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Celina Aquino

I Tried The Men’s Swim Trunk Trend & OMG, I Looked So Good?

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A whole new style trend is taking over the fashion world: men’s swim trunks. They’ve become the new summer staple (denim shorts, who?). After all, the men’s section is such a glorious and magical place, am I right or am I right? TBH, ignoring gendered sections at stores opens up a whole new world of style staples. Hoodies, crewnecks, and t-shirts aren’t the only items we can snag from their section now.

So in light of another seemingly spontaneous style trend, I decided to experiment with my boyfriend’s collection of swim trunks. Yup, you heard that right — we are stealing our SO’s clothes all summer long. I created four different styles and looks to show you how you can also rock this trend while summer’s still in session. Trust me, men’s swim shorts are so comfy, so I know you’ll love them once you give them a try. 


The vacationer

If you’re vacationing on an island, you have to strut in some tropical print shorts! I paired mine with a yellow crop top and mules to set the focus on the swim trunks. My mules have two-inch heels, which really elevate the whole look. This is the perfect ensemble for a brunch by the beach!

Tropical floral swim trunks, Forever 21, $9; shop now

The lazy star

Running errands all morning? I’ve got a comfy outfit for you! Incorporating print again, I matched a basic cami and star print trunks together with some Birks. The top is the same color as the stars, while the shoes are in the same navy blue shade. The magenta drawstrings add a little pop of color. Nothing too much but still cute. This simple look is for those days where you’re just getting some groceries or getting gas. 

Star swim shorts, GANT, $23; shop now

The hypebeast

Street style has become so popular within the last few years. I mean, you’re bound to have that try the trend at some point, right? This look I’ve created mashes together the men’s swim trunk and street style trends into one. Wearing a pair of Yeezy Boost 350, I threw on a pair of mint trunks with a gray loose top, which I tucked in. I’m all about groutfits, but the shorts definitely gives the outfit a perfect balance of neutral and bright.

Swim shorts, H&M, $15; shop now

The Barbie gal

As a huge Barbie fan, my little 4-year-old self would approve of this look. TBH, I can see this being worn to any small occasion — going to the airport, sitting at a bonfire, or running to an impromptu dinner. What I did here is I used a basic cami and a denim jacket to mute the neon pink trunks. For a little fun, I put on animal print sneakers.

Solid neon 17″ swim trunks, PacSun, $21; shop now

Denim shorts and soft, loose shorts have had their fair share of being the summer go-to bottoms. It’s about time we give another staple its time to shine. I’m telling you: a pair of men’s swim trunks are going to be your best purchase this season!

Celina Aquino

Illinois State '21

Celina Aquino is a senior studying finance and accounting at Illinois State University. She's a campus correspondent for the university's chapter as well as a national writer. Things that make her the happiest include groutfits and matcha. Check out "Style on the Move" on @hercampusstyle.