Men’s Tanga Briefs: Are they right for you?

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Never would I have thought ten years ago – no, wait, even three years ago – that I would be wearing men’s tanga briefs.  Since I had stopped wearing boxer shorts during university, I had been all-in on boxer briefs. Boxer briefs are comfortable, stylish, and what I thought were the epitome of men’s underwear. I didn’t even think of wearing briefs.

Fast forward three years, and since then, I have experimented with many different men’s underwear styles for this blog. And with that, I have grown my underwear collection to various styles, including briefs, trunks, and jockstraps. Now it is time to explore men’s tanga briefs!

I purchased these Jockey Sport Mesh men’s string bikini briefs as part of a larger Jockey order I made when Jockey was having a blowout sale back in November. Although Jockey calls them “string bikini briefs,” they are really tanga briefs. Therefore, I’ll be referring to these Jockeys as tanga briefs.

Me showing off my Jockey tanga briefs.

Although I didn’t intend to purchase a pair of tangas, Jockey’s website recommended them to me, and I just couldn’t resist the pattern. After I received my Jockey order, I didn’t try on these tanga briefs for a while. It was cold in Texas, so I preferred wearing boxer briefs and long-leg boxer briefs to keep warm. But, coming to Ecuador, I broke them out for our stay in one of Ecuador’s beach cities. And I am so glad I did!

Trying on Jockey Men’s Tanga Briefs

When I first put them on, I had the same reaction as with every shorter underwear style I try on: wow, these are short. However, since I have been wearing hip briefs more often, I quickly got over having even less fabric on the sides to cover my hips.

Me wearing my black Separatec hip briefs.

Yet, one of the benefits of these tanga briefs is that there isn’t any fabric on the sides. In hot weather, bikini and tanga briefs allow for more skin cooling as more of your skin is exposed. I felt great when I wore them under my shorts in hot, humid weather. I’d wear a jockstrap more in hot weather, except I don’t like the butt straps that jockstraps have (read my Jockstrap guide here). Hence, I love these men’s tanga briefs – I don’t have to worry about butt straps or coverage.

What is the difference between jockstraps and briefs?

I felt comfortable walking around our Airbnb in tanga briefs because these briefs covered my butt, unlike a jockstrap. Honestly, tangas are a cooler (temperature-wise!) form of hip briefs. That’s where the magic comes in for guys who either don’t like wearing jockstraps or aren’t ready to have their butt exposed: tanga briefs provide butt coverage.

Me wearing a jockstrap to show that the front is very similar to tanga/bikini briefs.
From the front, jockstraps (seen here) look similar to tanga briefs.
Me wearing men's tanga briefs
Both styles – including the tanga/bikini briefs seen here – have a V-shaped front to cover yourself while fully exposing your hips.

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But jockstraps don’t cover your butt at all.

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While tanga/bikini briefs provide full butt coverage.

I also really appreciated the pattern. That is what initially drew me to these tanga briefs and then made me love wearing them. I may stock up on some more of these Jockey “bikinis” the next time they are on sale. Plus, the material is pleasant. Although Jockey calls them Sport Cooling Mesh because they are nylon-based, these briefs aren’t as “meshy” as my other mesh underwear. 

Are these Men’s Bikini Briefs or Tanga Briefs?

Finally, I want to note something about these Jockey briefs. Jockey labels them “string bikini” briefs, but they are tanga briefs. The reason is that these briefs have a full-width waistband, not a thin or string bikini like on other bikini briefs. Other bikini briefs look similar, but the fabric covers the waistband, so the bikinis look like low-rise, thinner hip briefs. These Jockeys are mid-rise, and the waistband looks like an ordinary men’s underwear waistband.

A photo of me wearing Real Men Bikini Briefs in red.
These Real Men Apparel bikini briefs also have a thick waistband – and a larger pouch!

I want to highlight the terminology here because brands often use the terms bikini, string bikini, and tanga briefs interchangeably. What all three styles have in common – regardless of their name – is little to no fabric on the hips but good butt coverage. In other words, these Jockey bikini briefs are jockstraps with butt coverage. 🙂

Jockey makes other bikini briefs for men, including the Elance Bikini Brief (100% cotton), Elance Microfiber Bikinis, and Elance “String” Bikini Briefs (also 100% cotton). Note that the Elance “Bikini Briefs” look like men’s hip briefs, while the Elance String Bikini Briefs look like real bikini/tanga briefs.

