Summer is in full swing and all roads lead us to the water. Whether you’re a regular amphibian or just want to get your feet wet, quality swimwear is a seasonal must. From surfer style board shorts to Olympic speedos, men’s swimwear comes in a wide variety of designs and cuts to suit different tastes and body types.
Here are 23 top-rated swimwear picks for men, including our experts’ favorites. Do you need more men’s style inspiration? Also, check out our expert-recommended guides on men’s wallets and watches.
Polo Ralph Lauren Traveler Checkered Swim Trunks
“I think a 5” inseam will work for most men, but the 5½ “inseam on these trunks might be ideal for those looking to dip their toe into the trend towards shorter shorts,” says Nordstrom Men’s Fashion and World Editor-in-chief Jian DeLeon.
Open Edit Classic swim trunks
“Our new label Open Edit brings the nostalgia of the 90s to life with this geometric print,” says DeLeon. The 4¼ ”inseam on this pair is for the fat and bare leg.
The North Face V-belt swim trunks
“The North Face took inspiration from trail shorts for these belted swim trunks,” says DeLeon, noting that zip pockets make this pair useful on or on the beach.
Nike Swimming Super Short Volley swim shorts
As the gold standard in proven activewear, Nike also makes first-class swim trunks.
Adidas Classic three-stripe swim shorts
Adidas brings its proven quality and construction into the water with these swimming trunks in the classic three-stripe design.
Adidas short color block swim shorts
This earth-colored color block design is suitable for a subtle statement.
Lacoste men’s swim trunks with elastic waistband in color block look
With its crocodile logo, Lacoste is no stranger to water. This pair of color blocks blends in directly by the pool.
Boardies swim trunks with leopard print
“Leopard print is pretty common in menswear now,” says DeLeon. This pair of boardies comes with built-in party vibes.
Printed swim trunks for men, 8 ” inseam
For a fanciful aesthetic with more coverage, this pair from Old Navy comes with an 8 inch inseam in a variety of prints, like these flamingos.
Goodfellow & Co men’s 10 inch trooper board shorts
For even more coverage, check out these 10 inch board shorts in this sleek color block print. The sizes range from 28 to 60.
New look swim shorts with floral print
This New Look pair features a more abstract, nature-inspired print.
Goodfellow & Co. Men’s 7-Inch Line Leaf Hybrid Trunks
For a green look with a little more coverage, these swimming trunks from Goodfellow & Co at Target are top notch.
Goodfellow & Co. men’s 10.5-inch rotary hybrid shorts
This knee-length pair is great for transitioning from strolling around town (or even a casual office) to lounging by the pool.
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Patagonia Men’s Baggies 5 Inch Shorts
Jeremy Kirkland, host of the fashionable Blamo! Podcast, notes that Patagonia makes some of the best swimwear on the market. “I only wear the 5” inseam, “he says. “I promise you, the stranger the pattern, the better!”
Birdwell men’s 310 nylon boardshorts
“The classic Birdwell Beach Britches are a California staple,” says Kirkland, pointing out that the brand is made in the United States.
Chubbies On the Horizon swimming trunks
Thanks to social media, Chubbies has become one of the most famous casual menswear brands. These swimming trunks are reminiscent of a hazy sunset on the water and are available up to size XXXL.
Patterned integrated flex board shorts for men
For a similar feel with double inseams, Old Navy boardshorts are available at a more modest price.
Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swimming Trunks
“Bonobos offers several lengths for their trunks, which makes them perfect for men of all sizes,” says New York male stylist Sam Spector. Choose from 5-, 7-, and 9-inch inseam seams.
Bonobos Ice Pop Stripe 7-Inch E-Waist Swimming Trunks
Bonobos has a keen eye for prints, including this one that feels like a refreshing popsicle break.
Outerknown Nomadic volley
“I love the color of this volley case, which has a zip pocket on the back,” to keep valuables safe, says Spector.
Marble swimming trunks in white with a bouquet of flowers
“The Bather marble print is stylish while also providing the perfect stride length for a flattering silhouette,” says Spector.
Speedo men’s swimming trunks short length
While the brand name is synonymous with its popular slip style, Speedo also makes premium swim trunks in a variety of bold colors, including this pair with a 4-inch inseam.
Speedo men’s swim trunks
The characteristic cut of Speedo is available in a variety of prints and offers optimal performance support for the ambitious swimmer.
Boss Sterlet Colorblock swim briefs
For a letter with more coverage, this pair from Boss looks like a day at sea.
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