Men's Swim

4 Things to Know About Men's Swim

The greater women’s swimwear market has overshadowed the men’s swimwear market, but new materials and innovations emerged and have helped the market share the spotlight.

Businesses specializing in men’s swimwear have expanded their markets by focusing on new materials and offering more product lines. They cater to the new millennial generation with unique designs and bold colors, representing a sense of individuality for the wearers. Take a read through this guide for tips on making a men’s swimwear line for your business.

Men's Swimwear Styles

Let’s start with the three different styles for men’s swimwear:

Or also known as ‘speedos’ in the US has evolved from the original speedo. It’s an underwear brief that is designed for swimming with a low waist and a body sculpting fit.

  • Swim trunks

Like the swim brief, trunks also sculpt the body with a low-rise waist, and the difference is that they have longer legs and provide more cover. These swimming trunks usually vary in length, but they mostly have a square cut shape.   

Swim shorts consist of those with short legs, known as ‘short shorts’ or those with longer legs’ board shorts.’ Short shorts are more popular in Europe, while longer board shorts are more popular in Australia and the US.

Body Shapes and Types

Now that you know the main styles to choose from, it’s time to look at the different body shapes suitable for different styles so you can curate your collection to cater your target market. This is just a guideline and style is not limited to a certain body type.

  • Larger men

We recommend the longer swim boards (board shorts) to cover up a little more. Look for solid colors instead of patterns to accentuate your size.

  • Slimmer men

Look for baggy swim shorts that will make you look bigger and swim briefs to enhance your slender look.

  • Taller men

Go for the long board shorts swimwear to reduce the appearance of your long legs, unless you want to show them off, then go for the short shorts. It’s best to opt for swimming trunks rather than swimming briefs.

  • Shorter men

Shorter leg swimwear like short shorts and swimming briefs can help shorter guys to appear taller.

The Materials

Men’s swimwear fabrics have come a long way from basic cotton that was used decades ago. Here are three of the man-made materials that are much more durable and comfortable for any man.

  • Nylon

This material works on swim shorts as it stretches less than polyester and fits well with any body type.

  • Polyester

Polyesters are a preferred material for swimming shorts due to their light weight. Polyester mesh is also a kind of polyester with holes for more ventilation and is perfect for a summer beach day.

  • Polyamide

Polyamide is an excellent material for swimming briefs and trunks. It’s smooth and comfortable for fitted styles. The smoothness of the fabric also helps water pass more naturally, which provides better swimming performance.

Features to Look for

There are other features in your men’s swimwear business that you should also focus on:

  • Lining

Swim shorts should have an internal lining to keep everything where it should be when swimming. Swim shorts mostly have an inner mesh lining that is cut and shaped like a brief. Some boardshorts may or may not come with linings, this depends on preference and styles.

  • Pockets

Boardshorts usually have pockets to the front, side, back and within the mesh lining. Some of these pockets even have zip fastening to keep waterproof items when swimming. 

  • Drawstrings

Elastic waist boardshorts or briefs usually have drawstrings sewn in the waistband and help wearers adjust their fit and hold everything in place when swimming. We advise including drawstring ends such as metal toggles to prevent drawstrings from fraying, which provides better quality. 

  • Lace up tie

Board shorts that don’t have an elastic waist usually have a more rigid waistband that opens at the front, often with a velcro fly. This waistband is held together with a lace-up tie. This ‘double fail-safe’ system benefits swimmers, particularly surfers, as it prevents the shorts from being pulled off by the waves during a wipeout.

  • Grommet / eyelet

Sometimes sand or water can get trapped in the boardshorts, so this feature helps to get them out of the boardshort. This can be used on the body of the shorts or in the pockets.

We hope our guide has inspired you to make better products for your customers and offer more insights on the latest trend for Men’s swimwear.


Your Bali Swim Team

Download Catalog

Get into the nitty gritty of all our designs on offer and learn more about how to customise your luxe label.

Related Post
Women's Swimwear 2024 Product Highlights by Bali Swim

Meet Your Favorites: Women’s Swim 2024 Product Highlights

Meet Your Favorites: Women’s Swim 2024 Product Highlights Calling all trendsetters and swimwear aficionados to dive into the stars of our Women’s Swim Ready Design 2024 collection! We’ve handpicked 5 sensational top-bottom sets and 3 irresistible one-piece swimsuits to elevate your swimwear brand. These are the stars your customers have been waiting for! BSWS-T98-B98 Meet BSWS-T98-B98, where minimalist charm meets active-ready support!

