How To Pick The Best Board Shorts For Your Body Shape This Summer

by | Dec 18, 2023 | Style

Tall or short, thin or big, there’s no reason you can’t look great at the beach, just make sure you get the fit right. Whether you need to buy a present for your mate or you want to be the freshest guy poolside and at the beach, this is your guide to getting the right board shorts for your body shape.

The 12 Best Board Shorts For Your Body Shape

Tall Guys

Rule: Try swim shorts that hit right above the knee. This will give your body some proportion and even your height. These are our top 3 picks for tall guys in summer 2023/2024:

Make a splash in these tropical swim shorts featuring a graphic print, elasticated waistband and drawstring. Keep it cool when you pair these shorts with a vest and slops!

Shorts built with versatility in mind. The next chapter of adidas Basketball is an exploration in form, function and colour. A curated collection, built to fit the needs of the modern athlete.

For the conservative and tall man: With a slightly longer leg, our longs are approximately 5cm longer than our original shorts. All our shorts have the standard elastic waistband and drawstring.

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Big Guys

Rule: Opt for something solid, darker colours will help you streamline your silhouette. These are our top 3 picks for big guys in summer 2023/2024:

The Lo Tides boardshorts feature Recycler 4-way stretch fabric/tech, a high-performance material made from recycled PET plastic bottles, offering the perfect combination of performance and comfort.

The world’s coral reefs are fragile and endangered. These adidas swim briefs are part of a global movement to preserve and protect them. Inspired by Japanese diving culture.

Chill out this season with the Hi-Tec Men’s Basic Swim Shorts. Stay stylish at the poolside or play beach volleyball in a look designed for all that summer has to offer. 

Short Guys

Rule: Invest in a pair that hits around the mid-thigh area and gives the illusion of longer legs. These are our top 3 picks for short guys in summer 2023/2024:

Make a splash in these bold swim shorts featuring a swirl design, elasticated waistband, drawstring and side entry pockets. Keep it cool when you pair these shorts with a vest and slops!

The Performance boardshorts boast Recycler 4-way stretch fabric/tech, a high-performance material made from recycled PET plastic bottles, ensuring the perfect blend of performance and comfort.

The Performance walk shorts, designed for optimal functionality, feature a 4-way stretch blend for enhanced flexibility. With a regular fit and a short length boasting a 17″ outseam.

Slim Guys

Rule: If you want to look a little bigger, a bold print or colour will add some bulk to your frame. These are our top 3 picks for slim guys in summer 2023/2024:

The Boardshort, crafted with sustainability in mind, features a 4-way stretch fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton, complemented by a plant-based hydrophobic coating. With an 18″ outseam and mid-length design, it offers a Performance Scallop Fit.

Introducing Performance Boardshorts, designed with a 4-way stretch fabric/tech for the perfect fusion of performance and comfort. With an 18″ outseam and a short length, these boardshorts feature a Performance fit and a fixed waist for a secure feel.

For the conservative and slim guy: With a slightly longer leg, our longs are approximately 5cm longer than our original shorts. All our shorts have the standard elastic waistband, drawstring, side pockets, and a back jet pocket.

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