It's time to ditch the budgy smugglers.

If you're a regular beach-goer than you'll no doubt be spending most of the summer in a pair of board shorts. Brands like Billabong and Rip Curl were the go during my youth but with men's discerning poolside fashion on the rise there are a plethora of big-name labels producing top quality boardies that are not only lightweight and comfortable but look cool as fuck. 

From plain-coloured designs to elaborate nylon patterns the modern board short can be worn when chilling at the beach or paired with a collared shirt for a taste of respectability on an evening out at the beach bar. Here's our pick for five of the best board shorts that will have you looking the goods during the warmer months. 

Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Pilgrim Surf + Supple

Made in Japan from quick-drying nylon these board shorts from Pilgrim Surf + Supply are basic yet practical and suit any occasion. Featuring a white waistband that contrasts with the midnight blue colour scheme, these board shorts will look great with a striped tee and white sneakers. 

Onia

Onia

Hawaiian shirts are all the rage (check out our favourites here) so why not stay a step ahead of the competition and grab a pair of floral printed board shorts? These boardies from luxury swimwear company Onia come in a longer fit with multiple pockets to keep all your valuables secure when hitting the beach. 

Frescobol Carioca 

Freshcobol Carioca

Looking more like a pair of dress shorts than boardies these Copacabana Beach influenced board shorts from Frescobol Carioca are absolutely mint. The swirling mosaic design and subtle colouring is super stylish and the adjustable waist tabs ensure a perfect fit. Great for those looking to head to the pub after a day in the ocean.

Orlebar Brown

Orlebar Brown

If you want to stand out from the crowd than grab yourself some Orlebar Brown board shorts. The British swim short specialists tailor their boardies for water lovers, meaning they fit snuggly and never get waterlogged or saggy. They offer a great collection of board shorts featuring printed photographs, with this spectacular number sporting an epic wave shot by Neil Leifer in 1967 of surfers at Waimea Bay. Hang 10!

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Venroy

Venroy LIGHT BLUE ORANGE POSITANO

This list wouldn't be worth the digital page it's printed on without the inclusion of Sydney's own Venroy. Theo and Sean's swim shorts and their linen range have become Australian summer staples. Their designs are influenced by the places you want to wear them in and their prices are spot on. Check out the Venroy range here

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