Summer 2021 officially begins on June 20, which means it’s time to put away your big and tall sweaters and start planning for an epic season. From camping trips to beach days to backyard BBQs, summer is the best time to enjoy the outdoors and maximize sunny weather. And when it comes to summery activities, nothing quite beats lounging by the pool.
Relaxing by a pool is a seasonal activity that features everything we love about summer, from soaking up the sun to diving into a summer read to maybe even enjoying some umbrella drinks. If you can picture yourself in this oh-so-idyllic scenario, then you’re definitely in the right headspace to make the most of this summer. Now all you need is the right swimwear.
Picking out the perfect pair of men’s big and tall swim trunks is all about knowing what’ll work best for your body type, as every one of us has a unique build and style preferences that we lean toward. As a general rule of thumb, though, you’ll want to look for a pair of trunks based on the length and the fit, as well as the design or color.
Before you choose a length, think about if there’s a pair of big and tall shorts you feel most confident in. Now, think about where those fall on your leg, and pick a pair of trunks with a similar length. Most big and tall men look great in trunks that are long enough to create a streamlined look but not too long to seem baggy, so a length that falls a few inches above the knee. Additionally, a suit with an elastic waist is ideal for general comfort and ease of movement.
Once you determine a fit that works great for your body, think about the design you want. Are you more of a solid-color or neutral-toned guy? Or, are you the one who always wears the loudest shirts and boldest patterns? You might even fall somewhere in the middle of these two styles, or you simply want to change it up from your norm this summer. No matter what vibe you’re going for, the good news is that there are a ton of big and tall swimsuit styles you can choose from.
A pair of classic volley trunks is a summertime essential. The volley cut means there will be a bit shorter than the boardshorts style, which is a great option if you want to show more of your leg. Having more thigh exposed can actually create a taller silhouette and draw attention to that part of your body.
While you should always be lounging after applying a layer or two of sunscreen (don’t forget to reapply if you jump in the pool!), you should still opt for a pair of volley trunks with UPF 50 sun protection. This cut is also as flattering as it is comfortable, as it features an elastic waistband, a mesh liner, and quick-drying fabric.
If you’re into fun summer prints, or perhaps you’re someone who sticks to solid colors and wants to branch out, this cut looks amazing in vibrant patterns like a summery pineapple print or a trendy tropical palm pattern. Since these are a bit shorter, you can feel confident rocking them with a solid-color big and tall tee shirt without worrying about creating a baggy silhouette or clashing with your patterned trunks. This layer is ideal if you’re looking for added sun protection between dips!
Board shorts are a great option if you’re looking for a slightly longer pair of trunks. Just because board shorts are a bit longer definitely doesn’t mean they need to feel or look baggy, so make sure you opt for a pair that still feels secure at your waist and doesn’t bunch up around your thighs. With this in mind, you’ll want to look for a pair that has a back-elastic waist with a drawstring in the front that cinches for a secure fit.
For a look that’s perfect for poolside lounging, opt for a pair of board shorts in a vibrant, summery blue or a fun pattern like palm leaves with stripes. If you want to add a layer on top for sun protection, pair these with a form-fitting short sleeve swim tee rash guard in a color that complements your trunks. This is a great option if you want to have a layer you can wear into the pool for dips that’ll dry quickly once you’re back on your beach towel or chaise lounge.
Whether you opt for a shorter, classic volley cut or a slightly longer board short style, you’ll be poolside-ready with summery prints and the UPF protection you need to maximize your summer enjoyment.