Swimsuits for All boast inclusively-sized swimwear in cool styles – here’s what 3 women thought of the brand

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Swimsuits for All swimwear; the best plus-size swimsuits; the best bikinis and one-pieces
  • Swimsuits for All carries sizes 4 through 40, prioritizing often-ignored body shapes and sizes.
  • 3 people from our Insider team tested the brand’s swimsuits and loved the look and fit of them.
  • For more options, check out our reviews of swimsuits from brands like Everlane and Summersalt.

Shopping for swimsuits can be a stressful, vulnerable, and frustrating experience. It’s doubly so when your favorite store doesn’t carry a cute style in your size, or when all the ones in your size were clearly treated as afterthoughts.

Swimsuits for All has been around since 2005 and continues to push the boundaries of style and size in the women’s swimwear space. The brand makes stylish, size-inclusive women’s swimwear in sizes 4 through 40. Its lineup includes one-pieces, bikinis, swim dresses, tankinis, and cover-ups, and most of its suits cost less than $100. Even for the ones that cost more, you can usually get them at a generous discount during one of the brand’s many online sale events.

Among its many original styles, it has also launched special collections with plus-size body positivity advocates like model Ashley Graham and fashion blogger GabiFresh. We tried a piece from each of these two collaborations, in addition to one of the brand’s original styles. Our testers range from sizes 8 to 20, and share their thoughts on the look, fit, and feel of their suits. Many sunny beach trips later, the verdict is in: the swimsuits look and feel great.

Here are the 3 best Swimsuits for All bikinis and one-pieces you can buy:

Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit

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A simple, black one-piece is a wardobe must-have — you can’t go wrong with its timeless look. Insider senior video producer Shirley Cheng likes how this swimsuit is a twist on the classic, black swimsuit because it looks anything but basic thanks to the lattice details. She sized down and found that to be the right move for her.

What’s great about this swimsuit is that you can adjust it to your liking. There’s self-tie halter straps and a hidden underwire bra with removable soft cups. But it also features Power Mesh tummy-control lining and front shirring to keep you feeling secure. Plus, if you’re concerned about how the suit fits on the bottom half, it’s quite literally got you covered with full bottom coverage.

Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit (small)
GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set

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Basic bikinis are versatile mainstays for summertime, but to add a little something extra to your collection, you might want to check out the tie details on this set. The detail appears on both the top and the bottoms, and is fully functional. However, the two separates are still simple enough to mix and match with other suits, as well. 

You can get the right fit for you with the adjustable straps and G-hook back closure that has three adjustments. Swimsuit top sizing can be tricky, but this one fits by band and cup size, making your decision much easier. Former Insider Studios associate editor Hattie Weber can vouch for the fit and comfort of this bikini set. She also appreciates the brand’s wide variety of other styles for plus-size bodies. 

GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set (small)
Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief

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A swimsuit you can customize almost sounds too good to be true. However, the fold over brief in this set does exactly what its name suggests. You can modify the rise of these bottoms by simply folding them up or down, making this a versatile piece that you can pair with other tops. 

The top is also adatpable with its self-tie halter straps and double G-hook closure that has two adjustments. Insider senior consumer insights associate Jennifer Hernandez loves wearing the bottoms with a higher rise, although she also likes folding over the top to jazz up the plain briefs. She additionally appreciates how there are separate sizing options for each piece of the set, since one’s top and bottom measurements can vary.

Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief (small)

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I’ve been swimming for over 30 years. Here’s the best swim gear and accessories for faster and more comfortable laps

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  • Well-designed goggles, swimsuits, swim caps, and accessories can make you faster and happier in the water.
  • I’m a gear editor and have been swimming laps for almost 30 years, so I know good swim gear.

In the world of modern high-intensity training and boutique fitness classes, swimming is a refreshingly simple workout. All it requires is a basic swimsuit, access to a pool (which most towns have at a low community-center rate), and the basic stroke skills many of us learned as children.

