By MH Staff - Posted on 2nd October 2013
Got your sunglasses? Your SPF? Your board, boardies, hat and towel?
1 Wear The Right Thing
It’s pretty simple: wear gym shorts to the gym, and wear beach shorts to the beach. Boardshorts are designed to stay put and dry quickly – and make them colourful, it’ll help you stand out from the crowd.
From left to right
Neck chain R120 Icon Brand at South to South
Leather armbands R120 Icon Brand at South to South
Beach towel R299 Billabong
Mirage aggrollite boardshorts R899 Rip Curl at Sport ‘n Surf
Raw edge tank top R189.95 Silent Theory at Stuttafords
Phantom boardshorts R1 499 Hurley
Wayfarer sunglasses R1 550 Diesel at Moscon Optics
Neon trim bikini R699 Peruquita
Reflective sunglasses R2 590 Dolce & Gabbana at Sunglass Hut
Landlock backpack R599 Nixon
Guess rubber strap watch R1 495 S. Bacher & Co.
Hyperfreak boardshorts R799 O’Neill
Spider surfboard R3 699 Real Surf at Sport ‘n Surf
Diving suit R2 099 Billabong
2 Buy Shorts That Fit You
Buy shorts that fit you. Banana hammocks are great for Olympic athletes; not so much for guys who just want to chillax in the sun. Make sure your swimming shorts are roomy enough for a swim and a game of volleyball, but short enough for your legs to catch some sun (just don’t forget the SPF, back and front). Opt for a slightly looser fit and a waistband that can be tied. Elastic waistbands aren’t flattering and they tend to get whipped off and out to sea by strong waves.
Cotton shirt R1 499 Scotch and Soda at Infinite 60
Neckband R129 Icon Brand at South to South
Rope armband R50 Mr Price
Poloce leather strap watch R995 Edgars
Striped swimming shorts R599 Octane at The Lot
3 Walk It Off
Sure, you plan to laze about on the beach or at the pool. But – between swimming, running and generally moving around – you’re also going to do a fair amount of moving around. So don’t forget to factor comfort into your choice of summer shorts.
Palm printed boardshorts R399 Country Road
Mesh Espadrilles R120 Shoe City
Chunky watchR1299 Jetset at JP Time
Striped shirt R1800 Replay
Xavier canvas boardshorts R700 Blackseal at Stuttafords
Boat shoes R700 Tsonga
4 Gear Up
Smart accessories will bring some personality to even the most basic look (and, let’s face it: you don’t get more basic than a pair of boardies). Summer is the one season when you can get away with wearing bright framed sunglasses and polarised lenses. Add a hat, it’s is a cool style statement and also save your scalp from sunburn.
Canvas trilby hat R130 Old Khaki
Vintage sunglasses R1 100 Nike at Just Eyewear
Beads R1399 Thomas Sabo
Police rubber strap watch R995 Edgars
Beach towel R400 Von Zipper
Floral swimming shorts R350 Craig Port at YDE
5 Go For Bright Colours... But Not Too Many
Pick from simple, summery colours like red, white and blue and if you’re wearing striped shorts, wear a solid-colour top.
Printed vest R199.95 Von Zipper
Nautica Chrono watch R1 950 S. Bacher & Co.
Striped swimming shorts R80 Mr Price
Striped T-shirt R399.95 Witchery
Swimming shorts R300 Jeep
Nautica Luminous watch R1 195 S. Bacher & Co.
6 Go Bold
It’s summer… so embrace bright colours. Wear patterns and prints, but make sure you offset them with something simple. If your shorts are loud and proud, wear a simple, colour-blocked top (or vice versa).
Leather necklace R699 Diesel
Neck chain R120 Icon Brand at Sportscene
Glitch boardshorts R720 Speedo
Neon crop top R399 Sissy Boy
Black bikini bottoms R599 Guess
Holbrook tortoiseshell sunglasses R1300 Oakley
Slap watch R300 Naf Naf Sandton
Tech boardshorts R299 Woolworths
Beach bag R995 Re-Sails
7 Dress For The Post-Beach Party
Dress for the post-beach festivities. Summer days invariably turn into summer nights and your beachwear needs to be able to handle the transition from beach to bar without requiring a complete change of clothes. Wear shorts that end just above your knee, with a good (but not too baggy!) fit and side pockets.
From left to right
tailored shorts R650 Wichery
Striped duffel bag R599 Supremebeing
Jackson sports watch R2450 Tommy Hilfiger at S.Bacher & Co.
Rope armband R120 Icon Brand at Sportscene
Mesh espadrilles R380 Soviet
Tortoiseshell sunglasses R1899 at Moscon Optics
Chambray shirt R899 Levis
Grosgain strap watch R1550
Boss Orange at Sterns chino shorts R1099
Glyde espadrilles R799 Puma
8 Don't Fight Your Body Type
Use these simple tips to make your clothes suit your body
SHORT: Here’s a trick for men under 1.72m: keep the length of your shorts above the knee to make your legs look longer. Remember: the longer your shorts, the shorter you look.
TALL: If you have the altitude to play goalkeeper for Chiefs, reverse the short guy’s strategy: even out your proportions with longer shorts that hit at the top or bottom of the knee. We like horizontal stripes.
SLIM: No need to feel self-conscious if you're a skinny guy. Fill out your profile with more volume in the suit. Bold patterns and color blocking (pairing prominent solids) add substance to your size.
HEAVY: Big okes, we’ve got you covered too. For a flattering look, try a classic fit, neither baggy nor skin-tight. Also: darker colours, denser print patterns and vertical stripes will help make you appear leaner.
9 Bonus Beach Bum
The reason why you need to put effort into your beach attire? Girls like Melinda Bam. Excuse us. Melinda, BAM!