Sort Out Your Shorts

Published 18 Jun, 2015


It’s right about now that the annual review of holiday gear begins. With summer breaks in sunny climes on the horizon, a rummage through your hot-weather wear needs to take place if you’re hoping to look “on point” by the beach or “put together” at the pool.

Naturally, swimwear plays a major role in any guy’s holiday kit, so we’re sharing our in-house trend report with you. Read our 5-point guide and get ready to refresh your swimming duds for 2015.

1. Go bright, go bold
Big, loud swim-short prints used to be reserved for only brave, extroverted types. But, the simple fact is, when the sun is shining bright and the skies are a lovely clear blue, colorful and quirky swimwear looks fantastic. It must be something to do with vibrant daylight and a laid-back holiday vibe but, trust us, bold prints and blasts of color look perfectly right when you’re on vacation.

2. Take it up a notch
And by that we mean go shorter. Seriously, knee-length boardies went out of style several years back, so you’ll be bringing yourself right up to swimwear date if you invest in some mid-thigh trunks. Incidentally, anything above the mid-thigh length is now classed as “James Bond” style after Daniel Craig made the short, fitted and tailored swim short so covetable.

3. In-or-out-of-water shorts
You can avoid that whole changing-out-of-your-swimmers palaver when you’re ready to head off for lunch if you choose a lightweight, super quick-dry pair of shorts that look just as good in the water as they do out of it. These days, well-cut, innovatively produced swim shorts double up as day-wear, so there’s no need to pack a change of gear.

4. Two toning
If bold patterns are not your thing, you can still be on trend with a color-block swim short, or one that has a contrasting color around the edge. We’ve seen lots of great darker shade shorts that feature a zingy-colored border. Similarly, chunky block-stripe designs are in abundance this summer, in a whole array of shades.

5. Draw a cord
Over the last couple of years, the male swimwear market has seen an influx of flat-fronted, snap-lock constructed trunks. These can look just like a regular pair of shorts in terms of tailoring, and they give you a smart, resort-ready look. But for the active, water sporty type, a draw cord, which can be pulled in and securely tied, is still the best option. It just gives you that little bit more room to manoeuvre. And thankfully, this style is still strong this year, albeit with a narrower leg and a briefer length.

Tell us your preferred swim-trunk style and why for a chance to WIN a fresh new pair of Tom & Teddies.* Email your feedback to

*Competition open until 31 August 2015. Prize is one pair of men’s swim shorts worth USD99.95. Winner will be selected by the Tom & Teddy team on 1 September 2015. Prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash value.