The holiday season is here, and with it comes all of the chaos and cheer. While many are planning up family gatherings and delicious meals, others are looking to escape to the beach. We all know a holiday in the sun is the perfect way to de-stress and defrost, especially when your calendar is filled year-round with meetings and appointments. “Sky’s out, thighs out”, so beat out the heat with these 5 tips on choosing the perfect swim trunks for your body:
- Choose Shorter and Slimmer Styles
Avoid large swim trunks at all cost - extra length and girth only earn you negative style points. If you think you’re hiding your flaws in those extra-large baggy board shorts that ride below your knees, you’re wrong! In reality, you’re only accentuating everything you don’t want to call out.
In fact, extra-large swim trunks are all bad:
- skinny guys - oversized swim trunks will probably end up making you look like a stick with short chicken legs...
- Tall guys - wrong size trunks will make your figure disproportional, as if your midsection was a mile long.
- “Dad-bod” - it will make you look sloppy.
- Fit body - extra-large swim trunks will only add extra unwanted bulkiness.
- Short guys - the lifeguard might rescue you from drowning in too much swimsuit.
- Perfect body - unless you're 18 and under, oversized trunks will make you look juvenile and untidy at best.
You'll know when you have the right fit when the swimsuit hugs your body comfortably and the leg opening is slim, but not tight. The two most universally flattering lengths either hit 2-3 inches above your knees or rest mid-thigh.
- Tailoring Isn’t Just for Suits
The tailored look is everywhere, and there’s good reason why. A great fit makes you look sharp and feel elegant, and your swimsuit is no exception. If you ever experienced tailored garments, you know that a closer fit effectively trims you down and makes you stand a little taller.
From the lush beaches of Miami and the spirited streets of Ocean Drive, Le Club's swim trunks are inspired by the city, and its people. Our swimwear line is tailored for the exotic and adventurous lifestyle of those who wear it.
Designed like a lean pair of tailored shorts, our trunks are cut trim, with an adjustable buckled waist for a precise fit. The resemblance to regular shorts allows most styles to reasonably transition from a swim in the ocean to cocktails at the beach without the need to change bottoms.
- Quick tip? Choose Bold Colors
If you want to appear slimmer, dark solid colors are your best bet. Solid trunks are great because they’re simple and always in good taste.
Simple and classic doesn’t have to be outdated or boring. Make a statement with either a single eye-catching color-pop! Unlike loud prints, wearing energizing colors makes you confidently stand out without screaming for attention.
- Take It Easy on the Elastic
A clean, flat-front waistband sits nice and quiet and doesn’t call attention to your middle, whereas an elastic waistband mercilessly grabs at any fat cells around your tummy, making anything above or below your midsection balloon out.
Stay away from elastic waistbands if you house soft flesh around the middle, but if you still want the comfort of a flexible waistband, either opt for a drawcord tie with very minimal bunching at the waist (above) or a flat-front version with flat laces (below).
- Choose Patterns That Compliment You
If you want more options in your swimwear rotation, make one a pattern or print. It doesn’t have to be crazy and obnoxious, but a tasteful and classy approach can say a lot about your personality (even your sense of humor!)
As with all clothing, remember these 3 basic rules of optics:
- Horizontal patterns make you appear wider
- Vertical patterns help trim you down
- Match the scale of the pattern to your body size (e.g., giant prints on big guys only)
Lastly, here’s a great article on "How Men’s Swimwear Came About" that covers the evolution of swim trunks, as well as help you upgrade your swimwear style. Enjoy!