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Men’s Swimwear 2022: Top Summer Trends

The Top Men's Summer Swimwear Trends for 2022

Holiday fever is hotting-up as we edge closer to a summer of unrestricted travel, and the prospect of lounging on crystalline shores is more inviting than ever before. It’s time to dust off your suitcase and fill it with the staple pieces of the season — and we’re on hand to help you make your post-pandemic poolside debut your most fashionable yet.  Get ahead of the crowds with our guide to the hottest men’s swimwear 2022 trends. 

Y2K revival

The fashion world is constantly looking back into its own archives, and noughties-inspired pieces are one of its proudest moments, given that they’re still charging our wardrobes with a burst of nostalgia. Whether you classify it as ultra-cool ‘y2k’ (year 2000), or if you can’t see it without feeling reminiscent of ‘dad’ style chunky trainers and bermuda shorts, it’s not going away anytime soon — and men’s swimwear styles will embrace it this summer, too!  We’re envisaging bold monogram prints in contrasting colourways, best sourced from the likes of classic sporting brands such as Calvin Klein and Guess. If you’re going to experiment with y2k men’s swimwear pieces this summer, opt for retro-inspired garments, and look out for varsity branding and bold, all over prints. You might also want to brave a slightly shorter leg length if you’re committing to this trend — perfectly suited to eclectic, all-night opening parties in Ibiza!   

Primed in prints

Spending the day at a lavish beach club in Marbella? You’re going to want to make a statement here, and striking prints are the way to go. If you’ve pulled off paisley or floral prints in the past, it might be time to add a bit of flair to your poolside style with the Versace men’s swimwear rotation. Baroque-inspired men’s swimwear dominated European catwalks, and you’ll find this luxe-allure evident across the iconic fashion houses’ 2022 collection.  Remember, prints can be stylish without being too daring. If you want a low-key option for this trend, choose a smaller, spaced out design, or simply pair your print with a short-sleeved shirt in a neutral shade. If you’ve got no hesitation about standing out from the crowd then choose a pair of printed swim briefs instead of trunks — this will ensure that your swimwear is the clear centrepiece of your poolside attire!   

Laid-back pastel palettes

If you aren’t ready to brave a print but you’re still keen to add a burst of colour into your suitcase, then a muted pastel hue could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s another key men’s swimwear 2022 trend, and it’d make an ideal choice for a sophisticated stay on the Amalfi Coast. Shades of blue, purple, and yellow are all propping up in collections from Hugo and Lyle & Scott, complementing an idyllic mediterranean backdrop perfectly. Pastels are ultra-modern and when it comes to men's swimwear trends, we can expect to see them back in the rotation for next summer, too — so invest now and enjoy a staple piece that’ll serve you for future getaways.  These calming, laidback colours can be styled easily, just pair them with another clean, crisp shade. Your new favourite pastel hue might even follow you home and lead to a summer wardrobe overhaul, adding it into your go-to outfits after your tan has faded.   

Stripes, revised

Stripes are arguably one of the most wearable prints, but they’re being upgraded this summer with some smart accent details and colour combinations. You can certainly still opt for a signature blue and white stripe and enjoy a sleek, nautical-inspired feel — but if you want to invest in swimwear pieces that are guaranteed to get you noticed, then consider something with a bit more pazazz.  Our top picks for striped men’s swimwear come from two iconic British designers, Paul Smith and Derek Rose. Each brand puts its own trademark twist on the simple print, infusing it with colour to create the perfect beach essential. You could even fuse two men’s swimwear styles into one, with the Apres range of pastel striped men’s swim shorts.   Elevate your holiday style this year and take off to your dream destination with a selection of the season's trending men’s swimwear pieces in tow.

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