On the hunt for the perfect pair of shorts for surfing, sunning or simply sipping a cold one by the pool? In the world of men’s swimwear, you’ve got two great options — board shorts and swim trunks. But which one is right for your style of sunning? It depends on how you like to spend your day and what you want to get out of your shorts.
In this guide, we’ll go over the key differences between these two summertime staples to help you decide which ones to pick and which ones to pack.
Like their name suggests, board shorts are a staple of surf culture. The first pair was created by an Oahu couple who sewed low-slung, pocketed shorts designed for field workers. Thanks to their easy-breezy comfort and practicality, local surfers eventually lined up in droves to buy a pair from the couple. In 1961, Elvis wore a pair in Blue Hawaii, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Typically made of quick-dry material, board shorts are longer than standard swim trunks to help prevent surf wax from coming into contact with the skin and to add extra protection against surf rash. They often feature a Velcro fly as well as a tie-front opening to help prevent them from coming undone when getting tossed about by waves. Surfers may rock them with rash guards for extra protection.
Swim trunks are also designed for more casual wear around the water. They’re made from quick-drying materials and may have inner mesh lining for comfort. A staple in men’s and boys’ swimwear, swim trunks are typically shorter than board shorts, but they come in a variety of different lengths. They often have a drawstring waist and may feature a side or back pockets. Both board shorts and swim trunks come in a huge array of prints, patterns and styles.
Choosing between swim trunks and board shorts is a matter of preference and need. If you’re all about surfing and want extra protection, board shorts may be the best choice. If style and versatility are the main concern, go with some tried-and-true trunks. The truth is that most guys will want to have a pair of each in their suitcase so they’re ready for anything — intense waves for surfing or intense chilling at the bar.
Whether you’re looking for a pair of Island inspired men’s swim trunks or a longer pair to give you surf vibes, Le Club is your source for the best suits around. Explore our complete collection to find a style, length, color or pattern that fits you perfectly.