There comes a time when even the most ardent nudist has to wear clothes, but depending on the circumstances and location it can be possible to keep the clothing to a minimum. It the weather is at all warm then shorts or swimming costumes are the sort of thing that I resort to. Even when it is necessary to wear trousers, then underpants are really not needed as they severely restrict your freedom.
My favourite shorts are light weight running shorts made from thin, almost silk like material. They tend to be so thin, that there are slightly transparent. To make them even more comfortable, I cut out the lining, so all that you are left with is a thin light-weight shell allowing the breeze to pass through, past your unsupported 'private parts'. The unsupported nature of the resultant shorts does mean that the is not much hiding your 'modesty', so you do have to take care when stepping over things or when running, to prevent your 'unsupported bits' from putting in an unwanted 'external' appearance.
My swimming trunks are effectively the next best thing to nudity. Obviously given a choice, then I always go to a beach where trunks are not needed anyway. If the situation is unclear whether nudity would be accepted, then on go the trunks to prevent any embarrassment. However they are verging on the absolute minimum, in so far as they carry out the legal necessities by coving the penis, but really do not leave much to the imagination. As with the shorts, I remove the lining to make them more comfortable. My favourite Kiniki trunks are very old and have long lost much of their elasticity. Although they cover my penis, they are now so thin that they show every vein and wrinkle of skin, but they are legal, so they do get worn. I'm sure that you will have seen them elsewhere, but here they are again!
Just out of interest, it would be interesting to know how many others have the same attitude to me regarding un-necessary underwear and the delights of wearing shorts and swimwear with the lining removed. If you share my views, or even if you don't, why not drop me an email and have a chat about the subject.
I'm never quite clear what the situation is regarding coverage of the bum. In UK law I don't think that there is any requirement to cover it, but even with my disregard for clothing, I tend to keep some of my bum covered so as not to appear too cheeky. There main outings for the trunks are for use as cover-ups when nude walking and we meet textiles. They also get worn on sailing holidays around the marina.
Although they are called trunks, they very rarely get wet. On the odd occasion that they do get wet, they go completely transparent!
Realising that there are not many years left in my Kiniki's before they completely disintegrate, I have recently started looking round for some replacements. There are a few sites on the internet selling such garments, but I have found it very difficult to find anybody who sells a pair of 'trunks' that have minimal cover at the front and some cover at the rear. The closest that I tend to get generally has more than adequate cover at the front, but with a 'G' string rear.
The best sites that I have found are Kiniki, GIYZ Swimear and Skinzwear (if the link fails then look for their style M47). The last two sites have adjustable fronts and backs to their cossies. However if you are looking for something really minimal, then have a look at Koalaswim, Tangaland and Beach & Dance. If you are looking for something 'different' then how about Bodyaware's JSting. Apparently it is a silicon frame with a material covering!
There are quite a few other good men's swimwear websites around, which are best found by searching for men + swimwear in your favourite search program. Two other good links that do not often appear in search results are Intersparta and Topman. There is no need for the girls to be left out as I knw lots of you enjoy wearing skimpy cossies and showing off your bits. An excellent website for the girls is Bikini.com, but beware, the makers label is almost as big as the cossie! The website also has some quite daring cossies for men also!
Even as a nudist, I find it difficult to resist buying some of this minimal 'clothing'. The photos below show some of my purchases.
On our holiday to Paxos in 2003 the new yellow cossie really got its first serious outing. It was initially worn as a cover up to be used when walking past houses that might be inhabited etc. The degree of coverage was varied depending on whether we actually saw any people or not. However, the more I wore them, the more I became comfortable in them and my confidence grew, as although they were fairly minimal, but when fully extended, they did cover all the essential bits, plus a reasonable proportion of my bum.
One example of my increased confidence was on Anti-Paxos, where I was walking as nature intended along a beach. There was a taverva perched high above the beach, which could not be resisted. There were some 200 steps up from the beach providing a direct connection to the taverna. As it was the main access path, I decided to wear the cossie just in case met anybody coming down the steps. We arrived at the taverna in a very hot and sweaty condition. It was deserted and the view across to Paxos was magnificent. There seemed little point of putting on a shirt, so I adjusted it for 'maximum cover', then sat down and ordered two large beers. The photo opportunity was too good to resist. However at this point a small boy emerged from the taverna, who was attracted to us. From his closeness of inspection, his was clearly intrigued by the cossie and its contents. We just smiled, and after a short period he lost interest.
While I would not generally wear just them to walk through town, I became quite happy to wear them plus a 'tee' shirt, in town. When sat in a sunny taverna, I would be quite happy to remove to tee shirt and just sit in my cossie. Our favourite 'sun downer' taverna was a very relaxed place, and as the beers slid down it was possible to adjust the cossie 'adjust' to minimise its cover and maximise exposure. I found that it was quite possible to sit in such a way that my virtual nudity was not apparent to others in the taverna (well I don't think so anyway!).
In 2008, I fealt that some of my mini cossies were getting a bit tired, so I started to search for some replacements. My design criteria was still the same, i.e. they had to make some effort to cover my bum, but I was not too bothered about how skimpy they were at the front. The material could be as thin as it liked, but not quite 'see through' as they do get worn in public!
The ones that I came up with were from an American company called Skinz. The style is called 'Super low cut rio' which they also call M29. This is what they look like in the catalogue.
