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.

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Best All-Around Swim Trunks

L.L. Bean Classic Supplex Sport Shorts.

L.L. Bean Classic Supplex Sport Shorts

When it comes to swimwear, no need to overthink it. These swim shorts by L.L.Bean are your classic sports shorts, made from quick-drying, dependable nylon. They come in a range of jewel-toned colors, and pockets make them functional, too, when you need a place to stash your hotel keycard or some walking-around money.

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Best Tropical-Pattern Swim Trunks

 Faherty Brand  Beacon Trunk.

Faherty Brand Beacon Trunk

Nothing says “vacation” like a tropical print, and Faherty’s version—with a climbing vine of flowers set against a china-blue backdrop—is as artful as it gets.


Best Cool Swim Trunks

ASOS DESIGN swim shorts in navy tie dye super short length.

ASOS Design Swim Short in Tie Dye

These tie dye trunks are extremely-right-now, with a watery pattern that’s more hip than hippie. Their shorter length also makes them feel ultra-modern, and a drawstring waistband keeps it laid back and effortless. After all, nothing wrecks the coolness factor like trying too hard.

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Best Striped Swim Trunks

Retromarine | Wide Stripe Swim Short.

Banana Republic Retromarine Wide Stripe Swim Short

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 Surfing Swim Trunks

HURLEY O & O Mens Boardshorts.

Hurley O & O Men’s Boardshorts

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 Cheap Swim Trunks

ASOS DESIGN swim shorts in burgundy mid length.

Asos Design Mid-Length Swim Shorts

For just 19 big ones, these Asos trunks have everything you need: a versatile color; a flattering, trim fit; and a couple of helpful pockets.

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Best All-Around Sporty Swim Trunks

Baggies 7-Inch Swim Trunks PATAGONIA.

Patagonia Baggies 7-Inch Swim Trunks

The go-to trunks of hikers, climbers, campers, surfers, and general outdoorsy types, Patagonia’s Baggies are iconic. They’re simple, comfortable, and durable enough to keep up with whatever sporty adventures come your way—even if that’s just a pool-side cannonball.

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Best Splurge Swim Trunks

Bulldog Photographic Swim Trunks ORLEBAR BROWN.

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Photographic Swim Trunks

If you’ve got the funds, these next-level swim shorts by Orlebar Brown—printed with an alluring vintage racecar photo—are equal parts dashing and eccentric.

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Best Subtle-Pattern Swim Trunks

Kanu Surf Men's Monaco Swim Trunks.

Kanu Surf Men’s Monaco Swim Trunks

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

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Best Tailored Swim Trunks

Bather Navy Solid Swim Shorts.

Bather Navy Solid Swim Shorts

These preppy, tailored trunks have a dressier vibe than your average swimwear. Their refined navy color, square structure, and back pocket detailing work just as well with a button-up shirt as they do with flip flops.

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Best Swim Trunks from Amazon

QRANSS Men's Quick Dry Swim Trunks.

QRANSS Men’s Quick Dry Swim Trunks

Gotta love Amazon for their serious range of inventory, and these swim shorts by Qranss offer up 21 different color combos. Our pick? These classic navy and white trunks, which shout “vacation ahoy!”

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Best Bonobos Swim Trunks

Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks.

Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

Bonobos makes their Riviera trunks in a wild array of eye-popping prints; we’re fond of these peppy stripes in an offbeat pink and red palette.

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Most Comfortable Swim Trunks

Namaste At The Beach Short 8".

Lululemon Namaste At The Beach Short 8″

These light, stretchy, and fast-drying shorts from Lululemon are so comfy, you might consider doing a round of beach yoga after coming in from the surf.


Best Designer Swim Trunks

Versace Men's Mare Uomo Graphic Shorts.

Versace Men’s Mare Uomo Graphic 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

Timothy Moon Flower Swim Short, Faded Plum.

Saturdays NYC Timothy Moon Flower Swim Short

Soho label Saturdays NYC has developed a cult following for its cool, minimalist aesthetic. If you’re unfamiliar, these signature swim shorts in a dreamy print are as good an introduction as any.

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Best Swim Trunks for Big Guys

Tommy Hilfiger Big and Tall Men's 9.5" Tommy Swim Trunks.

Tommy Hilfiger Big and Tall Men’s 9.5″ Swim Trunks

For the big-and-tall set, Tommy Hilfiger’s swimshorts come in sizes up to 2XB. We’re keen on this classic black pair, which offers great coverage and a flattering fit, plus three pockets where you can stow your room keycard and some SPF lip balm.

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Best Pool-to-Dinner Swim Trunks

Barbour Stripe Swim Trunks.

Barbour Stripe Swim Trunks

The classic nautical stripe pattern on this Barbour number makes it your best bet for pulling on a button-down or polo after a dip and heading straight to the poolside restaurant.

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Best Old-School Swim Trunks

Birdwell Men's 310 Nylon Board Shorts, Short Length.

Birdwell Men’s 310 Nylon Board Shorts

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

Speedo Men's Marina Sport VaporPLUS 9" Swim Trunks.

Speedo Men’s Marina Sport VaporPLUS 9″ Swim Trunks

Need some extra space to stash your things on your next beach day? Speedo’s Marina Sport model comes complete with a pair of slant pockets, plus a flap pocket to keep your stuff close.

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Best All-Black Swim Trunks


Saxx CannonBall 7″ Men’s Swim Shorts

When in doubt, all-black swim shorts can’t be beat. Made from odor- and fade-resistant nylon, Saxx’s trunks have quick-draining pockets and a trademarked design that promises to never, ever chafe.

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Funniest Swim Trunks


Happy Socks Banana Swim Shorts

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

Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks.

L.L. Bean Vacationland Stretch Swim Trunks

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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