It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Summer’s on its way. So get ready to dress down when the temperatures soar and make a splash with the very best in swimwear…

Last week, we may have been blessed by a couple of sun-soaked days, but it was never going to last. We’re just not that lucky with British weather. However, despite the clouds popping back in front of the sun, that doesn’t mean you should forget about the lazy, hazy summer to come.

Instead, you should be preparing now. And, with many brands releasing their summer ranges of swimwear, it’s a great way to banish those last vestiges of the winter blue and up your trunk game, ready for the next time we happen upon an unseasonably hot spell.

So we’ve taken a look at the new season’s offerings, broken down the style and picked out the best for any discerning divers out there who want to make a splash.

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 vertical stripe from Bluemint if you’re looking to add a vintage feel. Or go a little more left-field with Frescobol Carioca and Paul Smith, who both have some alternative takes on the classic pattern on offer.

It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Bluemint Sky Blue Line

£100

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It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Paul Smith 'Signature Stripe'

£100

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It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Frescobol Carioca Copacabana Sports

£145

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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. Here’s our pick of the best statement shorts.

If you want a nice bright primary colour, then these options from Vilebrequin and Bluemint are excellent choices. Or, if you prefer to go with something a tad more turquoise, you can’t go wrong with these shorts from Fighetti.  

It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Bluemint Dazzling Blue

£90

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It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Vilebrequin Swimwear Solid

£135

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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, even 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 sartorial flair this summer with Paul Smith’s sunglass embroidered shorts? Alternatively, take some texture on your next trip with this green number from Frescobol Carioca. Or, if you love gingham, check out these Ralph Lauren shorts.

It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Frescobol Carioca Angra

£155

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It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Ralph Lauren Traveller

£75

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Paul Smith Sunglasses Embroidery

£95

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Watch your wardrobe blossom with floral 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?

Orlebar Brown have kept things classic with their luxe blue leaf pattern. Ralph Lauren have taken a tropical twist with their palm print. Or, if you prefer something a little more old school, there’s always Hackett with this fantastic paisley.

It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Trunks

£75

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It’s never too early to start thinking about swim shorts

Hackett Double Face Paisley

£100

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Orlebar Brown Bulldog X

£225

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