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David from Boise, Idaho: Hey guys, I was at a pool party the other day and forgot my swim trunks. I ended up going naked because I was a little tipsy, but for next time, what underwear can I plan on wearing in case this happens again?
The Underwear Expert: David, summer is all about spontaneity for sure, but it’s good to plan!
We can’t always be prepared for what’s around the corner, especially when it comes to summer fun, but with underwear that has quick-drying properties and other features, you can cover some bases. No one wants to be the only one left sitting by the pool or stranded in the sand while his friends and fam splash around having a blast. Unless of course, you’re the one skinny dipping in front of grandma, but we’ll leave that one to you.
When picking out the best underwear for swimming, the first thing to consider is fabric. Our suggestions are made mostly from polyester or nylon fabrics, which both dry much faster than cotton. The other big consideration is style. As much as you don’t want to be the one left on the sidelines, you also don’t want to be the one in wet, awkwardly baggy briefs that are obviously meant to be hidden under pants. Our picks also feature flattering cuts and fun colors, so they woud fit right in by the pool.
Check out our suggestions of the best underwear for swimming below, and let us know if you’ve discovered any favorites of your own.. and the story that goes along with them, of course!
Clever Moda Zafiro Latin Boxer Brief ($24): These boxer briefs from Clever Moda’s Zafiro Latin collection are a blend of nylon, polyester and spandex. They offer a breathable close fit, and the gold waistband looks like it was meant to be seen under the sun.
Papi Ibiza Collection Purple Brazilian Trunks ($28 for 2-pack): These Brazilian trunks from Papi’s Ibiza collection are made from a blend of polyester and spandex. Inspired by Ibiza nightlife, the vibrant purple pattern would work just as well at the beach as in the club.
N2N Tritech Split Short ($36): These athletic shorts from N2N’s Tritech collection are perfect for swimming in a pinch. They’re actually meant to be worn without underwear, and the contrast piping along the edges make them look more than beach ready.
Calvin Klein Underwear Bold Micro Color Block Low-Rise Trunk ($34): These low-rise trunks released for spring from Calvin Klein Underwear are actually inspired by swimwear, so they’re cut and shaped with swimming in mind. With their color block design, you can hardly tell the difference.
Pikante Intimo Boxer Brief ($24): Designed to provide support in the pouch and definition in the rear, these boxer briefs from Pikante’s Intimo collection are sure to keep everything in its right place as you step out of the water.
Photo Credits: Clever Moda, Papi, N2N, Calvin Klein Underwear, Pikante.