That first real sweltering day of summer rolls around and the only thing you want to do is dive headfirst into some cold, cold water. That’s about the time you realise you probably need something to wear while taking a dip.

Swimwear hunting has definitely rocketed to the top of a lot of to-do lists as beach season approaches. While women spend a considerable amount of time looking for the perfect bikini, plenty of men find it tricky to scout for the best-suited pair of trunks (sans scrunchy elastic waistband, goofy proportions and bulky pockets).

Jess & Bass is a Melbourne-based men’s swimwear label that offers guys stylish and practical trunks to be worn on and off the beach. Their colourful collection of retro beach shorts are a classic, simple alternative to baggy boardshorts.

Founders and designers Nancy Bassett and Sarah Jessup set about creating the shorts while travelling in Bali three years ago. They designed the shorts with a focus on functionality – deep pockets, a rear pocket with a velcro tab, and lightweight and quick-drying nylon fabric that reduces drag.

Also known as the ‘bear shorts’ with an embroidered grizzly logo, the Jess & Bass trunks come in 14 colours and 16 patterns, including classic bold stripes and eye-catching tropical prints. All styles come in sizes that fit boys and men, so everyone can be set to jump into the pool when that hot day comes around.

Jess & Bass is stocked in various outlets around Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

To help you get ready for summer, we are giving away four pairs of Jess & Bass’s classic beach shorts. E-mail with the subject ‘Jess & Bass’ to enter.