Buying New Underwear: The Urgent Need

Buying New Underwear: The Urgent Need

We’ve all been there. A huge pile of laundry, no time to wash them, and suddenly, you realize that your underwear drawer is looking a bit empty. It’s an all-too-common scenario, and the solution is simple: head to the nearest department store and buy some new underwear.

Recently, I found myself in this situation and decided to visit Macy’s, a department store that is nearest to my apartment, to buy some t-shirts and some boxer-briefs. Typically, I shop online. However, at that point, time was of the essence. I went to the men’s underwear department, looking for t-shirts and boxers.

I went intending to find black Calvin Klein boxer briefs and a set of 3 t-shirts and get out of the store. At Macy´s, I did not see Calvin Klein boxer briefs. I saw Tommy Hilfiger and Nike.

I did not see any styles of Tommy Hilfiger that I liked. So, I decided to go with the Nike brand. Why? In doing my stories for this blog, I noticed many influencers wearing Nike boxers and trunks in their social media posts. I was curious to try it.

Male fitness model Ricardo poses in the afternoon sun.
Ricardo O. by Photographer Aldo Vazquez. Ricardo wears Nike boxer briefs.

Comfortable and Durable Boxer Briefs from Nike

There were many styles in the Nike section-boxers, boxer briefs, trunks, briefs. I found a three pack of trunks, Dri-FIT Essential Micro, in the colors black, blue, and grey. The fabric composition is 92 percent reprocessed polyester and 8 percent elastane. The fabric has a soft, silky feel. The fabric is typical for workout underwear.

In addition to the comfort and durability, I was also drawn to the sleek design of these boxer briefs. They are simple, yet stylish, and come in a range of colors to suit any taste. I chose black, blue, and gray. The cost was US$45.

What is repossessed polyester?

Reprocessed polyester (rPet) is fabric made from empty plastic bottles.

Completing the Look with T-Shirts from Tommy Hilfiger and Hanes

Having settled on the trunks, I turned my attention to finding some new t-shirts. I was looking for a variety of styles and brands. I found t-shirts from both Tommy Hilfiger and Hanes, two large, well-known men’s clothing brands. In fact, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein belong to the same corporate owner, PVH Corporation. I guess that is why I could not find both at Macy’s.

I noticed that there was a five pack in the box, so I picked that one (US$69.50). 

Needing some t-shirts to replace some old ones, I picked up a set of five Hanes t-shirts (US$42.00).

Conclusion

In the end, while the prices were a bit higher than I expected, my trip to Macy’s was a success. I was able to find exactly what I was looking for, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchases. The Nike boxer briefs are comfortable, durable, and stylish, and the Tommy Hilfiger and Hanes t-shirts are perfect for everyday wear. If you’re in a similar situation, head to Macy’s and check out their selection of underwear and t-shirts. You won’t regret it!

What are some of your go-to brands for daily wear? Are you on point with your laundry days? Let me know in the comments.

Raúl “Yayu” Esparza: Classic Physique Competitor, México

Raúl “Yayu” Esparza: Classic Physique Competitor, México

Author’s note: This blog is in English; however, Yayu speaks Spanish. Google Translate is on the right sidebar and can produce a Spanish version. Please let me know if the translation is correct in the comments or in an e-mail.

Introduction

Raúl “Yayu” Esparza, 21 (a Leo), lives in Zacatecas, Mexico. A college student, he studies Physical Culture and Sports. He is also a physique athlete, starting with mens physique and looking to move up to classic physique.

Yayu, the Athlete

Yayu has participated in physique contests. He is 1.74 meters tall (5 feet 8.5 inches).

  • Fifth place Mr. México GAMES
  • First place, mens physique principiante +1.74 Mr Centro Rep
  • Second place, classic physique principiante Mr. Aguascalientes

In addition to weight training and physique competitions, Yayu has participated in many other sports, such as fútbol or soccer, parkour, boxing, swimming, and basketball.

Yayu’s Social Media

Yayu is active on Instagram and TikTok.

Articles

The Fashionably Male blog published an article about Yayu and his photographer, Chris Femat. In the article, Yayu models clothing by Gus de la Cruz Couture.

Also, the website, GuaposWow (in Spanish) published an article about Yayu, including some of Yayu´s male fitness model photos.

