If you weren’t in the mood for summer already, we’re about to take you there.
Whether you’ve already booked your beach holiday or are relying on a bit of heat closer to home, you’ll need a pair of stylish swim shorts (or two) to carry you through the warmer months.
For some suave swimwear inspiration, look no further than our hand-picked edit.
Orlebar Brown Bulldog Triple Fin Trouble Underwater Print Swim Short
British label Orlebar Brown leads the pack when it comes to luxury leisurewear, continuing to entice us with its bold and beautiful prints.
For this summer, the brand has updated its iconic Bulldog shorts with stunning photographic imagery, so even if you’re not in an exotic location, you’ll feel like you are.
Available at Orlebar Brown, priced £225.
Speedo Sports Print 18″ Swim Shorts
If you’re more of a serious swimmer than a deckchair lounger, this pair from Speedo will serve you well for summers to come.
Made from quick-drying fabric with a built-in pocket drainage system, they’re perfect for the more confident dipper and casual paddler alike.
Available at speedostore.co.uk, priced £24.
Vilebrequin Prince Of Wales Shorts
If vibrant patterns aren’t really your thing, Vilebrequin’s simple striped shorts are perfect for a touch of poolside sophistication.
Although this expert Parisian swimwear label excels when it comes to eye-catching graphics, we love the clean and classic feel of this soft-hued pair.
Available at Selfridges, priced £155.
Etro Mid-Length Paisley Print Swim Shorts
The classic and contemporary collide in these mid-length shorts by Italian label Etro, bringing the brand’s signature paisley print to a clean, sleek silhouette.
Not only do they look smarter than your average swimwear, but the rich colour will bring an air of elegance to any poolside.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £145.
Oiler & Boiler Stars And Stripes Shortie Swim Shorts
Channelling the preppy style of The Hamptons, Oiler & Boiler brings us bold prints and a new shorter silhouette this season, for those guys who haven’t been skipping leg day.
These simple striped shorts in soft white and blue are a highlight from the brand’s SS15 collection, and come complete with a star-printed pocket to the rear.
Available at ASOS, priced £40.
Limoland Mid-Length Printed Swim Shorts
Beautiful illustrations needn’t be saved for paper – these striking swim shorts play host to yet another signature print by European label Limoland.
Featuring a colourful camouflage pattern and fun elephant imagery, they are guaranteed to turn a few heads when you’re spotted rocking them on the beach (or at the bar).
Available at Mr Porter, priced £145.
Ted Baker Lakely Tropical Print Swim Shorts
We’re taken away to a beachside paradise with these shorts by Ted Baker, printed with a coastal scene that we’d gladly pack our bags tomorrow to visit.
Print aside, the classic cut and elasticated waist ensure comfortable wear, with a rear pocket perfect for storing your holiday cash – just remember to remove it before hitting the sea.
Available at John Lewis, priced £55.
Frescobol Carioca Florpia Short-Length Swim Shorts
A touch of monochrome never goes amiss, no matter what season it is, which is why we’ve added this pair by Brazilian label Frescobol Carioca to our wish list.
Embracing the artistic flair of Rio de Janeiro, the brand’s signature vivacious prints are guaranteed to fill you with the free-flowing vibes of summertime.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £135.
Adidas Block Shorts
It seems sportswear giant adidas is embracing the nautical trend this summer, treating us to these boldly striped swim shorts in a classic board short length.
Not only do we love the use of the vivid yellow shade, but the textured effect gives this pair a more fashion-forward finish. Thumbs up all round.
Available at adidas, priced £30.
ASOS Swim Shorts With Acid Wash
Low in cost but high in style, these ombre-effect shorts are giving off a serious retro vibe – think the washed-out denim of the late eighties.
For the full throwback look this summer, pair them with an oversized vest, mirrored lens sunglasses and a pair of sliders. Club Tropicana, eat your heart out.
Available at ASOS, priced £18.