In a post-speedo
world of increasingly European beachwear the mankini
, popularized by Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat
, provides an alternative method of support and coverage for the discerning sunbather. This item of modesty, predominately marketed for the male physique but occasionally for the female
, has been designed across a range of colors
, pouch volumes
and variations in the number and positioning of straps
. However, the approaching summer brings more swimwear options...
For gentlemen, the side-bikini
, half-thong or jock-brief offers asymmetrical functionality with a maximum tanning region. Providing more support than the CockSak pouch
) and more freedom than the Castro brief
, while available from a French online store as the String Latéral Flash Bleu
the so-called banana hammock
does present an additional "shave or not" dilemma. In addition, the wearer must decide whether to dress to the left or right.
For ladies, the c-string (not this one
) is a g-string without the excessive fabric, thus eliminating tanning lines. Described as "a cross between a jock strap, a form of 1970s birth control, and an eye patch"
this particular multi-purpose underwear/beachwear, available in a range of fabrics
, animal prints
, "tapers to a wire that tucks between your cheeks". However, the Daily Times of Nigeria reviews the c-string as "just hanging up your backside, firm though
" while others call it uncomfortable, weird and "the worst thing ever to happen to women's undergarments
". A German TV program tested and reviewed the c-string in Palma
. In addition, a male one size version fits most
version is available, though reviewers recommend additional adhesive