For this low cost, you get serious gain: Swimming is a full-body workout that taxes your upper and lower body, plus delivers cardiovascular training without feeling overheated and sweaty. Even just leisurely swimming can burn roughly 220 calories in 30 minutes, while more vigorous strokes like butterfly can torch upwards of 400 calories in that same time.

Swimming is also low-impact on your joints compared to other cardio workouts like running and comes with a slew of health benefits from lowering blood sugar to improving mental health.

I’ve spent most of my life reaping the benefits of this super accessible workout: Growing up in the North County of San Diego, I swam in the ocean and in backyard pools, often from dawn to dusk. In college, I joined the triathlon club and started counting laps by meters and yards. I’ve since swum with Master’s programs in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and in my current home of Boulder, Colorado. But I mostly swim on my own, heading to local pools (primarily outdoors) to swim laps for fitness and enjoyment.

Now, as a gear editor, I truly appreciate swimming’s simplicity – in addition to a swimsuit, goggles and a swim cap are all you need for comfortable laps. Beyond these essentials, items like buoys and fins add excitement to the activity, while something like a warm coverall makes the pre- and post-pool experience more comfortable.

The amount of swim gear at even the most casual of swimmer’s disposal is extensive – and not all of it is designed to help set or break a PR. For this roundup, I researched and tested a variety of both new and tried-and-true gear from a variety of swim brands, including cutting-edge suits, goggles, and swim caps.

Beyond the basics, I also tested training equipment and extras that make fitness lap swimming as comfortable, and enjoyable, as possible. While some of the additional gear isn’t critical to swimming laps, it did enhance my lap-swimming experience, some in ways that quite surprised me.

Here’s the best gear for swimming laps:

A chlorine-resistant, hydrodynamic swimsuit for women

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Nike Swim Women’s HydraStrong Axis Modern Cut-Out One-Piece, from $48.14, available at Amazon

This one-piece suit is made out of Nike’s HydraStrong fabric, a unique polyester that’s chlorine and heat-resistant. For lap swimmers, that means it takes longer for the suit to stretch out and thin down to a too-revealing shell of itself.

Nike offers multiple suits in HydraStrong fabric, including a line of good-looking bikinis meant for lap swim, as well as men’s briefs and jammers. I like this one-piece for its balance of coverage and style — the open back and straps are summery and fun, while the overall cut makes the suit (and me) ready to crank out hardcore swim sets.

The HydrasStrong fabric also has a low-water absorbency, making it feel fast in the water, and dry quickly on deck.

Hydrodynamic but modest brief-suits for men

Speedo Wave Wall Team Jammer

Speedo Wave Wall Splice Jammer, $39, available at Speedo

Not all Speedos are brief-style suits. “Jammer”-style swimwear — the longer-cut options that resemble bike shorts — offer the hydrodynamic performance of a suit built for lap swimming with a (much) more modest silhouette. The polyester/spandex blend, “feels fast and compressive, but not so compressive that it’s uncomfortable,” said my male tester.

The suit features lining in the front and backside, and a drawstring to help the suit stay put during flip-turns, hard push-offs from the wall, and aggressive strokes, like butterfly sprints.

A warm post-pool coverall

Arean Team Line Parka

Arena Team Line Parka, $150, available at Swim Outlet

This cozy, fleece-lined parka is intended to keep competitive swimmers warm between sets or races, but it’s also amazing as a cover-up for winter or general cold-weather outdoor lap swimming.

I wear this parka over my swimsuit to the outdoor pool in the Colorado winter or early summer mornings alongside a pair of sweatpants for easy undress. As soon as I’m out of the water and towel off briefly, I pull it on for the drive home. A bonus is that the waterproof exterior keeps my car seats dry, despite me wearing a soggy suit underneath.

The pandemic turned many indoor swimmers into all-the-time outdoor swimmers, and this parka is a game-changer for seasonal comfort.

Large-lensed goggles for outdoor swimming

Nike Vapor Mirror Performance goggles

Nike Swim Vapor Mirrored Goggles, $35, available at Nike

For outdoor swimming, dark mirrored goggles are a must as they cut glare while offering protection for sensitive eyes. The Nike Swim Vapor Mirrored Goggles are low profile and sit close to the face.

