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Best Men’s Swimwear & Swim Shorts Brands For Your Next Vacation

Kick off summer in style. But please: no cargo pants…

Summer’s arrival looks like lazy days on the beach, dipping in and out of the surf, before sprawling salty and exhausted under the warmth of a January sun. Your basic t-shirt style might be strong and your understanding of summer holiday suave is on point. But, have updated your beach shorts lately?

What’s worse that getting caught with your pants down? Wearing pants that are oh so 2018. Which is why we’ve taken up the (tough) task of the selecting the best board shorts for 2019. From a range of brands, one is sure to fit your selective sense of style and fluctuating budget.

Click through the slideshow for this season’s best: in colour, fit and print. Then read on: what can you expect from board shorts this season?

Frescobol Carioca

A lively Brazilian brand, Frescobol Carioca are all about showcasing the cool way of life. To that end they have crafted a swim short range inspired by the beach-to-club spirit of Rio de Janeiro. Sourcing refined fabrics, the linen-focussed range is punctuated with eye-catching prints and designed with practicality in mind.

Frescobol Carioca Classic Swim Shorts
Classic Swim Shorts $175
Frescobol Carioca Angra Sport Swim Shorts
Angra Sport Swim Shorts $180
Frescobol Carioca Angra Classic Swim Shorts
Angra Classic Swim Shorts $192

Vilebrequin

With bright and sunny St Tropex origins, Vilebrequin cut their cloth with marine motifs (and chic, playful designs). The epitome of “classic,” Vilebrequin make men’s swimwear staples in true luxury style.

Vilebrequin Swimwear Solid
Swimwear Solid $170
Vilebrequin Flat Belt Stretch Prince de Galles
Flat Belt Stretch Prince de Galles $222
Vilebrequin Stretch Diagonal Stripes
Stretch Diagonal Stripes $252

Orlebar Brown

Orlebar Brown is a British, smart men’s swimwear brand for those looking for a classy niche product. Orlebar Brown’s latest collection epitomises the phrase “timeless classic.” From photogenic prints to more understated colour schemes, this designer swimwear is well worth a gander.

Orlebar Brown Standard
Standard $250
Orlebar Brown Setter Drawcord
Setter Drawcord $260
Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Short
Bulldog Swim Short $475

Saturdays NYC

A New York based clothing and lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC make surf-ready board shorts, paying homage to its Bondi roots in a functional, stylish package.

Saturdays NYC Colin Boardshort
Colin Boardshort $85
Saturdays NYC Timothy Daisy Print Swim Short
Timothy Daisy Print Swim Short $115
Saturdays NYC Kei Boardshort
Kei Boardshort $125

Onia

Onia is a New-York based clothing company that fashions subtle swimwear that never goes out of style. In other words: it’s time to burn your baggy, 3/4 leg billabong threads. For a sophisticated clean cut look, elastic paneling and superfine mesh lining, you can’t go past Onia’s Elastic Calder range.

Onia Calder 7.5 Swim Trunks
Calder 7.5 Swim Trunks $130
Onia Charles 7 Swim Trunks
Charles 7 Swim Trunks $130
Onia Ratti Print Calder 7.5 Swim Trunks
Ratti Print Calder 7.5 Swim Trunks $225

Sunspel

Sunspel is the epitome of British Heritage and timeless style. And for a look that could have stepped off a plane fresh from the Amalfi Coast, Sunspel’s nylon-tailored swim short range is hard to go past. This particular pair is a re-creation of the iconic trunks worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball—the love child of bumbling British research and matte riviera chic.

Sunspel Upcycled Marine Plastic Tailored Swim Short In Navy
Upcycled Marine Plastic Tailored Swim Short $155
Sunspel Upcycled Marine Plastic Drawstring Swim Short In Light Blue Japanese Block Print
Upcycled Marine Plastic Drawstring Swim Short $155
Sunspel Upcycled Marine Plastic Tailored Swim Short In Navy Palm Leaf
Upcycled Marine Plastic Tailored Swim Short $168

Venroy

Venroy exemplifies the leisure centric Bondi-lifestyle. Fittingly, Venroy’s board short designs range from flamboyant prints and intricate patterns to understated block colours, suitable for surfers and latte sippers alike.

