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What are the Best Men’s Swimsuits to Wear?

July 9th, 2010

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Whether you spent all winter packing up muscles or not, summer is here and you’re probably dying to go to the pool. And, guess what? When you get there, you can’t wear any fancy blazers, no boat shoes that match your belt or t-shirt, no slim ties…

What can you do to be stylish at the beach? How do you hide your body’s flaws? I’m not a magician to give you a six-pack in a few seconds but I CAN tell you what swimsuit to wear.

The fabric

The first thing you need to check when purchasing a men’s swimsuit is the fabric. There are quite a few out there and some of them need to be avoided. Generally speaking, bathing suits can be made of cotton, spandex, nylon, polyester etc. You should avoid those made of cotton and go for a combination of spandex, nylon and polyester.

With cotton swimsuits, it tends to wrinkle when you come out of the water. Furthermore, it retains more water than synthetic fibers, making a poor choice. Polyester and nylon offer a very good elasticity, they’re lightweight, stay close to the skin and dry easily.

Color

The color of your swimsuit should depend on the complexity of your skin. The goal here is to create contrast. If you have lighter skin, go for darker colors. If you have darker skin, go for lighter colors. Simple, right?

Also, if you want to hide those extra pounds… that’s right! Go for darker nuances. If you want to look taller, go for vertical stripes. If you want to look wider in the hip area, go for horizontal stripes.

Although a swimsuit can hide body flaws up to a point, it cannot do wonders. If you want a ripped body then regular exercise is the only way to go.

Patterns

Swimsuits come in a variety of patterns. Pick something you feel comfortable wearing but avoid certain bathing suits. I’m talking about those hideous pairs that have different logos on them. Logos never reflect your personality, they just bring brand awareness to whatever brand you’re wearing. Stay away from those like the plaque!

Swimsuits have a wide variety of patterns, from stripes to polka dots and checks. Pick whichever ones you like, just make sure you somehow match them to the rest of your outfit.

Here’s an amazing combination:
- white surfer boardshorts with brown checks
- brown flip-flops
- two surfer bracelets worn on the same hand, one white and one brown
- aviator sunglasses with brown lens

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Did you see how we managed to do color repetition here? THIS is what makes an outfit stand out from the crowd!


Types of swimsuits

OK, we got to the most interesting part. What type of bathing suit should I pick? You really have a few options: briefs (or speedos), boxer swimsuits or boardshorts. Let’s see a few examples of each of them

Briefs (or speedos)

speedos

Normally you don’t want to wear speedos if you’re in the USA unless you’re.. gay, but they’re acceptable in Europe. Leaving sexual orientation aside, speedos are excellent for sporting activities because they’re as aerodynamic as they can get. However, they’re not a good option if you have a beer belly.

Swimsuit Boxers

swimsuit boxers

One would normally choose boxers if he’s not really sure what type of swimsuit suits him best. Boxers are great if you don’t have too much fat on your belly.

Boardshorts

boardshorts

Boardshorts cover a lot more from your body than speedos or boxers but they com in a wide variety of patterns and colors. However, if you want to get a good suntan, they’re probably not the best option since they will cover your upper legs.

If you use them for surfing or other beach sports, try to get a pair that’s above your knee. One that gets below it will probably hinder your movements.

Now that you’ve seen a few models and you know the criteria by which to choose your swimsuit, all you have to do is go find the right pair for you. Good luck!

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  1. July 14th, 2010 at 03:37 | #1

    Its a shame that guys in the USA think wearing speedos means you have to be gay. I think it is stupid that guys feel the need to wear pants in the water. Speedo type swimwear are very acceptable, are sexy on a fit guy and make more sense to be worn at the pool or beach. Stigmas against mens swimwear needs to change!

  2. Cal
    October 8th, 2010 at 11:40 | #2

    I agree with Robert. Stigmas while wearing this type of swimsuit should be no longer. Don’t gay men wear boardshorts also? I think so. I have worn the TYR brand brief style at times myself. I’ve even wore this type of swimsuit everyday while working in the south Pacific for the whole summer one year. I’ve hiked, biked, and ran in this type of style. Boardshorts are ok and I have worn them also when the briefs just felt uncomfortable from the tightness. I don’t care to swim in boardshorts.

  3. Seva
    July 23rd, 2011 at 14:27 | #3

    What can I say…I will never understand how anyone could swim in shorts or pants. I am 27 and live in the US, and only swim in stylish bikini or brief types of swimwear, and don’t care much about anyone thinking of me being gay (I am straight by the way and love women way too much). And what’s wrong with being gay anyways? We are living in the 21st century, in which gay peeps are very much accepted, so if anyone chooses to think about someone in speedo as gay, let them think so. I agree with both gents above and (Cal has made a great point about gay peeps wearing boardshorts) think that men should be able to tan all over their body, and not just the upper part. What’s up with those guys who wear boardshorts and then have to pull them up to their waist just so that they can get a tan on their legs? That’s just silly. Forget about stigmas and lets bring the sexy bathing suits to the beaches. That’s what they are for.

  4. July 27th, 2011 at 10:31 | #4

    Robert :

    Its a shame that guys in the USA think wearing speedos means you have to be gay. I think it is stupid that guys feel the need to wear pants in the water. Speedo type swimwear are very acceptable, are sexy on a fit guy and make more sense to be worn at the pool or beach. Stigmas against mens swimwear needs to change!

    Indeed, here in Europe things are a little more relaxed when it comes to speedos. Even so, guys form the US can choose boxer shorts if they have an athletic body.

  5. July 27th, 2011 at 10:31 | #5

    Cal :

    I agree with Robert. Stigmas while wearing this type of swimsuit should be no longer. Don’t gay men wear boardshorts also? I think so. I have worn the TYR brand brief style at times myself. I’ve even wore this type of swimsuit everyday while working in the south Pacific for the whole summer one year. I’ve hiked, biked, and ran in this type of style. Boardshorts are ok and I have worn them also when the briefs just felt uncomfortable from the tightness. I don’t care to swim in boardshorts.

    I guess it all comes down to whatever makes you feel more comfortable.

  6. July 27th, 2011 at 10:33 | #6

    Seva :

    What can I say…I will never understand how anyone could swim in shorts or pants. I am 27 and live in the US, and only swim in stylish bikini or brief types of swimwear, and don’t care much about anyone thinking of me being gay (I am straight by the way and love women way too much). And what’s wrong with being gay anyways? We are living in the 21st century, in which gay peeps are very much accepted, so if anyone chooses to think about someone in speedo as gay, let them think so. I agree with both gents above and (Cal has made a great point about gay peeps wearing boardshorts) think that men should be able to tan all over their body, and not just the upper part. What’s up with those guys who wear boardshorts and then have to pull them up to their waist just so that they can get a tan on their legs? That’s just silly. Forget about stigmas and lets bring the sexy bathing suits to the beaches. That’s what they are for.

    Good point about boardshorts preventing you from getting a good tan. I wear boxer shorts and that solves my problem (though I have nothing against speedos).

  7. Jenn
    February 23rd, 2012 at 08:41 | #7

    This may be a bit off topic and sorry if it’s offensive but I’ve searched high and low with now luck. I’m looking for funny men’s swim trunks that look like they come from Spencer’s Gifts….ummmm….they’ve got illustrations of a bunch of chicks doing(you know what) all over them. It’s very subtle and you have to look close to realize what the design on them is. I’m trying to find them for my boyfriend. Thank you!

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