If an early heat wave crept up on you before you had time to update last year’s Speedo, we’re here to make sure your next trip to the beach makes waves. In warmer climes, you shouldn’t need us to tell you that a stylish pair of swim shorts is priority number one. The flex Gucci sandals and on-trend sunglasses come next, of course.

Taking your trunks from a duty-free panic buy to a first-class ’fit isn’t easy to get right, with length, material, color, and print styles changing year on year. So, to make sure you’re not swimming against the tide with your swimwear selection, we’ve rounded up the very best shorts for summer 2018.

In the selection, you’ll see key trends such as bright block colors from Stüssy, NOAH, and Prada, ’80s vibes from Gucci, plus a super dope addition to Orlebar Brown‘s photo-print swimwear.

Don’t get caught with your pants down and get these summer essentials sorted out now.

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