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by Jennifer Ryan Jones June 01, 2018 2 min read

After years of super long board shorts and baggy suits, tailored swim trunks are making a splash at the pool. The style is fitted but not tight, and comfortable because most are made with a little bit of stretch. You don’t have to worry about all that extra fabric floating around you like a personal floatation device while swimming. And they look just as good coming out of the water as they do going in. But their very best feature is that they can double as a pair shorts when worn on dry land. Yes, the fit is close to the body, but don't be scared, we’re not talking skimpy Speedos. Here are a few of favorite tailored swim shorts.



J.Crew's nylon Pool Short is offered in muted, sophisticated colors like this version in teal. It's made of quick-drying nylon with a mesh lining and zipped pockets to stand up in the drink. But the snap closure and zip fly allows this plain front pair of swim shorts to pull double duty once on shore. Add a linen shirt with rolled up sleeves, and you'll fit in just about anywhere.


Orlebar Brown

You’ll make a splash in these flamingo photo printed swim shorts from Orlebar Brown. They believe your swimsuit should be tailored just like your suit pants. “No matter your shape or size, in everyday wear a man will always look better in a well-cut suit. This principle is no different for our swim shorts.” Use the side fasteners on these classic Bulldog swim shorts to customize the perfect fit. Think of this style as tailored shorts you can swim in.


Saturdays NYC

You don’t have to give up wearing patterns to elevate your taste level. This pair of hybrid swim shorts sets just the right tone with an all over Mostera print. Hidden drawcords and a mesh-lined liner make the “Trent” one of our favorite swim shorts mashups of the season.


Onia for MrPorter.com

Maybe you’re too shy to show all that thigh. Yes, designer swim shorts styles skew on the shorter side, but you can still get in on the trend. This longer length from Onia has you covered. These Hawaiian printed trunks have a tailored zip and fasten waistband with a hidden drawstring and mesh lining on the inside. Perfect for touring or taking a dip on your island vacation.



It should come as no surprise that this iconic European swimwear brand known for it’s matching father and son matching printed trunks would be on top of this on trend. Heading to St. Tropez this summer? Pack these sophisticated swim shorts and a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, and you're genuinely jet set. Trés chic!