Swim shorts are the absolute summer wardrobe essential for guys, so don't allow an old worn-out pair to let your beachwear game down in 2018.

From budget trunks from your favourite High Street stores to luxury designer swim shorts guaranteed to last a minimum of 5 years, we've hunted down the hottest styles for this summer and beyond.

Read on to discover the best swim shorts for men in 2018 or use the quick links below to jump directly to each price range…

The 5 Best Swim Shorts Under £40

Topman Navy Swim ShirtsTopmanSlim Fit Swim Shorts£16SHOP NOW

Topman Navy Swim Shirts

These navy swim shorts by Topman will be one of the hardest working items in your holiday wardrobe. They'll go with every colour top apart from black and have the advantage of being understated enough to wear with a polo shirt for a stroll to the shops. An absolute snip at just £16.

Bjorn Borg Pink Cactus Print Swim ShortsBjorn BorgSylvester Cactus Swim Shorts£40SHOP NOW

Bjorn Borg Cactus Print Swim Shorts

Available in either navy or pink, these Bjorn Borg swim shorts feature a cool cactus print that's spot on trend for 2018. Wear with a plain tee and avoid pairing with other prints. Complete the look with a pair of sliders for poolside style points.

boohooMAN Khaki Mid-Length Swim ShortsboohooMANOlive Swim Shorts£14SHOP NOW

boohooMAN Mid-Length Swim Shorts

If you're a fan of streetwear styling, these boohooMAN swim shorts should be the perfect choice for the beach. Also available in blue or red, they come in at a mid-length just above the knee and have a contrast pocket for subtle detailing.

NICCE Yellow Sporty Swim ShortsNICCEYellow Swim Shorts£30SHOP NOW

NICCE Sporty Swim Shorts

If you're after a sportier look, these yellow NICCE swim trunks should fill the brief perfectly. With a large logo on the leg and in a slim fit cut, they'll help you to stand out from the beach crowd for all the right reasons. Wear yours with a white or grey vest and matching men's Havaianas.

River Island Aztec Print Swim ShortsRiver IslandGreen Aztec Print Swim Shorts£18SHOP NOW

River Island Aztec Print Swim Shorts

The Aztec print has been on trend for the last 18 months and shows no signs of slowing up. Work the trend into your summer wardrobe with these men's short swim trunks by high street favourite River Island. Cut to a shorter leg style for maximum tanning coverage, they're the perfect pair for a summer holiday in the sun.

The 5 Best Swim Shorts Under £70

Lacoste Colorblock Swim ShortsLacosteColorblock Taffeta Swimming Trunks£60SHOP NOW

Lacoste Colorblock Swim Shorts

Colourblocking can be a hard men's swimwear trend to pull off, but luckily this year Lacoste has come to the rescue with a more subtle way to work the trend. Featuring wide stripes and the iconic croc logo, these Lacoste men's swim shorts are set to be a big hit this summer so snap yours up before they're sold out.

 Ted Baker Red Geometric Swim ShortsTed BakerCaven Geometric Swim Shorts£55SHOP NOW

Ted Baker Geometric Swim Shorts

These Ted Baker swim shorts are also available in blue and showcase the geometric style print at its best. Wear yours with a light blue polo shirt and complete the look with a pair of Wayfarers for timeless style points year after year. 

Tommy Hilfiger Flag Swim ShortsTommy HilfigerCore Flag Shorts£60SHOP NOW

Tommy Hilfiger Flag Swim Shorts

Oversized logos have been a big hit in sportswear and the preppy American brand has nailed the look with these Tommy Hilfiger swim shorts. Showcasing the brands signature flag design, there's nothing subtle about these swim trunks and for Americana style points you won't find better.

Hugo Boss Pink Short Swim ShortsHugo BossPlain Swim Shorts£52SHOP NOW

Hugo Boss Short Swim Shorts

Pastel hues look great against a tan and these short Hugo Boss swim trunks in pink are our go-to style for summer 2018. Made from quick drying fabric to get you from the pool to the bar in the shortest time possible, they feature an embroidered logo on the thigh to keep the look as clean as possible.

Ralph Lauren Blue Gingham Swim ShortsRalph LaurenBlue Gingham Swim Shorts£69SHOP NOW

Ralph Lauren Gingham Swim Shorts

Gingham has been the surprise hit of spring 2018, overtaking larger check patterns to become the fabric pattern to be seen in. These blue gingham swim shorts from the Ralph Lauren men's swimwear collection feature just one pocket at the front rather than the more traditional two, helping you to take your poolside style to the next level. 

The 5 Best Luxury Swim Shorts

Vilebrequin Embroidered Swim ShortsVilebrequinMoorea Mid-Length Swim Shorts£185SHOP NOW

Vilebrequin Embroidered Swim Shorts

As more designers experiment with embroidery as an alternative to prints, it's started to slowly trickle down to swimwear trends. These swim shorts by the luxury ready to wear swimwear brand Vilebrequin show just how well it can work. With a golden Dachshund embroidered on the left thigh, they're guaranteed to turn heads at the beach for all the right reasons.

Paul Smith Striped Swim ShortsPaul SmithMultistripe Swim Shorts£95SHOP NOW

Paul Smith Striped Swim Shorts

These striped Paul Smith swim trunks are about as colourful as you can get for 2018 without going over the top. Adorned with the designer's signature multicolour stripes, they're crafted from recycled material so you can also feel you're doing your bit for the environment while wearing them.

Thorsun Pescado Print Swim ShortsThorsunPescado Print Swim Shorts£205SHOP NOW

Thorsun Pescado Print Swim Shorts

Featuring an abstract fish pattern, these Thorsun swim shorts are the perfect match for your tropical beach adventures. Cut to the brand's Titan fit for improved movement both in and out of the water, they also have a concealed zip fastening to make sure they stay securely on while you're trying to impress on your way back to the shore.   

Orlebar Brown Pool Down Mid-Length Swim ShortsOrlebar BrownPool Down Swim Shorts£315SHOP NOW

Orlebar Brown Mid-Length Swim Shorts

Orlebar Brown has become renowned for its range of exclusive photographic print swimwear. These pool down tailored swim shorts are our favourite for 2018, showing a 1970 photo of guests relaxing by the pool at Albin Holder's home in Florida. With side-fasteners for adjusting for the perfect fit every time and in a quick drying fabric, they're an iconic blend of practicality and style. There's also a 5 year guarantee included, covering extreme colour loss and any stitching coming away at the seams.

Retromarine Tile Print Swim ShortsRetromarineVintage Tile Print Swim Shorts£140SHOP NOW

Retromarine Tile Print Swim Shorts

These tile print swim shorts by Retromarine showcase the latest in fabric technology, crafted from material with SPF 50 protection to prevent the colour fading in the sun. This means they should last you quite a few holidays in the sun, which you’d hope so at the price. Just add a tailored tee and flip flops to complete the look.