Read More »
Women's Swim 2024 New Prints by Bali Swim

Introducing Women’s Swimwear 2024 Prints

Riviera Dreams, Introducing Women’s Swim 2024 Prints Our Product team has crafted some truly remarkable pieces that will give your swimwear brand a major upgrade, just in time for our latest Women’s Swim Ready Design 2024. And now, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our nine stunning prints, ranging from timeless classics to the cutting-edge. What’s the secret ingredient? We’re using the

Read More »

Global Swimwear Market Analysis 2023

Trends and Projections in the Global Swimwear Market 2023 – 2032 We all love to wear our swimwear as costumes for engaging in water activities like swimming, water sports, surfing, water skiing, and even sunbathing. Today, the swimwear market isn’t exclusively for jumping into the pool or beach but is becoming a fashion statement.  Women like to hang out in

Read More »

New Launch: Women’s Swim Ready Design 2024 Collection

New Launch: Women’s Swim Ready Design 2024 Collection Our Women’s Swim Ready Design 2024 collection celebrates the elegance of the past while embracing the excitement of today. Your customers will be transported to an era where every moment is an adventure. Unleash your creative flair as you explore our extensive selection of 18 unique tops and bottoms, complemented by 9 brand-new one-piece

Read More »
New Colors from Bali Swim Matte and Bali Swim Shiny by Bali Swim

Introducing Dazzling New Colors in Bali Swim Matte and Shiny

Introducing Dazzling New Colors in Bali Swim Matte and Shiny Discover your next swimwear obsession with this year’s diverse array of trends, ranging from classic matte to shiny and feminine styles. Get ready to elevate your swimwear collection with an abundance of new thrilling colors. Presenting the latest arrivals of Bali Swim Matte and Bali Swim Shiny, ready to infuse

Read More »
Swimwear Styles Radiate the Classy Look by Bali Swim

Swimwear Styles That Bring Out the Classy Look

Timeless Sophistication: 5 Swimwear Styles Radiate the Classy Look Relating to beach fashion, nothing shows elegance and sophistication like a classy and refined swimwear collection. In this blog post, we’ll reveal some stunning swimwear styles from our Women’s Swim collection that give your customers a chic and high-end look. From sleek one-pieces to stylish bikinis, discover the key pieces that

Read More »
A Corduroy Revival, Embrace The Trend and Make a Splash by Bali Swim

A Corduroy Revival, Embrace The Trend and Make a Splash

A Corduroy Revival, Embrace The Trend and Make a Splash The timeless corduroy is reborn with our Eco Corduroy, fusing vintage allure with contemporary design in eco-friendly swimwear. Choose from 13 diverse shades, capturing both timeless and lively moods. Crafted with 87% Recycled Polyester and 13% Spandex and adorned with Carvico VITA (ECONYL®) lining, our Eco Corduroy is a step towards responsible

Read More »
New Colors of Carvico Revolutional Eco (ECONYL®) for Men's Swimwear by Bali Swim

11 New Colors of Carvico Revolutional Eco

Now in, 11 New Colors of Carvico Revolutional™ Eco (ECONYL®) Get ready to elevate your men’s swimwear collection in 2023 with 11 new colors of Carvico Revolutional™ Eco (ECONYL®), to stay ahead of the latest trends and capture the essence of modern style. Each color has been meticulously curated by our Product Development team to cater to diverse tastes and

Read More »
Rosa Shocking from Carvico VITA (ECONYL®) ♻ from Bali Swim

Introducing Rosa Shocking from Carvico VITA (ECONYL®)

Introducing Rosa Shocking from Carvico VITA (ECONYL®) ♻ The spotlight on the well-anticipated movie this year, Barbie has everyone coined a new trend called ‘Barbiecore’ which is inspired by the ultra-bright world of Barbie and Ken. Swasti Sarna, the Global Director of Data Insights at Pinterest says “Now, pinners are increasingly shopping for the Barbiecore trend by searching for a variety of

Read More »

Your Swim Line. Easy.

Starter Kits, Catalogs & Shop