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Men's Swimwear

Updated on April 24, 2019
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Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages and traveling.

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.

Snaked Men Swimwear Theatron

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

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

What’s your favourite style?

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It's War Speedos vs Shorts

Even though on this page 76% out of 215 people voted in favour of Speedos I found another survey by Market research and data analytics firm, YouGov that reckons Speedos are the most hated item of clothing in the UK. Out of a list of 25 pieces of attire, speedos are the one that Brits dislike most, with over two thirds (69%) having an unfavourable opinion of them.

© 2009 Wendy Iturrizaga


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    • louromano profile image


      7 years ago

      Great job! Very useful. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Perth, Australia

      Great article :) But can I disagree with " tall and big, long shorts " - couldn't it make a short guy look shorter? And Borat looked OK in a g-string bodysuit swimwear didn't he? hehe... though I think some really hot guy would look even better in right pair of sexy men's swimwear :)

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      Venture Boyz 

      8 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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      8 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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      Virgil Harrell 

      8 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!

    • WriterDJ profile image


      8 years ago

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

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      Ed Hardy Men Shorts 

      9 years ago

      Super-Duper site! I am loving it!!

    • coolbreeze profile image

      Rik Rodriguez 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

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

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

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

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      9 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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      9 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.

    • rebekahELLE profile image


      9 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!

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      9 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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      Jamie Swimwear Australia 

      9 years ago

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


      Swimwear Australia

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      9 years ago

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

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      Maria Cole 

      9 years ago

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

    • W4W Toronto profile image

      W4W Toronto 

      9 years ago from Toronto


    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

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

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      2 halfs = a whole 

      9 years ago from My own world ( :

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

      ~ Jessica and Kacie.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      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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      Gener Geminiano 

      9 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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      Missi Darnell 

      9 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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      Tracy Monroy 

      9 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!

    • Misterlak profile image


      9 years ago

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

    • gramsmith profile image


      9 years ago

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

    • LizzyBoo profile image


      10 years ago from Czech Republic

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

    • LVM profile image


      10 years ago

      Sexy pictures.

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      10 years ago

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

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      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.

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      10 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.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

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

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      Travis Pyle 

      10 years ago from Vineland, New Jersey

      i like all kinds of underwear that show package

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      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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      10 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?

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      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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      10 years ago

      absolutly great!!

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      Camping Dan 

      10 years ago

      The classic board shorts always work for me.

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

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

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

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

    • santoion profile image


      10 years ago

      I believe that YOU are Great !

    • blondepoet profile image


      10 years ago from australia

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

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      10 years ago

      G-String is so sexy

    • vivekananda profile image


      10 years ago from India

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

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      Esther Shamsunder 

      10 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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      10 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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      Christoph Reilly 

      10 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)

    • Princessa profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      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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      10 years ago

      yes, I like sexy swimwear, girls surprise at mine

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

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


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