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Jett Kenny in The Rocks Push shorts at David Jones.

Gentleman of the boardshorts


David Jones drops their Speedos


Words: Damien Woolnough

Photography: David Jones


9th August 2018

As gay grooms prepare for destination weddings in Mykonos and honeymoons on cruise ships, countless skimpy Speedos are being stuffed into Rimowa suitcases but David Jones made a strong case for the modest boardshort at their season launch last night.

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Models backstage at David Jones season launch.

Ninja Warrior and rising model Jett Kenny clearly demonstrated that an extra few centimetres of material doesn’t reduce the sex appeal of board shorts. It helps if you're blessed with the genetics of an Iron Man father Grant Kenny and champion swimmer mother Lisa Curry but boardshorts also have broader appeal.

Here are the top five reasons to pack boardshorts as you chase the summer sun.

Modesty and Mystery

We are not into budgie shaming here but whether you’re a shower or a grower is it wise to present a vacuum packed lunch to everyone on the beach? Speedos don’t need to be white nor yellow to make private parts public. Sometimes a little modesty can go a long way.

Versatile

You will get more wear out of a board short in your luggage than a Speedo. While Speedos should be confined to the beach or bar of a Foam Party (are they still a thing?) boardshorts look at home as you grab a turmeric latte at a nearby café or if you need to go for a jog. Jogging in Speedos should be reserved for Tumblr.

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Flattering

While Speedos are fantastic for those blessed with defined derrieres and cool quads, some of us were born without bulging buttocks. A mid-thigh short in upbeat colours or prints, that’s not too baggy, will shift attention to other attributes.

Celebrity

Sure, your Insta-thirst traps seem to live in Speedos but pin-up types Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Ryan Reynolds and even Jay-Z prefer a mid-thigh short for a frolic in the sand.

Jett Kenny

Take a look at that photo again… Enough said.

Visit David Jones for new season swimwear.

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