When planning for a summer getaway, swim shorts are the first item we all often invest in – as they’re often the one item we wear the most. We may be jumping the gun a bit – but we think it’s never too early to secure your summer break – so hear us out on this. We’re here to help after all. The key to choosing the perfect pair of swim shorts is to go for a trim, more tailored cut that sits on the mid-thigh – that way the shorts will look just as good on dry land as they do when you take a trip into the water.
One of the latest names to arrive at OPUMO - OAS - takes a simple yet uncompromising approach towards fit and fabric, not to mention an avant-garde approach to print, colour and composition, which is why their impeccably crafted men’s swim shorts are as suited to the sea as they are to the bar. To illustrate our point, and to get you ready for the summer holiday you’re dreaming of, we’ve picked out a variety of our favourite print swim shorts from the latest OAS trunk collection. With a variety of striking geometric prints, and even a pair dedicated to Pina Coladas, the latest batch of OAS trunks has got something for everyone.
ISTO.Dark Grey Work Jacket £145
BALTIC WatchesBlue Gilt / Stainless Steel Bicompax 001 Watch £651
L'Estrange LondonBeige 12 Shorts £95
Axel ArigatoGrey / White Genesis Triple Sneaker £180
VOR1C Nebelweiss Sneakers £300
JAKWhite / Black Atlas Sneakers £219
DalgadoGrey Woven Suede Francesco Belt £75
Paper CollectiveFloating Leaves 02 Print by Norm Architects £15
Bennett WinchBrown Farringdon Card Holder £120
TAPPANOnce Upon A Time In The West (Ely, NV) by Travis Schenider £110
Like we said, OAS is best known for its beach-to-street aesthetic and so all of OAS swim trunks are made from a fast-drying microfibre to make them easier to wear out of the water. To really feel the benefit of OAS’ versatility, opt for an understated patterned swim short such as these Busy, Dotty or Tiny Blues. The near, streamlined fit keeps things contemporary while the simple designs mean you can partner them with a simple white t-shirt or shirt and you’re set.
You can get a bit bogged down looking for swim shorts especially with the variety of colours, prints and patterns on offer. So, sometimes it pays to look beyond all the distractions and opt for a good-looking, well-made pair of understated swim shorts. Available in Black, Dark Green or Solid Mint, all of these block colour OAS swim shorts offer a more relaxed look and feel compared to other pairs of OAS swim shorts but they are all the more wearable because of it.
OAS is best-known for its limited-edition seasonal prints which means you are unlikely to bump into another pair on the beach. The trouble is picking out which print works for you. This season OAS prints are quite different to your average botanicals. The vibrant colours and bold forms of the Pink Avocado style and the more traditional floral design of Banana Leaf reflect a more laid-back summertime style and we can’t get enough of it.
You’re down to the last batch of swim shorts in the essential OAS edit, we could’ve carried on for a long while to be honest, but we’re finishing with a flourish. The Swedish-based brand excel in colourful and characterful designs that appear considered and sophisticated rather than overzealous and providing a trying-too-hard-to-be-on-holiday-having-fun kind of look. Finished in an array of classic colour combinations – from Floral, Birdie and Camo – these OAS swim shorts feature beautiful detailed designs which are colourful enough without being swamped by the colours and designs of the more eclectic variety of men’s swim shorts out there.