband and finished with the signature Polo Pony motif. The shorts are perfect for beachside adventures and have an interior mesh brief for added comfort.
Vilebrequin is a brand that specializes in swimwear, including some fabulous swim shorts for men. If you and your family love the beach, Vilebrequin has a lovely collection of ‘Father and Son’ shorts so that you can match family members. These shorts aren’t cheap, but they are beautiful and bold. They even fold into the back zip fastening pocket to become a small bag, making them easy to pack away!
5. Tom Ford
Tom Ford designs some of the world’s most stylish clothes, including swim shorts. Ideal for the discerning gentleman, Tom Ford’s lightweight plain swim shorts combine luxury and quality. His Leopard swim shorts are smaller than those featured above but offer plenty of space to swim and dive without feeling constrained. The leopardskin design will certainly make you stand out by the pool too…
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 but also offer camouflage swim short that look like their usual shorts but are spattered in designer mud. I love them as they are unique and ideal for the summer.
This flamboyant couture brand offers contemporary designs with a vivacious edge. Valentino swim shorts may well be some of the most unusual on the market. The designs include vivid lime greens, a unique take on camouflage with pink and navy, as well as dragons and floating islands. If you want to stand out by the pool, Valentino is a great brand to choose.
Gucci is always one of the top brands in the world, be it handbags or shoes or swimwear, you really can’t go wrong with this brand if your pockets are deep enough. Gucci offers a number of nylon swim shorts, cut from quick-drying fabric and with an elasticated waistband. They are not cheap but come with that all-important Gucci logo.
The brand Fedeli designs brilliant, classy swim shorts! 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. Their swimming trunks feature an elasticated drawstring waist and side snap button pocket with silicone logo plaque. Their designs swing towards army camouflage or plain shorts, but I like their paisley design short because it’s fun.
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