The time has come to start packing for your beach vacation, which means it's time to start thinking about swimsuits. While some styles fluctuate for men's swimsuits, many styles are timeless, and it's easy to find the one that keeps you comfortable and allows for freedom of movement in the water. We've compiled a guide to navigating the world of men's swimwear to help you look and feel awesome wherever and whenever.
Swimming trunks are what comes to mind when someone says "men's swimsuit." Men's swim trunks also happen to be the most common swimwear choice for men. They're often made from light, fast-drying materials like nylon or polyester and usually have a fitted lining. This style of swimwear flatters any body type, which is probably why it's such a popular look. Regardless of your personal style, men's swim trunks will look great on you.
Try a pair of cargo trunks that sport a pocket to keep your keys or sunglasses case in. Trunks also come in a wide variety of fun colors and prints. A tropical palm print, which is very on-trend these days, will get you on the beach with a cold drink before you even arrive. If you're more of a traditionalist, try some nautical-inspired stripes or any of the other of many swimming trunk patterns out there.
Now let's look at the practicality and function of men's swim trunks. This short-like style is best suited for men who plan to lie around and catch some sun, or perhaps do some light swimming. This swimsuit style is also ideal for lounging by the pool, getting in on a game of beach volleyball, or playing in the sand with your kids. However, if you plan on being more active when sporting your trunks, try a snugger fit or one with more body coverage to ensure comfort.
Board shorts are known as the main choice of apparel for diehard surfers around the world. Board shorts are basically a longer version of trunks that come down to or past the knee. The waist is usually not made from elastic, but sports a convenient string tie that keeps them securely fastened while tumbling through the waves. Originally designed for all sports that include a board (like bodyboarding, surfing, or paddleboarding), board shorts were designed to have less material to get caught as you mount your respective board and protect your legs and thighs from chafing. For those gentlemen who burn more easily in the sun, the extra length that comes with board shorts helps to protect those thighs from scorching. If you are especially prone to sunburn, try wearing your board shorts with a rash guard for men, another surfer staple, to keep you enjoying the water without compromising on protection.
You don't have to be a surfer to rock a pair of board shorts! They are awesome for anyone because they tend to come in a variety of cool colors and designs that can easily double as shorts to be worn around town with a snazzy men's dress shirt for a polished beach look. But you never know—perhaps a pair of board shorts will even inspire you to finally try some catching some waves!
When we think of square-cut swim shorts, no less than Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Casino Royale" comes to mind. Confident and practical are both words that perfectly describe these shorts. This body-hugging swimsuit style is more popular with European men and tends to be more revealing and lightweight than the American trunk style. Visit any beach in the world and you'll see men confidently rocking this look. Shaped more like your favorite pair of boxer briefs rather than boxer shorts, this snug style covers the wearer from the waist to the upper thigh and gives a lot of freedom and mobility to move, run, swim, tan, or whatever else suits your fancy.
Swimming briefs are wildly popular in Europe and Australia, but tend to be less loved in North America. We can understand why, as they leave little to the imagination. Swimming briefs are body-hugging swimmers with a v-shape front. If you are off to a faraway destination where your American counterparts won't gape at your bold briefs, bring out the swimming brief! In all fairness, they are the best for sunbathing, swimming, and even running along the beach. If you like the practicality of swimming briefs, but are not a fan of their showiness, opt for some jammers. Jammers look like bike shorts but are made for the water. They are a great choice for all water sports and for those men who are more competitive swimmers and need to move fast through the water.
As you are picking your swimsuit choice for that tropical holiday, points to keep in mind are fit, function, and personal comfort. There is a swimsuit style for every man that will make you feel amazing without compromising on function or comfort.