If you want to look good at the beach or by the pool, you are going to want to get yourself a good men’s swimsuit. We have found the best retail and online options to find the coolest, most fashionable, and functional swimwear for any body type. From board shorts and tailored swim trunks to the tiniest Speedos, there is something for everyone. Whether you like short or long lengths, solid colors or bold patterns, this list will direct you in the right direction. You will find something great to wear for your next pool, lake, or ocean adventure, no matter what your budget is.
Swimoutlet has pretty much anything you are going to need if you are swimming in a pool or spending a day at the beach. They have all kinds of swimwear options from brands like Sporti, Speedo, TYR, Nike, Dolfin, Sauvage, Adidas, Tommy Bahama, and Mr. Swim. Swimoutlet has a good number of styles that have lightweight, quick-drying material to help you stay comfortable. Aside from the standard swim trunks and board shorts that you would expect, you can also get jammers (pictured), advanced tech suits, sun protection, and triathlon gear. If you are a fan of swim briefs, square leg suits, or euro type swimwear, they have a decent amount of styles to choose from in that area as well.
Available from Swimoutlet.com
A great one-stop-shop where you can find tonnes of noteworthy men’s swimwear brands going is Moosejaw. They have surf brands (Billabong, Oneill, Kavu), athletic brands (Patagonia, Under Armour, Columbia, The North Face), and also some lifestyle brands like (Bonobos, Howler Brothers, and Prana). They have lots of options if you are into patterns and bold colors, with the majority of their styles being board shorts.
Available from Moosejaw.com
DICK’S Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods have a top selection of all kinds of styles, including briefs and board shorts from Nike, O’Neill, and Hurleys. If you are looking for jammers, they also have quite a few of those styles available. Dick’s is an excellent place to get the very popular The North Face Men’s Class V Pull-On Board Shorts (pictured), as they have lots of regular priced and clearance options if you aren’t picky about the color/pattern.
Available from Dick’s Sporting Goods
6 pm is a discount offshoot of Zappos that is a fantastic site to find brand name styles at lower prices. The selection turns over reasonably quickly, but you can usually find surf brands like Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Billabong, O’Neill, and perhaps some fashion options from Ted Baker and Tommy Bahamas.
Available from 6pm.com
Target is a great place to find a massive selection of all kinds of styles of men’s swimwear. They have lots of fun patterns, colors, and prices that are very affordable. If you love swim briefs, they sell a few very bold, patterned styles from Evolve by 2(x)ist, that you may want to take a look at.
Available from Target
Quiksilver™ is one of the best-known surf brands, so it is not a surprise that they offer top-notch board shorts. They also sell excellent rash guards, beach hats, wetsuits, and even life vests. If you are into active water sports, Quiksilver board shorts are known for being made of useful materials and having super functional designs. Their board shorts come in lengths from 17″ to 21″ inseams in sizes from 28 to 44. For those who love a hybrid short, they have some excellent options that they call amphibians. Hybrid shorts are ones that generally look like regular shorts, but have quick dry material so you can comfortably wear them for swimming.
Available from Quiksilver.com
Billabong is another one of the big surf brands that you are going to want to take a look at if you want a high performance, high-quality board short. They have a bunch of different lines/collections with slightly different themes to them. If you are into eco wear, they even have a few board short options that they make from recycled plastic bottles. You can get solids, prints, or stripes, some with side pockets, most without.
Available from Billabong
Nordstrom has pretty much every premium brand that you could want, including Patagonia, Vilebrequin, Tommy Bahama, Peter Miller, Under Armour, Johnnie-O, and Mr.Swim. The Nordstrom selection is heavy on the board shorts styles, but they have a couple of Vilebrequin Swim Briefs and a good number of hybrid shorts.
Available from Nordstrom
As you probably already know, Amazon is always a reliable place to get inexpensive options. So why not check out their swimwear? If you want something that is not going to cost a lot but will get you through the summer with no fuss, they have some pretty good options. A couple of brands to look out for on Amazon are Kanu Surf (for longer board shorts), or MaaMgic (if you love a pattern).
On the other end of the spectrum from Amazon would be Mr.Porter. Fans of high-end premium brands will probably already consider Mr.Porter their go-to online shopping destination, but if you aren’t familiar with this company, you may want to check them out. The Mr.Porter curated selection of swimwear goes from tailored swim shorts in prints and patterns to the more euro looking shorter and tighter options from brands like Fendi, Frescobol Carioca, Gucci, Hartford, Moncler, Paul Smith, Valentino, and Versace. They also have lots of classics from Onia, Orlebar Brown, and Vilebrequin.
Available from Mr.Porter
East Dane offers a curated collection of small, higher-end brands that are high quality and more fashion-forward, as well as the tried and true favorites. Some of the brands that they sell include Bather, Double Rainbouu, Mollusk, RVCA, Saturdays NYC, Solid & Striped, Stussy, and Vilebrequin.
Available from East Dane
To find styles that are inexpensive, relatively fashionable, and readily available, check out H&M. As you may expect, they have basic designs with a few fun patterned options thrown in.
