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Style · July 6, 2015

Men's Swimwear: How to Find the Best Swimsuit for Your Body Type

Tall guys


Lean men who are 61 or over should go for swim shorts that land right above the knee. Shorter shorts will make your legs look too long, so these board shorts will help keep things in proportion, drawing attention away from your height.

Try: Tommy Bahama The Baja Check Swim Trunks, $98

Short guys


Mid-thigh is the ideal length for guys who stand at 58 and under. The shorter inseam makes your legs look longer. Opting for a boxy-fit pair with a fun pattern will also add to the illusion of height.

Try: Original Penguin Gradient Jungle Box Swim, $79

Athletic guys


Nows the time to show off that bod, so dont be afraid of a fit thats shorter and tighter. A more revealing fit requires a healthy dose of confidence, but how else are you going to show proof of all those hours logged in at the gym?

Try: Mr. Turk Kent Swim Trunk, $228

Average guys


Guys who fall somewhere in between buff and more to love should look for a pair of shorts that feature a narrower cut and a shorter leg. A wide, adjustable waistline is ideal for hiding any hint of love handles.

Try: Mollusk Pennant Cotton-Blend Swim Shorts, $66

Stocky guys


Just because your abs arent beach-ready doesn't mean you should avoid some fun in the sun. If your legs are in good shape, go for a boxy, mid-thigh fit. You can also choose something slightly longer for more coverup. Either way, avoid anything too bright and loud.

Try: Saturdays Surf Logan Board Short, $75

Thin guys


Shorter shorts (think around a 6-in. inseam) are the way to go here; otherwise youll look like youre swimming (pun intended) in a pair of oversized trunks. Also, a bold or busy print will work in your favor by creating an illusion of bulkin a good way.

Try: J.Crew 6 Swim Trunk in Hibiscus Floral, $75

Photo Credits, from top: Trina Turk, Mr. Porter, Nordstrom, Original Penguin, Saturdays NYC, J.Crew


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