The large, curved lenses deliver maximum peripheral vision that allows me to have mini races with the people swimming in lanes next to me because I can see them easily while pretending not to. They also let me see the bottom of the pool without any excessive head motion, either horizontally or vertically. 

The soft, flexible gasket does a good job sealing against my skin to minimize annoying leaks, though the goggles do leave an “I just swam” goggle ring on my face.

Clear goggles for indoor swimming

TYR Tracer X RZR Racing Adult Goggles

TYR Tracer-X RZR Racing Goggles, $54.99, available at Swim Outlet

For indoor swimming, or outdoors in low light, these clear-lens TYR Tracer-X RZR Racing Goggles work great. I was amazed at the instantly secure, leak-free fit. Because goggle fit is an individual matter, these do come with five removable nose bridge size options and have adjustable straps for customization. The silicone gaskets seal to my face comfortably and the goggles never fogged up on me (this is likely due to its advertised anti-fog coating).

Like the Nike goggles, these are low profile for ideal hydrodynamics while providing good peripheral vision.

A reliable pull buoy

Speedo Team pull Buoy

Speedo Team Pull Buoy, $14.99, available at Speedo

Swimming with a pull buoy gives your legs a rest and lets you focus on arm stroke and body rotation. Over my lap-swimming lifetime, I’ve swum with a lot of different pull buoys, but this one continues to impress me with its buoyancy and comfort.

While others can be scratchy (i.e. the pontoon-like models held together by rope), or become waterlogged, this one’s dense foam keeps my legs afloat impressively during pull sets.

 

An ergonomic kickboard

TYR Hydrofoil Kickboard

TYR Hydrofoil Kickboard, $19.99, available at Amazon

Due to the pandemic, the communal bins at almost all public pools are non-existent. This means that if you want to use a training tool like a kickboard, you’ll need to bring your own — and this TYR kickboard is so great that even if communal kickboards make a comeback, I’ll still bring it along. 

Its arrow shape puts my shoulders in a comfortable position while kicking, and it’s a shape that mimics my arm position during regular strokes far more than a large, rounded kickboard. The convex hull allows both the board and my body to rock naturally side-to-side through the water.

As a bonus, the board doesn’t become waterlogged and carries more easily in a bag than a clunky, traditionally shaped kickboard.

A well-ventilated bag for quick drying

TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack

TYR Big Mesh Mummy Backpack, $19.99, available at Backcountry

I tended to carry my swim gear in either a regular duffel or backpack for a number of decades. But once I made the change to this mesh carrier from TYR, I realized what I’d been missing: An easy and efficient way to transport all my gear. This not only includes my goggles, cap, and towel, but also a pull buoy and kickboard — and the bag’s mesh design does well to air everything out after a swim.

The bag features two backpack-style straps for comfortable transport and a pull-cord closure system on its main compartment that keeps whatever’s packed secure.

A swim cap that doesn’t pull your hair

Speedo Silicone Printed Cap

Speedo Silicone Printed Cap, $14.99, available at Speedo

Latex swim caps notoriously pull your hair, so I much prefer a silicone option that is far gentler. This one from Speedo doesn’t pull or break off any strands when pulling it on or off, and the silicone lasts longer than traditional latex.

There are a lot of great silicone swim caps out there, but I love the prints here to add some fun to my swim without compromising performance in the water.

Comfortable headphones for music

Finis Duo

Finis Duo, $92.32, available at Amazon

I may be a gear geek but I do love the simplicity of swimming laps without music, and instead rely on the sound of water and my breath to create workout Zen. That said, this underwater MP3 player can be a fun way to change things up, and I know swimmers who say they can’t endure laps without it.

Though the Duo is simple to set up, it isn’t Bluetooth compatible, so I had to convert music files on my laptop to MP3 files, then drag them over to the connected device. This was easy enough but does present a bit of a learning curve. In the water, the device sits against your temples (not in your ears), and the music is remarkably clear.

