Boys have had to way too easy for far too long. Back in the day, it was either budgie smugglers or a pair of knee-covering boardies. Not exactly a hard choice. The only problem is that no matter how many boardies you owned, they all produced the same look. A bit like Zoolander with his Blue Steel, Le Tigre, Ferrari and our personal favourite Magnum. But that was before Aussie label Franks hit the scene and before you had options. Now you can kick around at the beach wearing a short leg or mid leg alternative in a variety of colours and hand-drawn prints. Oh, and they work really well with that low-cut v-neck tee your mates love to give you crap about.

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  • October 5, 2010

    Clint @ Crude Fitness

    The first pair in blue look alright — maybe i’ll invest in some ‘shorter’ swim attire this summer.
    My current blue-steel look is certainly getting old.

    • October 13, 2010


      I have heard that once you short short, you never go back. Insight have some nice ones that sit just about the knee – a good transitional length.

  • October 11, 2010


    Super cute shorts, and about time. Long shorts on short boys was very unfair.

    • October 13, 2010


      You are so right! My boyfriend got some super short ones from Argentina that I can’t wait to see on – hehe.