Most guys won’t admit it, but rocking long board shorts is more of a security blanket. Remember there’s no better way to gain some confidence on the beach than rocking a well-tailored board short that shows off those legs you’ve worked so hard to sculpt. You don’t want to look like the guy that forgot to bring swim trunks and had to borrow a pair of basketball shorts from his buddy. For guys ranging in height from 5’6′ to 6’2, a board short with a 5 inch inseam will hit you just below, or right at, mid-thigh. This might be the first time that your quads see some sun but trust me, people will notice you for all the right reasons.
This post features three pair of 5 inch (inseam) Surfside Board Shorts from Bonobos.
No matter if you’re at the beach, a rooftop pool party or the local YMCA, there will probably be a life guard on duty. If that lifeguard is a guy, you’ll notice that his shorts also hit him mid-thigh and there’s a practical reason for that length. With a shorter inseam your range of motion increases, making it easier to swim, run or (in the case of a party emergency) dance like your life depends on it.
A geometric pattern adds some personality to your trunks and can serve as your plumage (if you’re peacocking on the beach looking to attract a mate). Here are some tips to rocking geometric board shorts:
- Know what colors work well for your skin tone. Since more of your skin is exposed than normal, you’ll want find shorts that are complementary. When in doubt, navy, white and gradients of green work well on most skin tones.
- Only opt for a 5 or 7 inch inseam when wearing geometric pattern. Remember, longer the shorts mean more fabric. With more fabric there will be more geometric pattern that could be overwhelming. You don’t want to make anyone seasick while checking out your trunks.
- With a flat waistband, board shorts are flattering on all body types, as opposed to draw string shorts that cinch the waist (man muffin top is not a good look)
- These trunks are cut like your everyday short, so you can easily throw on a white tank and head over straight from the sand to the nearest beach bar when it’s time for happy hour