Straat Picks: 8 Swim Shorts for the Shy Guy

It’s getting hot out here, but there’s just one problem – you’re anti-Speedo. So what on earth do you wear to the pool then? Here are 8 swim shorts for the shy guy.

By Vincent Teoh 

Bluemint Arthur Swim Shorts


You want a pair of swim shorts that takes you from the pool to a party. Not only will these help you beat the heat, wearing them could also be a confidence boost – it shows you’re comfortable wearing fully floral-printed pants. The Arthur shorts features an elastic waistband (roomy enough for when you’ve downed one too many beers at the poolside bar) and net lining to prevent your jewels from falling out. Retails at Bluemint for S$146.

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Orlebar Brown Setter Swim Shorts


When you’re wearing swim shorts, you’re close to being naked. You don’t want a pair of knee-length swim shorts that’ll make you look short and pudgy. The Orlebar Brown Setter Swim Shorts in navy comes highly recommended. Its length creates the illusion of height without exposing to much. Retails at MR PORTER for S$290.

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Saturday Surf Mineral Print Trunk


If you’re not so big on bright colors but don’t mind hints of subtle design on your swimwear, the Saturday Surf Mineral Print Trunk is for you. Made by NYC surf brand Saturdays Surf, the 100% nylon shorts are double lined, draw string closed with a single back button snap pocket. Retails at Need Supply for S$94.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Leopard Print Swim Shorts 


Love them or hate them, the leopard print is here to stay. Thankfully, Marc Jacobs has done a wonderful job at keeping the prints on this pair of shorts subtle enough. Retails at SSENSE for S$201 with Free Shipping!

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Battenwear Nylon Board Shorts


These Battenwear board shorts were made to take a beating during the harshest of sessions on the waves. Made of 100% oxford nylon in Navy, the shorts have a double needle stitching for extra durability. Additional details include a Velcro fly, drawn string closure and an elastic cord in the snap closure back pocket to store your keys. The shorts are marked with three stripes on the left leg to mark the third year of Batten Sportswear. Retails at Decade Shop for S$215.

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OUTLIER New Way Shorts


These New Way shorts by New York based technical apparel specialist OUTLIER puts every pair of shorts you currently own to shame. Though not a full-fledged swim short, these New Way shorts were designed with water-ready details including flow through pockets and a draw string waist. Diving deeper into the details, the shorts were made with 200gsm F. Cloth built around air texturized, Cordura grade nylon yarns with a substantive two-way stretch. Retails at the OUTLIER store for S$151.

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NEFF The Songbirds Shorts


Not as shy as the next shy guy? Go for something like this Songbird shorts by NEFF. Featuring an all-over songbird print contrasted against a black background, these surf shorts will definitely turn a few heads at the beach. Tip: Keep the top plain whenever you’re wearing a print heavy bottom. Retails at Karmaloop for S$50 – Get $10 OFF when you sign up for’s E-List!

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Rip Curl Mirage Free Reign 18” Board Shorts


Contrary to popular belief, horizontal stripes do not always make you look fat. In fact, you can play with proportions by mixing up the lines with bold colour blocks. So give the Rip Curl Free Reign board short above a shot. Retails at Zalora for S$80 – Here’s a 15% Off For Spring voucher you can use!

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