Getting your style across when it comes to swimwear can be difficult. We often shop for garments that really say something about us and the way that we like to dress helps us to identify with ourselves, but with such a small amount of fabric, you need to go further to make that statement.
Whether it’s for by the poolside, on the beach front or even at a garden party, to help you achieve the perfect look this summer, we’ve compiled what are set to be the biggest men’s swimwear trends in summer 2020.
In terms of length and style, short-shorts are still set to remain the go-to length for men’s swimwear in 2020, with a boxer-short style twist resembling key 90’s fashion tropes. Think fitted at the waist, baggy at the thigh with an A-line fit and sporty draw strings.
For the design, there are a few key patterns that will dominate during the summer 2020 season:
Whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal, spaced-out, block stripes are a key trend this year, taking on board any and all colour combinations so you can make the trend as muted or as stand-out as you dare to go. A style that truly is for everyone, you’ll see this beach-worthy, vintage-inspired trend a lot over the course of the summertime.
We love this pair by Lacoste, the Blue Marine Logo Shorts, £50.95, a distinct nautical-style with just a hint of sportiness. Perfect for any and all summer activities and looks great casually worn with an oversized cover-up shirt and chunky sandals.
Military-inspired pieces are already a huge trend in menswear this year, and men’s swimwear is no exception. But don’t just stick to the traditional camo colours, this one can be versatile with many different takes on the design. Another plus point of camo is that it draws the eye outward, making your legs appear broader than they are – muscle definition with none of the work.
Try the Superdry State Volley swim shorts in camo, £29.95, for an ultra-modern take on the militarian style, with bright orange logo, elasticated waistband and drawstring cord to add a pop to the muted colourway.
Avoid big pattern clashes with this more toned-down, yet still statement trend, opting for a bold, bright, block-colour for your swim shorts. They won’t date quickly, you can choose a colour that flatters your look and it’s simpler to pair these up with accessories too. Choose the colour dependent on your skin tone and hair colour, opting for darker tones or blue or green hues for paler skin and brighter colours for darker skin.
Some of our favourites here at Standout include the Lacoste Logo Swim Shorts in pink, £39.95, and the Tommy Hilfiger Medium Drawstring Swim Shorts in intense blue, £37.95.
This one is sure to come up year after year, and 2020 proves that with the significant Hawaiian-syle floral trend for men’s swimwear. Think faded, vintage-style shorts in pastel and muted colourways with bright, flowing, leafy florals and you’ve nailed this year’s take on the classic flower-power swim shorts trend that we see time and time again.
Get this trend bang-on with the Sik Sik Standard Hazy Daze swim shorts, £8.95 at Standout – a massive saving on the original price is a bonus too!
90’s sports leisure
Retro, athleisure trends have been dominating streetwear for several years now and in 2020 this classic take is being brought into swimwear to create an old school style reminiscent of the 90’s sports scene. Short shorts with thick drawstring cords, contrasting piping and hems and vintage-inspired colourways make this trend.
Take it on with the Ellesse Bari Swim Shorts in navy, £19.95, exuding a serious throwback vibe with the original Ellesse logo embroidered on the leg and cut hems on the thighs.
Stick with these key trends and you won’t stray too far wrong during your summer activities this year. Need more inspiration? Shop the full men’s swimwear collection online at Standout, with tons of on-trend styles to choose from.