Choosing appropriate swimwear is as complicated in 2016 as it has ever been, with not only choice of brand marque but fit, length and out of the water wearability all considerations. Most today are not just a swim short- sure they are short you can swim in but also a bridge short; tailored for style, comfort and performance to be worn on and off the beach. They are as much of a fashion accessory as they have ever been.
In more granular detail, a man’s swim short should not be see-through when wet, be short or of a mid-length, be quick drying, possess a mesh net lining, be chlorine, salt water, light and rub proof and easily machine washable. Whilst perhaps not the most stylish of requests- a good swim short will also have a zip or velcro pocket to house your hotel room key or such like.
Here are Ape to Gentleman’s 3 of The Best: Swim Shorts for the 2016 season, across a range of price-points but all with style, quality and functionality.
Orlebar Brown- Bulldog Swim Shorts
The original tailored mid-length swim short with side fasteners from Orlebar Brown is the Bulldog short, which was the first pair in their collection and still a best-seller. Based on the traditional 17 piece pattern of a man’s suit trouser, the Telegraph noted a, “a Savile Row standard of tailoring”. The Bulldog ticks all the boxes above and includes engraved side fasteners to adjust, two side-angle front pockets and one zip back pocket and is constructed in a quick drying 100% polyamide fabric.
Available from £145 in a variety of colours.
Frescobol Carioca- Handsurf Swim Shorts
A shorter length, tailored cut, button side fasteners and quick drying polyamide fabric, these stylish Handsurf Swim Shorts from Brazillian brand Frescobol Carioca are part of their ‘The Games Collection’- celebrating the 2016 Rio Olympics, and inspired by their Brazilian handcrafted wooden accessories: Beach Bats, Surfboards, Jacare Handsurf and Skateboard. A coin pocket, 100% cotton mesh lining and button fly add comfort to the equation.
Available at £150 with other muted shades highlighting Rio’s beach sports and active culture available too.
Vilebrequin- Merise Swim Shorts
French brand Vilebrequin have become synonmous with St Tropez style, and flair- famed for their ‘out there’ designs and quality. The Superflex St-Tropez 71 shorts are a shorter style but full of stretch for comfort. You will also find a Vilebrequin rectangle personalised snap button, tone on tone zip, Italian side pockets and a back pocket with Velcro flap, made of 98% Polyamide and 2% Elastane.
The Merise short is available priced £210 and in a variety of colours from plain to printed.
Affordable Option- Saturdays NYC Timothy Swim Short
Okay, so this is now 4 of The Best, not 3, but we couldn’t leave these out. Constructed with a net liner on the inside, the Timothy Swim Short from hyper-cool US surf brand Saturdays NYC is fabricated in a nylon jacquard pattern with printed embossed logo.