There are plenty of swimwear options for men who fall into the big and tall size category. If you’re the sporty type or are shopping for a man who is, check out these men’s swim trunks and swimwear shopping tips.
The first step when shopping for men's swimsuits is determining your size. Take your chest, waist, and hip measurements, then compare the numbers to the size chart on the product page to find your size. Another way to find your size is to use Lands’ End’s True-Fit technology, which guides you through the process of determining the right size for your body.
If you happen to fall between sizes, it’s recommended that you choose the larger swimwear size. Many of the following styles have elastic waists and drawcords for a comfortable, customized fit.
Stay comfortable during swimming and water sports in a pair of classic volley swim trunks. This men’s swimwear style has a drawcord elastic waist, along with a three-piece mesh liner. It's crafted from polyester that dries quickly and provides UPF 50 for covered areas. The material is chlorine-resistant so that it won’t fade or lose its shape—even after prolonged exposure to UV rays.
The volley swim trunk has a rip-grip pocket for holding your keys or other important items. This swimwear style comes in a variety of colors and prints, from understated to vibrant.
Another sporty style to consider is cargo swim trunks. They’re made from nylon and have a durable water repellent (DWR) finish, so they’re sturdy and fast-drying. In addition, this swim trunk style is chlorine-resistant, so you can swim in the pool or ocean without fear of the fabric fading or losing its shape. It also provides UPF 50, although sunscreen is still a must.
Cargo shorts have plenty of pockets, and these swim trunks are no exception. They’re equipped with a hidden cell phone pocket, along with two back pockets and two hook-and-loop cargo pockets. The elastic waistband of this swim-trunk style is adjustable and has a snap closure. Like volley swim trunks, quick-dry cargos come in an array of colors and prints to suit your style.
Another option for the sporty man is a pair of board shorts. This swim trunk style is great for surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, or any other type of water activity. Like other shorts, this style has a sun protection factor of UPF 50. These swim trunks are made from soft, chlorine-resistant polyester and have a hook-and-loop cargo pocket—with a drain hole.
You might also like board shorts because they have a three-piece lining for coverage and comfort, plus they’re equipped with a functional hook-and-loop fly. The waistband has elastic in the back and a drawstring in the front for an adjustable fit.
Rash guards for men come in big and tall sizes, so it’s easy to find one that fits your body type. These shirts come in short-sleeved and long-sleeved styles, and they’re available in multiple colors to coordinate with your swim trunks. One option is the rash guard swim tee, crafted from polyester and spandex for softness and stretch. The fabric is water-repellant and fast-drying, and it provides UPF 50 sun protection.
These are some of the trunks to consider for the sporty big, and tall man. In addition to trunks and rash guards, other summer essentials can help you look and feel your best. Water shoes are good to have—especially for pool and beach locker rooms. Beach bags are another important item. Choose one that’s made from a durable, water-resistant fabric like cotton canvas. These bags come in open-top and zippered styles, but if you’re headed to the beach, a zippered top is the better option because it helps keep sand out.
Beach towels are another warm-weather item to shop for when buying swim trunks. They come in a variety of styles—from bold nautical stripes to tropical motifs. The best beach towels are crafted from soft, absorbent 100% cotton, which dries quickly and can be laundered in your washing machine.
Now that you know more about big and tall swim trunks, you’re ready to go shopping for your beach apparel and enjoy those lazy—or not-so-lazy!—days of summer.