Shorts Story: Swim Trunks Get a Tailored Update

Bonobos swim

Bonobos swim

Last week, the internet was rife with discussions on dadbod. Yes, guys everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief now that they know that a little bit extra isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But, let’s face it, summertime is here and you’re going to have to slip into a pair of swim trunks. And while dadbod’s spotlight-stealing headlines might lead you to believe that billowing, saggy trunks with stretched-out waists and over-the-knee cuts are acceptable, but let’s get one thing straight: looking great isn’t a fad. So we asked a fit expert at Bonobos, a brand that knows a thing or two about outfitting guys in clothes that actually fit, for some tips on picking out a new pair of summer trunks.

The first thing we want you to know: while solid trunks will always be a great pick, don’t shy away from prints, brights and Technicolor pairs. They’ll not only look great, they’ll stand out in a sea of plain solids.

“Bold prints are big right now — in some cases, the bolder the better. Guys seem to be willing to step out a little further with their swim trunks than they would normally opt to elsewhere in their wardrobes.” says Dwight Fenton, Bonobos’ Vice President of Design. “We’re also seeing more and more guys turn to a shorter inseam for their trunks as they look for more fitted polished options that keep pace with the way they dress away from the beach or pool.”

Bonobos swim

Bonobos swim

You don’t have to be a Crossfit devotee to feel great in your trunks, either, because finding the perfect fit is all about approaching the process like you would when you shop for pants. Fit is key, whether it’s for made to measure suits or this summer’s trunks. Make sure that you’re trying on a few pairs to find out what works for you.

Bonobos offers up a variety of different cuts and styles, including traditional trunks (with elastic waistbands) and Cali-approved boardshorts, with their signature tie closure. They even have a premium line that’s reminiscent of European swimwear — think Daniel Craig in Casino Royale—  that’s tailored and polished enough to go from the waves to an after-dark poolside cocktail get-together. And no, we don’t expect every guy to slip into those square cut swim shorts, but consider a shorter inseam for a quick way to update your swim options.

And if you’re ready for prints, know that there’s a whole spectrum, ranging from nautical stripes and subtle geometric patterns to bold florals, giraffes and polka dots (there’s even a pair of shoes to match). Also take into consideration that these shorts are going to have to perform as well as look great. Think of what they’ll look like when they’re wet — just because a pair looks great riding on your hips on a lounge chair doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll stay that way when you’re volleying and spiking out on the sand. Don’t be embarrassed to do a few deep lunges and squats when you’re out shopping, these shorts will be put to work when summer hits.

“As a brand, we’re fanatical about fit in a way that really separates us from others and this is absolutely true of our swim trunks,” adds Fenton. “From the contoured waistbands we borrowed from our chinos to the fit of the mesh liner, our trunks just got fit and feel better.  So when you combine that with all the original, bold print options, I think Bonobos swim is as good as it gets.”

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.