When it comes to swimwear, your safest bet is a classic pair of close-fitting swim trunks. Both old school surf brands and new designer labels are offering styles cut in a trim fit from fabrics with bold patterns or throwback colors. Shorter and slimmer than the puffy, elastic-waisted suits most guys sport, the fit and feel of these will leave you looking taller, trimmer and tanner. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

Shown left: $175 by Gant by Michael Bastian

Styling Tip

Easily make the transition from beach to boardwalk with a polo shirt, patterned chambray hat and a comfortable pair of sandals.