START WITH THE RIGHT PAIR OF SWIM TRUNKS

Looking to enhance your wardrobe with bottoms that go from beach to bar, no problem? We’ve got you covered. The most important thing is to start with the right pair of swim trunks. Going for some tropical print board shorts probably isn’t the best move if you’re trying to look at home outside the pool or beach cabana. Here are some more tips on how to pick the right pair to wear as shorts. Let Dysdyl.com tell you how to do.

BE PICKY ABOUT FABRIC
Fabric choice is critical if you want your shorts to transition with ease from pool to pub. Go for a high-performance fabric that keeps you comfortable but doesn’t look too sporty. You want them to be lightweight yet structured, so they don’t look like basketball shorts. We use a unique 100 percent recycled polyester material for our trunks, and this fabric is perfect for swim and play because it offers all the performance you need from a pair of swim trunks but looks like regular shorts fabric.

GO WITH A SOLID OR SIMPLE PATTERN
Nothing screams “swim trunk” quite like a tropical pattern or a funky fish print, so it’s best to go with a more subdued look if you want to take your shorts onto dry land. If you prefer, you can opt for a classic, neutral-colored bottom to make it appear that you’re wearing jeans or khakis. If you prefer patterned shorts, that’s totally fine too! We recommend sticking to a less busy pattern, such as stripes or checks.

PICK THE RIGHT LENGTH
Make sure to choose a pair of swim trunks in the length you prefer for regular shorts. This way, you’ll feel comfortable all day and you know you’ll have shirts that will work with them. If you tend to go longer in regular trunks, such as a board short length, opt instead for a shorter style that looks like regular shorts. Keep the board shorts for surfing and the swim briefs for the pool deck and opt instead for a medium-length style. Not sure which length is right for you? Reference our swim trunk length guide to find an inseam length that suits your preferences.

GO FOR A MORE TAILORED FIT
Fit is everything when it comes to finding a pair of shorts that can handle everything on your itinerary. We recommend going for a pair that’s a bit more on the tailored end — but not too tight — to give you that casual yet put-together look that makes your shorts so versatile.

CHOOSE A FLAT PANEL WAIST
A drawstring waist trunk is great for helping you achieve a tailored fit, but in this case you’d want to style it with a shirt that covers the waist to dial down the swim trunk aesthetic. You may want to choose a pair of trunks with a flat panel waist that looks more like regular shorts. These are a great choice if you plan on heading to a dressier dinner and need to tuck in your shirt.

TIPS ON WEARING SWIM TRUNKS AS SHORTS
Now that you’ve got the perfect pair of trunks for the job, it’s time to start styling them with your favorite tops, shoes and accessories. Reference our tips and tricks below to style your suit so it looks right at home in any environment, no matter if you’re catching waves or grabbing drinks on the boardwalk.

PAIR THEM WITH A DRESSIER TOP
Styling your trunks with the right top is key to ensuring that they look a regular pair of shorts. Try pairing your trunks with a dressier top, like a button up linen shirt or a classic polo. This will elevate your outfit and is perfect for a bar or restaurant setting. We recommend going with an untucked shirt which will lay nicely and comfortably against your swim trunks.If you prefer to tuck, opt for a pair of swim trunks with a flat panel waist. Note: If the dress code calls for tucking, it’s probably best to go with our flat panel short.