The Best Swim Trunks for Men in 2022

18 surprising summer statement pieces to choose from

By Paolo Sandoval

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If you had an unhappy childhood, or, even worse, a recent swimming-related fiasco, swim trunks can conjure up embarrassing images of water-bloated mesh shorts, unflattering post-pool problems or worst of all, the dreaded disappearing trunks debacle. Whereas most summerwear, like luxe vacation ‘fits or super sunglasses, prove to be a thrilling perk of warm weather, picking out a swimsuit that doesn’t suck can feel like a chore. No need to fear, you can breathe easy this quickly approaching summer. In 2022, the best swim trunks for men are flattering and well-designed and feature improved tech like anti-odor fabrics or hidden zip pockets. We’re pleased to report, the state of swimwear is, by all accounts, pretty damn excellent.

We’ve examined, explored and tested a variety of swim trunks for structural soundness, on-body feel and general vibe, and below, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites. From surprise inclusions to fan-favorite features, these are best swim trunks in 2022.

The Best Overall Swim Trunks

lululemon

Lululemon 5″ Pool Short

Key features: streamlined 5″ inseam, zippered pocket, Xtra Life Lycra liner

Why we like them: Much like their athletic offerings, the Lululemon Pool Short finds success in simplicity. While the 5″ Pool Short doesn’t sport all the bell and whistles of some other entrants on this list, its sleek, easy-on-the-eyes shape fits exceptionally well, doesn’t bloat or cling, and feels like a regular (albeit handsome) pair of shorts.

The Most Splurge-Worthy Swim Trunks

Mr. Porter

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Bora Printed Swim Shorts

Key features: tailored fit, adjustable waist tabs, back-zipped welt pocket, side slits

Why we like them: Orlebar Brown’s premium trunks are the epitome of what swimwear should be in 2022. A tailored, slim cut — with an even more customizable fit via the adjustable side tabs — reads beachy and fun, and with all the amenities that a $300 short affords, there’s no reason (other than the hefty price tag) not to splurge.

The Best Affordable Swim Trunks

Everlane

Everlane ReNew Swim Short

Key features: 7″ inseam, 100% recycled polyester material, 2-way stretch

Why we like them: The value Everlane provides is unparalleled, a fact on full display with the ReNew Swim Short. Featuring the San Francisco-based retailer’s patented ReNew technology (a fully-recycled polyester blend that is good for the environment and great for pool parties) and a loose 2-way stretch, they’re a steal of a swim trunk.

The Shorts That Also Work as Swim Trunks

Backcountry

Patagonia Baggies 5″ Shorts

Key features: quick-dry nylon, adjustable drawstring, mesh pockets

Why we like them: The iconic style’s nylon blend shell and mesh lining make the Patagonia Baggies a viable swim trunk, too. If a spontaneous dip should arise, we can only hope you’re wearing your Baggies.

The Best Board Shorts

Vuori

Vuori Cruise Boardshorts

Key features: 7.5″ inseam, VCycled recycled fabric, anti-odor tech, 4-way stretch

Why we like them: If you prefer a longer inseam and drawstring waist, a board shorts should be your swimwear of choice, and Vuori’s Cruise offering is unequivocally the best out there. Using the same stretch and anti-odor tech as their award-winning athletic shorts, these bad boys can handle anything you throw their way.

The Best Beach-to-Bar Swim Trunks

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch The Resort Short

Key features: snap-front closure, hybrid-elastic waist, zipper fly, back pocket

Why we like them: Between the snap-front closure, zipper fly and seersucker-like material, the Abercrombie & Fitch Resort Short feels just as much like a beachy bottom as it does a swim trunk. If a quick dip and a long lounge (or maybe a trip to the tiki bar) is more your speed, there’s no better choice.

More Swim Styles That We Dig

Vilebrequin

Vilebrequin Stretch Flat Belt Swim Trunks

Bloomingdales

Solid and Stripes Classic Colorblocked Swim Trunks

Outerknown

Outerknown Apex Trunks By Kelly Slater

Huckberry

Wellen ’66 Strech Boardshort

Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren 5.75″ Traveler Classic Swim Short

Le Club

Le Club Miami Beach Tower 5 Swim Trunks

Far Harbor

Fair Harbor 8″ Lined Anchor Swim Shorts

Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon Swim Board Short

Bonobos

Bonobos 9″ Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

Huckberry

Bather Lush Waterfall Swim Short

Billy Reid

Billy Reid Cactus Swim Short

Ten Thousand

Ten Thousand The Set Short