Beach Essentials | The 5 Inch Board Short

Super long board shorts, you know, the ones that drape down to the middle of your calves really make no sense. You’ve been waiting all year for the weather to break 80 degrees just so you could hit the beach, but, you’ve decided to basically rock a pair of “man-pris” while you’re having fun in the sand. The short answer is DON’T DO IT! Hopefully you hit the gym through the winter and now it’s time to show some manly leg. Look around at the landscape of women sunning on the beach and you’ll notice that 90% of them are wearing two-piece bikinis/swim suits. Take your beach style cues from the ladies as in “less is more”.

 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.

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Bonobos Surfside Navy Lanai Floral Trunk

Navy Lanai Floral Surfside Board Short – Bonobos | Straw Panana Hat – H&M (get similar here) | Handmade beaded bracelet – Tobox Philly 


Florals are a huge trend in menswear this spring & summer, and of course they go hand-in-hand with swimwear. Giving off a tropical vibe, floral board shorts show that you have a big personality and enjoy the finer things in life (aka drinks on the beach). 

  • Floral shorts with a blue base are always a safe way to go, especially when the flowers are pink, green, yellow or white
  • The scale of the pattern is crucial. Opt for a floral short with large flowers that are spaced far apart. Remember you’re not a walking bouquet

Bonobos Surfside Navy Lanai Floral Trunk

Bonobos Surfside Navy Lanai Floral Trunk

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Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men’s Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the “5 Best Dressed Men In America” by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well.

Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

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