The Best Board Shorts to Wear This Summer

Beach days are in full swing, and if you’ve been wearing the same board shorts every beach trip since last summer (or maybe even the ten before), it might be time to add a new pair or two into the rotation.

While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to your favourites, you can do better than a run-down, saggy pair of boardshorts… that end up see-through after a dip in the sea.

With these options, you can easily transition from your early morning coffee run, to a midday swim with no effort at all. Everything in the list below not only looks good, but also comes with some practical detailing  — from pockets, to drawstring waists.

Here are the best choices in board shotts for the upcoming summer days ahead. 

Boardies Apparel Overalay Mint Mid Swim Short, $89.95

With a light blue colour and cheeky palm tree print, these boardshorts are reminiscent of early ‘90s colour-blocking. 


overlay mint shorts
David Jones

Vacay Swimwear The Hamptons Swim Shorts, $79.99

If you’re into something a little more classic, Vacay Swimwear has you covered with this simple striped pair. Add a plain white tee and a pair of trainers, and you’ll be ready to go from coastal walk to dipping in for a swim.

striped shorts
The Iconic

Swell Crook Mens Short, $49.99

This apricot and white combo from Swell is understatedly cool. Better yet, it’s kind of reminiscent of a peach Weiss bar. There’s also a hip and back pocket, which is always a bonus if you’re bringing your keys or phone along with you just don’t forget before you jump in the water.


swell board shorts
Surf Stitch

Rhythm Ceylon Men’s Board Short, $79.99

If you’re looking for something a little new to try on this summer, this pair is the perfect option. While the muted colours aren’t too flashy, the unique print pulls the look together in a way that is stylish without trying too hard. 

printed board shorts
Surf Stitch

Academy Brand Alex Men’s Beach Short, $69.95

This retro-inspired floral print will make sure you stand out. With an elastic waist drawcord and side and back pockets, this pair has everything you like out of reliable boardies.

academy board shorts
Surf Stitch