Jump into the blue with a pair of jaunty swim shorts for summer.

Short swim shorts that skim the knee are a nod to preppy styles from the 50s and 60s, and while lengthy board shorts are still popular with men, a cleancut swim short is on trend this season. While several designers have explored classic prints like nautical stripes, the options for swim short prints are endless. Tropical motifs and images of the seaside are high on the list, in among vivid hues and preppy colours that reflect brilliantly in the sunlight. And quick-drying fabrics and water proof materials make the current selection of swim shorts even better.


• Always rinse your shorts with fresh water to remove harmful chemicals from chlorine or leftover salt water which can discolour fabric.

• Where possible, use biodegradable, mild detergent to remove salt, chlorine and odours.


• Turn your shorts inside out when drying and hang your shorts to dry. Avoid tumble drying.

• Store in a cool, dry place until your next swim.

Gubb & Mackie shorts $139.

Vilebrequin shorts, about $317, from Mr. Porter.

Witchery shorts $79.90.

Trenery shorts $99.90.

H&M shorts $25.

Rodd & Gunn shorts $119.


Marcs shorts $89.

Substation shorts, $50, from Farmers.

Patagonia shorts, $69, from Good As Gold.

Country Road shorts $89.90.

Swims shorts, $159, from Fifth Ave.

Saturdays NYC shorts, about $110, from Oki-ni.