May
25
2012
By
of Valet.
Valet. Advocates

Classic
Swim Trunks

When it comes to swimwear, you can't go wrong with a classic pair of trunks in a bold throwback color, with a trim fit and a good backstory. 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.

Birdwell Beach Britches
  • Founded: 1961
  • Backstory: Founded in Santa Ana, California, the family-run business offers double layered, quick-drying trunks in more than two dozen colors.
  • Material: Surfnylon

$61, at Birdwell Beach Britches

Reyn Spooner

$75, at Reyn Spooner

Sundek
  • Founded: 1958
  • Backstory: Known for the rainbow on the back and a small loop sewn into the waistband, which surfers used to hang-dry them (often from a car's antenna).
  • Material: Nylon

$119, at Nordstrom

Katin
  • Founded: 1959
  • Backstory: They started out stitching durable trunks from remnant sailcloth for surfers and have made board shorts for SoCal lifeguards since the 1960s.
  • Material: Nylon canvas

$75, at Sid Mashburn

 

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