Men's Swimwear

Swim Briefs: Speedos

Waterpolo Player.  Swim briefs are the standard for competitive diving and water polo.
Waterpolo Player. Swim briefs are the standard for competitive diving and water polo. | Source

What Swimwear To Buy For My Man?

Women are very lucky to have an amazing choice of classic, vintage, demure or sexy swimwear. No matter what shape we are, we can always find the prefect swimsuit to enhance our silhouette. Men, on the other hand, are not that lucky. Most choices of swimwear are either boring or edging on the ridiculous and there are not many designs to disguise weak areas and enhance stronger areas of their body.

Sometimes however, the choice of swimwear is not only based on body shape or personal preferences. For example, for some unexplained reason, in France men are obliged to wear Speedo briefs to be allowed into the public swimming pools. I mean, I can wear a Mu-Mu or my tiniest, barely there bikini and no one objects, but if my husband comes with me wearing shorts for swimming then he won’t be allowed in the pool… crazy? As a matter of fact he thinks it is a vendetta against him and is only made up so that French ladies can delight themselves with his body! I have asked several times the reasons for this “pool legislation” but no one has been able to give me a valid reason yet. So every Summer I am faced with the same problem, what swimwear to buy for my man?

Swim Trunks

Perfect for the swimming pool
Perfect for the swimming pool | Source

How To Choose Men’s Swimwear:

  • For the tall and athletic, anything will do. Just choose a nice colour to match skin tone.
  • For the short and athletic, usually the Speedo brief style will do the trick. Go for a high leg cut to make legs look longer and a low waistband to show off those abs. Avoid long and extra long shorts.
  • For the tall and thin, baggy shorts are best. Make sure you don’t overdo the “bagginess”
  • For the tall and big, long shorts in one solid colour will look best. If you want patterned swimwear, choose small patterns and keep the colours down.
  • G-strings for men are for private events or shows. I had a friend who made a birthday party for her young husband –a young chubby milk white boy- The party was at the height of summer so it was done around the pool. When the moment came to bring his birthday cake, she did so along with his tiny present a “bright coloured g-string” of course everybody cheered him to wear it and he did, blinding us all with his milk-white flabby bottom cheeks! Please do not do that to your man.
  • G-strings are never a good idea for men, I have seen them on the beach on the most athletic yummy bodies, and NO, they don’t work. You are wondering all the time whether he is gay or not!
  • Regular swimwear shorts in solid colours or small prints are perfect for older men who do not want to draw attention to themselves.
  • Choose utilitarian swimwear. I mean swimming trunks for the swimmers, shorts for the volleyball or football players.
  • Bermuda shorts which finish a few inches above the knee and fall between a tight fit and a baggy fit are great covers for most imperfections.
  • Tall men who are within their weight range can wear patterns: big, small, colourful, most patterns will work.
  • For those with small “equipment” to fill in their bikini, but who still want to show off their assets, why not try “Male enhanced swimwear”. They are just like women’s Wonderbra but for men.

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Calvin Klein Men's Boardshort

Calvin Klein Men's Micro Bias Plaid Boardshort
Calvin Klein Men's Micro Bias Plaid Boardshort

•Quick dry and UV protection up to 50 UPF/SPF


Shop this Seasons Men's Swimwear from top Designers

  • The Calvin Klein Men's Micro Bias Plaid Boardshort is a must have in any man's beach attire. The colour is discreet and the length suits almost all body shapes.
  • The Hugo Boss Andaman Board Shorts in Aqua is another of my favourite pieces. Comfortable to wear, with a built-in mesh brief for support and a Drawstring waistband.

Emporio Armani Boxer Swim Short

Men's woven board shorts with draw strings and side logo ribbon
Men's woven board shorts with draw strings and side logo ribbon | Source

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Swimwear For The Sport Lovers:

Reebok Men's Reflex Tri-Color Reflex Jammer
Reebok Men's Reflex Tri-Color Reflex Jammer

78% Nylon, 22% Lycra Spandex with Draw cord waist, triathalon strength


Swimwear For Sport Lovers

A sportive man will appreciate a smooth, tight fit, a suit that fits closer to his body to allow for movement. You can choose from the traditional brief style racers like Speedo or opt for a jammer. Other options include square leg and drag suits.

Briefs are much more popular in Europe than North America.

  • Briefs are much more popular in Europe than North America.

Do Not Forget Accessories Like:

· men's beach slippers

· sunglasses

· caps and hats are excellent for swimming pool users as they keep hair relatively dry and protect from chlorinated water.

· Sunscreens

· Tanning lotions

· Special shampoos for after sea/swimming pool bathing.

· Beach towels

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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Borat is just great isn't he, such a funny guy.

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adv05 7 years ago

yes, I like sexy swimwear, girls surprise at mine

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Brian: did you know that you can buy Borat's mankini including a faux moustache?

adv05: so which one did you chose?

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

(enters stage left) Oh...Hi, Princessa! I just came by to get a closer look at your avatar. It's still not big enough. They should have avatars bigger, don't you think? Anyway, yours is the only hot body around here...guess I'll be moving along...(exits stage right)

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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

G'day Princessa, I'm more of a board shorts type of guy.

and just a small piece of trivia . Speedo originally was an Australian company and their briefs are often referred to as "budgie smugglers"

I can't for the life of me think why ? ;-) 

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Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

Great looking men in excellent swimwear! Princessa,thanks for the good tips in men's swimwear.

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vivekananda 7 years ago from India

Oh Princessa! sexy swimwear.... it's fantastic. You made swimming more interesting and funny, isn't it?