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The Details of Jockey Sport Mesh Men’s Bikini Briefs

I want to break down all of the specifics of these Jockey Sport Mesh men’s “bikini briefs” for you:

  • Length: These are tanga briefs. So, while they are briefs, they show more skin than hip briefs and much more skin than full-cut briefs. There is no fabric on the hips, only fabric in the front and the back to cover your butt.
  • Price: $$. They cost around $18, which is slightly higher than I expected. However, after wearing these men’s tanga briefs, I really like them! If you can snag them on sale on Amazon – especially in the low teens – stock up!
  • Colors and Patterns: When I first bought these tangas, the patterns caught my eye. They are my favorite part of this underwear; the geometric shapes and the vivid colors make them fun to wear. Amazon has so many patterns, and I hope you love them as much as I do.

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  • Material and Fabric: These Jockey men’s tanga briefs are 92% nylon and 8% elastane/Spandex, so Jockey calls them Sport Mesh. I usually recommend at least 10% elastane/Spandex content for synthetic underwear (polyester or nylon), but these briefs are comfortable. What helps is that with a tanga brief, there is so much less fabric than boxer briefs that the minor difference in elastane content isn’t a big deal.
  • Ball Pouches: Standard, non-separated pouch. It works with no frills. If you have a large penis, you can also check out these Real Men tanga/bikini briefs I received with quite a large pouch.
  • Branded waistbands: Jockey’s logo is plastered all around the waistband, which is one aspect I would love to change. I have a pair of Jockey boxer briefs with subtle branding on the waistband, which I’d prefer. I appreciate that at least the waistband has the same design as the rest of the underwear instead of a boring Jockey waistband.
  • Multipacks: No multipacks of these Jockey men’s tanga briefs. However, you can get a three-pack or six-pack of Jockey’s Elance bikinis from Amazon, as noted above.
  • Design Country: United States

These Jockey men’s Sport Mesh “bikini briefs” are a wonderful buy for anyone into bikinis or tanga briefs. Or, if you were like me and looking to dip your toes into the world of bikinis and tangas, try out these Jockeys!

Frequently Asked Questions about Men’s Bikini/Tanga Briefs

What is the difference between a bikini brief and a full brief?

Bikini briefs (left) have little to no fabric covering your hips, whereas full briefs fully cover your hips. Hip briefs also cover your hips, but not as much as full briefs. From the front, bikini briefs look more like jockstraps and full briefs look more like regular men’s underwear. But both bikini briefs and full briefs cover your butt, unlike jockstraps.

Me wearing Separatec bamboo briefs
Bikini/tanga briefs (left/top) expose the hips, while hip/full briefs (right/bottom) do not.

Why do men wear bikini briefs?

Men wear bikini briefs in hot weather to allow better cooling of the skin. Men also wear bikini briefs for sexiness, as bikinis show a lot more skin than regular briefs and especially boxer briefs. Men’s bikini briefs are also fantastic for trips, as they take up very little room in your suitcase.

Is there a difference between bikini briefs and tanga briefs?

Not really, as the terms are generally interchangeable. Technically, bikini briefs can have fabric covering the hip – usually as part of the waistband being the same material as the rest of the underwear – whereas tanga briefs only have the waistband connecting the front and back. Strict tangs do not have any underwear fabric covering the hips.

What is the difference between bikini briefs and jockstraps?

Jockstraps do not have fabric covering your butt, while bikini briefs provide full butt coverage. Thus, bikini briefs are fantastic for men who want a sexy underwear silhouette but still want their butt covered, unlike jockstraps.

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Comments 4

  • Merle meagherFebruary 17, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I too am a connoissuier of undies. In Winter, I like boxer briefs. Summer, thongs, or even better, cock socks. I work in construction maintenance, so the socks allow breathability on 111-degree days as my uniform is all non-breathable cotton.

    • Eric at MensUnderwearGuide.comMarch 8, 2023 at 5:36 am

      Thanks Merle for your comment! You have a good rhythm going with your winter boxer briefs and summer thongs or cock socks. If you aren’t wearing modal or bamboo underwear, I’d recommend you give them a try in the summer as I don’t like cotton at all. As you mentioned, cotton isn’t breathable! 🙂

  • Big Jock McstropMarch 27, 2023 at 10:07 am

    I’ve only just found you!
    I’ve been fascinated about men’s underpants for years. During lockdown I developed a taste for homo p**n, always hoping to see guys in their underpants. Sadly, they all seem indecently quick to get out of them. Men in uniform have always been a particular attraction (I once was one) and it’s disappointing to see how many participants playing eg cops, seem to go commando. In my experience, real cops never do, and commandos seldom do.

    • Eric at MensUnderwearGuide.comMarch 28, 2023 at 6:12 am

      Glad you found me too! 🙂

      I hear what you are saying, underwear is just a quick part of most videos. And yes, they way overemphasize guys going commando compared to the general population. Sex is really the only consideration, which is unfortunate. If there is a story, it is badly written and really just fluff to get to the sex.

      I really like “normal” guys, so I find a lot of these videos as a turnoff. 🙁

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