BLG-1521 What Are You (Really) Wearing 6.11

Board shorts or swim trunks? That is the question. Aside from inseam length, what exactly is the difference between these two menswear swim styles?

Board Shorts
This surf-inspired style was originally designed to have a longer inseam to help your skin avoid direct contact with the surfboard. These durable shorts are almost always unlined, but they feature a solid waistband with a lace-up tie closure. Board shorts are the best bet for thrill-seekers and those looking to really make waves at the beach.

Swim Trunks
With a hem that hits above the knee, this trim style really lets those thighs get some sun. A classic trunk always includes a mesh interior lining and an elasticized waist with tie drawstring for a little added security. If you want to make a splash, the swim trunk is a good pick for the pool.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

Want the lowdown on fabrics and more? Follow our What Are You (Really) Wearing? column every Tuesday.

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

June 11, 2013