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Swim shorts: we don't have to tell you that they're a summer essential. Unfortunately, they're also often one of the most overlooked parts of your warm-weather wardrobe. If an early heat wave crept up on you before you had time to update your old high school Speedo, don't worry.

Whether it's for the Rockaways or the Riviera, a perfect swim short springs eternal. From a Noon Goon take on a sport classic to something a bit more brief from CDLP, Highsnobiety editors around the world got together to offer their thoughts on this summer's best swim shorts.

Shop the season's best swim shorts for men below.

Lacoste Quick-Dry Swim Shorts

Light Quick-Dry Swim Shorts

Light Quick-Dry Swim Shorts



Buy at Lacoste

Malaika Crawford, Market Director: We love a classic, and we love a French classic.

Thom Bettridge, Editor-in-Chief: The white drawstring makes it.

Corey Stokes, Fashion Director: Right?

Highsnobiety Water Shorts

Water Shorts



Buy at Highsnobiety

Louis Almond, Style Editor: If anyone wants these, I'd be quick before my staff discount gets put to use. The ultimate swim short color, IMO.

CDLP Cuixmala

Cuixmala Swim Brief

Cuixmala Swim Brief



Buy at CDLP

Thom: What are the Highsnobiety rules on wearing a speedo?

Corey: Roomy is number one. It needs to be roomy. It also needs to be loud. And that’s it.

Loro Piana Swim Shorts

Bay Swim Shorts

Bay Swim Shorts


Loro Piana

Buy at Mr Porter

Thom: I like the mustard ones.

Malaika: They’re Loro Piana.

Thom: Ah, so it’s definitely a Dijon and not a honey mustard then…

Malaika: Could be a Colman’s.

Saint Laurent Swim Shorts

Zebera Print Swim Shorts

Zebera Print Swim Shorts


Saint Laurent

Buy at Saint Laurent Paris

Corey: I feel like you need a tan if you want to do these.

Patagonia Baggies

Baggies Shorts

Baggies Shorts



Buy at Mercari

Thom: How do we feel about nets inside swimsuits? I’m pro.

Corey: It’s embarrassing to say, but if you’re wearing a short-short, sometimes you have to…

Thom: Make sure the mouse doesn’t leave the house?

Noon Goons Foamers

Foamers Shorts



Buy at ssense

Corey: Love a Noon Goon.

Thom: This feels like their riff on Polo Sport.

Vilebrequin x Highsnobiety Pattern Shorts

Pattern Shorts

Pattern Shorts


Highsnobiety x Vilebrequin

Buy at Highsnobiety

Malaika: Chef’s kiss.

Thom: This was a dream collab, for me at least, because I’ve been wearing Vilebrequin bathing suits forever.

Burberry Guildes

Guildes House-Check Swim Shorts

Guildes House-Check Swim Shorts



Buy at Matchesfashion

Malaika: 100 percent chav, in a good way.

Versace Swim Shorts

Swim Shorts

Swim Shorts



Buy at Lungolivingno

Corey: I like a thick, secure waistband like this. The drawstring can be tricky when you’re actually swimming.

Celine Swim Shorts

Swim Shorts

Swim Shorts



Buy at Celine

Malaika: These look so expensive. In general, I’m very New Celine.

Haley: In person the quality on these is wild.

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