If it is Bluetooth you’re after, the Finis Amnis Stream, which I didn’t test, pairs with a smartwatch via Bluetooth.

Fins to improve your form

Finis Z2 Gold Zoomers

Finis Z2 Gold Zoomers, $35, available on Amazon

Like other training tools, fins help improve form by targeting specific muscles and parts of your swim stroke. These Z2 Gold Zoomers are a good length for all levels of recreational to competitive swimmers — any shorter and it’d take a lot more effort to kick across the pool and any longer would feel like scuba fins. 

The Zoomer length gives me plenty of power to kick across the pool either with or without my kickboard. Wearing them for faster sets or while attempting butterfly stroke is a fun way to use them, and they also do a good job working your hamstrings and glutes.

A towel poncho for easy changing

Arena Icons Hooded Poncho

Arena Icons Hooded Poncho, $44.97, available on Amazon

Pull this towel-material poncho on over a wet swimsuit on any pool deck, and you’re basically wearing your own portable changing room. There’s plenty of room underneath to strip off a wet suit and pull on dry clothes without revealing anything.

This poncho comes in handy at pools that don’t have locker rooms (or those that haven’t yet opened them), or for anyone who doesn’t want to use a locker room, whether they’re open or not.

What else we considered

Finis Smart Goggles ($235): For swimmers who like to hone in on splits and enjoy super high-tech gadgets, these goggles have an on-lens display, which appears in the left corner, for pace and splits visible while swimming. Paired with the Ciye app, swimmers can log workouts, and connect with others. Note that when I tried these, I got a headache from looking left mid-swim, but I also have sensitive eyes so I don’t think these would cause the same issue for everyone.

Zygo Solo ($299): This headset works via bone conduction to stream workouts from the accompanying Zygo app to guide swim sessions. The Transmitter that comes with works as a sort of underwater walkie-talkie, which coaches can use to instruct swimmers mid-lap. While the headset took some futzing to feel comfortable under a swim cap and goggles, the sound clarity was good and the workouts interesting.

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The 6 best places to shop for women’s active swimsuits in 2021

  • To surf, swim, play, or chase kids around the beach or pool, you need a swimsuit that’ll stay put.
  • Active swimsuits should hold everything in however you move, not ride up, and survive many washes.
  • These are six of our favorite brands for active bikinis, one-pieces, rash guards, and more.

There are two approaches to buying a swimsuit: worrying about tan lines and worrying about staying covered. If your main focus is looking good by the pool, check out our guide on the best women’s swimsuits. But if you’re swimming laps, surfing in the ocean, diving for volleyballs, or chasing kids around the beach, you need a bathing suit that will do more than just make you feel good – you need a top and bottom that will stay put and keep everything in.

Luckily, there are more brands than ever making cute, active swimsuits, whether you’re looking for a one-piece, a bikini, or a rashguard.

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Here are the best places to buy active swimsuits:

The best active swimsuit overall

Athleta Swim

Athleta’s swimwear is comfortable, stylish, and good for both curvey and athletic figures alike.

Size range: XXS-XL for swim suits, XXS-3X for sun shirts

Athleta is known for producing high-quality workout gear that is equal parts functional and stylish, so it’s no surprise its active swimsuits would hit that same sweet spot to look as good as they feel whether you’re swimming, playing beach volleyball, or turning cartwheels on the shore.

The swimsuits range from sexy to functional to high coverage in every design from bikinis to tankinis to one-piece suits to rash guards, so there’s truly something for everyone. While its designs are great for curves, unfortunately, its swimsuits only go up to an XL; however, Athleta is known for running large, so that should fit more like a traditional XXL (small consolation).

Much of the collection is made from sustainable materials like recycled nylon and many of the suits also have UPF sun protection, which protects the fabric and your skin from the sun’s rays.

Athleta’s swimwear is perfect for water sports including swimming, surfing, and paddle-boarding, thanks to the stretchy, breathable fabric that moves with you.

Athleta’s swimwear is priced on the mid-to-high end ($55-75 for a bikini top; $95-120 for a one-piece) but splurging on one well-fitting swimsuit is better than multiple ill-fitting cheaper options. 

