Summer! It’s finally beginning to blaze away outside our windows, and the wider world — from the Maldives to the Med — is ready to welcome jet-setters for the first time in two long years. And it’s not a minute too soon. We were starting to worry that all those new sunglasses and summer scents we’ve been buying would go another year unused. 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 2022 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 preppy vertical stripe from Orlebar Brown if you’re looking to add a vintage feel. Alternatively, keep things classic with Hemingsworth‘s blue horizontal pattern. Or, if you really want to make a splash, try Frescobol Carioca‘s bold ‘Copacabana’ wave stripe.
Hemingsworth Clipper Swim Shorts
Ralph Lauren Traveller Classic Swimming Trunks
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, eye-catching colour, then these bold blue shorts from Hemingsworth are an excellent choice. Bright and cheerful can also pack a style punch — as evidenced by David Gandy Wellwear‘s vibrant red swim shorts. Or, if you prefer to go with a block colour that’s slightly more understated, you can’t go wrong with this simple navy offering from L’Estrange.
Hemingsworth ‘Clipper’ Swim Shorts
David Gandy Wellwear Short-Length Swim Shorts
L’Estrange ‘The Anywear Short 2.0’
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 Gusari‘s elegant ‘London’ trunks — as stylish as swim shorts come — or you could opt for a touch of Riviera chic with Apnée Swimwear‘s ‘Oursin’ swim shorts. Or, for the ultimate understated style, Love Brand & Co‘s ‘Elephant Dance’ shorts are a good bet — a Safari-inspired pattern on a sophisticated cut.
Gusari ‘The London’ Swim Shorts
Apnée Swimwear ‘Oursin’ Swim Shorts
Love Brand & Co. ‘Staniel’ Swim Shorts
Bring some life to your wardrobe with an exciting print
For those who want to add a splash of colour and vibrancy to their summer outfits, a fun, vibrant print can be a great way to go. They may seem overly exuberant to some — but if you can pull them off, why not?
Mr Marvis‘ ‘The Majorelles’ print is a joyful splash of florals, with a print borrowed from the Liverty archives sure to brighten up any summer wardrobe. Portofino Gin has put the spotlight on cocktail culture, with its aptly-named ‘Gin + Tonic’ swim shorts. And Ripa Ripa‘s Mediterranean ‘Maestrale’ shorts are quick-drying and finished with a nautical rope tie to a supremely elegant look.
Mr Marvis ‘The Majorelles’ Swim Shorts
Portofino Dry Gin Special Edition Swim Shorts
Ripa Ripa ‘Maestrale’ Swim Shorts
Want to know more about L’Estrange’s swim shorts? Here’s how the British brand’s sustainable shorts do it all…
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