Yayu’s Photo Shoots

Chris Femat

(Instagram and YouTube)

Yayu does photo shoots with Photographer Chris Femat (doing business as FitBook Photo). They have created fantastic images.

Chris also has photos with another physique competitor, Andrei Gutiérrez.

Conclusion

I wish Yayu well as he prepares for the next classic physique competition season.

Mens Underwear (2023): Walking Jack and Roger Zacha

Mens Underwear (2023): Walking Jack and Roger Zacha

Introduction

Roger Zacha, a personal trainer from Cyprus, is a physio student in The Netherlands and the model for Walking Jack´s photoshoot for the brand’s Ash Collection.

Roger previously had another photoshoot for Walking Jack’s Bluebird Collection.

The photographer, Louis C., is based in the United Kingdom and Cyprus.

BrandWalking Jack (Greece)
Photographer for the photoshootLouis C Photography

Ash Collection

There are three types of underwear available in the Ash Collection: trunks, briefs, and solid briefs.

Fabric Composition

FabricAmount in clothing
Cotton95 percent
Elastane (for stretch)5 percent

Size Chart

From Walking Jack’s website.

Conclusion

Yet another great photoshoot by Louis C and Roger for Walking Jack brand. I wish Roger much success in his studies and training business.

Have you tried on a pair of Walking Jack underwear or are curious to investigate further? Which collection is your favorite?

Male Fitness Model: Franco, Argentina

Male Fitness Model: Franco, Argentina

Introduction

Franco (aka Marco Maxxx) is a male fitness model, MMA athlete (Tae Kwon Do black belt x3 Pan American champion, Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt), and content creator. Marco lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marco is studying to be a lawyer. He is also a father.

Marco’s birth date is 18-May, which makes him a Taurus.

Interviews

Infobae

Marco had another interview with Infobae, a Spanish-language publication. His parents are attorneys and his brother is a Roman Catholic priest. Marco will get a law degree.

Es Jueves Santo y no hay un alma en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Marco baja a abrir la puerta, sonríe a la distancia y saluda con un abrazo. Tiene 22 años y acaba de llegar de Gualeguaychú, donde nació y donde está a punto de terminar la carrera de Derecho. Es hijo de abogados y es, además, hermano de un sacerdote de la Iglesia Católica. Tiene un jean negro, una remera blanca y una tonada cálida y, a simple vista, podría ser solo eso: una pieza más de un tradicional rompecabezas familiar.

Gisele Sousa Dias, Infobae

(How to translate a website, via Google Translate.)

News Digitales

Marco had an interview with News Digitales in Argentina (en Español). The following section asks what his childhood dream was. Marco discusses his participation in martial arts.

(How to translate a website, via Google Translate.)

ND: – ¿A qué te dedicabas antes y cuál era tu sueño de chico?

MM: – No hablaría del pasado como un “antes” porque nunca dejé de hacer lo que me gusta y elijo. Hago artes marciales desde que tengo siete años, y mi sueño era ser campeón argentino. Lo logré a los 12 años, y luego de eso, cinco veces más. Estuve en la selección cuatro años y logré tres campeonatos panamericanos consecutivos representando a Argentina: en Paraguay 2014, Argentina 2016, y Brasil 2018. Ahora estoy estudiando abogacía, estoy en quinto año. Planeo recibirme el año que viene.

Agustin Rey, News Digitales

(Franco’s friend, Kito Shelby, also had an interview with the same reporter.)

Photo Shoots

Florence, Italy

Marco’s first photo shoot. The photographer was Pablo Lonardi.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Conclusion

Marco has a whole life pursuing the activities he loves. I wish him well. What is the favorite thing that you learned about Marco? Let me know in the comment section.

New York City: Mens Fashion Brands

I discovered some brands based in the New York City (NYC) area while researching and writing articles about local models and photographers.

Perhaps, I missed a brand based in NYC. If so, please tell me the name of the brand in the comments section or by email.

