10 best men’s swim shorts

Summer is calling, the sea is calling, but before you jump straight in, have a quick check of your swim shorts. The same pair you had last year? A little tired? Kind of baggy? We reckon it’s time for a refresh, starting with these stylish pairs. Now we’re talking (or swimming for that matter)…




1. First bloom

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Floral Swim Shorts


Holiday dressing is a great, no, the best, time to push the boat out style-wise. It’s sunny, dull colours look, well, dull, and there’s an expectation that clothes should be jolly. Printed swim shorts like these can be your toe-in-the-water foray into bolder dressing.

Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Floral Swim Shorts, £75


2. Blue for you

The North Face The Cass Rapids Shorts


Trunks that hit the knee are ideal for taller guys. This teal pair is classic, versatile and we bet you can’t find us someone on whom this hue would look bad. We're adding these to our basket now...

The North Face, The Cass Rapids Shorts, £45


3. Line up

GANT Seersucker Swim Shorts


With retro seaside vibes reminding us of candy canes, sweet shops and all manner of childhood things, these shorts will look equally good as a grown-up with a crisp summer shirt and beverage in hand. Shades very much encouraged.

GANT, Seersucker Swim Shorts, £60


4. It's a classic

Barbour Coastal Swim Shorts


The coastal print of this Barbour pair is subtle enough to be timeless and ditsy enough to be not your average pair of shorts. Now, where’s that sun lounger?

Barbour, Coastal Swim Shorts, £50


5. Topical tropical 

Bjorn Borg Slyvester Swim Shortss


For smaller guys, you want close-fitting shorts that won’t drown you. These leaf-print ones say ‘look at me’ in the most tropical way possible. Bali will have nothing on you.

Bjorn Borg, Slyvester Swim Shorts, £40


6. The short answer 

Guess Woven Swim Shorts


Bear with us here. While the idea of short shorts may conjure up wannabe body builder images and make you want to run a mile, the reality is they’re in fashion and surprisingly flattering. Hot pink will look good with a burgeoning tan.

Guess, Woven Swim Shorts, £44.99


7. Surf smarter

Ted Baker Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts


Today swim shorts are, counterintuitively, not just for swimming – they’re for lounging, pool parties, drinks and the like. The way to go, therefore, is with a geo-print pair that says less swim, more gin.

Ted Baker, Ted Geo Midi Swim Shorts, £59


8. On the rocks

Barbour Logo Solid Swim Shorts


Remember when beach breaks weren't just about relaxing? Remember when they were about surfing, rock climbing and massive sand sculptures? Relive your holiday escapades of youth with these outdoorsy shorts.

Barbour, Logo Solid Swim Shorts, £40


9. Sail away 

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts


Dreaming of the high life? Sipping Negroni on a yacht, people-watching on a cruise liner, 007 vibes and all that? These printed shorts will put you in just that frame of mind.

Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75


10. Purple haze

Luke Sport Chopper Swim Shorts


‘Can I wear purple?’, you wonder. Yes. Yes, you can. The easiest way to introduce this summery hue into your wardrobe is, handily, in swimwear form where a retro colour pop will look totally at home with sliders and shades.

Luke Sport, Chopper Swim Shorts, £40