BULLDOG
Brolly Folly Mid-Length Swim Shorts

$345
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From classic to colourful, short to long and sporty to luxe, we have the perfect pair of swim shorts for your next adventure.

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We are so confident in the quality of our OB Classic Swim Shorts that we will guarantee them for five years.

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About the product

Item No. 5056128678220

SLIM AARONS EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

One of our more contemporary photographics, we used Slim Aarons’ image of red and blue umbrellas against water for a striking, aesthetic

Photograph exclusive to Orlebar Brown: A jetty juts out from a rocky shoreline in Porto Ercole, Tuscany – Slim Aarons, August 1980

The tailored swim short is where it all began for Orlebar Brown; designed to give you effortless style wherever you are. Based on the pattern of a man’s traditional tailored trouser with signature side-fasteners to adjust and crafted from fabric that dries quickly, the OB Classic Bulldog offers the perfect blend of form and function. Not just a swim short—it’s a short you can swim in.

  • Inside leg length: 15cm / 6”
  • Model is 184cm / 6’ tall and wears a size 32
  • Shaped waistband, rear darts and adjustable side fasteners for a superior shape and fit
  • Tested to 50mg/l of chlorine
  • Net lining for extra comfort and security
  • Machine washable
  • 100% polyester
  • Sourced and manufactured in Europe

Size & Fit


  • If in-between sizes, choose a size up
  • Side-fastener can reduce the waist up to 2cm 0.8” without ruining the silhouette
This product is offered in partnership with Getty Images with photography from the Slim Aarons archive, owned and housed by Getty Images.

OB Classic Swim Shorts

The inside of our shorts contains a mesh-net lining, so you can hop on a surfboard, play tennis, swim or just lounge around on the beach in perfect safety. Plus we have a zip fly and a metal popper enclosure, so there really shall be no escape. The side fasteners are one of our distinguishing features, they’re made up of up to six component parts for a properly tailored fit, which you can adjust.

Nobody wants to stand around in soaking wet shorts, getting cold and uncomfortable. That's why we use 100% polyamide fabric, which has also been chlorine, salt water, light and rub-tested too. Not only is it durable, it dries in a flash.

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The Making of a Photographic Print

Brolly Folly Photo by Slim Aarons
"Brolly Folly". Photo by Slim Aarons.

A jetty juts out from a rocky shoreline in Porto Ercole, Tuscany, August 1980.

What makes a classic?

The ‘classic’ label seems in a constant battle to preserve the integrity and romance of its award. Our OB Classic swim shorts have been integral to our success over the last ten years—but what makes something a true classic?

"Good Design is innovative, honest and thorough down to the last detail."

Dieter Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design
The Traditional Tailored Trouser Block