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Swimwear options for men

Guys, you don't necessarily have to wear trunks to have a splash of time.
The Straits Times - February 10, 2013
By: Rohaizatul Azhar
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Swimwear options for men

Whether it's for lounging by the pool or splashing around in the sea, there are many options for guys.

If you are not into wearing skimpy Speedos, go for swim shorts instead. They are similar in style to boardshorts but, as the name suggests, are shorter. Swim shorts usually end mid-thigh and come with a tailored fit, as opposed to the roomy, knee-grazing boardshorts.

Try the shark-tooth print shorts by British label Paul Smith ($155, from 01-08 Mandarin Gallery). Besides two front pockets and a back pocket, the shorts also feature an elastic waistband and buckle fasteners on the side. These design details not only make the shorts functional but stylish as well.

For more affordable options, check out American sportswear label Nautica, which stocks a good range of trendy swim shorts. I like this Colourblock Rashguard shorts ($79.90, from 02-208 Marina Square), which is made of quick-dry nylon and lycra. The blue, green and black colour combination allows you to stand out without going over the top.

Alternatively, you can go for square-legged trunks, which are smaller than swim shorts but not as skimpy as the traditional swim briefs. Think Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.

I like Speedo's range of lycra trunks, such as the Shoreline Square Leg trunks ($55, from level 4 Takashimaya Department Store), which look like shorts but hug your body more snugly.

Other options include Arena's Paint Splatter Piped square-legged trunks ($30, from Royal Sporting House, B1-22 Great World City), and Bods.Bodynits' Boxer Shorts ($36.60, from 04-18A Plaza Singapura). These trendy trunks fit like a pair of slim-cut pants, feature interesting patterns and come in a wide range of colours.

If you have some cash to burn, go for a pair from Robinson les Bains. The French swimwear label specialises in stylish retro-inspired designs that are not too revealing.

This pair of royal blue trunks, for instance, will make waves in and out of the water (£158 or S$296, from www.mrporter.com). Throw on a simple T-shirt or a comfortable linen shirt when you are taking a stroll down the beach or hanging out at the pool bar.

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