The best swim shorts for summer 2019

Make sure you’ve got the top trunks for your travels this summer

You might not be about to swim the Channel in them, but the chances are a trusty pair of trunks will see you through more holidays, short breaks and impromptu visits to the swimming pool than you expect over the coming months. In short, if you’re going to invest in a new pair, do so wisely.

The good news is that with a new wave of playful styles and bold patterns making their into shops right now, there’s more choice in cut and colour than ever before –  there are no wrong answers when it comes to swimwear at the moment. Here we’ve broken down some of our favourites that are available this summer for every type of body and personal style. Now all you have to do is book your flights – or mark your territory at the local lido.

The big, bold stripe shorts

Because of the summery item of furniture it reminds you of, a deckchair stripe is perhaps the most holiday-vibing of any potential swim short print – however, it’s all about proportion. Italian beachwear brand Ripa Ripa has perfected the genre with its ‘Paraggi Giallo’ model, whose stripes are just the right side of wide and length falls at a superbly leg-flattering mid-thigh point. Best worn with a tan and a 99.


The eco-friendly adventurer shorts

Swim shorts made from merino wool might sound rather odd but these eco-friendly shorts are super tough and designed to stand up to the rugged conditions big wave surfers face. Made from 100 per cent Australian certified merino wool these shorts are built to the standards of world-renowned champion surfer, Kelly Slater, who started Outerknown to produce sustainably-minded surfwear.


The sharp-tailored shorts

If you subscribe to the school of thought that a man is never fully dressed until he’s got a belt on, then this trip offering from Vilebrequin might be the perfect shorts for you. With the square belt-like fastening on the front and seams that tailor the shape of the shorts around your body these cut a fine silhouette and the block colour keeps them simple and elegant beachwear.  

£175, available at Vilebrequin, 23 King’s Road, London, SW3 4RP, and

The hotel pool-ready shorts

Designed in collaboration with the palatial Grand Hotel Tremezzo that sits on the shore of Lake Como these bright options from CDLP could be the best trunks for lounging by a hotel pool – with a back pocket designed to securely hold a credit card, or your room’s key card.

£145, available at

The beach-to-bar shorts

There are few things in life better than getting slightly tipsy at a beach bar just after a refreshing dip in the sea and if you’re wearing these shorts from Derek Rose there’s no need to get changed. Just throw on your light linen shirt and you’re ready to go. No one needs to know that all you’ve got underneath is a seamless mesh lining underneath.

£145, available at

The vintage-inspired shorts

Modelled after 1970s basketball shorts these trunks know how to make a statement, and any fans of that ear will know just how much leg was on show in the NBA at the time. Going against the grain with a boxier cut and a bold stripe around the seams Ché’s unique trunks show that there is more than one way to show off some lower, dare we say mid, thigh.

£110, available at

The charitable shorts

Orlebar Brown swimmwear is known for being some of the best in the world and now they’re giving back by adding a pop of vibrant colour to their classic Setter shorts and standing alongside the LGBTQ community. All of the profit from these shorts goes towards The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative, which helps LGBTQ citizens around the world fight intolerance and discrimination. It helps that they are the perfect shape and fit for modern trunks, even with side adjusters on the waistband for that tailoring touch. 

£195, available at Orlebar Brown, 24 Sackville Street, London, W1S 3DS, and

Find out more about The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative here.

The carnival-ready shorts

Born from the festival stylings of Copacabana beach in Rio di Janeiro, Frescobol Carioca has always brought the party to swimwear design and these are no different. The tidal print used here in muted blues and browns gives a warm, carnival-ready feeling to this choice piece of swimwear.

£155, available at

The subtle stripe shorts

If you’re not the type of guy who prefers a design that whispers rather than shouts, then these subtle striped shorts from Hartford are perfect for you. Made from a rough seersucker material these classically designed shorts are tied off with a white drawstring to secure the waistband ready for when you dive in.

€95, available at

The Hawaiian shirt-esque shorts

If you’re off somewhere tropical this summer be sure you’ve got the shorts to match the surroundings. The yellow leaves print from Bluemint are the perfect match for any white sand beach you care to think of. Pair with a fruity cocktail and a fully unbuttoned shirt.

£95, available at