Board shorts might not be our first pick when it comes to summer swimwear, but that's mostly because, like cargo pants, they've been given a bad reputation by the too big, too slouchy, too bland styles beloved by teenage boys and grown men across this great country. Go for a more elevated pattern or color and buy them so they sit firmly around your hips and stop right at or above your knees—for most guys that means a 17" or 18" outseam—and we're totally (ahem) on board. If you're used to wearing the big, baggy, mesh-lined kind these slim-cut trunks might feel odd at first but trust us, they're infinitely more flattering and cooler too.
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