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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.

These volley trunks are made with quick-dry recycled polyester and nostalgic vibes. Outerknown, $88

These olive, white-tipped trunks are based on Ms. Birdwell’s original 1961 design. They feature a button fly and tab closure, vented legs and double-layer construction for added durability. Birdwell, $120

Bather enlisted the ancient art of Shibori dyeing to make the pattern on these sunny shorts. Throw in the elastic waist, four-way stretch mesh lining and quick-dry shell, and you're ready for a long day on the beach. Bather, $95

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

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

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

These nicer-than-they-need-to-be shorts sport a tailored fit and adjustable gold side fasteners, perfect for anyone who goes "on holiday" rather than merely on vacation. Orlebar Brown, $375

These six-inch Banks Journal board shorts have retro vibes and a style that fuses the founders' Australia-meets-Tokyo sensibilities. Huckberry, $70

Filson makes more than great duffel bags and layers. They also make these Dry Falls shorts that, while not technically swim trunks, can easily go from the water to dry land for all your day's pursuits. Filson, $85

The people who make some of your favorite polos can also outfit your legs with these quick-dry shorts, available in six colors. Lacoste, $80

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