Venroy Color-Block Swim Shorts 85
Color-block Swim Shorts $85
Venroy Diamond Print Swim Shorts 85
Diamond Print Swim Shorts $85
Venroy Side Stripe Swim Shorts 100
Side Stripe Swim Shorts $100

Thom Browne

At the vanguard of New York’s fashion scene, designer Thom Browne, is famed for his tailoring with an edge. His swim wear range espouses a preppy aesthetic with a twist. A must have for men with cash to burn and a reputation to maintain…

Thom Browne 4-bar Solid Tech Swim Short 640
4-bar Solid Tech Swim Short $640
Thom Browne Stripe Swim Trunks 650
Stripe Swim Trunks $650
Thom Browne 4-bar Swim Tech Board Short 740
4-bar Swim Tech Board Short $740

Valentino

Valentino are an artisanal Italian luxury brand who make creative, top draw swim wear. As quick drying as they are classy, this range of swim wear will take you from the sand to the club—and back again.

Valentino Camouflage-Print Swim Shorts 710
Camouflage-Print Swim Shorts $710
Valentino Infinite Print Swim Shorts 710
Infinite Print Swim Shorts $710
Valentino Logo Print Swim Shorts 780
Logo Print Swim Shorts $780

Deus Ex Machina

A motorcycle brand with a coastal twist, Deus Ex Machina is an Aussie offering that makes board shorts that bridge the gap between an inner city winter and suburban summer fun.

Deus Ex Machina Glide Swimshorts 60
Glide Swimshorts $60
Deus Ex Machina Sandbar Garment Dye Boardshorts 80
Sandbar Garment Dye Boardshorts $80
Deus Ex Machina Noosa Boardshorts 90
Noosa Boardshorts $90

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a British fashion designer who has taken it upon himself to master the art of combining tradition and modernity. Along these lines, his swim short range re-affirms this focus, providing you with a product that sits between high fashion and formalwear, while taking reference from both.

Paul Smith Drawstring Swims Shorts 170
Drawstring Swims Shorts $170
Paul Smith Plain Swim Shorts 180
Plain Swim Shorts $180
Paul Smith Stripe Print Swim Shorts 190
Stripe Print Swim Shorts $190

Club Monaco

With their HQ in New York, founding store in Toronto and name-sake from Europe, Club Monaco is a truly international fashion label. Their swimwear is no exception, staying true to the brand’s timeless aesthetic with a timely summer range of swim shorts for the suave, worldly gentleman’s bathing needs.

Club Monaco Arlen Seersucker Swim Trunk 90
Arlen Seersucker Swim Trunk $90
Club Monaco Arlen Solid Swim Trunk 90
Arlen Solid Swim Trunk $90
Club Monaco Bo Solid Swim Trunk 90
Bo Solid Swim Trunk $90

Missoni

Masculinity meets elegance in Missoni. Typically Italian, Missoni have deliciously intertwined the descriptors “exuberant” and “classy” with their latest range. Check it out if you want prints that will draw the summer crowds’ eyes away from the ice-cream in your hand, and towards your hard earned glutes…

Missoni Mid-Length Swim Shorts 457
Mid-Length Swim Shorts $457
Missoni Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts 484
Mid-Length Swim Shorts $484
Missoni Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts 690
Mid-Length Swim Shorts $690

Gucci

If in doubt, Gucc it out. Gucci has quickly become one of the hottest brands on the planet. Gucci’s over the top luxury design may not be everyone’s taste but their swimwear is more refined for that next European holiday.

Gucci Slim-Fit Mid-Length Logo Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts 746
Slim-Fit Mid-Length Logo Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts $764
Gucci Mid-Length Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts White 1017
Mid-Length Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts $1017
Gucci Mid-Length Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts 1017
Mid-Length Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts $1017

Sundek

Iconic Californian 70’s surf brand with an Italian twist, Sundek has undergone a 2018/2019 facelift. With everything from camo prints to stripes and fishbones, Sundek is arguably the king of elastic waisted shorts.

Sundek Swim Shorts Printed 59
Swim Shorts Printed $59
Sundek Swim Shorts Printed 64
Swim Shorts Printed $64
Sundek Swim Shorts Printed 69
Mid-Length Webbing-Trimmed Swim Shorts $69

Thorsun

Awesomely American, Thorsun is a swim wear line from the city that never sleeps, created by designer George Sotelo, with the discerning and spontaneous modern traveler in mind. As such these shorts have an exceptional focus on tailoring with vibrant, Meso-American and Modernist-referencing prints, as well as classic solids, as eye-catching as they are polished.

Thorsun Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts Black 401
Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts $401
Thorsun Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts White 401
Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts  $401
Thorsun Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts 401
Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts $401

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