Suit Yourself

4.30.2011

By Out.com Editors

Looking for the perfect swimming attire for summer 2011? These helpful hints will guarantee you look your best on the sand and in the surf.

Rule #1
If You've Got It, Flaunt It
Did we really need to tell you that? Men who are blessed with a solid physique should absolutely choose the classic swim-brief or retro square-cut brief. We'll salute you.

Rule #2
Know Your Whites
If you're one of those lucky fellows blessed with naturally olive skin or already happen to have a great tan, a white swimsuit is the way to go. Bold, yes -- but it's also crisp, clean, forever chic, and totally classic.

Rule #3
Color Me Good
If white makes you feel a little too, er, exposed, no worries: Simply go with vibrant pop colors like banana yellow, magenta or aqua. Remember: summer is the time of year to have fun and play with color, so don't be afraid to be frisky and flirty!

Rule #4
Keep It Short
If you're on the fence about your shape, opt for a mid-thigh short with a slimmer cut. These shorts feel very retro and sporty, and manage to look great on practically every body type. But don't let the shorts go past your knees -- nobody looks good in oversized board shorts, and it's time we retire them for good. If you haven't made it to the gym in a while, don't let it all hang out. A little mystery is always nice.

Rule #5
Forget the Fine Print
This year, it's good to stay away from floral or paisley prints. Such a bold statement requires quite a bit of bravery, and honestly, there aren't a lot of people who can pull it off. However, a great plaid that feels vintage always does the trick, and it's super-sexy to boot. Also: You can never go wrong with a simple stripe.

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