22 Best Men’s Swim Trunks for All Your Trips

The 22 Best Men’s Swim Trunks for All Your Trips

The first rule of packing: always bring a swimsuit. No matter the destination, the purpose (business or pleasure), you never know when the opportunity for a dip in the pool or a splash in the ocean might come up—and you definitely don’t want to be the guy who arrived unprepared. Whether you’re an avid surfer, a dedicated lap swimmer, or just prefer to lay out and catch some rays, we’ve got the right pair of swim trunks for you. Here are 22 standout pairs for every taste and budget.


Best All-Around Swim Trunks

Bather Solid Trunks

Designed and made in Canada, Bather’s signature trunks are perfectly cut from quick-drying nylon in a plethora of fresh summery hues and patterns. The trio of convenient pockets certainly don’t hurt, either. Beyond the beach and the pool, you’ll find yourself reaching for these to wear as shorts on the regular.

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Best Cool Swim Trunks

STUSSY tie-dye swim shorts

Stussy practically invented modern streetwear back in the ‘80s, and its laidback, surf-inspired gear remains on the cutting edge of cool. Case in point: these extremely-right-now tie dye trunks.

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Best Cheap Swim Trunks

Topman Grey Swim Shorts.
For just 25 big ones, these Topman trunks have everything you need: a versatile color, a flattering trim fit, and a couple of hip pockets.

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Best Splurge Swim Trunks

ORLEBAR BROWN Bulldog Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts

If you’ve got the funds, these next-level swim shorts from Orlebar Brown—printed with an alluring vintage image by legendary photographer Slim Aarons—are equal parts dashing and eccentric.

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Best Surfing Swim Trunks

Men's 18" Board Shorts Hurley Phantom Hyperweave.

These high-performance board shorts from Hurley feature an innovative single layer construction and comfortable lightweight fabric that won’t limit your movement when you’re riding the waves.

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Best All-Around Sporty Swim Trunks

Patagonia 5” Baggies Short.

Patagonia’s iconic Baggies have been a fave of hikers, climbers, campers, surfers, and general outdoorsy types for decades now. They’re simple, comfortable, and durable enough to keep up with whatever adventures the summer brings your way.

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Best Tropical-Pattern Swim Trunks

POLO RALPH LAUREN Traveller Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts

Nothing says “vacation” like a tropical print, and Ralph Lauren’s version—with a gaggle of sailboats cruising through an idyllic island scene—is as artful as it gets.

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Best Striped Swim Trunks

Retromarine | Wide Stripe Swim Short Banana Republic

Bold stripes lend these Retromarine trunks a sporty vintage vibe that’ll turn heads poolside, and the color palette is vaguely reminiscent of Neapolitan ice cream, which couldn’t be more summery.

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Best Subtle-Pattern Swim Trunks


Aruba Slim Fit Diamond Swim Trunks BOTO

Micro-patterns make a serious statement without being too in-your-face or flashy. And the striking diamond motif Boto uses on their swim shorts gets the balance just right.

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Best Tailored Swim Trunks

SUNSPEL Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts

Sunspel crafted some of the world’s very first T-shirts in the 19th century, and they continue to make the crispest, cleanest, best-fitting basics you’ll find anywhere. They turned that eye for quality and detail toward swimwear, which resulted in these impeccably tailored, exceedingly beautiful shorts.

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Best Swim Trunks from Amazon

Hugo Boss Men's Pattern Short Length Swim Trunk

Before you even buy ‘em, Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe service will ship these striking tone-on-tone trunks from Hugo Boss directly to your door to make sure they fit.

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Best Bonobos Swim Trunks

Bonobos Banzai E-Waist Trunks

Bonobos makes their Banzai trunks in a wild array of eye-popping prints; we’re fond of these preppy stripes in an offbeat green and peach palette. 

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Most Comfortable Swim Trunks

Lululemon Namaste At The Beach Short  8"

These light and stretchy shorts from Lululemon are designed to be so comfy you might consider doing a round of beach yoga after coming in from the surf.

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Best Designer Swim Trunks

VERSACE baroque print swim shorts

If you’re going to shell out for a designer swimsuit, you might as well go big—and nobody does big, brash, exuberant luxury quite like Versace. These shorts scream “high-roller coming through!”

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Best Cult-Following Swim Trunks


On-the-rise New York label Aime Leon Dore has developed a cult following for its sharp, ‘90s-inflected sportswear. If you’re unfamiliar, these nostalgia-inducing color-blocked beauts are as good an introduction as any.

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Best Swim Trunks for Big Guys

Stripe Chappy Swim Trunks VINEYARD VINES

For the big-and-tall set, Vineyard Vines’ snappy swimsuits come in sizes up to 4XB. We’re keen on this colorblocked number, which offers great coverage and a flattering fit, plus a flap pocket where you can stow your room keycard.

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Best Pool-to-Dinner Swim Trunks

Solid & Striped Black & White Classic Swim Shorts.

The classic pinstripe pattern on this Solid & Striped number makes it your best bet for pulling on a button-down or polo after a dip and heading straight to the restaurant.

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Best Old-School Swim Trunks

Birdwell Men's Board Shorts - Short Length

Birdwell Beach Britches have been churning out their iconic surf trunks since the early ‘60s. Nearly six decades later, these retro-tinged classics are still every bit as handsome as they were in their heyday. (Don Draper, eat your heart out.)

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Best Swim Trunks With Pockets

onia Theo Bonded Color Block Swim Trunks.

Need some extra space to stash your things on your next beach day? Onia’s Theo model comes complete with a pair of heat-sealed zip pockets to keep your valuables secure, and the duel-tone sage and soft yellow print add style to their substance.

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Best All-Black Swim Trunks

Acne Studios Warrick Nylon Swimsuit in Black

Nobody does minimalism better than the Swedes. Stockholm’s own Acne Studios crafted these immaculate black trunks from crisp technical nylon with a welted zip pocket on the rear and an unobtrusive tonal logo embroidered on the left leg.

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Funniest Swim Trunks


Look, you’re on vacation. There’s no need to keep your swimwear serious. This cheerful suit from Happy Socks gives new meaning to the term “banana hammock,” and they’re sure to earn some smiles at the swim-up bar.

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Best Sun-Protective Swim Trunks

L.L.Bean Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks, 8".

Thanks to its superior UPF 50+ rated sun protection, L.L.Bean’s swimwear collection earned an official recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation. These shorts, blotted in stormy seaside colors, manage to look just as attractive as they are protective.

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