There are a variety of factors which make up good board shorts which make it hard to shop them on the web. Durability stands to mind as the first and foremost pre-requisite. The one thing which put me off Vilebrequin shorts was that the cotton mesh used to rip out of them by the end of an Australian summer leaving you with expensive shorts that were useless outside the water. Good board shorts need to function both as swim trunks and as something by which you get to go drink coffee in them and not lose your wallet through a trap door.
The next critical thing I look for is cut. I am not a fan of shorts that sit around the knees, preferring a mid thigh cut like the shorts made by Australian company Venroy, seen below. Then comes the colours and prints. Sometimes all you need is a strip and solid band. At other times it is the print you want to do all the talking, paired with a solid coloured t-shirt and perhaps some orange espadrilles and a panama hat.
Below I have selected two shorts I recommend for the forthcoming Australian summer. The first is by Mexican designer Pineda Covalin, a vibrant Mexican inspired print which will set you apart from the other blokes who didn't bother to search as much for a unique pair of shorts.
The second pair is what I think should be a staple in Australian men's swimwear, a pair of Venroy black shorts with navy band that will fade nicely in the harsh Australian sun. I have a good deal of experience wearing Venroy and they are both durable and functional, with a range of simple and elegant designs being offset by more contemporary designs which sit well with a modern Australian audience. They're shorts equally at home on the harbour as they are on our beaches and in our cafes.
|Mexican designer Pineda Covalin|
|Australian brand Venroy|