If you think of board shorts as the domain of surfer dudes, you're in for a treat. Brands known for their men's styles have created a new board-short, just for women, well-suited to our curves and perfect as swimwear and cover ups. Athletic women will appreciate hard-working compression board shorts, designed to stay put through every wave or high dive. Other boardshorts have drawstring waists and quick drying fabric, like their male counterparts--except the cut and styling is all woman. Rugged board shorts with a flat waistband, longer legs and pockets are true surfer gear. Other styles add feminine touches, like a wide gathered waistband, contrast trim and very short legs that sit almost at the top of the thigh. Whether as a cover up or as your go-to swimwear, board shorts are flattering on almost any body type and comfortable for all.