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Time to Take your Summertime Boardshorts to the Streets

Traditionally, after Labor Day, your beloved monogrammed swim shorts , bikinis and high-cut, hip-grazing one-pieces will be shelved for starched button-ups and air conditioner–appropriate cardigans. Welcome to the era of non-traditional, seasonless dressing. No more does the end of summer denote an end to wearing swimwear. If you’re looking to give your skivvies one last hurrah, or just want to make the most of your warm weather wardrobe, try stepping out in deliciously sleazy board shorts. They’re meant for sand-strewn slackers who don’t want to change into day clothes after an ocean swim. Think beer-guzzling frat boys, vacation-clad dads, and hacky sack enthusiasts. Given their reputation, breezy board shorts are far from appropriate for an après-beach cocktail party, but there is a chic way to wear them. First, select a standout style like Loewe ’s stripe print swimming shorts or Orlebar Brown’s bulldog pool house printed swim shorts . We’re especially hot on the euro-cut shorties and silk shirting by Thorstun . Once you have your trunks selected, the best way to elevate them is with a polished top. Try a standout blue button-down, a nubby sweater to beat the coastal chill, or for all of you tomboys out there, simply, a white sleeveless tank with frilly sleeves . A classic button front shirt by Moncler Gamme Bleu , a classic heavy terry sweatshirt by Fear of God , and poet sleeve blouse by Chloe , respectively, will swim laps around other tops. Want to go the extra lap? Swap out those flip-flops for graphic sneakers like Maison Margiela’s reflex hi-top sneakers , or or kitten-heel booties like Pierre Hardy’s Obi slingback pumps . So whether it’s an under the radar camouflage pair by Valentino for your husband to sport in a cabana during your next tropical retreat sans the kiddies, or a quaint classically color contrast turtle printed pair by Vilebrequin for your dad to wear to family BBQs, or for a borrow from the boys best Marcelo Burlon County of Milan Palm sunset Bermuda shorts are Blue Crush-worthy and tough enough for North Shore’s half pope and sexy enough to catch the eye of that guy wading out the waves with you. Here, see the best board shorts pairings to soak up the summer rays and the city sidewalks.