Available from H&M
One of the most talked-about brands in men’s swimwear is Orlebar Brown. They are a British company that people started to notice when Daniel Craig wore a pair of their swim trunks during a pool scene in the James Bond movie Skyfall. Not to be confused with the more memorable Casino Royale scene where he wore those La Perla Grigioperla Lodato trunks coming out of the ocean. Anyway, the popularity of the Orlebar Brown swimwear seems to be due to the tailored fit that you don’t find in other styles. They remade the standard swim trunk based on suit trousers so that you can look a little bit more put together. The suits are also made of quick-drying fabrics and come with signature side fasteners so that you can get an excellent fit. They aren’t cheap, but they come with a 5-year guarantee if you have any trouble with them.
Available from Orlebar Brown
You are probably aware of the Speedo brand and the traditional Speedo brief but maybe haven’t realized that they do offer other super functional styles, including quite a lot of board shorts, trunks, jammers, and some square-cut options (pictured above). Not only is the Speedo website an excellent place to find all their swimwear styles on one site, but it’s also an excellent place to get sun protection rashguards and things like snorkel gear, swim accessories and swim bags.
Available from SpeedoUSA.com
The Bonobos bathing suit is known for its perfect fit. Currently, they have three styles: The Banzai Boardies, The Color Block Swim Trunks, and The Amalfi Premium. The Banzai Boardies come in tonnes of fun patterns, and you can get them in 5, 7 or 9-inch inseam. They are quick-drying shorts, made from a four stretch material created for comfort and movement. The Color Block Swim Trunks come with a 7 ” inseam and have a little bit of a vintage feel to them compared with the other two styles. The Amalfi Premium Trunk has a 7-inch inseam and comes with adjustable side tabs, which is a nice feature that you don’t see on a lot of trunks. The Premium Trunks could easily pass as regular shorts since they have a classic, more upscale look to them.
Available from Bonobos.com
Urban Outfitters is the place to go if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but you want something fashionable, maybe a little bit unique that will let you stand out on a crowded beach. The UO collection includes swim trunks from brands like Boardies, Patagonia, Katin, Calvin Klein, as well as the UO brand label. If you love a shorter style Urban Outfitters is probably a store you should check out.
Available from Urban Outfitters
Macy’s is a reliable store to get basic swimwear options from brands like 2(X)Ist, Nike, Puma, Speedo, Volcom, and Tommy Bahama. They also offer styles from some of the best surf brands like Billabong, Hurley and Rip Curl. They have a decent selection, and the prices are very reasonable, as you would expect from Macy’s.
Available from Macy’s
Huckberry is another website that offers a curated selection of designs from all of the very best swimwear brands for men. You can get the popular and ubiquitous Patagonia Baggies that everyone loves, to the more fitted Onia Calder trunks. Other brands that you may not be so familiar with include United By Blue, Faherty Brand, Finisterre, and Roark Revival. Most of the swimwear Huckberry sells come in fun patterns, with a few stripes and solid colors as well to keep you stylish when you are surfing or swimming.
Available from Huckberry
Another store you may want to have a look at if you are looking for good quality tried and true styles of board shorts are Back Country. They have Hurley, lots of Patagonia, KUHL, RVCA, Howler Brothers, and SAXX. If you are into the hybrid type shorts, Back Country has a pretty good selection worth checking out. The hybrid designs they sell are cut well, dry quickly, and you can comfortably wear them from the beach out to dinner if needed.
Available from Backcountry.com
If you love your swimwear nice and short, Topman is probably the store for you. They have an excellent selection of 5″ seam options that look good, will dry fast, and are a good length for tanning. Most of the Topman designs have a very classic boxer type look to them, which is a style that is quite popular for tanning and swimming (since they dry fast).
Available from Topman.com
ASOS has a wide selection of board shorts, swim trunks, and swim briefs. They have a lot of choice of classic styles as well as the tighter, shorter designs that may be a little bit harder to find if that is your preferred style of swimwear. Overall you are going to see pretty fashionable bathing suits that will work well for a variety of body types at ASOS. They sell their own ASOS brand in addition to brands like Calvin Klein, Adidas, and Nike.
Available from ASOS
If you are looking for fun and you want swimwear to have a good time in, you are going to want to check out Chubbies Shorts. They are fun patterned trunks that you can get inseam lengths from 4″(shortie) to a 7″ stretch trunk. The key features to the shorts are the stretch material and the high level of comfort that they offer. The designs are wonderfully bold, bright, and a little 80s retro (but in a good way).
Available from Chubbies Shorts
Vineyard Vines have a few east-coast inspired quite popular swim trunks. Vineyard Vines make these trunks for maximum coverage, comfort, and functionality for water sports. The material is high-quality, and they have three basic styles: Chappy Trunks, Board Shorts, and Performance Breaker Shorts. The Chappy is their most popular style; it has a 7″ seam and comes in a bunch of patterns. The board short is longer with a 9″ inseam, and they are unlined. The Performance Breaker Shorts are the hybrid style that you can get in 8″ or 10″ inseam, and they look like regular shorts.
Available from VineyardVines.com