What to buy:

Colorblock Crop Top (small)Sculpted Bikini Top (small)High Waist Jacquard Bikini Bottom (small)Colorblock One Piece (small)Cross Train One Piece (small)
The best eco-friendly active swimsuit

patagonia swim

Patagonia’s swimsuits are fair trade certified-sewn from recycled materials, they look great, and they stay in place whether you’re surfing or swimming.

Size range: XXS-XXL

Considering Patagonia is a leading brand for clothing designed to stand up to the elements and movement of the outdoors, it’s no surprise its line of women’s swimwear lives up to its reputation.

The swimsuits range from rash guards and long-sleeved one-pieces to bikinis, tankinis, and board shorts. In our opinion, the brand really excels on cute one-pieces that will stay put. In fact, when a few Insider Reviews editors tried Patagonia’s active swimsuits, they found them to be comfortable, supportive (including for DD cups), and reliable for playing in the surf.

We were all impressed by how comfortable the suits were and how well they stayed in place. Women’s swimsuits are often designed more for style than substance, so Patagonia’s collection stood out as a great choice for women who like to actually move around in the water in their swimsuits.

All the swimsuits are made of recycled nylon or polyester that has UPF sun protection and is non-slip. Patagonia also states that these suits are Fair Trade Certified-sewn, so you know you’re buying eco-friendly, ethical swimwear.

The biggest downsides are that sizing is limited (XS to XL) and the suits are pricey, around $120 to $180. — Malarie Gokey

What to buy:

Women’s Glassy Dawn One-Piece Swimsuit (small)Women’s Reversible Extended Break One-Piece Swimsuit (small)Long-Sleeved Swell Seeker One-Piece (small)Bayou Palmetto (small)Stretch Wavefarer Board Shorts (small)
The best luxe active swimsuits

sweaty betty swim

If you want a luxury feel to your sporty beach day, Sweaty Betty’s line of swimwear is very well-designed and flattering. 

Size range: XXS-XXL

Sweaty Betty is known for its high-end activewear and applies that same ethos to its swim line. The founder and creative director of SB surfs and paddleboards, and she brings this first-hand knowledge of needing to focus more on movement and less on staying covered into its designs.

The brand truly excels in its well-designed one-pieces which are made with swimming laps in mind. The one-pieces are always surprisingly cute and flattering for the category, with small details like a chest zipper or open back to elevate your basic one-piece without losing the swimming-efficient shape. They usually have chlorine-resistant fabric and are designed for performance with a high neck and supportive straps.

When it comes to its bikinis and rash guards, most pieces have 50+ UV protection as well as quick-drying properties to help avoid chafing. 

You’ll definitely pay for the silky, well-fortified fabric, but the higher quality also means the suit will last you many seasons.

What to buy:

Coral Surf Short Wetsuit (small)Medley Swimsuit (small)Harlyn Bikini Top (small)Carve Swimsuit (small)

 

The best budget swimsuits

speedo swim

Score a professional-grade one-piece for swimming laps or a bikini for secure surfing without dropping too much money from Speedo.

Size range: XS-XL, 4-42

There’s a reason Speedo has been a go-to source for professional swimmers for years. The brand makes high-quality, durable swimwear that offers both support and comfort.

Its classic one-pieces still hold strong with compression in all the right places and a design built for improved performance and faster recovery time. The quick-drying suits feature wide straps for added support and durability, while the smooth and soft fabric is chlorine-resistant.

Speedo also makes very cute and very functional bikinis, albeit only for the small-chested. In general, its suits run small, so the biggest downside is that these suits won’t fit the majority of American women (although Speedo does have a limited plus-size line).

However, if you are smaller and looking for functional, flattering swimsuits that won’t cost you too much, the majority of Speedo’s suits can be nabbed for $28-35 for bikinis, $50-88 for one-pieces, and $48-98 for rash guards. 

