Suggestions to Help Break Out The Swim Brief

I did a post similar to this on my blog, but thought it would be appropriate to write one for UNB with the UNB 2016 swim brief and swim thong challenge going on. These ideas should work for both swim brief and swim thongs. For swim thongs you need to make sure it is legal to wear one at the location. A typical swim brief should be legal pretty much everywhere.

My first suggestion is to try and find a less busy beach or a portion of a beach that is less populated. I find it easier to strip down to a swim brief when there are less people around. I also try to avoid high school and college ages. Since they’re more ingrained in the swim trunk and board short era.

Another idea is to get to the beach early and set up and be in your suit before others get there. Then it is their choice to set up near you. Once I’m already wearing my swim brief, for some reason I don’t mind as much as other people show up. Now I don’t normally set up near a main area of the beach. I keep the above suggestion in mind.

This is the one that got me last summer. Don’t wear swim trunks over your swim brief! It makes it a lot harder to drop them to display the swim briefs. If you are wearing regular shorts then, it would make the appearance that you normally wear swim briefs when you remove them. I’ve been told just wear the swim brief from the car to the beach or even from the house to the beach and leave the shorts at home. Next time I’ll be wearing shorts instead of trunks over my swim brief.

My last suggestion is bring someone to support and encourage you. If it wasn’t for my wife, I may still not have worn a swim brief in public. So go find someone to support you, be it your spouse, significant other, a good friend, or maybe even an opened minded family member. Obviously has to be someone you trust and think will be supportive in your breaking the male swimwear norm.

Now just find that right day and take the challenge and make sure you let UNB know by tweeting us with the hashtag #unbswim and include a picture if you desire.


Hi, I'm Nate from The Bottom Drawer. I’m a husband and father that just happens to be avid about bikinis and thongs. The craze started in my late teens and continues.


  1. Great suggestions. The more you wear them the more comfortable you’ll feel in them. I was on a cruise recently and wore shorts over my swim briefs on my way to the pool, but got more daring on the way back to the room later. I decided to just carry my shorts. I wore an open shirt as well. We got on the elevator with a group of college kids. One guy took a double take and said “Dude, I thought you weren’t wearing any pants” and laughed, but in a “way to go” sort of way.

    • Glad you liked the suggestions and good point about the more you do it the more it will feel normal. Thanks for sharing your recent experience too.

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