June 28, 2021

The Best Men’s Swim Trunks and Styles for Summer

Ready to hit the waves, soak in the pool and enjoy your favorite water sports this summer? Us too. That’s why we made the best, most stylish swim trunks for you so that this season, you’re the sharpest guy on the beach.

Now, if you’re a man who hates shopping, or sees the word “stylish” as an immediate turn-off, hear us out. You don’t have to look at having good style as so much of a chore, but rather you can embrace the positive impact it has to offer. A little bit of attention to detail can have a huge payoff, and it’s not as hard as it may seem.

It’s fairly obvious that clothing affects how others perceive you, which may feel like a negative point to focus on. However, it’s not just about what other people think. Research actually shows that the way you dress also has a significant impact on how you perceive yourself and can benefit your own self-confidence. 

That said, it’s probably worth replacing your old, stretched out board shorts with a new, chic pair not just for the sake of everyone else’s eyes, but because you deserve to feel like your best, most confident self this summer. 

“Chic” doesn’t have to equal impractical, and our team here at Willy California totally understands that. Our goal is to talk you through some qualities to look for in a swimsuit that will enhance both your style and your comfort so that you can stay active and look good while doing it, and give you the number one option that you should be wearing this summer.

Our Top Pick    

Let’s take a look at our favorite men’s swimsuit this season that will keep you both cool and trendy under the hot sun. Our board shorts will get your vote for several reasons:

  • They have a flattering, slim fit.
  • They come in a variety of different colors.
  • Their material will both keep you moving comfortably and shield you from the sun.
  • They can be paired with a matching rash guard for added style and protection.   

When it comes down to it, that is all you really need to focus on: fit, color, practicality, and how your board shorts pair with other clothing. 

You may think, why should I care if it’s just a swimsuit? It’s not like I’m headed to a business meeting or a five-star hotel. We would argue that carefully choosing the right pair of board shorts is equally important, as it will give you the courage to show that extra skin at the pool or on the beach.

And in terms of practicality, we do some of our most intense physical exertion in the water, whether it be charging through the waves with a boogie board, water skiing on the lake, or doing laps in the pool. You’ll want to pick trunks with high-quality material that won’t fall apart on the third wear.

Let’s break down why our top pick for board shorts really takes the cake.


Our board shorts feature a slim cut that’s flattering on every guy. If you’re looking for an easy way to up your style game, the fit is everything. Ill-fitted, baggy clothing does not do your body justice and can often end up making you look larger than you actually are. 

Form-fitting styles look shaper, and this particular pair is sleek without being too skin-tight. They are loose enough to let you run through the waves while still looking modest but are slim enough to give you that style boost we crave. 

The drawstring is a must, as it allows you to fit the shorts to your own body and ensures that they will not sail away with the tide.

These also are a pretty universally flattering length with a 10” inseam, which will help with the modesty factor. However, if you are a bit on the shorter side, you may want to consider a tailor. What matters most is that you’re most comfortable. 


We love a swim trunk that comes in multiple colors because it opens up your options, whether you want a few pairs for different occasions or just have certain personal preferences. That's why we designed The Board Shorts to give you options.

For instance, if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching, you can go with a light blue or bright red. These vibrant shades are great for summer, as bolder colors are on-trend and look great under the sun.

You can also choose to go with a more classic and reserved black or dark blue shade if you want to look a little more formal. Either way, the solid, single color will keep you looking sporty and sleek, and it won’t clash if you throw on a floral button-down when you hop out of the pool.

We also make a patterned pair of board shorts with the same slim fit and length as the solid-color option, if you would like to add an extra pop of color and a little bit of variety to your collection. 

We love this patterned pair because:

  • The design is subtle, which gives it a clean, more mature look.
  • It doesn’t distract too much from the overall fit.
  • It is flattering on all body types, and the vertical line elongates your leg.


So far, we have talked a lot about style, but when you’re looking for a trendy pair of trunks, you don’t want to throw functionality out the window. It is entirely possible to wear a pair that is both practical and sharp—after all, that’s exactly what we strive for every day at Willy California.

Both the solid-color and patterned pair of board shorts we’ve mentioned are made of durable, high-quality materials that will last over time, keep you cool even while you sweat, and block the sun’s harsh rays.

When you’re picking a pair of board shorts, it’s important to look for breathable fabric, and a polyester-spandex blend will allow airflow to your skin even when you’re getting that heart rate up. It’s also moisture-wicking to really combat your sweat so you aren’t left feeling hot and sticky.

It’s also essential to note that your trunks have UV protection, as certain materials actually do not shield you from the sun. This is a super important quality to look for since you’re almost guaranteed to be out in the heat in this clothing, and you’ll want to protect yourself from the many harmful effects of UV rays. Unless you want to put sunscreen on every inch of your body, look for UV-protected fabric. 


Finally, we’re spotlighting our board shorts because they can actually be paired with matching rash guards for increased protection and an even trendier appearance.

Both this solid rash guard and this patterned rash guard match our board-short counterparts and include all the same benefits that we’ve talked about thus far. 

We discussed UV protection in the previous section, and if you’re looking to up your sun safety even further, these rash guards are a huge perk. What better way to shield your skin from the sun than simply wearing more clothing? 

If you are going to be out on the beach for hours on end, these will save you the hassle of reapplying your sunscreen five times. They’ll also keep you from getting painful abrasions and rashes (hence, the name “rash guard”) if you’re looking to hit the surf.     

Matching sets are also hugely on-trend, as monochrome outfits have taken the fashion scene by storm recently. If you go for a top and bottom of the same color, you’ll make a style statement. Mixing and matching work too.


Our biggest wish is that by spotlighting our favorite board shorts, we’ve made you feel a little more inspired and a little less intimidated when it comes to styling yourself this summer. With all the talk of “beach bodies” and the pressure that may come with it, it’s important to remember that the key is in your confidence and that every body is a beach body as long as you’re feeling your best.

Style is just a great tool to increase your confidence, and it’s totally possible to find a pair of swim trunks that check all the boxes of looking presentable as you hang loose, feel comfortable, and stay active.  

Let’s make the most of this summer, get outside, and feel great while doing it. Pick a swimsuit with a flattering fit, play around with different colors, explore a pattern if you would like, and even put together a monochrome look to get extra trendy. Investing in some higher-quality items definitely will pay off, as attention to breathable fabric and UV-protected materials can really make or break your comfort and prevent harmful skin irritation.

Just like that, we’ve taken the mystery out of choosing your new swim trunks, and we hope that when the time comes for you to upgrade your closet, you don’t feel discouraged, tired, or irked. You deserve to be excited about picking a new fit, as it really has the potential to boost your happiness and your self-image as you hit the water this year.