What to buy:

Solid super pro – prolt (small)Solid Tie Back Top (small)Zip Front Paddle Suit (small)Quantum Fusion Splice (small)
The best plus-size active swimsuits

swimsuits for all

Swimsuits for All crafts suits made to move with a wide range of body types — sizes 4 through 40.

Size range: 4-40

Swimsuits for All is one of our favorite swimsuit brands period, but we particularly love how well their bikinis, tankinis, one-pieces, and swim dresses stay put as your chasing after kids on the beach or popping up on a surfboard.

Swimsuits for All also has a ridiculously robust catalog of styles including collaborations with awesome body-positive advocates like Ashley Graham, and really cool offerings like chlorine-resistant lycra bike shorts and swim skirts, in case a traditional suit isn’t your jam.

Five of our editors who wear sizes 8 through 20 tried different styles from the brand and said all the styles fit shockingly well and no one reported any mid-swim malfunctions.

What to buy:

Ashley Graham CEO Lace Up One Piece (small)Halter Ruffle Swimdress (small)Gabrifresh Tie Front Bikini (small)
The best for high-movement activities

carve designs

Carve Designs was created by surfer girls and makes some of the most flattering cuts and cutest prints available for bikinis that will actually stay on.

Size range: XXS-XL with Tall options

Born out of a surf trip in Mexico, this women-owned business started out selling rash guards and boardshorts for women. As women’s style evolved in surfing to be more accepting of bikinis, the founders shifted their focus to also crafting two pieces that would actually stay put while paddling, popping, and carving — and in designs women would actually want to wear.

A decade-and-a-half later, its line features every kind of bikini cut, including more modest high-neck designs and swim skirts to fully cover your booty if that’s where you gravitate. But what we love about Carve is it also makes cheeky bottoms that make you feel empowered on the beach but won’t slip off when you go underwater. 

Also worth noting: The brand also recently launched a recycled swim line with suits made from plastic bottles collected out of the ocean.

The main downside, like many brands on this list, are that the suits don’t fit a huge range of body types or sizes. 

What to buy:

Madeline Sunsie Rashguard (small)Barbados Short (small)Melanie Bikini Top (small)Mustique Reversible Bottoms (small, Preferred: Backcountry)

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The 14 best swim trunks for every style and need

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  • There are swim trunks for every style and need, whether you’re surfing or just lounging poolside.
  • Many brands have introduced eco-friendly trunks that are even better than the traditional versions.
  • Swim trunks have gotten a little shorter so dare to show a little more leg this summer.

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The days are getting warmer, and summer is nearly here. You may think your swim trunks are merely a utilitarian beach item, but with the incredible range of styles, patterns, and fits, they can help define your personal style just like your street clothes.

While many brands have trunks with inseams that are shorter, thanks to the current trend of retro styles, we’ve included boardshorts in this review. This surf-style swimwear is longer – typically ending at or below the knee – and usually has a button or velcro fly. So whether you want to show a little leg or prefer more coverage, we’ve rounded up the best swim trunks for you to enjoy this summer.

Here are the best men’s swim trunks in 2021:

Bearbottom Recycled Stretch Swim Trunks

The best men’s swim trunks - Bearbottom Stretch Swim Trunks

Bearbottom Recycled Stretch swim trunks are handsome, super comfortable, and eco-friendly.

The heart of Bearbottom Clothing is a desire to do good. The company ethically sources its materials and has donated more than 100,000 shorts and 200,000 protective masks to people in Bangladesh and India. 

The Recycled Stretch swim trunks are made from a 90% recycled polyester with 10% spandex which provides four-way stretch that’s comfortable for extended wear. The material has a soft handfeel, is water resistant, and dries quickly. The interior mesh is light and even stretchier than the outer material. I wore these the entire day and forgot there was a lining at all. They have a 5.5-inch inseam and hit about mid-thigh on my six-foot frame. 

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Birdwell 310 Skipper Gold Board Shorts

The best men’s swim trunks - Birdwell 310 Skipper Board Shorts

The 310 Skipper Gold Board Shorts are an updated classic from Birdwell Beach Britches, a California heritage brand from Southern California.  

