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The Best Men’s Swim Trunks: 11 Pairs for Every Type of Guy

Bring on the sun.

Summer beckons, and you know what that means: A new pair of swim trunks. While it’s true, your pale skin, devoid of sun for the last six months, could signal into space, beach and pool season are approaching. Whether you’re short and stocky, tall and gangly, or anything in between, the best men’s swim trunks have patterns and cuts that compliment your body type while also doing all the things that good swim trunks do. 

But lets back up a bit, and talk body types. If you’re lean and tall, the best men’s swim trunks for you are those that stop right above the knee. If you’re 5’8″ or shorter, go for a mid-thigh style to make you legs look longer. If you’re ripped (lucky you), choose swim trunks that are fitted and tight. If you’re somewhere in between, buy trunks that are narrower, with a shorter leg, and an adjustable waist to distract from any love handles. If you’re on the shorter side, choose trunks that are on the longer side. Meanwhile, if you’re lean, stay away from anything oversized and choose a fitted, shorter pair.

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While board shorts have and will remain in vogue, the latest trend in swimwear is the shorter style of suit that hearkens back to cool swim trunks decades past. While you can find them in solid colors, many feature small prints from the quirky to the absurd. Regardless of how much thigh you want to show, we’ve got our favorites just waiting to be drop-shipped to your home. All you have to do is add water. And SPF. As far as we’re concerned, these are some of the best men’s swim trunks.  

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These swim trunks have it all. There's a rear zip pocket and a drawstring waist cord to keep things tight and right when you're in the water. There's a button closure with zipper fly and a contoured self-lined waistband for perfect fit. These hit at the knee.

Saxx is known for their seriously great underwear.These swim trunks have a hammock-shaped pouch to keep everything in place. Nothing shifts. Nothing moves. And you can swim with abandon. Just note that they have a nine inch inseam, so they're on the longer side for some body types.

  • Easygoing elastic waist.
  • YKK Aquaguard zipper at back pocket.
  • Modern Fit
  • 17" Outseam
  • Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble-dry low. Cool iron if necessary. Do not dry clean.

An updated take on the classic board shorts, this pair of Maaji swim trunks have a pull-on closure, hit at mid-length, and have an embroidered front and solid back. The six-inch inseam and offers an upscale board short style.

Made from a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex, these board shorts are just stretchy enough for fit you perfectly, without putting too much on display. They also have a rear velcro pocket, 19-inch inseam, and a contoured waistband for a great fit. The fabric is quick-drying, which is a big plus. Good to note: They hit right above the knee, so they may be a tad too short for true board short aficionados.

If you're paranoid about dad bod, these trunks aren't for you. They feature contrasting stripes, a tight fit, and are made for those who want to stand out. If that's you, this line, launched by designer Trina Turk's husband, features simple silhouettes with a relaxed California vibe. These fitted swim trunks epitomize that perfectly.

Ideal for shorter guys, the Penguin swim shorts are fitted without being too tight, and roomy enough without you feeling like you're drowning in them. This particular pair is the shortest available from Penguin. It has a boxy fit, and hits right above your thighs.

  • These swim-ready, classic trunks combine function and style with an elastic waistband, drawsting with metal ends, two side pockets, one back pocket with pocket flap and a hidden interior key pouch
  • Mesh brief lining and mesh pocket bags
  • Inseam measures 7". Outseam measures 17.5"
  • Quick dry
  • At Goodthreads, we are on a mission to create incredible clothes crafted with care

intage-inspired trunks have been creeping back into the market, but they can be so aggressive that you can find yourself in a suit that seems unsuited to public display. Goodthreads’ (Amazon's house brand) Swim Trunk offers a generous seven-inch inseam that provides some coverage while ending well above the knee to split the modern/vintage divide. We also like its range of patterns to solid color blocking, which ensure every type of man can find his match. Three pockets (two side and one back), a mesh liner, and a drawstring ensure these have as much function as they have flash." tracking="fatherly-swimtrunks-20"]

You get what you pay for. And these pricey trunks pack a lot of style into a slim silhouette. They have two pockets, and a classic fit and construction. Think of dress pants, but in swim form. They hold their shape and look great doing it. Ideal for more athletic guys.

These two-toned swim trunks are fashion-forward in a very subtle way.We love the lean lines, the sleek cut, and the seven inch inseam of these swim trunks. They have slant pockets in the front to give them extra contour, and are great for thinner guys

  • Superflex Swimsuit
  • Elastic waistband, drawstring, side pockets
  • Back pocket with Velcro flap
  • Back eyelet holes and Slot at bottom of back pocket to best drain water
  • Side leg length in M : 39.5 cm