MEN’S BEACHWEAR

The beach is the perfect place to expose one’s greatest assets. But how does men’s swim shorts help to highlight the strengths of the male figure? How has beach fashion changed over the centuries?

Printed boxers od Dolce & Gabbana Printed boxers od Dolce & Gabbana AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Dolce & Gabbana

Printed boxers

Floral print boxers od Dolce & Gabbana Floral print boxers od Dolce & Gabbana AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Dolce & Gabbana

Floral print boxers

Printed swimming shorts od Diesel Printed swimming shorts od Diesel AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Diesel

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Logo-printed swim shorts od Diesel Logo-printed swim shorts od Diesel AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Diesel

Logo-printed swim shorts

Striped swim shorts od Gucci Striped swim shorts od Gucci AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Gucci

Striped swim shorts

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Moncler

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Givenchy

Logo-printed swim shorts

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Givenchy

Patterned swim shorts

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Givenchy

Swim shorts

Logo-printed swimming shorts od Diesel Logo-printed swimming shorts od Diesel

Diesel

Logo-printed swimming shorts

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Diesel

Logo-patched shorts

Appliquéd swimming shorts od Off White Appliquéd swimming shorts od Off White AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Off White

Appliquéd swimming shorts

Logo-printed swimming shorts od Dolce & Gabbana Logo-printed swimming shorts od Dolce & Gabbana AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Dolce & Gabbana

Logo-printed swimming shorts

Striped bath towel od Paul Smith Striped bath towel od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

Striped bath towel

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Diesel

Printed swim shorts

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Diesel

Logo-printed swimming shorts

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Diesel

Branded swim shorts

Branded swim shorts od Diesel Branded swim shorts od Diesel AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Diesel

Branded swim shorts

Branded swim shorts od Diesel Branded swim shorts od Diesel AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Diesel

Branded swim shorts

Embroidered towel od Versace Embroidered towel od Versace AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Versace

Embroidered towel

Medusa head swimming briefs od Versace Medusa head swimming briefs od Versace AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Versace

Medusa head swimming briefs

Medusa head swimming briefs od Versace Medusa head swimming briefs od Versace AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Versace

Medusa head swimming briefs

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Versace

Branded swimming shorts

‘feline’ leopard print shorts od AllSaints ‘feline’ leopard print shorts od AllSaints

AllSaints

‘Feline’ leopard print shorts

‘java’ printed swimming shorts od AllSaints ‘java’ printed swimming shorts od AllSaints

AllSaints

‘Java’ printed swimming shorts

Logo-embroidered towel od ADIDAS by Alexander Wang Logo-embroidered towel od ADIDAS by Alexander Wang PERMANENT COLLECTION

ADIDAS by Alexander Wang

Logo-embroidered towel

Striped swim shorts od Paul Smith Striped swim shorts od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

Striped swim shorts

Embroidered towel od Diesel Embroidered towel od Diesel AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Diesel

Embroidered towel

Side-stripe swimming shorts od Burberry Side-stripe swimming shorts od Burberry PERMANENT COLLECTION

Burberry

Side-stripe swimming shorts

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Loewe

Loewe x Paula's Ibiza

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Loewe

Swimming shorts with pockets

‘pixel’ capsule od Moschino ‘pixel’ capsule od Moschino AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Moschino

‘Pixel’ capsule

Patterned swim shorts od Paul Smith Patterned swim shorts od Paul Smith PERMANENT COLLECTION

Paul Smith

Patterned swim shorts

‘pixel’ capsule od Moschino ‘pixel’ capsule od Moschino AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Moschino

‘Pixel’ capsule

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Loewe

Loewe x Paula's Ibiza

‘warden’ drawstring swimming shorts od AllSaints ‘warden’ drawstring swimming shorts od AllSaints

AllSaints

‘Warden’ drawstring swimming shorts

‘dino’ motif swimming shorts od Paul Smith ‘dino’ motif swimming shorts od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

‘Dino’ motif swimming shorts

Drawstring swimming shorts od Paul Smith Drawstring swimming shorts od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

Drawstring swimming shorts

Side stripe swim shorts od Paul Smith Side stripe swim shorts od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

Side stripe swim shorts

Patterned swim shorts od Paul Smith Patterned swim shorts od Paul Smith AUTUMN/WINTER 2019

