Can you be naturist and like clothes?

This question popped up in my head as I was running the other day. I was stark naked, jogging at a good pace, enjoying the breeze on my skin and was thinking about my coming week at work, when the question arose. The world is not entirely friendly to naturists, and we need clothes to wander out. Although I enjoy being naked as much as I can and in every circumstances that allow it, when I need to get dressed, I enjoy being well dressed, even sometime over dressed, as I like nice clothes. So here I was, naked and running, and questioning myself as a genuine nudist if I like my clothes.

« Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. » So wrote Mark Twain. Although I tend to totally disagree with the statement, it’s true that a suit or a dress can change the physiognomy of the wearer. It can make him or her display more confidence, although I tend to think confidence comes from within not from what you wear. And I have seen may confident people not overly dressed. However, a lot of people will judge a present by its wrap and will judge a human being by the way he/she’s dressed. Therefore, may we like it or not, clothes play an important social role.

Still naked and still running, I was confronted with two antagonistic points of view: liking clothes because play a role or disliking them because I prefer being naked. Pretty rapidly, another simple idea mixed into my mind: live is too short not to enjoy it every single second. Therefore, when I can be naked, I enjoy being naked and when I need to be clothed, I enjoy being clothed. And if I enjoy being clothed, let’s enjoy feeling as good as possible clothed, therefore I need to like the clothes I wear. My dilemma was closed (pun intended): I am naked as much as I can because I really enjoy living clothes free, and this is always my first choice, and I like clothes because they contribute to my happiness when I need to wear them.

So the answer, for me, was yes, you can be naturist and like clothes. As a naturist, I look for the best clothes in natural fiber, like wool, cotton or linen, and avoid as possible synthetic fabrics. At the same time, I chose not to become a fashionista, slave to fashion and to follow the latest trends. Not only it’s a costly habit, and it does not make me feel good. So I like clothes but not fashion as such. What you readers think about this, do you think also that you can be a naturist and still like clothes? Your comments below are welcomed.

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What’s the difference? (being naked or not)

I’m often asked the question: but what’s the difference being naked or wearing just a swimsuit for instance? And this question came back to mind as I was taking off my short during one of my morning jog, to continue naked.

At that precise moment, I felt at the same time very good and my true self, and this was exactly the answer to the « what’s the difference question ». However, it’s difficult to explain to a non naturist, what does « very good » mean? Can’t you feel very good clothed? Yes, probably. So, in order to explain what’s the difference, I will take a couple of examples that explain it.

Warm and inviting as a fireplace in winter

Imagine you spend a couple of hours outside in the cold. You are well dressed, it’s snowing and the cold bites you. While you like winter, you start thinking about the fire and a hot chocolate/coffee/tea in front of the fireplace.

The moment to come back home arrives. You enter the house, take your jacket, gloves and boots off, and head to the lounge, where logs burn in the fireplace. The warmth of the fire is incredibly pleasant. You feel « very good »!

If you’ve lived in a cold country in winter, you’ve probably experienced this feeling. This is the exact same « very good » I felt when I took my short off and got naked. It’s a subtle alas !

Refreshing and relaxing as a swimming pool in summer

Imagine your spend a couple of hours outside in the hot summer day of a tropical country. You are lightly dressed to protect you from the sun. While you like summer, you start thinking about the swimming pool and to dive into it.

The moment to come back home arrives. You enter the garden, take your t-shirt, short and shoes off and dive into the swimming pool. The water is at the perfect refreshing temperature.  You feel « very good »!

If you’ve spend time in a warm country in summer, you’ve probably experienced this feels. This is the exact same « very good » I felt when I took my short off and got naked. It’s a subtle alas !

No shame, just no clothes

Naturism is about feeling good in your birthday suit, and this piece of clothes, how small it may be, makes whole the difference. It’s subtle, it may be seen as ridiculous, but this is what a naturist feels between wearing something and being naked.

A lot has been written of the various benefits of naturism, including many posts on this blog dedicated to naturism. And the first reason for me and for many naturists I know has always been: if feels good! And yes, a small piece of clothes makes all the difference!

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Beyond burkinis: why science suggests ALL clothes should be banned

All nudists need to dress to carry some errands like shopping in the nearest mall for instance, as nudity may, unfortunately, not been allowed. However, most nudists agree that if they could stay naked whenever and wherever they wanted, that what they would chose. In this article of The Guardian, the author suggests that clothes should be banned and provides some good reasons for this:

  • Clothes do more harm than good: clothes have been used as political tools. Look at the difference between cheap and expensive clothing, or perceived unappropriate or appropriate clothes. Clothes often defines the perception people have of a person, without looking beyond. What about the famous « dress code » that obliges you to wear something you may not be comfortable with?
  • Environmental damages due to washing. Soap and detergents are bad for nature. No clothes mean no washing.
  • Body shaming ends. If everybody is naked, flaws are all visible and body shaming is much more difficult when nobody’s perfect…

There could be a ton of other reasons, as we have seen in the 10 reasons why I am a nudist and you should be too. Naturism is one of the best lifestyles, if not the best, as long as temperature and security allows it. If you are not a naturist yes, give it a try, find other good reasons while browsing through this blog and others.

