The faded Marks & Spencer trunks that you’ve been trotting out since uni are nice – they’ve always been nice – but you can do better. We’ve searched far and wide to find the swimwear sites that’ll help you look sizzling this summer. Now all you need is a six-pack and a suntan…
Impeccably crafted and exquisitely designed, this English brand is for true gentlemen. These guys call themselves “arbiters of luxury and adventure”. They create swim shorts that look as good on dry land as they do on water and can take the stylish, modern man from the beach straight to the cocktail bar. Think tasteful seersucker stripes cut flatteringly short.
This high-end Brazilian label embodies laidback Rio in its golden age. Their trunks come in stunning designs and elegant colours – and make men look as fabulous during a game of bat and ball (frescobol) on the beach as they do with a Caipirinha in their hand thereafter. Buy a pair and you’ll be transported straight to Ipanema.
LOVE BRAND & CO
These are swimming trunks with a conscience. Love Brand’s modus operandi is: “loving life and saving wildlife”. The founders are passionate about protecting elephants from the threat of extinction in the wild. To that end, Love Brand donates five per cent of its revenue to charity. They say: “We are saving elephants, one pair of swimming trunks at a time.”
The folks at Orlebar Brown have been rethinking the way men look poolside since 2007. These are not so much swimming trunks as works of art. With its zingy primary colours, this summer’s 10th anniversary collection takes its inspiration from David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash. Choose a pair from the vibrant collaboration with Croatian artist, Sanda Anderlon. Or design your own, with Orlebar Brown’s new bespoke service. You provide the picture; they’ll make up the shorts.
Here you will find a carefully curated selection of the chicest trunks around. Old friends like Vilebrequin and Prada sit alongside offerings from super-cool New York designer, Thom Browne. But our pick is the delicious paisley pair from Club Monaco. Get shopping, hot stuff.