The Case for Never Spending More Than $50 on Swim Trunks

And the 8 good-looking, under-a-Grant suits that prove it

The Case for Never Spending More Than $50 on Swim Trunks
By Tanner Garrity / May 29, 2019 9:00 am

Ever vacationed with Mr. Owns-One-Bathing-Suit-Guy?

He strolls out on the beach the first day looking smug and strapping in his beloved turquoise trunks. Compliments abound.

But later that afternoon, he hangs the pair up in the shower to dry so he can wear it the next morning … and the routine then repeats itself, with the same exact look every single day. The suit fades into anonymity, and the hotel shower becomes a bland den of procedure.

Your best defense against this fate? Packing an entire stable of swimwear options. Which is very doable, considering they don’t need to cost a fortune. In fact, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find seven excellent selections under $50, in a variety of styles.

To be clear: this isn’t a crusade against quality swimwear. Many of the brands below — Mollusk and Banks Journal, in particular — know how to make a very venerable pair of trunks. But for easier stockpiling, it really pays to make that extra effort and find a good deal. Below, find our favorites. You can swim in ‘em, board in ‘em or read a book while the waves crash against the surf in ‘em … just make sure to put on a new pair the next morning.

RVCA Montague Elastic Trunks

Ben Sherman Geometric Print Swim Trunks

Suit Swim

Mollusk Scallop Trunks

Banks Journal Primary Boardshort

Original Penguin Engineered Stripe Print Trunks

Michael Bastian 4 Way Stretch Tropical Swim Shorts

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