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Our neighbors south of the equator know that when it comes to enjoying the ocean waves, skin is in. So why has it taken us so long to catch on? If you're still loath to lose that extra fabric between your upper thigh and knee because of nagging insecurities, don't be. With their bold shades and prints, this summer's coolest swim briefs (see: Diesel, 2xist, and Charlie by Matthew Zink) are fashionable and sexy enough to give you that needed boost of confidence. Besides, what are all those squats and SoulCycle classes for if not to show off your best assets?
From left: Swim briefs by Charlie by Matthew Zink, $155; 2xist, $60; Sunglasses by Westward Leaning, price available upon request.
Photography by Quintin & Ron. Market Editor: Michael Cook. Fashion Assistants: Manolo Morales and Tommy Jefferson. Groomer: Andrew Fitzsimons for Artists by Timothy Priano. Models: Taylor Terry and Rafael Perez Aa Request Model Management.