With summer in full swing and camping and cottages calling, most of us are thinking about seasonal swimwear. Men have options when it comes to what they wear in and around the water—though not as many options as women.
Bathing suits for men come in a few classic styles and cuts. The following are the five most common types of men’s swimwear items on the market.
1. Swim Trunks
Swim trunks are by far the most common type of bathing suit available for men. They’re worn by men of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. A boy’s first swimsuit is often a pair of versatile and comfortable swim trunks. These clothing items tend to be made of nylon, polyester, or a blend of those two fabrics. They come in a wide variety of solid colors as well as prints and patterns. Swim trunks have an elastic band around the waist and/or a drawstring. Their seam is located mid-thigh, and they tend to be slightly less baggy than board shorts. They range in price from $25-100.
2. Board Shorts
Board shorts appeared fairly recently on the men’s swimwear scene. They’re popular among teens and males in early adulthood, and men often sport them away from pools and beaches. Indeed, they’re ideal for watersports and non-watersports alike, including swimming, surfing, boating, skateboarding, longboarding, or even just relaxing. Though they were originally designed for surfers, they’ve become a beloved wardrobe item, especially among the younger generation. Unlike swim trunks, they rarely have an elastic waist. Instead, they have a firm waistband with a lace-up drawstring and a fly made of Velcro. Most menswear brands make board shorts. They range in price from $25-100.
3. Square Leg Swim Shorts
Square leg swim shorts offer a happy medium between baggy swim trunks and tight speedos. They’re very similar in shape and cut to boxer-briefs, and have sleek look without showing off too much. Indeed, they’re ideal for men who want something fitted but don’t necessarily want to walk around in a speedo. They are commonly available in neutral colors, such as navy blue, grey, or black, though it’s possible to find patterned versions. Square leg swim shorts run from approximately $20 to $100.
4. Swim Jammers
Swim jammers are fitted, like square leg swim shorts, but they extend much longer in length, usually until just above the knee. They are similar in appearance to cycling shorts, and are often worn by competitive swimmers. Though they might not be so popular at the beach, they’re a good option for anyone who participates in swimming races.
Also known as swim briefs, this variety of male swimwear was introduced in 1956 during the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. They take their name from the popular swimwear brand which introduced them. Made of nylon and/or spandex, these brief-style bathing suits are now available from a wide variety of men’s swimwear brands. They’re also available as g-string models, which leave the buttocks exposed. Swim briefs are ideal for sunbathing at the beach, lane swimming, and other water activities. They’re a good option for men who are looking for a form-fitting bathing suit.