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Is there anything better than a holiday? The sun is shining, your out-of-office is on and there’s nothing to worry about. Well, not quite nothing. Swimming shorts are one of those things that strike fear into the hearts of most men – after all, not every guy has the confidence, or workout schedule, of a Love Island contestant.

But fear not, we’ve rounded up a list of do’s and don’ts to help find the right pair for you so all you need to worry about is what level of SPF to wear (nothing lower than 30) and what to have for lunch.

 

Do

Wear bright colours. Even if your day-to-day wardrobe is black, grey and navy, there’s something about a holiday that feels set up for brighter colours. So go for it – the bolder and brighter the better. Or give a pattern a go – geometric patterns will always look good.

 

Don’t

Wear speedos. Unless you are an Olympic swimmer and, even then, keep it for the pool in Tokyo 2020. We know they are the original trunk and favoured by overly tanned older gentlemen on the Italian Riviera, but is that really the vibe you’re after?

 

Do

Get something you’ll wear again. While you might not be planning to spend the rest of your life in swimshorts, it is worth getting a pair you’ll want to wear more than once. Why? Well, it’s better for the planet and for your wallet, both things that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

 

Don’t

Go for the other extreme of speedos – oversized boardshorts. They may be beloved by pro-surfers and California dudebros, but that doesn't mean they’re flattering for your Ibizan jaunt.

 

Do

Think about what you’re going to be doing. Are you lounging on a beach working your way through the NYTimes bestseller list? Are you swimming laps of the pool and only pausing to reapply your suncream? Are you going from sun lounger to restaurant to bar via an afternoon swim?  All of these are excellent ways to spend your holiday and all of them require slight variations of swimshorts – from longer length to quick drying styles.

 

Don’t

Go for novelty prints. That kitsch ice cream cone that looked so fun when you bought it starts to look tired by about day two of your holiday.

 

Do

Try a few styles before you commit. It’s easy to just grab a pair and go because you don’t want to think too much about it, but it’s worth taking time to try a few styles. Even if you have followed our size don’ts above, it's still not one size fits all with swimshorts when it comes to where they sit on your body. Take the time to find a pair you love.

 

Don’t

Be mistaken into thinking a bigger size is more forgiving, it’s not. Being on the beach or by the pool can make even the most confident man feel a little nervous, but bigger doesn’t always mean better. An oversized pair will make you look larger than you are and will billow around you when you swim, which is not a great look for anyone.

 

Do

Enjoy yourself. Yes, you want to look your best and yes, it’s important that no one else is offended by your outfit but ultimately it’s your holiday. As long as you’re dressed appropriately – you’re not the only one on the beach after all – then just make sure you’re comfortable in what you choose. Then sit back and relax.


Words: Nadia Balame-Price