From the fit to the fabric to the details, the right pair of swim trunks should pair seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe, and won't look a hair out of place whether you're hanging out at home, heading out for a jog, or hitting the bodega down the street. And if the opportunity comes to take a dip in your buddy's indoor pool, or spend the weekend at the sun-drenched locale of your choice before steeling yourself for another few months of winter misery You'll already be perfectly dressed and ready to go. So with all that in mind, here are 17 of the absolute finest multi-purpose, next-generation, and yes, all-around best men's swim trunks to buy right now.
Before we dive in, just a reminder that these trunks can work for anyone of any gender. Many of the brands offer a wide range of sizing, from extra small to XXXL, but if you're looking for something in smaller sizes, be sure to check out our women's swimsuit guide. Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and recommends clothes, shoes, and accessories.
If fleeces are Patagonia's cold-weather staple, then Baggies Shorts are its warm-weather equivalents. Although they're not marketed specifically as swim trunks, they're some of the best we've tested because of their versatility.
Patagonia Baggies are made using 100% recycled nylon, which is lightweight and durable. They're treated with a water-resistant coating to keep you dry when you wear them during activities like hiking, but also include many features designed for fully submerging as swim trunks. You'll find its vertical side pockets help to reduce drag when you're in the water, and the mesh interior helps water drain quickly when you get out.
There are three colors to choose from, but our current favorite is the Dark Forest colorway. The subdued color is a wonderful choice if you prefer not to wear swim trunks with bright colors or bold patterns.
For some, mesh liners found in swim trunks are completely unbearable. For others, the idea of wearing underwear in the water just doesn't sit well. Birddogs Bathing Suits are the solution if you don't like mesh liners, but don't want to go commando in a pair of unlined board shorts.
Beach Britches is an iconic American surf brand known for its durable and stylish swim trunks. The Poolside is one of the brand's classics from the 1970s that they recently introduced. They're handsome, super durable, and have an unbeatable vintage style.
We're all about hybrid shorts. Sure, there's the not having to change your clothes part. But even better, swim trunks typically have livelier designs than shorts not made for wearing in the water (not sure why that is) so when a brand like Tommy Bahama offers you the opportunity to let loose away from the beach or pool, take it.
Bonobos is known for its tailoring and variety of fits, and the brand's swim trunks are no exception. They're made from 85% recycled polyester, so they're eco-friendly. They feature a mesh lining, two slash pockets, and a back patch pocket with a hook-and-loop fastener. Best of all there are three different inseams and more than 60(!) colorways to choose from.
The Swedish company Happy Socks helped popularize funky and fun socks, and now they're doing the same for swimwear. They make the trunks from a fast-drying recycled polyester. They have a mesh lining and two slash pockets. The hem hits about mid-thigh. The company also offers a longer version that ends at the bottom of the thigh. Either way, the brand's swim trunks will add a dash of mirth to your day at the beach or poolside amusements.
The Recycled Stretch swim trunks are made from a 90% recycled polyester with 10% spandex which provides four-way stretch that's comfortable for extended wear. The material has a soft handfeel, is water resistant, and dries quickly. The interior mesh is light and even stretchier than the outer material. I wore these the entire day and forgot there was a lining at all. They have a 5.5-inch inseam and hit about mid-thigh on my six-foot frame.
There's good news, though. There are some amazing inclusive swimwear brands out now that offer a variety of styles for those of all shapes and sizes (including those who may have disabilities), and which can help you feel euphoric in your body and gender expression. From binders you can wear as swim tops to retro-inspired unisuits, gender-neutral swimwear options abound at these retailers. Below are 10 of the best places to shop for gender-inclusive swimwear just in time for summer.
An iconic Austin queer shop in Austin, Package offers underwear and swim trunks and a variety of other sex goods. Their swim trunks come in a variety of styles, from those that cut off at the knees to those that are shorter. Promising a safe space to browse and find your fit, Package is a good option for anyone wanting swim shorts.
Recommended for Swimwear Shops because: Head upstairs to find active on-the-water suits. Women can choose from separates and one-pieces, while men will find boardshorts and swim trunks.
Ocean Key Boutique is not your normal hotel gift shop. This stunning boutique is designed to quickly outfit men, women and children in the perfect vacation wardrobe from head to toe. In fact, shoppers often leave the store wearing their new purchases. One of their main clothing lines is Island Company, which labels itself an \"escapist brand\" with resort wear, cute bikinis, classic swimwear, linen separates, vintage sunglasses and island accessories. The boutique also stocks Tommy Bahama for men and women--the classic go-to for any tropical wardrobe. For women, the bathing suit section is rounded out with mix-and-match separates by Maaji swimwear. This youthful brand combines an unexpected mixture of prints, textures and cutting-edge silhouettes. They'll also find colorful coverups to match. Men can choose swim trunks and boardshorts from Quicksilver, Tommy Bahama, Island Company and Reyn Spooner. 59ce067264