When it comes to finding the best mens swim trunks, the choice can seem bewildering. Chances are, you’ve never really stopped to think which are the right ones for you. You would like to feel confident and look good on the beach and by the pool – even if you’ve put on an unkind extra few pounds. So, how do you go about selecting the perfect pair of swim trunks?

Thumbs Down To Baggy Elastic Waisted Nightmares

Shorts with an elastic waist, made from flimsy cotton, with no liner, the garish fabric flapping around your knees, assets swinging in the breeze – that’s not the look or feel that you want. Sure, if you’re an eighteen year old blonde haired, bronzed beach boy who spends all his time in the gym, that might be the very thing for you. All others, read on!

The Best Mens Swim Trunks For Real Men

Swim trunks, as opposed to board shorts or tight athletic speedos are the way to go. They look good on everybody; top them off with a nice plain short sleeved shirt if you feel self conscious about your size – large or small. The choice of style is up to you, and it depends a lot on how you’re going to be using your swim trunks. If you plan to do a lot of swimming, then you really want to select a shorter, more closely fitting pair that will allow you to move easily in the water. Also, shorter shorts tend to chafe a lot less if you are walking around in them when they’re wet. On the other hand, if you’re mainly thinking of sunbathing or walking around town in them, then go for a longer leg, for more sun protection and a smarter appearance. You’ll be looking for a quick drying fabric too, if you want to make that transition from the beach to the street.

Casual, Trendy Or Conservative?

Before you go and buy your swim trunks, give some though to the image that you want to create. If you’re going to be hanging out with the family or friends, then you probably aren’t too worried about the impression you’re making – although it’s always nice to feel good about the way you look.

If you’re planning on going the party route, then chances are you’re looking for a good image, something to impress the ladies, and so maybe you’ll look for a brighter, more impactful fabric and a trim cut – but always with that clean cut swim trunk image.

On the other hand, you might be socialising on the beach with business colleagues, if so, you’ll probably want to convey a smarter, more conservative image. Whatever the image you need, your swim shorts can make or break it, so find your best mens swim trunks as carefully as you would anything else in your wardrobe.

Be sure to also checkout our Ultimate Guide to Buying Mens Swimwear.

– Bondi Joe