Perfect for the subtly stylish gent, the Diesel Men’s Coralrif-E Swim Trunk is sleek, understated and effortlessly urbane. Consider these the boxer-briefs of swimwear – they’re comfortable, easy to wear, and offer a little more modesty than the average Speedo. Featuring polyester material and an elastic waistband, the trunks are very comfortable, but the shades-of-black colour palette and bold logo down the left leg make these trunks stylish enough for lounging poolside with your femme du jour.
Of course if you’re looking to make a statement – and perhaps fit into the crowds on Rio’s Ipanema Beach – then the Zehui Brief Swimming Trunk might be more your style. The Speedo-style swimmers are tight and feature a rather daring cut in the back, as well as a bold colour palette of green and gold, and – we did say you’d be making a statement – a “Get it on!” slogan across the top right hip. No beating around the bush here.
Hawaiian Islands Creations are known for the eye-catching tribal patterns and colour gradations, and the HIC Nuku Hiva 8 Way Octo Super Stretch Boardshorts take the Billabong boardies of your youth firmly into sophisticated gent territory. With a proper boardshort cut, they offer serious coverage, making them perfect for adrenaline-pumping water sports, but the orange-to-black colour grading and detailed pattern will keep you looking stylish in the process.
For guys looking for something less confronting than a Speedo yet a little less frat-boy than boardshorts, the Original Penguin Men’s Three Strip Fixed Waist Volley is the ideal middle ground. Functional and stylish, these swimmers feature a mesh-lined interior and front slit pockets, while shorter legs and a fixed waist with hook and loop closure means you can live out life’s Top Gun volleyball scenes confident they’ll stay up.
We spend a lot of time buttoned up in suits while on the daily grind, so if you plan to hit the beach this summer there’s no better time to show off a little personality. The 2(x)ist Ibiza Block Print Swim Trunks are bold yet not obnoxious, and will allow you to fit in on any beach, whether you’re in Repulse Bay or St Tropez. Another choice compromise between boardshorts and budgie-smugglers, the trunks feature a shorter leg, bold patterns and colours, metal eyelets on the back that ensure a sleek look, and quick-dry mesh lining with a contour pouch for support and comfort.
For the nautically inspired and fans of the vintage aesthetic, look no further than the Reyn Spooner Kaneohe Bay trunks. Reyn Spooner is a Hawaiian swimwear tradition, and these vintage-style trunks are inspired by idyllic days sailing Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay. The trunks feature sailboats on a faded orange background as well as welt pockets in the back, side pockets, drawstring and Velcro closures, and are made from a airy cotton/nylon blend.
Do good and look stylish this summer with the Vilebrequin Solid Laser Cut Turtle. These trunks contribute to environmental protection – Vilebrequin has partnered with Plant a Fish to release one million sea turtles off El Salvador over a five-year period, and these dapper trunks aid the effort. The trunks feature a laser cut turtle insert on the bottom left leg, colour palettes of in navy blue and white or sky blue and red, zip closures and branded snap button, Italian side pockets, and a piped back pocket with velcro. Ideal if your summer plans are more Hamptons and less Venice Beach.
Sometimes you have to stick to the classics, and when it comes to swimwear, it doesn’t get more classic than the Hurley One and Only 22”. As the name suggests, the simple, classic boardshorts feature a 22” inseam, as well as soft recycled Supersuede fabric for comfort, a patented EZ fly closure, and a patch pocket with velcro fastener. Available in 10 colours.
For only the most daring gent, the Kiniki Amalfi Men’s Tan Through Swim Shorts are bright and bold, but do little to the imagination. Made from Transol Tan Through Fabric, these shorts allow UV rays to get through to skin, allowing for a full-bodied, all-over tan – the only catch being that these shorts are slightly see-through. Rest assured through, a micromesh front lining will protect your modesty, while the psychedelic pattern will distract attention. The snug fit and quick-dry fabric make these a good choice for sunning or swimming.
Choice togs for a summer in Seminyak, the Gant Indigo Wheel Swim Boxers feature a subtle nautical-inspired design and are comfortable enough for a full day of beachside antics. The trunks are made from a cotton/nylon blend, and feature an elasticized drawstring waistband and a back pocket with velcro closure. Throw on a polo shirt and you can head straight to the beachside bar once the sun sets.