Board shorts first hit the fashion scene when people began surfing. Since those times, they have remained a popular garment for both men and women at the beach. However, looking at the recent fashion trends, this garment, which was initially just beach wear, is finding it's feet amongst casual summer clothing. Now, you find men and women wearing board shorts during summers at cafes, malls, etc. The main reason behind their popularity, besides, of course, the vibrant patterns, designs, and colors they are available in, is the body coverage they provide. As these shorts, unlike bikini bottoms and other kinds of shorts, cover the thighs and the hips, this makes them very popular in the plus size clothing segment.
Often times it is seen that plus size women are very conscious of revealing their thighs at the beach. At the same time, they do not want to look outdated by wearing something which covers them from head to toe. This is where plus size board shorts step in. These shorts look sporty, are comfortable and provide appropriate coverage. They are ideal for a game of beach volleyball or any other water sports activity.
Style and Material
Board shorts are basically available in three lengths―short ones which end around mid-thigh, the most popular standard length ones which end just above the knee, and plus size ones which cover your knee as well as some portion of the lower leg as well. As for fabrics, if you are going in for the branded ones, the most common material used is microfiber polyester, which is soft, comfortable, durable, and dries very quickly. Although nylon ones are available too, they score low in terms of comfort. If you want the best, go in for those made from polyester and spandex. These are comfortable and provide much more flexibility and stretch as compared to others.
Board shorts are much more reliable and durable than regular swimming shorts due to the way they are stitched. The seams are sewn with two or three needle stitching. For closure, you can choose from buttons, Velcro, zippers, or drawstrings. There are some shorts which come with a combination such as buttons and drawstrings, or Velcro and drawstring, and hence, are even more reliable. On the other hand, swimming trunks and swimsuits, which usually have just an internal drawstring and a mesh liner, are comparatively less reliable. Another advantage is that they come with pockets. So, you can easily keep your ID or your vehicle keys in them while enjoying the sun, sand, and the sea!
Colors and Patterns
Board shorts are available in many refreshing lively colors and patterns. Classy black, bright red, aqua blue, sunny yellow, fiery orange, and natural green are some of the popular fashion color choices. As for the patterns, there are the floral prints which give a very tropical vibe. Then there are checkered and striped ones, shorts with stars and diamond designs, the ones with tribal patterns, the plain ones, the polka dot ones, etc. Plus size men and women should go in for darker colors and patterns with small designs, as these give a slimmer appearance.
These shorts are worn without an upper garment by men, although those with a flabby stomach can wear a loose T-shirt. As for women, these can be worn with some trendy tank tops, tankinis, T-shirts or the regular swimsuit. Board shorts look great on plus size people, making them feel comfortable and at ease with their bodies. Not to mention the classy, refreshing, and fun look they give to the wearer! This makes board shorts an essential for all plus size men and women, who want to enjoy the sunny summer weather, looking their best!