Summer is all about beach vacations and water fun but chances are he’s still wearing the same swimsuit he’s had for decades.
Do him a favor and treat him to a new pair of swim trunks — the latest ones are made from performance material, dry quickly and have lots of thoughtful features and details. Many of them double as shorts and are even sustainably made, using fabric woven from recycled plastic water bottles.
Here are some great — and great-looking — choices to help him dive into summer in style.
Preppy in pinstripes, these juicy trunks are the weekend version of his workday wear – but so much more fun. Made from material spun from recycled plastic bottles, they’re soft and sand resistant so he can just shake it all off and get on with his business. They have a mesh lining, pockets and an elasticized waist with a drawstring tie. Orange you glad you found them for him? Price: $42
This popular style is available in more than a dozen prints and boasts almost 15,000 five star reviews praising its quality, comfort and good looks. It’s made of quick-drying performance fabric and has an athletic fit, a built-in liner, a hidden zipper back pocket with keyring and sleek side pockets with advanced water draining technology. Best of all, it’s made with 12 recycled plastic water bottles, keeping them out of landfills and helping the planet. Price: $68
Designed to be his go-to’s, these shorts will take him from summer days to summer nights with a refreshing dip in the pool or afternoon at the beach in between. Made from recycled plastic bottles and upcycled coconuts (!), they’re lightweight, naturally odor-resistant and super soft. Choose the inseam he prefers and whether or not to go with a liner. The shorts are available in 16 rich colors but, like so many others, we’re partial to the bestselling Gin & Juice, which has already sold out three times. Price: $64
Turn any day into a tropical holiday with these cheery palm print trunks. Their flattering fit and classic mid-length make them a summer staple, and they have a soft mesh liner and three convenient pockets. They’re fast-drying, making it easy for him to take them anywhere. Price: $79
Made from the comfiest four-way stretch fabric, these swim trunks are fit for a superhero. Choose from half a dozen colorways in stripes – for sailing style! – or solids, all of which feature a mesh liner and rear zipper pocket. You’ll want to pair them with Rhone’s new, high-tech long sleeve rashguard with UPF 50+ protection to keep him safe on sunny days. Price: Trunks: $88, Rashguard: $128
Every year, Paul Stuart introduces highly-anticipated new swim trunk patterns and this summer’s racing sailboat print is definitely a winner. The swimsuit features an elastic waistband with a drawstring and has a mesh liner and three pockets. It’s fast-drying so it’s perfect for travel, and, when he’s not swimming in it, the fashionable brand suggests wearing it with a linen shirt or lightweight cottons sweater and leather poolside slides. Price: $160
He’ll love these trunks, which are so comfortable, they’ll feel like his old favorites and will quickly turn into his new ones. Quick-drying so they can be worn in or out of the water, they have a mesh liner, an elastic waistband and a back pocket. With its subtle mesh pattern, the shorts come in six colors and hit at an ideal length, giving them added versatility. Price: $89.50
If you really want to make a splash, gift him these conversation piece swim trunks from French luxury brand, Vilebrequin. Yes, they’re a splurge but they’re also a stand-out. One of two new Artists’ Editions in collaboration with renowned Swiss contemporary art publisher, JRP|Editions, the wearable art features an eye-popping Kenny Scharf print along with lots of great detailing including two back eyelets that allow water to drain and reduce the dreaded “balloon” effect. Price: $315