This has been mentioned in the blog by many, so I thought it would be a good post topic. Many of us have regrets that it took us so long to break the norm in swimwear including me. Part of the reason the blog was started was to be a place where guys that were interested in venturing into skimpier styles of underwear and swimwear would have support and encouragement. I wanted to let them know that there are guys out there wearing them. Let’s share our stories of our journey into breaking out the swim brief, swim bikini, swim thong or g-string.
My interest in swim bikinis started soon after I got into bikini underwear and then thongs. I purchased my first swim bikini in 1999 when I was in college. I went with a pretty extreme jump from trunks to a string bikini cut. To make it even bolder of a leap it was a lime green. As the title of the posts infers it didn’t get worn in public. It got a few secluded wearings, but it ended up support for under trunks.
Over the years I purchased other swim bikini briefs and even some swim thongs. Still never ventures out in public in them. I did wear them for sunning, but wasn’t anywhere people would see me.
I can’t remember if it was 2008 or 2009 when I mentioned to my girlfriend (now my wife) that I had an interest in wearing swim briefs. She already knew my preferred underwear styles of bikinis and thongs. She had no issues about me wearing them and wanted to see me in some of them. Of course I did as she asked and modeled some. She was a swimmer and the guys wore swim briefs back then, so I think that helped her view of them. That still wasn’t the break out year for the swim briefs. The closest I got was laying out in her backyard sunning with her where there was potential for neighbors to see.
It wasn’t until 2010 that I finally made my first plunge into public swim brief wearing. It occurred on our honeymoon in the Outer Banks. We headed south away from the crowded beaches and found a beach with only a few people when we got there and never got very busy. I stripped down to a HOM Alize swim bikini and it was such a freeing experience. I got to wear my suit a couple more times on our honeymoon. Even had a guy come up to me and asked me to help him launch his kite for kite surfing. It took me over 10 years to finally break the norm and wear what I really wanted to as swimwear!
Now that didn’t open the flood gates to wearing swim briefs, so I don’t consider it my break out time. I only wore them a couple times after that for several years and only on vacations where I knew I wouldn’t run into people I would know.
Seven years passed (2007) from my first public appearance until the real break through happened. I finally made the decision it was now or never. I set my mind to it after previous failed attempts. I took the step to break out the swim brief at the local beach. I was very anxious, but I had my wife’s support. To stop from chickening out I wore regular shorts instead of trunks over my swim brief. I went conservative with a swim brief with 3″ sides from aussieBum. I did my best to act normal in them though I sat down quickly after I stripped down to it. Again it was nice to be in what I wanted to wear. Sitting didn’t last too long with the kids along that wanted to go down to the water’s edge. With finally breaking the local scene, I made the commitment to only wear swim briefs to the beach locally. Since then I’ve been able to wear a variety of coverages to the local beach and have avoided the trunks there. There is always a bit of anxiety at first, but once stripped down I’m pretty at ease and go about my business.
A lot of my swim brief journey is shared through posts on the blog. Sharing my struggle hopefully helps others with theirs. It took me shy of 20 years to really get to a good point in my swim brief wearing. Still working on it some, because I want to really solely wear swim briefs. I’m slowly chipping away at it. There are places and situations I haven’t broken the swim brief out yet and some I have. Some is due to them not coming up again, since I’ve made the breakout locally. One I have accomplished is wearing a swim brief infront of some family members. Next on my list is the local community pool, I hope to break the swim brief out there. If I accomplish that I’ll be a swim brief wearer a majority of the time. As you can see it has been a long journey for me to get to where I am now. Just think if I broke out that swim bikini in 1999 how much time I would have enjoyed swim bikini brief wearing.
How long did it take you to just do it? Are you still on your journey to do so? If so what is holding you back and what can we do to help you on your journey?