The 12 Best Multi-Use Trunks for Summer

Run, swim or booze. The world is your oyster.

May 22, 2017 9:00 am

This is just one installment of 37 Things a Man’s Gotta Do This Summer, our annual compendium of everything worth seeing, doing, eating, drinking and generally making time for in your neck of the woods between now and September.

Used to be swimwear was a one-and-done situation.

As in, you bought swim shorts for an express reason, and that reason was swimming.

These days when we talk about swim trunks, we don’t mean just going for a dip. Because today’s shorts bring together the worlds of activewear and casualwear for a garment that’s altogether more versatile. In other words: they’ve got the power to be worn both in the water and at the bar. Or at the gym. Or anywhere you wouldn’t think a swimsuit belongs.

This means modern, tailored cuts made from hi-tech fabrics that won’t swish-swish as you sashay over to the corner of the bar to offer some young lady a drink. Below: the best best buys of the season for a man looking to get the most out of his trunks.

Beach to Gym
Because no skip-days. No matter how you break a sweat, throwing on any one of these shorts will ensure you won’t ever need a change of clothes. Hell, they’re actually great excuse to take your workout to the beach. 

Outlier New Way Shorts

Almond Sportsman Trunks

Tracksmith Longfellow Short


Vuori Banks Short

Beach to Water
Going nowhere fast? Whether bold or simple, these numbers will help you relax in style. Sure, they might be plain ol’ swim trunks, but at least you’ll turn heads on your way in and out of the water. 

Mollusk Vacation Shorts

Outerknown Evolution Trunk

Saturdays Colin Petals Board Shorts


Todd Snyder Thorsun Swimtrunk

Beach to Bar
These hybrid pairs work well anywhere you take ‘em, which is something a guy like you needs this summer. Perfect for: beach-going, bar-going and whenever and wherever a spontaneous dip is in order. 

Apolis Transition Scout Short

Faherty All Day Short

Officine Generale Roman Swim Short


Orlebar Brown Setter Short

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