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An absolute must-have for surviving the heat in tropical climates, swim shorts and board shorts are an essential addition to your summer wardrobe. These shorts are fashionable and incredibly versatile, allowing you to take a dip in the ocean and then head straight to the beach bar for drinks with your buddies. Explore the key differences between men’s board shorts and swim shorts, along with some helpful tips to elevate your summer or vacation style game.

Swim shorts vs board shorts

The main difference between men’s swim shorts and board shorts is that board shorts are usually a bit longer. Board shorts are generally cut off at about knee level, whereas the hemline of swim shorts tends to be mid-thigh. Board shorts were originally designed for surfers to protect their thighs from the wax on their surfboards – hence the term ‘board’ shorts. Board shorts also have a tighter waistband that’s secured with a Velcro fly and string tie. This is to keep your shorts in place while you’re out surfing.

Some styles of board shorts and swim shorts also feature a Velcro pocket that can be used to store small items, such as keys. Board shorts also tend to have a baggy fit to allow room for movement.

What to wear under board shorts

Whether you want to wear Speedos under your board shorts or swim shorts is up to you. Some come with an inbuilt mesh to keep everything contained, so there’s no need to wear swimmers underneath. However, if you’re planning to surf or swim in the ocean, you might need a little bit of extra support. Browse our range of men’s swimwear to find Speedos and swim boxers in your size.

How to rock swim shorts as casual wear

There’s nothing wrong with wearing your swim shorts or board shorts like a normal pair of casual shorts. Paired with a stylish t-shirt, some sandals and sunglasses, your swim shorts can take you to beaches, barbecues, bars and beyond.

Browse our full range of men’s clothing to find your next summer holiday ensemble.

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