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From budgie smugglers to modern boardies: The hottest men's swim gear now

Whether you're by the beach or in the pool, raise temperatures everywhere you go.

From budgie smugglers to modern boardies: The hottest men's swim gear now

(Photos: Various; Art: Jasper Loh)

Who can forget the moment Daniel Craig's James Bond emerged from the waters of the Bahamas, kitted out in a pair of tiny blue swim trunks? Thirteen years on, that pivotal scene in Casino Royale is perhaps what people remember most about Craig's turn as the super-spy. If there's anything Craig's stint as Bond taught us, it's that you can change the world without fancy suits or gadgets – just the right swimwear will do. With that in mind, check out these options that'll definitely make a splash the next time you're at the pool. 

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Canvas beach bag, Orlebar Brown; cotton twill bucket hat, Valentino Garavani; swim briefs, Vilebrequin; logo-print cotton jersey T-shirt, Gucci. (Photos: Gucci, Mr Porter, Vilebrequin; Art: Jasper Loh)

The jury's still out on whether men should be parading around in their Speedos, but brands such as Versace and Dsquared2 have made a convincing case for the swimwear by including variations of it in their runway line-up. Joining the fray is Simon Porte Jacquemus, who matched his interpretations with rakish robes and hoodies at his debut spring/summer 2019 menswear show. If the classic triangular brief trunk isn't up your alley, then consider the more modest boxer-brief version in sophisticated hues such as olive green and navy blue.


We're sorry lads. You might want to spend more time at the gym if you haven't already – the trunk's best accessory is a killer bod.


Today's swim shorts have evolved from a poolside essential to a fashionable wardrobe staple that's perfect for all your casual, off-duty looks. Cut slim for a flattering fit and often constructed from a quick-drying material, the shorts can now be worn in and out of the pool. Whether you are a minimalist with a penchant for the understated, or a sartorial daredevil with a taste for the eclectic, brands have rolled out a comprehensive selection of swim shorts to suit every taste.

Sail Away

Striped swim shorts, Atalaye; Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m, Omega; denim espadrilles, Ralph Lauren Purple Label. (Photos: Mr Porter, Omega; Art: Jasper Loh)

There's something about wearing nautical stripes for summer that feels just right. Maybe it's the way the bands perfectly capture the spirit of the season. Rendered on a pair of swim shorts, the stripes lend exceptional flair to your bearing.


Neutral tones bring out the timelessness of the stripes.

Through The Lens

Cotton T-shirt, Sandro; sunglasses, Carrera; mid-length printed swim shorts, Orlebar Brown. (Photos: Mr Porter, Sandro; Art: Jasper Loh)

Who needs a souvenir when you can literally wear your favourite holiday snapshot on you? Swim shorts decorated with vibrant imagery give picture-perfect a whole new meaning.


Let the shorts do all the walking when you pair it with a solid-hued T-shirt or polo tee.

Shape Shifter

Patterned swim shorts, Vilebrequin; talisman multi-charms necklace, Givenchy; sunglasses, Ray-Ban. (Photos: Farfetch, Givenchy; Art: Jasper Loh)

From resplendent florals to retro checks, a pair of graphic swim shorts instantly commands attention. Take things up a notch when you match the shorts with a camp collar shirt in a clashing print.


Don't forget to accessorise – complete the outfit with a handsome necklace.

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