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Summer is almost here, and with temperatures soaring, we’re all trying to head out to the water to cool off.
For all your beach vacations and pool trips though, you’re going to need a good pair of swim trunks or board shorts — whether you’re swimming, surfing or trying out other water sports. This swimwear should not just look good in the water, but should also be wearable on dry land while you head out for a casual stroll or decide to hit the gym.
Below we’ve rounded up the best swimsuit brands to shop from, keeping comfort, style, versatility and durability in mind.
Lululemon is known for its sweat-resistant, comfortable all-day activewear, but did you know the brand has a whole section for swimwear too?
The Pool Short, for example, is available in multiple colors and sizes and features water-repellent fabric, specifically designed for swimming. There’s a zippered pocket too for your belongings and its stylish, sleek fit means you can wear it in and out of the water.
For more swimwear, explore the brand’s full swim collection.
2. Orlebar Brown
Orlebar Brown makes well-designed swim trunks or ‘shorts you can swim in’ with quick-drying fabrics and the brand’s signature side fasteners. Each pair also comes with a five-year quality guarantee and the brand’s luxury trunks are all designed with sleek designs and prints.
We recommend their new Bulldog mid-length swim shorts, available in two colors, a dark navy print or a lighter linen shade, both displaying an Italian-woven geometric jacquard pattern. They also feature the brand’s signature side fasteners in gold, which work as a distinct contrast to the repeating print.
Wear them on the boardwalk or in your private pool — they’re machine-washable too for quick and easy cleaning.
Check out the brand’s full collection for more styles and prints.
3. Solid & Striped
Solid & Striped has a wide range of swimwear for men, women and even kids. Plus, the brand sells accessories as well as suncare, for those extra hot days at the beach. The brand even has a line of sustainable swimsuits made from recovered fishing nets, industrial plastic and fabric scraps.
Try out The Classic swim trunks, available in a range of colors and patterns. We particularly like this pinstripe pattern, available in sizes S to XXL. It’s made out of quick-dry material, designed to be both lightweight and durable.
You’ve got two open front pockets and a back pocket with a hidden closure. The waistband is adjustable too, allowing you to customize the fit. The brand does say these suits run large, so size down if you’re looking for a sleeker, tighter fit.
For bikinis, kidswear and more, explore Solid & Stripe’s full collection.
They’ve got multiple swim trunks for sale, available in a bunch of different lengths, depending on your preference. The limited-edition Charles 7″ Swim Trunks, for example, are made from a quick-dry fabric allowing you to easily transition from your pool to that lunch appointment you had planned.
This particular pair also features a whimsical tropical print over a navy-toned fabric and is available in sizes S to XL. If you’re looking for longer or shorter shorts in a range of different prints, check out the brand’s full swim trunk collection.
Everlane partners with ethical factories around to world to source high-quality, durable materials. The brand is also transparent with its prices, so customers can see how much it really costs to make that swimsuit or shirt they were thinking of buying.
The ReNew Swim Short is available in six different colors and sizes XS to XL. It’s water-resistant, boasts a supportive mesh liner, and is made from recycled materials.
Patagonia pledges 1% of its sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. The Men’s Wavefarer Boardshorts take that a step further designed from postconsumer recycled nylon, obtained from recycled fishing nets.
The shorts themselves have a five-star rating from customers. They’re available in eight different patterns and colors and sizes ranging from 28 to 44.