Being the Swim Brief Lone Ranger

Being the Swim Brief Lone Ranger

I’m not a vocal person. I can’t just walk up to someone and start a conversation. Not even that good at starting conversations with people I do know. What I feel I’m good at or at least think of myself good at is leading by example. For instance In sports I always worked hard, did what I was asked, was respectful. Instead of being a vocal leader in the things I do, I let my actions do the speaking for me. So where am I going with this?

Well I touched on it in the past that I like to reach more people than I can blogging. With blogging I’m typically only going to reach people with an interest in bikinis, thongs, and/or swim briefs. None of those are things I’m going to be able to work into a conversation with someone in person. So how’s one way to reach people not looking for these non norm items? Put myself out there and lead by example.

Since I’m rarely changing my clothes in a locker room, my best option to put myself out there is the beach. So last year I made the decision to screw it and start wearing swim briefs to the local beach. In the past I only chose to wear them on vacations and the backyard. Of course I would prefer to always wear them, but one step at a time. In my area it is a rarity to see a guy in a swim brief besides lap swimming. I can think of 3 times I’ve noticed a guy in a swim brief around here. Two of them were fuller brief styles and one was more along the lines of what I like to wear.

In the United States this is probably a similar experience in a lot of places. If you are going to go to the beach to relax and enjoy the sun, you are probably going to be the lone swim brief wearer at a typical beach. This has been the case everywhere I have worn one so far.

I will continue to do my best to be the swim brief lone ranger at my local beach. Maybe I will motivate someone else to break out one and maybe I won’t. I’m at least educating the area that a man can wear form fitting suits like the ladies. At that even wearing them in front of his children. I don’t see a Speedo Revolution breaking out here, but hopefully my actions will encourage one guy to make a switch.

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12 Responses

  1. Mark says:

    The ‘revolution’ has to start somewhere and with someone so guess what? Maybe it’s YOU and NOW and HERE! I can offer something that might help, by chance I discovered water polo swimsuits. They tend to have 2 to 3 inch sides so they are a little more than the traditional speedo style but so much less than the dreaded baggy trunks. It allowed us to discuss what I was wearing and why without anyone feeling awkward (I also jumped into the gym pool instead of easing my way in (just to get over with) and that’s why others made the assumption. Hey, it worked and maybe I started something in my little part of the world.

  2. Mike says:

    I think I indirectly started a small revolution at my athletic club by laying out by the pool in my briefs after a lap swim. People that know me there or at work, know that I’m an amateur triathlete and constantly training. So there is no is no stigma attached and strangers that an acquaintance may introduce aren’t afraid to engage in conversations either. If the rare conversation gets akward, typically it’s because they feel inadequate from not working out enough (especially men). I’ve noticed that significantly more guys are wearing briefs this summer than in the previous five years since we joined. Whether they’re swimming or not, is another matter but the volume has increased.

    This works at the beaches too when I practice open-water swimming. I’ll wear a 1″ brief to do this and if it’s cold water then I’ll wear under my wetsuit, then lay out. Trust me, no saids (bleep) to a guy that just swam miles in front them😄.

    I’m not saying you have to do an Ironman in order to pull this off, but it does accomplish both of my passions. Maybe it can work for others, either way I know they’ll be in the best shape of their lives and look great in whatever swimsuit or underwear they want to wear.

  3. John says:

    Every revolution starts with one person, right? I think your method is great. If we were to all start protesting and marching about swim briefs we’d most surely get more ridiculed than just quietly sitting at the beach in a killer swim brief. Wearing it confidently and proudly like it’s the most normal thing in the world.
    I touched on this in other comments, but this July 4th holiday we spent the week at the beach and I know for certain I was the only guy for miles in a swim brief. I didn’t let it stop though and ended up with some compliments!

  4. Black Stallion says:

    I too am the lone wolf in my choice of swimwear.
    When I do go swimming I wear The skimpier of the swimwear.
    I consider my choice of swimwear normal.

  5. T says:

    Hi Nate. Great post as always. You do realize that due to the heading of this subject I now have an image of you standing on the beach in your skimpiest speedo wearing a black mask to conceal your true identity(lol). Actually,that might not be such a bad idea. If we could hide our faces behind a mask,it might encourage more guys to hit the beach in a bikini brief knowing they wouldn’t be recognized.

    In all honesty I cannot remember when I last visited a Scottish beach,certainly not since I discovered the speedo paradise of Sicily. I do have a distant memory of going to an almost deserted beach with a friend(maybe 30 years ago) and more as a dare stripping down to my g-string underwear for a quick dip in the freezing water. I think my teeth chattered for hours afterwards. I do know that if the opportunity arose to sunbathe on one of our beaches(weather permitting),I would definitely wear a swim brief even if I was surrounded by dork shorts. We can only hope that each of us in our own small way can set an example that others might hopefully dare to follow.
    And you never know,Nate. One day you might hit the beach in your sexy disguise and discover someone desperate to be your Tonto(groan).

    • The Bottom Drawer says:

      I’d feel kind of silly wearing a mask. Though you are right that maybe more would wear a swim brief if they weren’t afraid that someone they know might see them. Luckily I don’t know many people! I guess if someone I knew happen to come along I’d have no choice than to bare quite a bit. Hopefully I will see another guy jump out of that comfort zone. But probably would need to frequent the beach more for a more likely chance of that.

  6. Elektrocub says:

    Man, I’ve been reading this blog lately and just this week I wore my 1” Speedos in the pool to start swimming again, and I followed all the advices I’ve been reading here, which was mainly wearing them with confidence and it just felt so good, thanks for encouraging other people to enjoy wearing whatever we want and feel great about it. Next challenge, wear them in front of people I know and family. :$

    • Black Stallion says:

      It’s called being a man, or being brave, or having the balls.
      Don’t make it about others, make it about yourself.

    • The Bottom Drawer says:

      That’s great that the interaction going on here motivated you to break out the swim brief. Always good to hear positive feedback about my blog. I need to introduce more than my wife and kids to them still too.

    • John says:

      Congratulations on getting out there and confidently wearing your Speedos. The more you wear them the more that confidence grows. Pretty soon it’ll feel weird to not wear them!

  7. Randy Lange says:

    Well today I was a lone ranger today at South Higgins lake state park in Michigan I wore a Rio cut low pouch bikini suit from Skimz. My wife and sister was with me at the beach. The water is shallow for about 1/4 mile before it’s deep enough to swim in.
    I even talked with a couple of guys in their 60’s, the gentleman wouldn’t take his shirt off because of his weight. I told him look at me it took me 50 years to not care what other people think about what I wear to the beach.

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