The Skipper Gold Board Shorts, part of Birdwell Beach Britches’ 60th Anniversary collection, have an early 1960s vibe with a gold colorway, multi-hued blue stripes across the bottom of the right leg, and a classic fit that hits around mid thigh. Made from Birdwell’s SurfNyl, a nylon material made by the same U.S. mill since the 1980s, the shorts are hand-cut and have double- and triple-stitched seams for durability. The shorts feature a button fly, triple lace closures, and a back pocket with drain holes and a key loop. 

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Outerknown Nomadic Volley

The best men’s swim trunks - Outerknown Nomadic Volley

Outerknown’s Nomadic Volley swim trunks combine classic looks with sustainable manufacturing for all the good vibes you could ask for. 

Pro-surfer Kelly Slater creates great clothing in tandem with designer John Moore through the brand Outerknown, which uses organic, recycled, or regenerated materials for 90% of its production.

The Outerknown Nomadic Volley is less about water sports and more about pool-side relaxing in style. They have a relaxed fit and a slightly shorter hem that hits just above the knee, but no mesh liner. The company produces them in a fair-trade factory from quick-drying recycled polyester, so there are good vibes all around with these volley shorts. 

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Tommy Bahama Epic Ombre Board Shorts

The best men’s swim trunks - Tommy Bahama Epic Ombre Board Shorts

Tommy Bahama’s Epic Ombre Board Shorts refines the style with a slightly shorter, 9-inch inseam, in a recycled polyester with 30 UPF. 

While many board shorts can make guys with thin legs look like they’re swimming in the shorts instead of the water, the Epic Ombre Board Shorts have a slimmer look and shorter inseam that hits just above the knee. Made from recycled polyester, they dry quickly and have a mesh netting that’s supportive without being binding. The material also offers an SPF of 30, which is a bonus. These shorts also feature two slash front pockets and a third pocket in back. The throwback colorway has a decidedly 80s abstract sunset that goes from aqua to orange. 

Baja Epic Ombré 9-Inch Board Shorts (small)
2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short

Beach weather is coming and that means it’s time to show a little leg with the 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short.

The 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short shows a lot of leg with a 4-inch inseam that sits high on the thigh. But hey, it’s for the beach and showing a little leg is totally okay. This style continues to be 2(X)IST’s best seller, which proves they’ve been ahead of the curve. 

These are made from a poly micro twill that’s quick drying, has a soft handfeel, but is sturdy enough for beach-related fun. They feature an interior webbing with a built in pouch that’s very comfortable for all-day wear. The Ibiza Swim Short comes in four fun colorways. 

Ibiza Swim Short (small)
Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti Palms Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti

For a vintage-style swim trunk, check out this pair from Saturday NYC with a cool palm tree pattern. 

The Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti Palm Swim Short has a vintage boardshort look in a cotton-nylon blend that’s both durable and comfortable. The flat felled seams (a way of stitching seams together most often seen in jeans) makes for a longer lasting garment. This swim short has a 6-inch inseam and standard fit, and a comfortable mesh lining. It has two side pockets and a back pocket with a velcro closure, a coated metal eyelet for drainage, and a small tab and bungee cord for keys. The pattern features a multi-colored pop-art inspired palm leaf design.

Timothy Tahiti Palms Swim Short (small)
Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

the best men’s swim trunks - Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

The Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks come in three different inseams and 15 patterns to suit every style.  

Bonobos is known for its tailoring and variety of fits, and the brand’s swim trunks are no exception. They’re made from 85% recycled polyester, so they’re eco-friendly. They feature a mesh lining, two slash pockets, and a back patch pocket with a hook-and-loop fastener. 

Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks (small)
Mack Weldon Board Shorts

The best men’s swimsuits - Mack Weldon Board Shorts

Mack Weldon’s Board Shorts offer a sleeker look without sacrificing comfort thanks to the four-way-stretch material. 

A slimmer cut and slightly shorter inseam give the Mack Weldon Board Short a streamlined look that’s still comfortable, thanks to the four-way stretch fabric. A lack of slash pockets also gives these shorts a sleeker look. They do have pockets, though — one zip pocket on the front left and another on the back right. These boardshorts have a velcro fly and an interior drawstring.

