The summer is well and truly here at last and whether you’re heading abroad or braving the British coast, chances are you’ll be in the market for a pair of swim shorts or two. With this holiday spirit in mind we’ve picked out five pairs of swim shorts that are sure to keep you cool and comfortable at the poolside and beyond. For our round up we’ve focused on finding well-fitting, tailored shorts because in our opinion if you want to make a sartorial splash this summer, it’s time to ditch the baggy swimwear in favour of more flattering styles.

From bold and vibrant prints, to classic and retro designs there’s no excuse for being a slouch when it comes to swimwear. Holidays are the perfect opportunity to embrace colour and pattern that are rarely seen in our everyday wardrobe and we tried to reflect this in our choices, because hey, if you can’t wear neon orange on holiday when can you?


The design for these mid-length shorts drew its inspiration from a photograph entitled ‘Surf bathing in Honalulu’ from the 1920s found in the Sunspel archives. With sleek and simple pockets and a comfortable slim fit the vintage influence is clear to see. We particularly love the absence of a drawstring – a stylish feature for a streamlined pair of swim shorts. When not in the pool these would look great paired with a simple polo for a dapper poolside look.

Orlebar Brown

London based brand Orlebar Brown launched in 2007 with the idea of bringing a more tailored approach to swimwear with sleek, sophisticated swim shorts ideal for the pool and beyond. The key to the brands appeal is their practical, flattering designs that make dressing for the poolside or beach a breeze. Our bright orange pick would make a lively addition to any holiday suitcase.


Thomas Royall

If you caught our recent post on floral shirts you’ll know that bold, eye-catching designs are a big trend this summer. London brand Thomas Royall are here to help you make a statement at the poolside as well with a range of mid-length shorts in suitably striking designs. Our pick of the bunch was the navy polka dot design, a fun pair of swim shorts that whilst quirky will still give you years of service through the ebb and flow of trends.  Although there is plenty to choose from if you fancy something a bit more decadent!


Oiler & Boiler

If you like your swimwear to have a bit of pattern and personality then these retro inspired shorts from Oiler & Boiler should fit the bill nicely. The vertical stripes in tones of pastel blue add a touch of preppy character and the athletic fit will set you apart in the poolside style stakes. The brand offer a wide range of vibrant and bold designs, as well as more timeless, classically inspired shorts – our pick is a happy medium between daring and conservative.



Of course, patterns, bold colours and florals are all well and good – especially when it comes to swimwear – but the truth is you really can’t go wrong with a classic and simple pair of plain navy shorts. This pair from Topman features some nifty embroidered details and are a nice tailored fit. Taller gents out there should exercise caution however as these are particularity short shorts!

Topman Swimshorts