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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.

With a retro silhouette and geometric pattern, these are handsome shorts. But the fact that they're called "Tasty Scallop" really pushes them over the top. Outerknown, $98

Black trunks are always a good look. And these are made from recycled plastic, which you can casually mention to anyone within earshot. Bather, $75

These soft-lined shorts are so comfortable, you don't have to reserve them for just the pool. Fair Harbor, $68

Turn some heads with this pair of magical gold trunks. When they get wet, the outer layer goes transparent to show the festive pattern underneath. Birdwell, $150

Look closely, and you'll see a pattern of tiny waves, proving that these trunks are, in fact, swim-ready. Mack Weldon, $88

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 trunks the next time you're walking the beaches of Rio. Or holding a Caipirinha beside your friend's pool. Frescobol Carioca, $250

The people who make some of your favorite polos can also outfit your legs with these quick-dry shorts, available in five colors. Lacoste, $70 

These retro brown-and-yellow trunks sport a tailored fit and adjustable waistband, and they come in a pattern you likely won't see on the guy two chairs over. Orlebar Brown, $295

The only thing better than visiting Maui's Kapalua Bay is wearing it on your board shorts. That's not true, but let's hear it for these fun shorts anyway. Faherty, $98

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