17 of the hottest boardshorts for men this summer

Ignore what's happening outside the window. Summer is definitely here, albeit a little late on the sunshine part.

Getting into the swing – or swim, as the case may be – of the season shouldn't be an excuse to bust out those faded, ill-fitting favourites you've been wearing since 2014.

Boardies have evolved. Thankfully, otherwise we might all still be swimming shorts that went so below the knee they may as well just be pants.

Get shorty

It's no secret that boardies have been regressing back to an era when they were both easier to swim in and more comfortable to wear in general.

"We see the best performance in slightly-above-the-knee options," says Sam Lobhan, Buying Manager and men's style hub Mr Porter. "Perhaps because this style is actually more flattering and in keeping with the broader trend of health and fitness."

And luxury brands are definitely pushing for an increasingly shorter leg – a nod to surf culture's ascendency during the '60s.

Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and newcomer on the scene Katama have avidly embraced this retro cut, albeit putting their own identity into the silhouette: Prada with a sport-like utilitarianism, Dolce rich with print and Katama with all the squeaky clean minimalism of an Ivy League rowing team.

Graphic content ahead

Jodhi Meares, founder of athleisure label The Upside, suggests that 2018 will be the summer men should embrace more graphic styles.

"Guys are getting more and more adventurous when it comes to print," says Meares. "Which is something we do love to see. While black shorts are always going to be a best-seller, already this season we've seen our guys going bolder with our yellow and turquoise based prints."


Whether this be Orlebar Brown's DIY photographic shorts, Vilebrequin's album covers or even The Upside's own south-of-the-border inspired prints, the general gist is the louder the better.


As a reformed child of the '90s, one of the best things about the latest trend in trunks is their versatility. Try getting into a half-decent pub in an old-school pair of Quiksilvers dropping down past your shins.

Nowadays, designs are multi-functional. What works in the water can just as easily be teamed up with a linen shirt and your favourite summer footwear (no thongs, never thongs) to set you up for an afternoon session of IPAs with your mates on some rooftop bar.

Ralph Lauren's vibrant pink might not be for everyone, but their preppy simplicity is perfect for this kind of multi-tasking.

So unless you're desperately trying to make long boardies a thing again, check out the gallery up top to see the best shorts to keep you cool this summer.