Designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel know a thing or two about finding a great pair of swimming trunks. They've been running the swimwear line Parke & Ronen since 1997, and while they're not exactly household names yet, those in the know recognize their great cuts and bold use of color and prints. They create a range of styles—from trunks to briefs (and even a bikini)—because they know that not everything is going to work for everybody. Or every body.
"Any swimwear you buy, you need to spend time making sure it fits you right. Find the sweet spot between flattering your assets, and being comfortable and easy," Lutter (above left) says.
Here, he and Jehezkel share their tips on picking the perfect new trunks for summer.
Do Your Homework
"It's true that men are much more hesitant to try out new styles," Jehezkel says. "It helps to look at photos or a video of how a garment looks and fits. That way you don't have to stretch your imagination as much and can make an easier decision."
Shop for Your Body Type
"Short guys should wear shorter swimsuits to make their legs look as long as possible," Jehezkel says. "As a short guy myself, I agree," says Lutter. "And I'd add to avoid tight shorts. Tailored but with a touch of ease in the fit will keep it from looking shrunken or petite."
"Tall, skinny guys can get away with wearing a board short," Jehezkel adds. "I'd recommend a longer inseam, but it needs to be a narrower silhouette, especially in the leg opening."
Avoid Bunchy Waistbands
"We get that not everyone has a body like our models," Lutter says. "In fact, most guys can be self-conscious about their midsections—and those guys should stay away from baggy shorts with gathered elastic waistbands. All that extra fabric being cinched in around your waist only makes look it worse. Definitely get a swimsuit with a fixed tailored waistband."
Go for Solid, Bold Colors
"There are three classic colors for swimwear that everyone must have: black, navy, and red," Jehezkel says.
"I'd also recommend a second suit with a fun accent color," Lutter says. "This summer it should be bright, like lime green. A really strong color will add some energy to a classic trunk."