This season’s The White Lotus might be about many things – the politics of sex and relationships, intersections of wealth, gender and cultural traditions – but it’s also, unlike its predecessor, a masterclass in resort wear. Cameron, you’re an arse, but I also want half your wardrobe. And as summer bears down upon us, no better time than the present to ask “What would I wear to the White Lotus? And will I live to the end?”

More practically, after what feels like a prolonged hiatus, summer – with actual beach-worthy weather – has arrived. Of course, you COULD dust off the old swimwear that got you through the last four or five seasons.

Or you could invest in a pair that speaks to today’s style demands – relaxed of fit, made with premium materials, and as a rule of thumb no longer than your mid-thigh.

Considering what we’ve been through to get to this point – fires, lockdowns, more lockdowns and a once-in-a-lifetime storm event that lasted three months – why not treat yourself to a fresh investment?

Taking into account the influx of brands, many Australian, who are balancing out the need for multifunctional form with elevated design there’s plenty to choose from. Whether it’s board shorts to wear both in and out of the water or a new pair of budgie smugglers because you’re that confident, we’ve shortlisted our favourites for the season to set you on the path to a hot lad summer.




Zimmerman Laurel Shorts. $250. SHOP NOW.

Australian brand Zimmerman has been dabbling in the menswear market for a few seasons now. The same boho vibes that are the signature of the womenswear are translated here in retro-paisley prints. The perfect afternoon Aperol apparel.

Orlebar Brown

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Cloud Islet Shorts. $475. SHOP NOW

The OG of fashion-led swimwear that double as your favourite off-duty shorts, Orlebar Brown remains one of the most stylish brands on the market. A classic tropical print in mid-length – your entire summer is sorted right here.



Commas Shade Stripe Red Short. Towel Stripe Short. $275. SHOP NOW.

Sydney-based Commas has become a byname for coastal luxury. Founder Richard Jarman’s philosophy of keep it relaxed, keep it elegant, keep it simple serves as the perfect ingredients for swimwear (and their overall ready-to-wear) that is timeless and multi-functional.


Zegna Microfibre St-Tropez Shorts. $370. SHOP NOW.

Made using ultra soft microfibre and cut with a regular fit, Zegna St-Tropez shorts are superbly lightweight. Continuing the Italian brand’s merger of casual elegance and functionality, these board shorts are ideal for both boat deck and yacht club.




Venroy Hem Detail Swim Short. $130. SHOP NOW.

These uber-cool seersucker-like swim shorts in a Casablanca Blue colurway are just the ‘pop’ you need to make a stylish splash this summer season.

Ripa Ripa

Ripa Ripa Verde Pino. $150. SHOP NOW.

These Italian-made swim shorts are classic in style and function, yet redesigned for an elegant, tailored look. A look that will get you beach-to-bar in style.


Versace La Greca Swim Shorts. $660. SHOP NOW.

Been seen in style this summer with a pair of Versace swim shorts in its European-inspired ‘La Greca’ print. A little on the short side but a whole lot of fun for endless days by the pool and/or beach.


P. Johnson for Raes Swim Shorts. $235. SHOP NOW.

In collaboration with the famed Byron Bay hotel ‘Rae’s on Wategos’, Australian tailoring brand P.Johnson have crafted what might very well be the perfect pair of swim shorts. Made in Portugal from a super lightweight, quickly drying fabric perfect for all your summer adventures ahead.