The stand-out swim shorts of summer 2022

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21 April 2022

Swimwear guaranteed to make a splash

21 April 2022 Luxury London | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.


fter two long years of restricted travel and what feels like the longest, dreariest winter since records began, holiday season is deliciously within reach. You’ve booked your summer sojourn, now it’s time to invest in some serious look-at-me swimwear to carry you from breakfast under the lemon trees to cocktails by the pool (events, admittedly, that might not be that far apart).

Whether you’re jetting off to Europe or the Maldives, or sticking with a staycation on the southwest coast, these swim shorts are certified wavemakers, guaranteed to make a serious splash – sartorial or otherwise – as you take to the beach this summer. Just don’t forget your shades.

Vilebrequin Te Mana O Te Moana swim shorts

Primus inter pares when it comes to premium swim shorts, Vilebrequin’s extensive collection – from board shorts to briefs – features something to suit all tastes. This pair, featuring a trippy turtle print, has been designed by the team at Vilebrequin in support of French Polynesian non-profit, Te Mana O Te Moana, with $10 from each pair sold to be donated to support its sea turtle clinic and educational awareness initiatives.



Tom Ford floral-print swim shorts

Floral patterns, as you’ll know, have been a major menswear trend for the past few summers. This season, flowery swim shorts are set to be a mainstay at every Mediterranean pool party. This tonal-green, mid-rise pair from Tom Ford features a zipped back pocket and adjustable waist tabs. Tall gents beware, they’re cut slim and short – this is Mr Ford, after all.


Paul Smith recycled shell swim shorts

Paul Smith’s beachwear designs are every part as playful and dapper as the brand’s menswear and accessories. These recycled shell swim shorts are cut straight for a relaxed, comfortable fit through the leg and feature a relaxed drawstring waistband, zipped back pocket and side pockets.



Frescobol Carioca Copacabana swim shorts

For 2022 Rio de Janeiro-based beachwear outfitter Frescobol Carioca has printed its halo Copacabana swim shorts in a classic blue and white colourway. The short-length, drawstring shorts feature both side and back pockets, and are constructed from a quick-dry fabric that’s bespoke to the brand.


Orlebar Brown Bulldog Surfers Print swim shorts

The pioneer of tight-fitting tailored swim shorts, Orlebar Brown has been giving carbohydrate-loving men something to aspire to since 2007, when it was founded by photographer Adam Brown. Within just a handful of years, the brand was rivalling Vilebrequin as the swim shorts to be seen in across Europe’s chicest beach resorts (it took a little longer for the brand to kill off knee-length board shorts in the States). This pair is exclusive to Browns and features an adjustable waistband and rear darts for a relaxed, tailored fit. The dreamy photographic print has us reaching for our boards and looking for the closest white sand beach. Surf’s up.



CDLP satin twill swim shorts

In 2016, Stockholm-based businessmen-designers Christian Larson and Andreas Palm established saucy design house, CDLP, with the aim of sexing up men’s underwear. They’ve since extended that mission to swim shorts and this season, the brand released its swim shorts in crisp plain-weave and silky satin twill finishes. This ultraviolet pair was created using Econyl, an Italian-sourced nylon fibre regenerated from ocean and landfill waste.


Zegna vista printed swim shorts

Italian heritage brand Zegna is renowned for its fine fabrics and mastery of tailoring, and, when it comes to its swimwear, the brand does not disappoint. This mid-length pair, with elasticated waistband, on-seam pockets and built-in mesh briefs, is cut from a lightweight, fast-drying shell, printed with a scenic vista inviting you to explore.



Bluemint Arthus Royal Mipa swim shorts

London-based resortwear brand Bluemint has been in the premium swim short business since 2013 – you may have walked past its Chelsea store on Duke of York Square. The company’s signature mid-length, Arthus shorts feature a drawstring waistband – vital for long lunches at the beach bar – and are tailored for comfort and performance. This playful purple paisley pair (say that three times quickly) is perfectly on trend for 2022.


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