When it’s time for swimsuit season, it’s not only the men that have their eyes out for the sexy ladies at the beach or pool, but women can admire the gorgeous male bodies on parade as well. Perhaps the women of today should thank Speedo for introducing the skimpy men’s swim briefs back in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Swim briefs are a type of swimsuit that is form-fitting, have a v-shape front, and fully-covered back. They are held in place with a stretchy waistband and thin elastic banding around the upper thighs.
This style of swimwear isn’t just popular among professional athletes, but many men enjoy the comfort and support these pieces bring (not to mention the admiring glances). Today, more and more men are moving away from loose board shorts and swim trunks and putting on these eye-popping swimwear pieces. Swim briefs today come in a variety of colors, design, and even coverage. There’s surely a type of briefs that will suit just about anyone, but finding one may be difficult for some people. That’s why men who want to shop for swim briefs should keep the five do’s and five don’ts for buying men’s swim briefs in mind.
5 Do’s of Buying Men’s Swim Briefs
When purchasing swim briefs, guys may need a little help in deciding which pair is right for them. For those who may not have someone (like a friend or girlfriend) who can help them, they need to remember the five do’s of buying men’s swim briefs.
1. Buy (and Wear) with Confidence
Flaunt it if you’ve got it, or so the saying goes. The typical swim brief does leave little to the imagination, and if the buyer truly does have a fantastic or even decently fit body, he should not hesitate to purchase and wear men’s swim briefs. Swim briefs come in a variety of designs and colors to suit anyone and can be used for doing laps in the pool or getting a tan on the beach.
2. Take Accurate Measurements
It may not be possible to fit swim briefs even when going to a physical retail outlet as hygiene regulations may vary from store to store. That said, the buyer should take precise measurements with a tape measure before making any purchase. Most men’s swimwear is measured according to the waist size, as in the sample table below:
To take an accurate measurement, the buyer should stand up straight in front of a mirror in his underwear. He should take the tape measure and wrap it around his waist. The tape measure should fit somewhat tightly, and the tape should remain straight.
3. Know the Different Types Materials Used in Swim Briefs
Swim briefs are usually made from synthetic, stretchy materials like nylon, spandex, or polyester. Nylon and Lycra swim briefs are perhaps the most popular among professionals, as these stretch more, making them ideal for competitions. Polyester swim briefs, on the other hand, may be a bit more constricting, but are much more durable (especially in chlorinated pools) and also less expensive than nylon or Lycra.
4. Consider Other Swimwear
For those who just don’t feel comfortable in skimpy swim briefs but don’t like the look of board shorts, there are other alternatives that are similar to briefs. For example, trunks or square leg suits fit tightly around the body like briefs, but has more coverage around the legs and buttocks and a one to two-inch inseam. Those who like to surf, windsurf, or participate in active water sports should consider swim jammers, which cover the entire thigh area up to just above the knee and offer more protection.
5. Wear Swim Briefs for Exercising
One reason pro athletes love swim briefs is that they stretch, allowing for more freedom of movement, and reduce drag to make them swim faster. While not everyone will be going to the Olympics, men who swim for exercise should consider wearing swim briefs while doing laps in the pool to help them increase their efficiency.
5 Don’ts of Buying Men’s Swim Briefs
Some may think the only “don’t” when it comes to buying men’s swimwear is to not buy white swim briefs. While not everyone can pull off white swimwear, there are other don’ts that men need to remember when buying swim briefs.
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Wear Swim Briefs
There’s really no law against men wearing swim briefs in public so there’s no need to be afraid of these skimpy sport skivvies. Even if the wearer isn’t in perfect shape, if the briefs feel comfortable, then they should go ahead and buy them. Swim briefs have a lot of advantages over loose types of swimwear, such as providing more support, quicker drying (reducing fungus and bacteria growth), and exposing more skin for tanning.
2. Don’t Buy the Wrong Size Swim Briefs
Buyers should take the advice about measurement seriously, as wearing the wrong size swim briefs not only looks terrible, but can cause serious injury. Swim briefs are meant to cup the groin area to provide it support, and if they are too loose, the genitals area may experience a lot of movement which can cause a lot of pain. If the suit is too tight, these can be uncomfortable and also cause cramping around the waist and groin area.
3. Don’t Forget to Take Proper Care of Swim Briefs
Swim briefs and other types of swimwear like bikinis and bathing suits are vastly different from regular clothes and thus it’s not a good idea to just throw them into the washer. Instead, first rinse the briefs out in cool fresh or tap water and leave it soaking in the sink for thirty minutes to remove the sand, salt, or chlorine. Then, wash it again by hand in the sink with liquid detergent, gently massaging the fabric. Rinse out the soap and lay it out flat to dry out of direct sunlight.
4. Don’t Forget to Practice Wearing Swim Briefs
For those who may not be used to wearing swim briefs, it would be best to practice wearing them at home in front of a mirror before going out in public. This will not only prevent embarrassing situations, but it will allow the wearer to move confidently and comfortably. Try on the suit and make sure it fits properly. The waistband should sit just on the hips, and the front fabric should lift the genitals away from the body.
5. Don’t Skimp on Quality
When looking for any type of men’s swimwear, the buyer should always go for the best quality his budget can afford. Good swim briefs should not only feel comfortable, but should also be stretchy and elastic, resist chlorine to reduce wear and tear, dry quickly, and not snag easily. Purchasing a good quality pair of swim briefs will ensure that it lasts for a long time.