Whether you're planning a trip to an exotic tropical destination or escaping to a seaside retreat for the weekend, you'll need to be adequately kitted out with all the essentials for your summer holiday. Pack your bag with a breezy linen shirt, statement-making sunglasses, a beach-ready tote bag and, most importantly, a pair of comfortable and effortlessly stylish swim shorts that can take you from beach to bar.

Sitting somewhere between too-tight budgie smugglers and notoriously daggy board shorts, men's swim shorts are the ultimate summer style saviours that will seriously up your swimwear game. Go big and bold with statement-making prints or keep it low key with classic hues. Retro-inspired running-style swim shorts will add a sporty edge to your outfit, while shorts with a slightly tailored fit will serve you just as well at the pool as when you're sipping cocktails later on in the evening, teamed with a Cuban collar shirt and espadrilles.

Whatever your taste, you'll find your perfect warm weather wardrobe heroes with our round-up of the best swim shorts for men at the moment. Take your pick.

7 of the best swim shorts for men in 2021

Ripa Ripa Amalfi Swim Shorts

Be transported to the Italian riviera with this pair of swim shorts from Ripa Ripa. Inspired by the relaxed aesthetic of the Mediterranean, they feature a slightly tailored look for ultimate poolside elegance. They're made from a soft, brushed fabric that's quick-drying and has a distinctive cotton-feel, guaranteeing all-day comfort. Wear them with a soft linen shirt and leather sandals.

CDLP Deep Lagoon Swim Trunks

Consciously crafted in Portugal from  Econyl – a regenerated nylon fibre made from salvaged plastic waste from oceans and landfills, these swim trunks from Swedish label CDLP not only look good, but do good. The luminous, polychromatic 'Deep Lagoon' hue will turn heads for all the right reasons.

Nikben Leonel Swim Trunks

These playful mid-length swim shorts from Nikben make just the right amount of a statement. With a lightweight, quick drying construction, they're perfect for long, sun-soaked days at the beach. Plus, they're made from recycled plastic bottles, so you can feel good about your purchase.

L'Estrange Anywear Swim Shorts

L'Estrange has mastered the art of the everyday staple and now, the London-based label has extended its expertise to swimwear. Its new Anywear Swim Shorts are designed for seamless transition between the beach and the city – with a tailored cut and inside netting for ultimate comfort and support. They also happen to be made from recycled marine plastics, in keeping with L'Estrange's commitment to sustainable design.

Edmmond Studios Classic Leroy Shorts

With their eye-catching blue and white geometric pattern, these Edmmond Studios swim shorts strike the perfect balance between classic and contemporary. The comfortable, above-the-knee fit shows off just the right amount of thigh while the inset front and back pockets allow for wearability in and out of the water. 

Wax London Noden Swim Shorts

Wax London always seems to nail it with its playful yet ultra-wearable designs, and these printed swim shorts are no different. The wave pattern adds just the right amount of character, while the functional back, front and zipped pockets offer utmost practicality. A beach holiday must-have.

Shon Mott Swim Shorts

These sophisticated swim shorts from Shon Mott are as precisely tailored as suit trousers, yet they also happen to be super comfortable and easy to wear. Choose from three understated hues and team them with a plain white tee and clean white leather sneakers. Everyday elegance made effortless.

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