Whenver you're unsure about trying a new trend or style in menswear, just ask yourself: what would Paul Newman do? Vintage photos of the actor and philanthropist are a constant inspiration to us. So while you might be hesitant to embrace the season's shorter, more fitted swim trunks rest assured—if Mr Newman wore them, you can (and should) too.
Shorts with an inseam ranging from eight to five inches is the new normal for both swim trunks and chino shorts. Trust us, it's time to toss those roomy cargos and to-the-knee khakis you've been holding on to since 2001. Your thighs need to see the sun.
Whether you favor boxer-style trunks with an elastic waist or a more sleek, tab-front style, our favorite menswear brands have plenty of cool, irreverant and colorful swim trunks to add some style when you're poolside or at the beach. Neff and Gant have fun tiki and botanical prints, and we're especially fond of J. Crew's reasonable seven-inch inseam and navy background—a great look that's sleek enough to wear with sneakers and a t-shirt back inland.
Stripes are a classic seaside option, and our favorite shorts this year come from Saturdays Surf NYC, Bonobos and Hentsch Man. Perfect for Hamptons-bound gents or any guy who's timid about prints.
Without a boring pair in the bunch, we rounded up 20 pairs of the best swimsuits for men to make a splash this summer. We like to think Paul Newman would be pleased.