A gaudy floral print on swimming shorts is never a good look. Vivid colours may clash with sunburnt skin so opt instead for something more tasteful and restrained.
This pair of swim shorts has a Mediterranean connection – it's named after the island of Corsica and the bright coral colour conjures images of summer sun.
This Paris-based clothing company is a well-kept secret. Make a splash in these tastefully cut blue swimmers. The tiny floral design gives them a sophisticated edge.
4. APC + Tooshie
Tooshie has become a byword for flattering swimwear. This black pair is part of a collection created in collaboration with French label APC. Classic, unflashy style.
5. Marc by Marc Jacobs
The leg of these is cut high but they are cool and understated. Has two side slant pockets and a small button pocket to keep your locker key in.
This pair of two-tone swim shorts has a 1970s feel to it and the cream piping is a nice retro touch too. These shorts are smart enough to double up as a casual day look.
This pair from Nautica in the classic block colours of red and white has the obligatory mesh-lined brief and elasticated waist. They're embroidered with the brand logo.
The go-to brand for urbane beach wear that travels from poolside to bar. This black pair is given a playful makeover with this purple skull print.
9. Polo Ralph Lauren
The Ralph Lauren label epitomises moneyed, preppy East Coast style, so it should come as no surprise that these Polo swim shorts feel like the softest cotton.
The summer's ubiquitous Hawaiian print may be a little too colourful for some, making this blue tone-on-tone print from Asos easier on the eye.