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Naturism and naked bodies

A couple of days ago, one of my twitter followers ranted that he was stopping following me because I was posting too many pictures. I thanked him for the feedback while saddened by the fact he was stopping following my thread, but it made me think and I came with the following question: as a nudist, do I enjoy looking at naked bodies? At almost the same moment, there was a heated debate on naktiv.net (Naked Online is OK forum) over a picture showing a smiling nudist sitting with open legs. Some members finding the picture almost X rated.

So, this all notion of nakedness took a new road for me. I enjoy being naked, this is what makes me a nudist. I enjoy spending time naked in nature and with other nudists in a non-sexual setting, that what makes me a naturist. So what about seeing and looking at other naked bodies. Well, after a not so long thinking process, I came to the conclusion that yes, I like naked bodies and I like them more than clothed bodies, for one particular characteristics: they are not hiding anything. I found all naked bodies beautiful because they are the real people who inhabit them. They are not social masquerade or sexually teasing attempt at getting attention, they are just people’s body in their most natural form.

So, yes, as a naturist, I enjoy seeing people naked. But hey, did not I find a woman or a man barely covered with a tiny swimsuit more attractive? It’s a different situation. A woman or a man with a skimpy swimsuit is, IMHO, trying to attract attention. A naked nudist is naked because he likes being naked for the feeling it represents, he or she does not want to attract any attention. Do I prefer naked people or barely dressed people? In a non-sexual context, I prefer naked people, hence my posts with nudists. Nudity is the most beautiful form of the human body. As simple as that (unfortunately, it’s not that simple for a vast majority of people who have been conditioned to associate nudity with sexuality). As for a sexual context, this is my private life!

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Are nudism and clothes an oxymoron?

Nudists are naked, therefore sans clothing. What is the nudist relationship to clothes? I cannot speak for every nudist of course and I will be happy to get your comments, but here’s my nudist point of view on clothing: I love to be nude and I love clothes! If I have to choose, I prefer to be naked, but when time comes to get dressed, I’d rather be well dressed. This does not mean that I am going to spend a fortune on clothing, but I am going to purchase the best possible clothing for my budget, because the way you’re dressed reflects who you are.

Let me take simple examples. When I am in a nudist environment or at home, I am fully naked, but sometimes for a pair of shoes. If I need to meet an important customer, I will wear a suit and potentially a tie if I am in a formal business environment. If I go to a non-nudist friend’s dinner, I will wear a pair of jeans with a comfortable polo shirt. As a rule of thumb, in a clothed environment, my clothes will be of the best quality I can afford while comfortable.

Now, what about others? Well I have the same approach and I tend to find well-groomed people more attractive, although I generally defer my judgement after hearing them speak. As I cannot befriend all nudists, I will not befriend all well-dressed people. This is my balanced approach to clothing. However, there is one occasion in which clothes make me angry: when worn in a nudist environment.

Here, my rationale is very simple: when in a nudist environment, all shall be naked. There are three circumstances, and three only I can think of, that I will understand and tolerate clothing:

  1. When one gets sunburned or other skin ailment that requires protection from the sun
  2. When one requires protection for security reason, for instance wearing an apron to do some cooking
  3. When temperatures get too cold to remain comfortably naked

Beyond those three reasons, I can understand a newbie nudist stays dressed for the first day spent at a nudist resort, but should get naked on day two, or leave! When in Rome, do as Romans, don’t you? So nudism and clothes are not antagonistic, but like all things in life we should strike the right balance.

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Is a Naked Body or a Partially Clothed Body More Sexual?

Clothes make the body more sexual than it is naturally. A naked body is not inherently sexual, it’s society’s conception of nudity that makes it sexual. So my answer to your question is pretty clear to me: partially clothed is more sexual. This is why I think nudity should be allowed everywhere. My 2 cents.

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Meet Model Hannah Davis on the cover of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. What do you think? Many are calling this cover photo « pornographic » and « too sexual. » This leads to an interesting question about which is more explicit: a man or woman wearing nothing at all or wearing very little?

After coming back from a week at Orient Beach in St. Maarten, I can honestly say I’ve been around hundreds of naked and partially clothed men and women. I’ll admit when my wife and I first started going to clothing optional beaches and resorts, I would have said that a naked body was more explicit than one covered by swim trunks or bikini. While it wasn’t a physical turn on to see my wife naked, it certainly was mentally. She looked then and still does today stunning with nothing on.

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Is it any wonder that people have developed a negative view of naturism? It is nearly impossible to find any authentic positive information on naturist culture without seeing the overwhelming amount of trashy pornography on the web. The pornography industry intentionally creates a linkage between nudity and sex to make money and it is virtually impossible for naturists to overcome that label Even mainstream media helps to promote the false premise. Rarely are articles written in the UK that portray nudity in a positive way. Instead local readers receive a steady diet of naked people involved in outlandish, outrageous or seedy acts. The fact is that there is a great deal more about naturism than nakedness.

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