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Make a splash with cool and comfortable shorts

Say no to itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny trunks this summer and sport some stylish swimwear instead, says Katie Wright

Cranchor print swim shorts, £17 (were £35), White Stuff
Cranchor print swim shorts, £17 (were £35), White Stuff
Green surfer print swim shorts, £10, Tu at Sainsbury’s
Lemon stripe print swim shorts, £9.80 (were £14), Burton
Neon pink prolific swim shorts, £16, River Island
Quick dry palm tree print swim shorts, £12 (were £17.50), M&S
Sunblast green beach volley swim shorts, £29.99, Superdry
Linear leaf print swim shorts, £39, Crew Clothing
Highline division pro 19 board shorts, £80, Quiksilver

By Katie Wright

Summer is officially here, which means it's time to strip down to your swimmers, whether you're off to the seaside or chilling in the back garden (when the weather allows).

For guys who are looking to update their swimwear wardrobe, we've got one piece of advice: Say no to Speedos.

We've got nothing against the famous sportswear brand, of course. To be clear, we're talking about 'budgie smuggler' briefs, the uber-tight Lycra kind that leave very little to the imagination.

Those terrifyingly clingy trunks are great if you're doing laps at the local pool, but for splashing about on the beach? Do yourself (and everyone around you) a favour and pack a pair of cool and comfy board shorts instead.

Or several - with lots of sub-£20 steals in the shops at the moment, you can afford to stock up.

What's on-trend right now? We're seeing lots of neon hues and bright block colours with sporty side stripes, perfect for surfer dudes (even if you won't actually be catching any waves).

Tropical and animal prints are popular too - but we're talking a smattering of little flamingos or palm leaves rather than loud, garish designs.

From bargain buys to premium pieces, here's our pick of the summer's best board shorts...

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