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:
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.
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.
3. Bather, $85
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.