Swim Board Short (small)
Happy Socks Palm Beach Swim Shorts

The best men’s swimsuits - Happy Socks Palm Beach Swim Shorts

Happy Socks will do for your day at the beach what they did for your funky sock collection with the Palm Beach Swim Shorts

The Swedish company Happy Socks helped popularize funky and fun socks, and now they’re doing the same for swimwear. They make the trunks from a fast-drying recycled polyester. They have a mesh lining and two slash pockets. The hem hits about mid-thigh. The company also offers a longer version that ends at the bottom of the thigh. Either way, the brand’s swim trunks will add a dash of mirth to your day at the beach or poolside amusements. 

Palm Beach Swim Shorts (small)
Hurley Volley Board Short

The best swim men’s swim trunks - Hurley Volley Board Short

Hurley’s Volley Board Short is tough enough for any water sports and handsome enough for poolside meetups. 

The Hurley Volley Board Short is an unlined 17-inch short made from a water-wicking polyester that dries quickly. It has two slash pockets and a back pocket with a hook-and-loop flap closure and drain hole. These trunks are tough enough for whatever watersports you’re into, but look great just hanging out by the pool, if that’s your thing.

One And Only Solid Volley Short 17″ (small)
Dandy Del Mar Cassis Square-Cut Swim Brief

The best swim trunks - Dandy Del Mar Cassis Swim Brief

Tap into 1970s-era Hollywood glamour with the Dandy Del Mar Cassis Swim Brief, an updated take on the European brief. 

The Cassis Swim Brief is an update on the classic Speedo that offers the same sleek look with more coverage (it more closely resembles a boxer brief and hits near the top of the thigh). Made from an 84% nylon/16% spandex blend, it offers a great range of motion while maintaining a snug fit. These swim briefs have a repeating floral pattern in white, burnt orange, and black, with white piping down the sides, and a drawstring waistband. 

The Cassis Square Cut Swim Brief (Gardenia) (small)
Fair Harbor Anchor Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Fair Harbor Anchor Swim Shorts

Fair Harbor’s Anchor Swim Short is eco-friendly, super comfortable thanks to a smooth built-in liner, and comes in 13 different colorways. 

Fair Harbor uses recycled plastic bottles to produce their swim trunks that are both soft and durable. 

The Anchor Swim Short is naturally odor resistant, fast drying, has a scalloped hem for a wide range of motion, side pockets that drain, and a back pocket with a hidden zipper. These are comfortable for all-day wear thanks to the addition of 12% spandex in the fabric for lots of stretchiness. 

The Anchor Swim Short (small)
Tommy Bahama Naples Nassau Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Tommy Bahama Naples Nassau Swim Short

Tommy Bahama’s Naples Nassau Swim Short is an upscale take on the classic floral swimsuit. 

The Naples Nassau Swim Shorts have a 6-inch inseam, an elasticized waistband with a drawstring, and three pockets. The 100% nylon material provides 30 UPF sun protection. The Naples Nassau Swim Short comes in an enormous range of sizes, and two patterns. The design is understated as far as tropical themes go, but still gives off an aura of summer fun.

Naples Nassau Swim Short (small)
J. Crew Seersucker Swim Trunk

The best men’s swim trunks - J. Crew Seersucker Swim Trunk

J.Crew’s Seersucker Swim Trunk are a classic option that always look great. 

Seersucker, that striped light cotton fabric, exudes summer so it makes total sense that J. Crew used this classic material for a modern slimmer fitting swim trunk that’s not too long or too short. 

The Seersucker Swim Trunk has a six-inch inseam that hits at the mid-thigh and is slim without being clingy. It has a mesh lining and a drawstring waist. The trunks have two slash pockets at the sides and a back pocket with button closure. It comes in the two classic seersucker colorways: turquoise with white and pink and white. These are handsome enough to wear when you’re nowhere close to a beach or pool. 

6″ Swim Trunk in Seersucker (small)

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