Swimming Shorts: Our Eight Top Picks

With lockdown easing, the life aquatic beckons.

‘Bulldog’ Illustration Scene Mid-Length Swim Shorts, £225, by Orlebar Brown
This pair, whose eye-catching pattern is the work of American artist Nick Turner, can be deemed genuinely ‘tailored’ – as in, based on the 17-piece pattern of a man’s suit trouser.



Recycled Poly Beach Scene Swim Shorts, £20, by John Lewis & Partners
Made from Repreve polyester derived from recycled bottles, this eco-friendly pair are finished with a drawstring waistband, side seam pockets and a press stud reverse pocket complete with drainage hole.


Navy and red floral swimming trunks, £180, by Connolly
Floral swimming trunks, hand-made from a quick-drying polyamide with a cotton mesh lining – from a brand founded in 1878 as a small family saddle-maker. Make of that what you will.

Red and white nylon swirl swim shorts, £470, by Tom Ford
An eye-catching pair from the namesake label of the menswear master, featuring a mid-rise, a concealed fastening, an adjustable fit, side pockets and a relaxed fit.

‘Tropical Turtles’ embroidered swimming shorts, £430, by Vilebrequin
Vilebrequin’s embroidered turtle motif has an unofficial brand emblem, representative of slow leisure and longevity. This pair, inspired by wine from the Burgundy region of France, also symbolises power and nobility. See also lead shot.


Light blue swimming shorts, £95, by Trunk Clothiers
A less ‘outré’ offering, made in Portugal of Portuguese fabric and dyed in the brand’s own colour selection, from the brand helmed by London-based Swede Mats Klingberg. The rear pocket’s zip closure and the internal key/coin pocket make them perfect for a full day of coastal activity.


‘Copic’ print swim shorts, £155, by Frescobol Carioca
Bold yet refined prints, with a sophisticated colour palette, are the stock in trade of this Rio de Janeiro-base brand. This pair in ocean and coral hues, made from cotton blend fabric, is based on contemporary Brazilian designer Claudia Moreira Salles’ iconic light fixtures.

Printed swim trunks, £125, from New & Lingwood
Two of the Jermyn Street boutique’s signature patterns – peacock and skull and crossbones – have been applied to a new range of summer shorts, made in Italy from waterproof polyester with mesh internals and finished with two side pockets and one rear back pocket.