Paul Smith

Patterned swim shorts

Branded swimming shorts od Dsquared2 Branded swimming shorts od Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Branded swimming shorts

Drawstring shorts od Billionaire Drawstring shorts od Billionaire

Billionaire

Drawstring shorts

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Loewe

Loewe x Paula's Ibiza

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Loewe

Loewe x Paula's Ibiza

Swimming trunks with a printed logo od EA7 Emporio Armani Swimming trunks with a printed logo od EA7 Emporio Armani

EA7 Emporio Armani

Swimming trunks with a printed logo

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EA7 Emporio Armani

Logo-printed shorts

Patterned briefs od EA7 Emporio Armani Patterned briefs od EA7 Emporio Armani

EA7 Emporio Armani

Patterned briefs

Logo-printed swimming shorts od Dsquared2 Logo-printed swimming shorts od Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Logo-printed swimming shorts

Swimming trunks with embroidered pattern od Marcelo Burlon Swimming trunks with embroidered pattern od Marcelo Burlon

Marcelo Burlon

Swimming trunks with embroidered pattern

Embroidered towel od Stone Island Embroidered towel od Stone Island

Stone Island

Embroidered towel

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Dsquared2

Branded swimming shorts

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Dsquared2

Branded swimming shorts

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Branded swimming shorts

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Dsquared2

Swim shorts with logo

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Branded swimming shorts

Swim shorts with a charm od Dsquared2 Swim shorts with a charm od Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Swim shorts with a charm

Printed swim shorts od Dsquared2 Printed swim shorts od Dsquared2

Dsquared2

Printed swim shorts

Camo motif swim shorts od Moncler Camo motif swim shorts od Moncler PERMANENT COLLECTION

Moncler

Camo motif swim shorts

Logo-patched swim shorts od Moncler Logo-patched swim shorts od Moncler PERMANENT COLLECTION

Moncler

Logo-patched swim shorts

Logo-printed shorts od Kenzo Logo-printed shorts od Kenzo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Kenzo

Logo-printed shorts

Men’s swimwear - how have men’s beach outfits changed

The perfect men’s swimming trunks

It might seem that swimwear is not a subject about which you can engage in long discussions about fashion. Typically, men's swim trunks are available in two versions – swim shorts or traditional briefs. Still, creators such as Tommy Hilfiger and Versace present new collections of designer swim shorts and trunks each year, proving that - just like any other item of clothing – men’s swimwear is subject to constantly changing trends.


The history of men's swimwear from the suit to the shorts

From the history of swimwear, it is obvious that the material, patterns and style of this kind of garment has changed. Even in the first half of the 20th century, the most men's swimwear was a one-piece costume with short sleeves and shorts, usually made of "sailor" material in white and blue.
A swimsuit for the beach or the pool had to be suitable for contemporary principles and meet the standards adopted by the general public. Excessive disrobing on the beach was not something that found popular approval, either for women or for men, and it was necessary to exercise restraint and show only as much of the body as strictly necessary. Changes occurred slowly, as men’s swimwear evolved from the one-piece costume with short sleeves, until finally in the 1930s men’s swimming trunks in the form we know them today began to be popular. It is worth noting that in the swimsuit for women underwent visible changes in the same period, with higher cuts subtly indicating the female figure, but the bikini was still a long way off.

The moral revolution

The first men's short swimming trunks were made of a single-color material (usually red or burgundy), with no patterns or prints. It was not until the mid-1960s that swimsuits decorated with colorful print and patterns became fashionable. Their style changed again a decade later, when the most popular was wide-striped trunks. In the 1970s, sunglasses in the style of the day were mandatory additions to swimming trunks. Then came the late 80s and early 90s, when something completely new came along – shorts of polyester. Colorful, modern and super fashionable, they dominated beaches and swimming pools, making the earlierbriefs-style trunks seem outmoded and unmanly.

Men’s swim trunks in current trends

Today’s collections from designers leading the way in men's fashion produce designer swimwear specifically for the male figure. At the Vitkac.com online shop, both longer shorts and shorter trunks are available, as well as more heavily cut models. The latter dominated the Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 2016 collection, and will probably be a strong accent on holiday beaches. Of course, the final choice in style and pattern is yours, but don’t be afraid to break stereotypes beach, because in the end a swimsuit is an important fashion item that you need to play and interpret in your own unique and unrepeatable way.