You’re a guy who is ready to learn. You want to know the best way to do things -- including buying your underwear. There are lots of options that probably weren’t around when you were a kid. Why settle for what you’ve always bought? Learn how to find the perfect pair of underwear with these helpful men underwear buying tips.
1. Traditional Boxers
Boxers were invented in 1925 by Jacob Golomb, a man who founded the brand Everlast. Can you imagine the Everlast activewear brand back in the 20’s? The shorts that Golomb invented were called boxers because they were designed to be worn by boxers.
Since the 1920’s, boxers have been an option for men. They have not changed much since Golomb came up with the idea. They are lightweight, have an elastic waist, and usually have a fly in the front.
Boxers have some upsides and downsides. Here’s what makes them great:
- Seen as stylish (depending on where you live, how old you are, and culture)
- Not binding around package area
- Fly opens when needed
Those are all good to consider, especially if comfort is your main priority. Boxers can easily be paired with loose fitting pants, baggy shorts, and pajamas. But when you move into the tighter pants territory or consider playing sports, the story changes.
Some aspects of boxers that seemed awesome (like the loose cut) will present some problems. Here are the cons:
- No support
- Baggy cut means extra fabric (can’t be worn with skinny jeans)
- Excess material can bunch and twist
2. Slim Fit Boxers
Slim fitting boxers are very similar to traditional boxers. They are made with the lightweight material and have an elastic waistband. They are designed to look like shorts and have a fly that opens in the front. The difference is that slim-fitting boxers have less billowy material.
With less girth around each thigh, you’ll have less material to deal with when you put on your pants. If you wear somewhat slim fitting pants but love the loose, relaxed feel of traditional boxers, this would be an excellent route to explore
3. Traditional Briefs
Traditional briefs were invented in 1935, ten years after boxers came out. That probably surprises you, if you’ve always thought of boxers as the trendier of the two. Briefs or boxers was the choice many men were faced with throughout the twentieth century. There are a few more options now, thankfully!
Briefs are snug fitting underwear that has an elastic waistband. The material of the brief is cut and sewn to hug the backside, package, and thighs of the wearer. This makes briefs perfect to wear under tight-fitting pants.
Traditional briefs were sewn with an inverted “Y” shape in the front. These hemlines give this style of brief the supportive contouring that briefs are known for.
Usually, the waistline of traditional briefs sits at the natural waistline, which is just below the belly button. This was where men wore their pants in earlier eras. Many men still prefer this style today. The cut of the traditional brief will provide some support around the midsection and hips, which could make you look fit and trim!
4. Low-rise Briefs: Modern Style
A modern take on the traditional brief is the low-rise brief. Do you wear pants that sit low on your hips? These may be the best briefs for you. Low-rise briefs provide lots of support while remaining out of view when you wear fashionably low pants.
5. Boxer-Briefs: The Perfect Mix?
If the conundrum “boxers or briefs” has you stumped, consider buying a mix of the two. Think of boxer-briefs as briefs as briefs with extended legs. You’ll find boxer-briefs that travel to the mid-thigh, and some that stop sooner, about 6-8 inches down the thigh.
You get all of the coverage of a boxer and all of the support of a brief! This combo is excellent for men who lead an active lifestyle and want to avoid chaffing. They work well with all kinds of pants and shorts.
Some men don’t like wearing boxers, or even boxer-briefs, because they don’t want the end of the shorts to create a visible bump under their suit-pants. To avoid any lumps and bumps, only buy slim fitting boxer-briefs made with a polyester blend, or thin cotton. Also, look for boxer-briefs that lie flush against the leg.
6. Trunks: A New Favorite
A study conducted in 2016 found that 56% of the men polled weren’t wearing boxers or briefs. The majority of men were wearing trunks. This clothing item represents a rising trend in the underwear industry. So, what are trunks, and what’s so great about them?
Trunks are a combo of boxers and briefs, similar to the boxer-brief, except that they are roomier around the leg, and often shorter than boxer-briefs. They fit like a boxer, but there isn’t as much extra material as a boxer would have. Trunks provide support around the package, just like briefs do.
They have a square cut to the legs, rather than tapered, like many boxer briefs.
Trunks are gaining in popularity because they are comfortable to wear with every kind of outfit, for a wide range of activities. They can be worn with dress pants, casual pants, or shorts, and are great for workouts.
7. Jockstraps Stand The Test Of Time
Before boxers and briefs, there was the jockstrap. This piece of equipment is still around to this day. The jockstrap is made with a waistband, a bit of supportive material for the package, and two elastic straps that go around your rear end. These are designed for high-intensity sports.
Men's underwear has evolved over the last hundred years. Current buying options include traditional boxers and briefs, as well as creative hybrids between the two, like boxer briefs and trunks.
The right underwear will feel comfortable, meet your needs, and fit with your style. We hope this seven men underwear buying tips help you in your quest for the perfect fit. What will you choose?