Men's bathing suits have never received as much attention as women's swimwear. We've always been fine with that, but it was still exciting this spring when a new variety of trunk started showing up in stores. These refined suits are better sculpted to a man's body and privilege fit over elaborate patterns. They also – and this might be the biggest development – favor more comfortable fabrics over the slick nylon we've been sporting for the last 10 or so years. And, yes, we're fully in favor of showing a little more leg if that means enhanced flexibility and looking ready for surf-and-turf as soon as we step out of the waves.
The Father-Son Combo
Jelle de Jong and Michelle L'Huillier were inspired by Sydney's family-friendly Clovelly Beach area to create a collection of swim trunks that would provide both grown men and their sons with a chance to celebrate the arrested development of Australia's beach culture. Tom & Teddy, the result of their work, is a swimwear company that is as devoted to quality manufacturing as it is to summoning memories of childhood summers.
These shorts are, first and foremost, vibrant – simple two-tone designs and primary colors pop. That said, our favorites suits in the spring collection feature patterned sea creatures including octopi, turtles, fish, jumping salmon, and penguins. The bright red-and-blue octopus graphic is particularly eye-catching. Because the fit is snug and fairly short on the leg – in keeping with this year's style – the trunks don't look as though they belong in the kiddie pool.
T&T's patterns are printed on quick-drying, super-soft microfiber that is chlorine, salt water, and UV resistant. Double stitching makes the swimwear extra durable and means you don't have to think twice about transitioning from surf to land. Each pair has both side and back pockets with Velcro closures, rear eyelets for air circulation, and a high-quality braided draw cord at the elastic waist. Best of all, the fabric doesn't rub when wet, making these trunks perfect for those summer days when you just can't be bothered putting on anything else. [$80, TomandTeddy.com]