Whilst it might seem like a little talked about subject, men have to pack for their holidays too. And, if you’re headed anywhere except possibly the North Pole, a swimming costume is probably at the top of your list. No other item in the male wardrobe is the subject of such intense controversy. Some say big trunks are the only solution, whilst others are convinced that a mankini is not only aerodynamic (as if that matters when you’re in the water) but comfortable too. And don’t even get us started on budgie smugglers!

We say there’s plenty of fish in the sea and just as many choices in the swimwear department. So, before you make any decisions, let us take you on a tour of the best swimming shorts on the market, and while you’re there don’t forget to check out the latest prescription glasses and sunglasses, you’ll need something to pair with those snazzy shorts!

If you like something that’s more athletic than just aesthetic, Simplyswim probably has exactly what you need. From the slightly racy to the big and the bold, there’s lots on offer. Many of the serious shorts are black or navy blue, but if colour is what you crave, you’ll find it here.

Sometimes, you just want to make a statement, and a brightly coloured pair of swimming trunks is a safer investment than, say, a lime green suit with a shocking purple bow tie. After all nothing says I’m-on-holiday-and-not- thinking-about-work more clearly than great swimwear. Check out Paul Smith’s amazing print at Figleaves. Or, head to Barkers for something really exciting from Gant.

Middle ground
For many men out there, being closer to average is exactly where you want to be. Not too extreme, but not too quiet either. Next has some simple but classic swimming shorts available in a range of colours. They’re absolutely unbeatable value.

Whatever you decide to wear have a great time on holiday!