I tend to go for
either bright or tan plain colours. I chose their tan colour,
which is 7403 in the catalogue, but I'm not sure if they still
do that colour. I was somewhat confused by the sizing. To me
most Americans are 'large'. I do not consider myself to be large,
but according to the sizing chart, I needed a large size, so
I too their advice, ordered a large pair, and to my surprise
the fit perfectly!
In 2009 we had booked another sailing holiday. They are a great holiday with lots of nude time while at sea. However the time spent in harbour can be a bit tedious as I have now decided not to be nude on the boat deck while in harbour. Even in my mini cossies I was slightly frustrated as they could be preventing the sun's rays from getting to my skin. The same people (Skinz) who manufacture the above cossie also do a see-through version in the same style. I thought that if they were see-through then they would be tan through. I gave it a moments consideration, then decided to buy a pair. I had no idea just how see-through they would be, so I had no idea just how 'acceptable' they would be. The end result was brilliant. Yes, the are very see-through, but with the cossie squashing the penis and balls, combined with the pattern, it is not that obvious that the penis is there for all to see!
Obviously it depends on how far away you are being viewed from. The closer the observer is, then the more obvious will be the contents of the cossie. But from further than 10 or 15 feet, then its all a bit indistinct!
I wore them a lot while on holiday, and not just on the boat deck! Obviously, I did not go anywhere too public. but for example the were worn while mooring up the yacht, and I do not think that anybody was any the wiser!
As I mentioned they came from Skinz, style M29U 7514 and the look like this in the brochure.
Then Skinz launched a new range (well new to me). Its called the M66 - the front is the same as the M29 (above), but the back is just a little more skimpy than the M29. They also had some new 'tan through / see through' material, so I ordered a pair of them as well. Have a look at their website and search for 'Style M66' and material '8503'.
As with the M29s, from any reasonable distance you would never know that they are see through. The from is very similar to the M29, but the back 'cut' is definately more cheeky than the M29.
From close up, again it is not easy to realise that they are see through. The effect appears to be down to the clever material and pattern that Skinz use. You have to look quite close to realise that in amoungst the pattern you can also see a penis.
I've tried to illustrate just how see through they are when viewed from unusual angles.
I think that both the M29s and M66s are great!
When I wrote the above section on what style of clothing I wear when I can't be nude, I thought that the idea of wearing skimpy trunks with no lining and short shorts, again with no lining, was a bit extreme, and did not really expect to get much in the way of positive replies. But I was wrong. It appears that there are quite a few out there with similar views. At present I'm getting lots of emails from people who modify their skimpy apparel as I do. I addition to knowing that I'm not the only one, those replying also feel comforted to know that they are not the only people who adopt the style. I'm not tempted to create a separate page on the subject because not even I can justify a 'clothes' section in a 'nudist' webpage! But if you do share my liking for skimpy apparel, then drop me an email and have a chat about it.
I was recently staying
for a few days in a hotel (on work) that had a good size pool
plus a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. I used the facilities quite
a bit. I started off in my red cossie, which are fairly minimal.
Although all the other men were in their big baggy trunks, I
did not get any adverse reaction, in fact people (men and women)
were very friendly. Most of the users were members to the hotel
fitness club rather than being hotel guests.
On the SOC nude walks it is often necessary to 'cover up quickly'. The normal method is to slip on a pair of shorts. However, this is not necessarily as easy as it sounds especially when on a muddy footpath and trying to do it in a hurry. "There must be an easier way"
Always being inventive and not afraid of having a go with needle and cotton, I decided to apply the idea to a pair of my running shorts which had already had the lining removed.
Initially one side was carefully unpicked. Being running shorts, there was an overlap of about 2cm in the material on the side of the leg, which was the obvious place for a Velcro fastening. About 2cm of Velcro was used to make the join. When Velcroed back together, the shorts resembled their original style.
The next task was the crotch. Initially they were cut along the seam that joins the front and back of the shorts. Velcro was attached and the two halves joined up with out any problems in appearance. However, the Velcro chaffed, and on subsequent designs the cut was made about 2cm in front of the seam. This moved the Velcro sufficiently far forward to remove the chaffing problem.
When on, they look just like the original garment and I'm quite happy to wear them in normal textile surroundings on SOC walks (pubs etc). When put on and the waist fastened, it is necessary to ensure that the Velcro is securely fastened. The join is quite strong, however failure to secure the Velcro properly could result in the join coming undone, the result of which is instant and totally revealing, much to the potential surprise of the publican and other non-textile customers! It did happen to me at home while developing the design, so I know just how instant the exposure is, but has never happened in the real world! Like many things, the knowledge of knowing that you are only a Velcro rip away from total exposure is part of the fun of wearing them!
An Alternative Approach
This idea was suggested by Paul:
On the subject of what to put on quickly if one needs to when naked, I have used a small sarong for quite a few years. I have discovered by experience that it is an acceptable form of dress for the public in all the countries I have tried it (England, France, Spain, Greece, New Zealand). It is 115 x 40 cm and made of exceptionally fine cotton from India (which is a problem because I have been looking for some material to replace it without success for 5 years). It folds up small enough to fit in a pocket, dries in the sun in 5 minutes, and can be used as emergency sunglasses by tying over the eyes. I usually carry it with me on my head (see photo) because I need to keep the sun off my scalp, and it is easy to transfer it quickly to my waist. In intolerant countries (e.g., Bermuda) I put it round my waist to walk into the sea and then transfer it to my head, where it protects and cools, and then reverse the process to emerge from the water. The only use it doesn't suit well is for riding a bicycle - it tends to ride up too far with the movement and posture required.