Stripes have earned their place as something far more solid than a wardrobe ‘must-have’: they are considered to be a foundation piece defying trends, age brackets and sexes and have the power to make a surface highly distinguishable.
Year on year, the striped swim short grows in popularity with discerning gentleman ditching simplicity in favour of vibrancy. With temperatures in the UK reaching an astounding 32C this week, there is no better time to cash in on the trend.
Whether you’re off on holiday or merely making the most of the weather here, these are my top picks for those wanting to keep cool, looking cool.
Banda Striped Shorts, £40
Maximum comfort blended polyester mesh lining with hand cut tailored pockets. By purchasing this product you are also supporting ‘The Ocean Clean-up’.
Colours Available: Yellow, Light Blue
Baby Blue Stripe Shorts, £89
Inspired by the Mediterranean coastline nothing beats baby blue with a summer tan. Perfect as swimmers or shorts these can be lived in all summer long.
BOARDIES® Brighton Red Stripe Shortie Shorts, £50
These classic red and white stripe Boardies® are perfect for rocking a nautical look. Designed with Super-Quick-Dry Technology and comes with Boardies® drawstring bag.
Colours Available: Brighton Red, Brighton Blue
BULLDOG X Navy Smarter Classic Swim Short, £195
These shorts have a luxurious lustre, the polished gold detailing elevates these swim shorts into an all day short. The paper touch fabric has a shape memory for superb movement and has a luxurious taffeta hand feel.
FLINT Striped Swim Shorts Navy, £65
The Flint swim shorts in navy boast bold vertical stripes for a cool summer style.
Colours Available: Navy, Soft Pink
Dock and Bay, Shorts Cabana – Bondi Blue, $40 (Matching Towel, $20)
Dock and Bays signature striped design that keeps on giving. These board shorts / swim trunks are environmental friendly, made from 100% recycled water bottles. Finish the look with a matching beach towel.
Colours Available: Bondi Blue, Waikiki Coral, Ipanema Orange, Whitsunday Blue, Boracay Yellow, Phi Phi Pink, Cancun Green
Oiler&Boiler Striped Swim Shorts, £42
A retro style swim short with contrasting horizontal and vertical white stripes finished with distinctive Cuban logo on the back-pocket.
Colours Available: Blue, Orange
Men’s Signature Stripe Print Swim Shorts, £95
The horizontal stripes are as recognisable as the company name itself, and have been splashed across everything from cufflinks to suit linings, and socks to a Mini car. Paul Smith are currently offering a complimentary monogramming service giving you that personal touch.
South Beach Swim Shorts, £20
South Beach’s collection of swimwear is something we can really get on board with. Whether you’ve booked a last-minute jaunt to somewhere sunny, or you’re just using up your work holiday to chill in the back garden.
Striped Swimming Trunks, £15.99
Short swimming trunks with print. They feature two side pockets, an elastic drawstring waistband and interior lining.
Tommy Hilfiger Stripe Swim Shorts, £52
These swim shorts make the perfect pool outfit for spring with their bright, multi-colour stripe and easy-to-wear drawstring waist.
Tonal Blue and Orange Stripe Swim Shorts, £18
Bold yet subtle, Topman have incorporated the colours of the seaside to create these stylish shorts. Best worn with top off and sandals off.
Weekday Apex Print Swim Shorts, £20
The Apex Print Swim Shorts are comfortable beach essentials with wide, short legs. They have a straight hemline with minimal slits and a single slanted pocket at the back
White Stripe Skinny Fit Swim Shorts, £20
(Yellow Stripe Short Sleeve Revere Shirt, £25)
Grab this matching short and shirt combination over at RiverIsland.com.