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 bathing suit. Wondering where are the best places to find such a thing? Wonder no more, we have found 23 of the best retail and online options to find the coolest, most fashionable and functional swimwear for men. From board shorts and tailored swim trunks, to the tiniest Speedos, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for super short or nice and long, solid colors or bold patterns this list will direct you in the right direction. You will definitely 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 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 have a good number of styles that have lightweight, quick-drying material to help you stay comfortable. Aside from the standard swim trunks and board short 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 good 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 to choose from. Dick’s is a good place to get the very popular The North Face Men’s Class V Pull-On Board Shorts (pictured), as they have a lots of regular priced and clearance options if you aren’t picky about color/pattern.
Available from Dick’s Sporting Goods
6pm is a discount offshoot of Zappos that is a fantastic site to find brand name styles at lower prices. The selection turns over fairly 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 huge selection of all kind of styles of men’s swimwear. They have lots of fun patterns, colors and the prices are obviously 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™ are 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 good 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 nice options that they call amphibians. Hybrid shorts are ones that generally look like regular shorts, but have quick dry material so you can easily wear them for swimming.
Available from Quiksilver.com
Billabong are another one of the big surf brands that you are going to want to take a look at if you want a high performance, good quality board short. They have 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 are made from recycled plastic bottles. You can get solids, prints or strips, some with side pockets, most without.
Available from Billabong
Nordstrom have 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 a number of 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 offer a curated collection of small, higher end brands that are great 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 a styles that are inexpensive, relatively fashionable, and easy to get, 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 really 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 the tailored fit that you don’t find in other styles. They kind of remade the basic swim trunk based on suit trousers, so 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 you can get a nice 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 nice square-cut styles (pictured above). Not only is the Speedo website a good place to find all their swimwear styles in one place, it’s also a good place to get sun protection rashguards and things like snorkel gear, swim accessories and swim bags.
Available from SpeedoUSA.com
Bonobos bathing suit are known for their really good 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 4 stretch material 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 have a 7 inch inseam and come with adjustable side tabs, which is 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 UO’s own 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 comes in fun patterns, with a few stripes and solid color 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, popular tried and true styles of board shorts is Back Country. They have Hurley, lots of Patagonia, KUHL, RVCA, Howler Brothers and SAXX. If you are into the hybrid type shorts, Back Country have a pretty good selection to choose from. The hybrid designs they sell are cut really well, dry quickly, and you can easily 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 a fine selection of 5″ seam options that look good, will dry fast, and will be easy to tan in. Most of the Topman designs have a very classic boxers 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 find pretty fashionable bathing suits, that will work well for a variety of body types. They sell their own ASOS brand in addition to brands like Calvin Klein, adidas and Nike.
Available from ASOS
The place to get swimwear that you are going to have a good time in has got to be Chubbies Shorts. They are fun patterned trunks that you can get in seam 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 swim trunks that are quite popular. They are made 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 kind of the hybrid style, that you can get in 8″ or 10″ inseam and they look like regular shorts.
Available from VineyardVines.com