Now that the sun is increasingly making its presence felt and passports are being dusted off in preparation for trips across the world, sartorial concerns turn to the matter of looking cool in the heat. Let this week's Menswear Diaries guide you through swim style, from beach to bar.

A good pair of swim shorts should be many things. First and foremost they should be flattering – something which is surprisingly hard to achieve. As a general rule of thumb go for swim shorts that sit mid-thigh and ones which are neither excessively tight or excessively baggy.

Secondly, the very best swim shorts should be able to seamlessly blend into your daywear for those moments out of the water whether at bar or on the go.

And, just as importantly, they should feel of the moment, embracing emerging colours, prints and patterns to reflect swimwear's evolving aesthetics.

Below we’ve suggested some of our favourite versatile ways to wear swim shorts as part of a stylish outfit. We’ve championed some of our favourite trends for SS14 (namely Cuban collar shirts and Terry towelling) to ensure that wherever you may find yourself this summer, your poolside style is impeccable.

Williamsberg shirt, Culross hand finished tasssel loafers, Hines leather weekend holdall

For more swim style, view our Poolside Perfection fashion feature here.