Summer! It’s beginning to blaze away outside our windows and the world — airport by airport, border by border — is opening back up. And not a minute too soon. We were starting to worry that all those new sunglasses and summer scents we bought earlier this year were going to go to waste. Thankfully, it looks like we might just get a summer holiday after all…
Because now, with everything from far-flung infinity pools to local London lidos splashing open once more, we need trunks now more than ever. And Gentleman’s Journal has rounded up the best to buy for summer 2021 below — from simple striped shorts to big, bold options. Dive in…
Head straight to the pool with striking stripes
They say that stripes are flattering, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to these three pairs. It’s a pattern that gives an effortless touch of the Riviera to any outfit — even if you’re only heading down to your local lido.
Opt for a classic thin horizontal stripe from Hemingsworth if you’re looking to add a vintage feel. Alternatively, keep things classic with Morville‘s red vertical pattern. Or, if you really want to make a splash, try Frescobol Carioca‘s bold ‘Copacabana’ wave stripe.
Hemingsworth Clipper Swim Shorts
Morville Classic Originals
Frescobol Carioca Copacabana Print
Make an impression with bold block colours
If you’re one to keep things simple, go for a big, bold block colour. Even if your trunks have a logo or few small embellishments, don’t underestimate the waterside style statement of a big, brash hue.
If you want a nice bright primary colour, then these bold blue shorts from Ralph Lauren are an excellent choice. Bright, cheerful yellow can also pack a style punch — as evidenced by Frescobol Carioca‘s Canary swim shorts. Or, if you prefer to go with something a bit more burgundy, you can’t go wrong with these affordable shorts from Ripa Ripa.
Ralph Lauren Travel Swim Trunks
Frescobol Carioca Sport Swim Shorts
Ripa Ripa Rosso Teller
Add some interest with subtle patterns and texture
Adding a subtle texture or pattern to your swimwear may be all you need to stand out by the pool this year. Because, though some of us can pull off the bold colours or super stripes, that level of patterning isn’t for everyone.
If you’re keeping things quieter, then, why not add a small touch of sartorial flair this summer with Apnée Swimwear‘s quick-drying, cotton-feel ‘Ecume’ trunks — as stylish as swim shorts come. Alternatively, you could pull on Ripa Ripa‘s patterned ‘Ravello’ shorts. Or, for an even tighter pattern, Orlebar Brown‘s ‘Bulldog’ shorts are a good bet — a trim pattern on a well-tailored cut.
Apnée Swimwear Ecume
Ripa Ripa Ravello
Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Shorts
Watch your wardrobe blossom with floral (or coral) prints
For those who want to add a splash of colour and vibrancy to their summer outfits, a floral print can be a great way to go. They may seem overly exuberant to some — but if you can pull them off, why not?
Sunspel has kept the cut classic, but the print abstract with this trippy leaf pattern. Ripa Ripa has put a marine tropical twist on the pattern with a coral motif. Or, if you prefer something a little more monochromatic, there’s always Orlebar Brown with this simple, sophisticated floral print.
Sunspel Drawstring Swim Shorts
Ripa Ripa Positano
Orlebar Brown Diver Swim Shorts
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