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The Best Swim Trunks for Summer Aren’t Just for Swimming

Easy-wearing, nondescript and tough as nails, today’s best swim trunks can go from the beach to the bar — and everywhere in-between.

Chandler Bondurant

This story is part of our Summer Preview, a collection of features, guides and reviews to help you navigate warmer months ahead.

Easy-wearing, nondescript and tough as nails, today’s best swim trunks can go from the beach to the bar — and everywhere in-between. Many brands now offer water-appropriate styles with design cues lifted from traditional shorts. As it turns out, the summer’s best trunks aren’t just for swimming.

Alex Mill Pull-On Tech Shorts


Location: Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

These all-terrain nylon shorts have an elastic waistband with a paracord drawstring. They also feature a mesh lining, welted hand pockets and a zippered back pocket to keep your essentials organized.

Buy Now: $88

The Rest

Medallion Kalamkari Camp Shirt by Gitman Bros. Vintage $205

Horsebit Loafers by Rancourt $340

Mini Dove Necklace by Miansai $175

Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic Watch by Timex $450

329 Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $413

Patagonia Wavefarer Shorts


Location: Salazar, Los Angeles, CA

Made from rapid-drying nylon with 4-way stretch, these shorts have mesh pockets that help water drain faster. This style also includes belt loops and a traditional fly.

Buy Now: $69

The Rest

Shirt by Todd Snyder $198

Woven Leather Slip-Ons by Mohinders $145

1970 Worn & Wound LE Watch by Dan Henry $290

Legacy Sunglasses by Akila $95

Filson Green River Shorts


Location: Point Dume, Malibu, CA

These quick-drying, lightweight shorts have an elastic waistband with a drawstring. Made from 5-ounce cotton-nylon the style has front patch pockets with mesh linings — for fast draining — and rear Velcro patch pockets.

Buy Now: $75

The Rest

T-Shirt by Lady White Co. $55

Palm Tree Zip Up Hoodie by The Elder Statesman $1,665

Denim Jacket by Wrangler $49

Boston Sandals by Birkenstock $145

Travel Cap by Battenwear $60

Onia Calder Trunks


Location: Vasquez Rocks Park, Agua Dulce, CA

Made from moisture-wicking, quick-drying nylon, these trunks have elastic paneling at the back of the wait and a superfine (read: comfortable) mesh lining. The style has large, reinforced side pockets and a back pocket secured by a snap.

Buy Now: $130

The Rest

New Camp Shirt by Industry of All Nations $155

Italy Smoking Jacket by The Elder Statesman $1,795

Slip-Ons by Vans $50

U1-FM Diver Watch by Unimatic $680

Reynolds Sunglasses by Jacques Marie Mage $895

Outerknown Nomadic Volley Shorts


Location: General Admission, Venice, CA

These quick-drying trunks are made from recycled polyester. The easy-going style has an elastic drawstring-waist, a zip back pocket and side-seam front pockets.

Buy Now: $68

The Rest

Zuma Shirt by Battenwear $190

Trucker Jacket by Levi’s $62

Slips-Ons by Sabah $195

Sector Dive Watch by Nodus $435

Sturges Sunglasses by Jacques Marie Mage $625

A version of this story originally appeared in a print issue of Gear Patrol Magazine. Subscribe today.

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