Starting with the basics, trunks are the most common men’s swimwear in the entire world. They look similar to your standard dry-land shorts, but are made from light, fast-drying materials (usually nylon or polyester) and feature a tighter-fitting lining inside the shorts. Basic trunks can come in both fixed-waist or drawstring waist style. Color, pattern, style and inseam lengths can vary widely between brands and we encourage you to explore different options to find what’s right for you.
Alternatively, surf-style boardshorts typically come to or past the knee and often have a non-elastic waist and fit closer to the torso. Originally developed for sports utilizing a board (surfing, bodyboarding, etc) they were designed to be quick-drying, strong and durable in order to hold up to wear from contact with the ocean and a board.
Once you’re in buying mode, it’s important to gauge your activity level. How intense do you expect those vacation volleyball games to be? Are you snorkeling in Hawaii? Surfing? Hitting the pool party in Vegas or Miami? A swimsuit for a hotel pool party, beach trip, or vacation doesn’t require a lot of technical specifications, but may need to be higher on the style meter. If you’re going to be active in the ocean or out of it, consider the durability of the materials and construction when buying. Style-wise, don’t be afraid of color and pattern. Your pair of trunks or boardshorts is a great way to showcase a dope print, cool color combination, or if you want to take it #TBT some retro fluorescents. It’s all about honing in on your personal style of course, but don't be afraid to take a risk.
One final note on fit. Just like everything else in your wardrobe these days, the baggy, saggy look is out; you want to keep things as trim and well fitting as that slim fit suit in your closet. Obviously your level of activity will have some bearing on both the length of the shorts and the level of roominess but just because you’re staying active doesn’t mean you need something ultra baggy. Oh and by the way, never, under any circumstances, should you wear boxers or briefs under your trunks. Trust us, just don’t do it, you don’t want to be that guy.