Hands up if you have a reliable pair of black swim trunks that you’ve been reaching for for years. I’ve got news for you: that’s boring, and you deserve better. The beach or pool in the summer are the perfect places to let loose and embrace a bolder swimsuit look. That means fun patterns in bright colours that reinforce summer’s arrival. Here are five pairs of swimsuits that are so much better than basic black and will take your summer swimsuit game to a whole new level.
SHORT SWIM SHORTS
Get them at H&M for $20
Yes, these ones are technically black. But between the leafy pattern and retro cut, these are so much more than their base colour. This swimsuit brings the perfect balance of style and bold that will have you looking great all summer long.
PRINTED SWIM TRUNKS
Get them at Old Navy for $15
There is no denying that the little fish on these shorts are so cute. And even though it’s a busy pattern, the green and blue are close enough that it’s not too overwhelming. Of all the swimsuits, these just might be my favourite.
DESERT PRINT SWIM SHORTS
Get them at Zara for $36
Toss these shorts on and pretend you’re in Palm Springs, soaking up the desert heat. The super detailed desert scene is a nice twist on the classic beach scene.
PINK PRINTED SWIM SHORTS
Get them at Topshop for $23
Don’t be afraid of pink, especially not in the summer, and especially not when you’re at the beach. These shorts are just the right bordering-on-purple shade, and the stripe is livened up with tiny palm trees, turtle and shells.
TRUNKS SWIM & SURF CO. FLORAL SWIM SHORT
Get them at Urban Outfitters for $64
These shorts are the equivalent to a Hawaiian shirt for your lower half. Just please don’t wear them with a Hawaiian shirt or you’ll do some serious damage to your swimsuit game.