Even though we’re a few weeks from the solstice, we consider Memorial Day the official start of summer. And if you’re anything like us, our first patriotic weekend of the season crept up quickly. So quickly, in fact, we barely had time to shop for our favorite summer staple, swim shorts.
But not to worry, there are three (four if we’re lucky) glorious months of summer ahead of us, full of lakes, oceans and pools waiting to cool us off. And because you always look handsome, you need the best swim shorts on the market to take you from sand and surf to lobster rolls and ice-cold brews with the simple addition of a t-shirt. Here are six of our favorite summer pairs.
Onia Calder 7.5″ Trunk
Meaning Hebrew for ship, we love Onia for their painstaking attention to detail, high-quality materials and varying trunk lengths to please every man. The 7.5″ is the perfect length for summer while the classic construction and fit make them ideal to wear with more than just your flip flops. If you live in NYC, make sure to stop by Raleigh on Elizabeth St. to shop Onia’s swim pop-up. $130, Onia
LimoLand Camo Fun Swim Shorts
For those who “live to create,” LimoLand’s bold and colorful prints reflect designer Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi’s many years traveling the world. This bright pair – made in Italy with the highest-quality, breathable fabrics – is a cool way to rock the camo trend. $220, LimoLand
Jack Wills Branwell Swim Shorts
It’s easy to love “Fabulously British” Jack Wills, not just for the brand’s cool, preppy threads but also for their ethical trade initiatives. Get the best of both in this classically nautical swim short, handsome with a vintage sportswear feel. $59.50, Jack Wills
Glass Galactic Donegal Short
Born and bred New Yorker John Glass created his namesake label earlier this year, and we’re excited his rad prints – inspired by things like astronomy, hip hop and bespoke tailoring – are here in time for beach-going. The GLASS Galactic Donegal short features a lightweight, star-flecked fabric that’s perfect for both city and shore. $220, The Cools
Faherty Brand Classic Boardshort
This twin brother-founded, eco-friendly line is far from crunchy, especially as the designer is a Ralph Lauren veteran. Made primarily of recycled polyester from plastic bottles, these classic boardshorts feature a zipper pocket and muted, masculine paisley print. $165, Faherty Brand
Solid & Striped The Classic Las Brisas Stripe Trunk
Conceived in Water Mill, NY and constructed in Como, Italy, Solid & Striped is the perfect blend of classic tailoring, understated design and fine fabrication. Perfect for the cabana or tennis court, we are infatuated with these stately ultramarine and white stripes. $150, Solid & Striped