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15 Best Swim Trunks Under $100 for Summer

15 Best Swim Trunks Under $100 for Summer
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best swim trunks under $100

By Style Girlfriend | Last Updated: Sep 14 2021

best swim trunks under $100

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been to the beach or pool a few times now, and it’s clear: it’s time to buy new swim trunks for summer.

Be honest. The ones you’ve been wearing are probably a few years old by now. They’re a little saggy, and the color is faded. At best.

That’s why a new swimsuit is the right first step to feeling like a stylish guy on the seaside this summer (say that three times fast).

Like a lot of your summer wardrobe, it feels just plain wrong to spend a buttload of cash on swim trunks to cover your butt.

So our team rounded up our favorite affordable swim trunks for guys. This year, try a bold pattern, retro fit, or even a neon color to fully carpe that sunny diem.

Below, 15 of our favorite swim trunks for summer, under $100:

1. Fourlaps, $68

Fourlaps green multi trek short

SG Says: The Trek Short from Fourlaps belongs at home in water as on land.

The hybrid fabric offers swimsuit-level coverage and dries quickly for adventures beyond the water.

2. J.Crew Factory, $30

j.crew printed swim shorts

SG Says: Old Navy’s shortest style comes in a surprisingly fashion-forward 6″ inseam.

If you’ve been looking to flash just a little bit more thigh, these could be the swim trunks for you.

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3. Bather, $85

Bather green solid colored swim trunks

SG Says: Bather has quickly become one of our favorite men’s swim brands. Season after season, they continue to put out affordable, stylish swim trunks. Score!

The same style comes in an on-trend bandana pattern, if you’re looking to break out of the solid color swim trunk mold.

4. Faherty, $98

Faherty classic boardshort

SG Says: If you’re more of a traditional boardshorts guy, this pair from Faherty could be your chance to upgrade your swim trunk game.

5. AE, $40

AE 5" Ombre Swim Trunk

SG Says: These swim trunks from American Eagle Outfitters look lived-in…in a good way.

The ombre effect gives off a sun-faded vibe, which matches nicely with a relaxed beach or pool day with no other plans in sight.

6. Norse Projects, $95

Norse Projects Hauge Mid-Length Swim Shorts

SG Says: Sometimes simple is best. This Mollusk pair of swim trunks is just the right length, with a stylish drawstring for casual comfort.

The Hauge swim shorts from Norse Projects offer a fail-safe summer style. With a quick-drying shell, drawstring waistband, and a zipped pocket at the back to secure small items, you’re ready for basically anything the day throws at you.

Neon? For summer? Groundbreaking, we know. But c’mon, how can you not be into a pair that looks this cool?

7. OAS, $85

OAS Honolulu swim shorts

SG Says: When you think of Sweden, you probably don’t think “swimwear.”

OAS is trying to change that. Expect to find sharp, Scandinavian design infused into breezy, warm weather fabrics. Perfect for summer-ready style.

8. Lacoste, $70

Lacoste red Light Quick-Dry Swim shorts

SG Says: Just gonna say it…a red pair of swim trunks is a must in every guy’s summer style arsenal.

If you’re not going to spring for Orlebar Brown’s Bulldog style (an SG Hall of Famer if there ever was one), the Lacoste pair above makes for a great affordable alternative.

The recycled quick-dry taffeta (which is smooth, very light-weaved fabric) offers a slightly shiny finish, topped by that iconic crocodile embroidered on the thigh.

9. Saturdays NYC, $98

Saturdaysnyc Ennis Boardshort

SG Says: Another classic pair of boardshorts, this colorblocked style from Saturdays NYC will truly never go out of fashion.

…But their availability might! The “Ennis” style, above, always goes fast, despite being sold in a few different colors and patterns. Shop ’em while you can!

10. Chubbies, $70

chubbies pastel stripe swim trunks

SG Says: We’ve come a long way on Chubbies here at SG HQ.

Mostly from “No” to “…Yeah, sure, okay, why not!” This striped pair is a cute, easy-breezy style to wear all summer long.

11. Land’s End, $34

Lands End blue swim trunks

SG Says: Count this inexpensive style from Land’s End as a “Throw ’em in your car or weekend bag to have just in case” pair.

12. weekends at, $85

weekends at cereal sunrise swim trunks

SG Says: When an Olympic swimmer, an animator, and a graphic designer get together to make swim shorts, the results are anything but ordinary.

That’s the story behind Weekends at, a men’s swimwear line designed in Tel Aviv.

Inspired by, get this, “humanity’s transition from nomadic hunting and gathering to stable agrarian communities,” the brand’s Cereal Sunrise shorts above feature the hues of the sunrise cast over cereal grains that wave in the wind.

13. Gap, $55

Gap blue tie dye swim trunk

SG Says: If you thought Team SG was ready to let go of our love affair with tie-dye on guys…well, think again.

14. Rhythm, $64

Rhythm garden trunk

SG Says: Aussie brand Rhythm designs quick-drying, lightweight trunks with just a hint of stretch for surfers, volleyball players, and…y’know, everyone else, too.

Perfect for that “headed to the pool then…hmm, what else do I have going on today? kind of day.

15. L.L. Bean, $35

ll bean swim trunks

SG Says: Swim trunks are the epitome of versatility.

You have options when it comes to waistband, length, fabric, and never-ending patterns. Sometimes, it’s easiest to just go simple, as with this L.L. Bean pair.

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