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Swim Trunks – Five Plus One

Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.


The Olympics are in full swing, and what better encouragement do you need to hit the pool? But hey, even if you aren’t a swimmer, at least you can look great in a new pair of trunks. Swimsuits can be extremely divisive, but with the summer coming to a close now is the perfect time to find the right swimsuit for you at a great price.

1) President’s: Yasawa Bathing Suit

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First up is President’s Yasawa Bathing Suit, which has a unique (although contentious) pattern. For many in search of a swimsuit, the pattern is everything; however, this one is paired with custom branded snap closures and made-in-Italy quality, which sets it apart from much of the competition.

Available for $90 from Need Supply.

2) Vilebrequin: Swimming Costume in Ultramarine

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Vilebrequin is known for being one of the nicest brands in swimwear, and their Swimming Costume in Ultramarine certainly shows the attention to detail that has earned them such praise. These trunks feature and almost hand-painted looking pattern, which is paired with a drawstring closure and elastic waistband.

Available for $295 from Vilebrequin.

3) Onia: Charles Trunk 7″ in Black & White Striped Leaves

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Onia might not be a household name in the fashion industry, but their swimsuits are top notch. Their 7″ Charles Trunk in Black & White Striped Leaves is constructed from a high-tech fabric that is fast drying and has great color fastness. It’s made with an ultra-fine mesh lining and custom patina-ed nickel hardware, which adds to the aesthetic.

Available for $137 from Onia

4) Atalaye: Geroko Coral

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Atalaye’s Geroko Coral swim trunks feature a pastel-red/white stripe, drawstring closure, and slightly shorter-than-average length; they might not be for everyone, but they are certainly a classic. The mesh lining in these trunks has a slight foam-like texture, which makes them even more comfortable.

Available for €89 from Atalaye.

5) Patagonia: Baggies 5″ Shorts

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Say what you will about tech-wear brands, but they make some of the best swim trunks on the market. Patagonia’s 5″ Baggies trunks are about as basic as you can get, guaranteeing you can keep breaking it out season after season after season.

Available for $49 from Patagonia.

Plus One – Orlebar Brown: Bulldog Traveler in Menton

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Last but certainly not least are the Bulldog Travelers from Orlebar, another high-end swimsuit maker known for their quality construction and unique designs. These trunks feature a scenic print that is continuous between the legs and pockets plus waist tabs to ensure proper fit (a rarely seen detail on swim trunks). The price may seem a bit high for a swimsuit, but the uniqueness of this piece certainly sets it apart from many others on the market.

Available for $207 from Unionmade Goods.