10 Swim Trunks for Looking Great in or Beside Water

Swimming, Surfing, Showing Some Leg... These Trunks Can Do It All

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If "spending as much time outdoors next to or within a body of water" is your answer to all questions regarding your summer plans, then this is for you.

It's also for anyone who needs a pair of swim trunks now or in the future for the purpose of swimming or just looking the part.

So here are 10 stylish options for putting on your lower half, from classic bathing suits to durable board shorts in multiple lengths. Because only you should decide how high up that tan goes.

Embrace the tropics with these navy trunks adorned with pineapples and florals. Throw in the elastic waist, quick-dry shell and ultra-fine mesh lining, and you're ready for whatever the island throws at you. Bather, $100

Prove to your friends that it's summertime by putting on some seersucker shorts. Like these seven-inch numbers with two-way stretch, quick-dry fabric and a compression lining. Abercrombie & Fitch, $48

Sweden-based OAS looked to coastal Spain to inspire its line of resort wear. You don't have to be a Mediterranean lifeguard to pull off these blue-and-white striped trunks. But it couldn't hurt. Huckberry, $10

Here are some trunks inspired by military-grade, Vietnam-era Navy SEAL shorts. Yes, they should fare just fine in your water volleyball game. Katama, $195

Patagonia Baggies are classic, they're comfortable, and they work for swimming, hiking, backyard barbecuing and just about any other time your legs needn't be smothered by pants. Plus, they're available in every color under the sun. Patagonia, $65

Go from the water to wherever in these sun-faded, quick-drying shorts. They won't look out of place during pre-beach beer runs or patio lunches. Marine Layer, $88

These nicer-than-they-need-to-be shorts sport a tailored fit and adjustable nickel side fasteners, perfect for anyone who goes "on holiday" rather than merely on vacation. Orlebar Brown, $345

Fair Harbor's Bungalow line features retro styling and five-inch inseams. And the soft liner is so comfortable, you don't have to reserve these for only the pool. Fair Harbor, $68

Rhone's R&R trunk features a mesh brief liner and four-way stretch fabric to keep you moving comfortably. Rhone, $68

Slip into these Ipanema-print trunks the next time you're walking the beaches of Rio. Or holding a Caipirinha beside your friend's pool. Frescobol Carioca, $235

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