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Still think men’s swim briefs and square-cut trunks show a little too much skin? We can’t argue with you. The high cut legs already show off a lot of thigh. And then on top of that, most of them are designed with super low-rise waists. This gives both swim briefs and square-cuts a narrow shape that’s just enough to cover your bare necessities. But when it comes to men’s swim shorts, underwear brands aren’t always about underwear-level coverage.
The seven swim shorts modeled by James Pianka below are what many men would simply call “swim trunks.” Most pairs stop around the middle of James’ thighs and, because of that, have a more relaxed fit. Think of his swim shorts as less scandalous alternatives to swim briefs and square-cut trunks. Instead of fitting like a second skin, they fit like a flattering pair of shorts. But that doesn’t mean James’ swim trunks are without a sense of style, or that he doesn’t look sexy in them.
By stopping mid thigh, James’ swim shorts are able to keep their laid back attitude and show an ample amount of skin without looking sexed up for the beach. It’s a modest amount of coverage, yet one that stays fashionably narrow without ever registering as something revealing. They’re still form-fitting, just enough to be flattering – especially when compared to the baggy swim shorts most other guys will be wearing. A fit that stays closer to your skin is also better for moving in the water.
Each swim trunk James models is more casual than most swim briefs or square-cut trunks, and not just because of its unassuming cut. A relaxed fit and solid designs give his pairs a more easy-breezy attitude that looks right at home at the beach, not necessarily flashy, but still worth showing off. James also models two square-cut trunks in the exclusive Jerrad Matthew photoshoot below. These pairs make it into the shoot, because they fit just a little looser than the average square-cut. So if you’ve been looking for a swimwear upgrade, they may be worth your consideration as well.
Are your swim trunk in need of an upgrade? Which of the swim shorts modeled by James Pianka would you look the best in? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.
Photo Credit: Jerrad Matthew Exclusively for The Underwear Expert
Model: James Pianka Exclusively for The Underwear Expert
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