Summer and spontaneity go together like Jet Skis and adrenaline. Thankfully, modern swimwear has trended away from garish patterns to embrace a simpler aesthetic — one that’s capable of navigating the shoreline and impromptu BBQ without a clothing pitstop. The return of pockets is also a boon in the smartphone age, provided you remember to empty them before charging the surf.
Beyond color and pattern preferences, inseam length is the biggest factor to consider. The rise is definitely real, and we find a seven-inch inseam offers the right compromise between fit and “coverage” for contemporary style. Of course, never sacrifice comfort or confidence in the name of a trend. These selections represent our top picks for the good weather ahead.
Additional contribution by John Zientek.