With summer vacay just around the corner, we’ve rallied up the best men’s swimwear and board shorts that will see you through those surfing trips without compromising on style (yes, we know you’re going to Instagram those surfing pics). And the best part? These pieces are designed by labels across Asia, so you're supporting regional designers—all of which ships internationally so you'll be well prepared for sand, sun and surf.
Founded in the land of smiles, TIMO’s trademark beach shorts integrate bold prints and modern tailoring to create quirky, fun styles—you’ll definitely find a design that suits your personality. Every pair of trunks also comes with hidden functional details such as pockets, mesh lining and a waterproof pouch. Our favourite design from their 2019 collaboration with Na Kittikhun Foundation, Long Prep Tuktuk, is designed by children with autism. The contemporary take on traditional tuk tuk pays homage to Thailand’s auto-rickshaw, while maintaining its new-age cutting and fit.
Frolik caters to families who wish to coordinate their beachwear, with matching prints available for every member in the fam bam. But these cute and quirky beach shorts are also suitable for the modern man, especially with its UPF 50+ sun protection—but remember to still slap on sunscreen every two hours gents. Flip Flop Swim Short boasts a tailored cut, with side adjusters, snap button closure, elasticised back, cotton mesh-lining, and is made from a quick-drying material.
Founded by the duo behind Monument Lifestyle, it is no surprise that DUXTON exudes the same vibes—chill, bright and fresh. While the label is only introducing bottoms (think California-inspired surf trunks) in autumn/winter 2019, hop over to their site or visit them at Monument Lifestyle to call dibs on their latest design. Duxton Mikey Shirt Coral combines one of their best-selling prints with the Pantone colour of the year: coral. For an everyday top, we love Duxton Justin Short Sleeve Henley in Crystal for a chic yet effortless look.
Inspired by the founder’s birth land, Mazu Resortwear weaves elements of Hong Kong’s rich maritime history into its designs to create the perennial classic swim shorts. Sampans at Sunset tells the story of water taxi drivers transporting passengers across the water, knocking off at sunset. Every purchase of a swim short also comes with a waterproof pouch; perfect for holding your everyday beach essentials.
69SLAM hails from Bali, the land of the everyday board short—whether morning, day or night. If you love riding the waves, Alien Snaps 4Ways Stretch Boardshort’s four-way fabric provides stretch across width and length, giving you the freedom to catch that swell. For something brighter and bolder, Aqua Green Stretch Boardshort comes in a neon aqua green—you’ll be turning heads even in the waters.
FOR THE LADIES
These make perfect gifts for the ladies. And they're all Singapore labels. You're welcome.
Don’t let Haikini’s cute and colourful designs fool you—these swimsuits are completely slip-proof even in the strongest of waves, designed specifically for all surfer chicas. Mellow Yellow Off-Shoulder Bikini Set lends an exciting pop of colour that complements all skin tones, without being too loud or jarring. Its high-waist design also keeps any food baby tucked in, and gives an illusion of longer-looking legs.
Manufactured from Econyl, an Italian fabric made from recycled nylon, the timeless pieces created by Align Swim is also chlorine-resistant and offers sun protection (wow, #science). Renee is our top pick, with frills lining the V-shape bust to give anyone wearing this an extra oomph in the chest department. We especially like Renee in lilac; a pale incarnation of purple that is both elegant and cute.
K.BLU is well-known for designing a variety of unique, semi-cultural prints inspired by the beach. Nonya Halter Criss Cross Bikini Set serves tribute to the Peranakan culture in Singapore, with traditional batik design sustainably printed onto quality fabric. What we especially like about the bikini top is its long-line and cheeky cut-out in the front, making this piece extra versatile. Pair this with a nude or basic bottoms, and you can even wear this to a brunch date. Talk about #multitasking.