Ahmed 7 years ago

G-String is so sexy

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I enjoyed this one woahhh.My fingers drove me to click this link LMAO

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santoion 7 years ago

I believe that YOU are Great !

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Very nice hub princessa. It was a fun one to look at.

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Thanks for all your comments guys, I am glad you enjoyed it :)

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Camping Dan 7 years ago

The classic board shorts always work for me.

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angel0t0 7 years ago

absolutly great!!

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Camping Dan: yep, classic always works best. I cannot see many men venturing to wear a mankini... thank goodness!

thanks angel !

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Csanad 7 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

I wear the surfer, boxer type on the beach, but not the tight boxer type. I really don't understand how guys can wear that, they are so uncomfortable, and besides, its nasty when everything is just hanging out like that. And gosh, who had the idea that man shoud wear thongs?

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Csanad: A male thong must be one of the most ridiculous items of clothing; but I guess some people finds them sexy @_@

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Travis Pyle 7 years ago from Vineland, New Jersey

i like all kinds of underwear that show package

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Travis: what about the “Male enhanced swimwear”, that will show off an enhanced package ;-)

Barracuda 7 years ago

Boardahorts do make a short athletic guy look shorter. I perfer to wear speedos (and do when lap swimming) but often cave and wear the boardshorts, otherwise.

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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Barracuda: That's right, the best cut for a short an athletic guy is a speedo as they elongate the legs and enhance the whole body. Thanks for stopping to comment.

John 7 years ago

Well .... I like sexy swimwear ..... thanks...

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LVM 7 years ago

Sexy pictures.

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LizzyBoo 7 years ago from Czech Republic

Adorable males, sexy bodies. What a great morning. Thank you for that fun! Lizzy

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gramsmith 7 years ago

Wow what a nice hub.Great body with a nice collections of men's swimwear.Thanks........

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Misterlak 7 years ago

haha i love that Borat's mankini. Will never wear it tho :-)

Tracy Monroy 6 years ago

I completely burst out in tears laughing at Borat's bikini. Wow. Don't forget the sunglasses gentlemen- they are your best accessory when your in swimwear!

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wetskirt 6 years ago from Austria

Borat's or suit and tie? Anything and everything qualifies as swimwear, i don't change before a swim, check my hub at:

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Missi Darnell 6 years ago from Southern California

Man enhanced swimwear? Really? I guess if us ladies can wear the padded, push up tops then why not men too. Just never heard of them. Enjoyed this hub... especially the pics.

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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Hi long time no see my dear Princesa! Great Hub here perfect for summer, pretty unique since most would rather make about swimsuits and bikinis. Nyahahaha the Borat's would certainly make someone a clown.

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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

GeneralHowitzer: Glad to see you visiting and liking what you see here :-)

Missi Darnell: that is what I call equal opportunities!

wetskirt: that's new!

Tracy Monroy: Yes, a good pair of sunglasses can make all the difference to a man's look.

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2 halfs = a whole 6 years ago from My own world ( :

I like guys in surf shorts, not nut huggers... just saying...

~ Jessica and Kacie.

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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

2 halfs = a whole: LOL that's cool...

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Maria Cole 6 years ago

I love your hubs Princessa. This one cracked me up a bit!

Robert 6 years ago

Please! Hands down! guys in designer swimwear is so much better!

Jamie Swimwear Australia 6 years ago

I can never understand mens swimwear. I don't know but they're just plain briefs..


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Kathy 6 years ago

Personally, if the men are build like this. I would prefer they wear exactly what Michelangelo's David is wearing.

Of course, I and my girlfriends will still be wearing our suits.

Mary 6 years ago

73% want Speedos. I wonder if it is mostly women? I know I love them and I love it when I can see some reactions that make them even tighter, you know, when something may rise to the occasion.

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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

nice eye candy here, Princessa. I prefer the boards look in real life, but I must say, if I saw the guy in yellow on the beach, it would be a beautiful moment!

Daringest 6 years ago

"For example, for some unexplained reason, in France men are obliged to wear Speedo briefs to be allowed into the public swimming pools."

Princessa, there is a well known public health explanation for this rule, and you should know that if you are from France.

There is another unintended but important benefit to this rule. Men are less likely to be coerced and bullied into wearing the long swim pants that men are virtually forced to wear here in the US. Next to visiting Paris, this is why I hope to one day travel to France.

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timonweller 6 years ago

Hi, Princessa, Yeah i prefer board shorts as well same as agvulpes, I always find speedo types of men's swimwear cause me a lot of chaffing. :)

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Princessa 6 years ago from France Author

Daringest: the thing is that rules change from town to town and the explanations provided are sometimes ridiculous.

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coolbreeze 6 years ago from Hawaii

Great Hub as always. Being a surfer I think I am going to stick with baggies ;-) Call me modest.

Ed Hardy Men Shorts 6 years ago

Super-Duper site! I am loving it!!

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WriterDJ 5 years ago

some are very vulgar to me... borat's mankini is very funny :))

Virgil Harrell 5 years ago

You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I find this matter to be really one thing which I believe I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very wide for me. I am having a look ahead on your next post, I'll attempt to get the hold of it!

kendrick 5 years ago

I wish speedos on men were more socially acceptable. If women wear swimwear next to their skin, why cannot men? Speedos briefs provide less drag of air and water, less chafing, dry a lot faster. Why the aversion to the male form?

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

lol it would take a serious dude to pull of some of these looks. hey maybe if these scandalously clad man bikinis were more popular then men would experience the same anxieties women do when swim wear shopping lol.. how many many wonder how there butt's look before buying their board shorts??

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