ClothingBrand NameWebsite
Briefcases, accessories  
 Stuart and Lauhttps://stuartandlau.com/
   
Custom Clothing  
 Proper Clothhttps://propercloth.com/about
   
Denim Jeans  
 Mott and Bow (tech pants, jeans)https://www.mottandbow.com/
 Brooklyn Denim Co.https://brooklyndenimco.com/
 Williamsburg Garment Co.https://williamsburggarment.com/
   
   
Casual Clothing  
 Calvin Klein (part of PVH Corp.)https://www.calvinklein.us
 ESNTLShttps://www.esntls.co
 Parke and Ronenhttps://www.parkeandronen.com/
   
   
Gym Clothing  
 Athletegyhttps://www.athletegy.com/
  Fourlaps https://www.fourlaps.com/
   
   
Underwear  
 Mack Weldonhttps://mackweldon.com/
 Calvin Kleinhttps://www.calvinklein.us
 Skull and Boneshttps://skullandbones.com/
 2Xisthttps://2xist.com/
  Chulo https://www.chulounderwear.nyc/shop
  C-IN2 New York https://www.c-in2.com/
   
Kyle Ehrensberger by Photographer Balthier Corfi.
Model; Bobby Justice. Photographer: JR Christiansen, NYC. Boxers, Chulo.
Model: Leonel. Photographer: Les Cordovi. Trunks, C-IN2 New York.
Model: Kyle Hynick in Times Square, NYC (2019). Photographer: Jade Young. (blog post)

Mens Underwear (2023): Adam Smith New York’s Saltire Collection

Mens Underwear (2023): Adam Smith New York’s Saltire Collection

Introduction

Adam Smith New York, a menswear brand based in New York, offers its Saltire Collection. The Scottish Highlands inspires the collection. The brand uses polyester and elastane in the Saltire group for durability and 4-way stretch. There are five styles available:

  • Bikini
  • Briefs
  • Boxer briefs
  • Combo Trunks
  • Trunks.

You can purchase the underwear through the brand’s website and the Men and Underwear Store.

Model Rodolfo Valentino. Photographer Gavin Harrison. (More photos from this photo shoot)
Model: Ulysses Blaanco. Photographer: Fernando Landin

Fabric Composition

Jason Hoeung, the founder of 2Eros and Supawear, made a YouTube video comparing polyester and polyamide (nylon). Jason states that polyester is suitable for daily wear underwear and workouts. Polyamide is ideal for comfortable underwear.

FeaturePolyesterPolyamide (Nylon)
Durable, lightweightYes, smooth feelYes, though gentler and softer on the skin than polyester
Water-resistantYesYes. It absorbs water but dries faster as it is a synthetic material.
Holds color wellYesYes
Easy to washYes, highly stain resistantYes. It absorbs moisture, but it is easy to wash stains away.

In comparison, Calvin Klein combined polyester and polyamide in the CK One. (Note: I own some pairs of the boxer briefs.). The fabric composition of the CK One is 58 percent polyamide, 30 percent polyester, and 12 percent elastane. The fit is close to the body and comfortable; the material is light and flexible. The feel of the fabric is smooth. The color is deep blue (Perth Blue).

If you are interested in the fabrics used in making men’s underwear, see a link located in another blog post.

Saltire Collection

Saltire Collection StyleSizesFabric Composition
BikiniS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
BriefsS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
Boxer briefsS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
Combo trunksS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
TrunksS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane

You should be aware that the size range is a bit smaller overall for the Saltire Collection than the other Adam Smith collection.

Size Chart

Photo Shoot: Water Polo Athlete and Model Rodolfo Valentino and Photographer Gavin Harrison

Adam Smith’s photo shoot model is Rodolfo Valentino, a water polo athlete from Italy. Rodolfo lives in the United Kingdom.

The photographer is Gavin Harrison.

Location: Leicester, UK.

Photos

Conclusion

Are you looking for a plaid addition to your underwear collection? Give the Saltire Collection a try. If you try the Saltire Collection, drop a comment below and tell us your experience.

Mens Workout Clothing Brands

Josh Riquelme. Shorts, Tucann.
Franco Mayorga, Argentina
Andrew Morrill, co-owner of Athletegy New York
Mens Workout Clothing Brands
CategoryBrand NameWebsite
Crossfit /Running
Athletegyhttps://www.athletegy.com/
Fourlapshttps://www.fourlaps.com/collections/all
No Bullhttps://www.nobullproject.com/pages/men
Ten Thousandhttps://www.tenthousand.cc/collections
Training
Championhttps://www.champion.com/men.html
Darc Sporthttps://shop.darcsport.com/collections/all-products
Inaka Powerhttps://inakapower.com/collections/shop
LiveFit (LVFT)https://www.livefitapparel.com/
Raw Gearhttps://www.bmfitgear.com/collections/all-products
BodybuildingRyderwearhttps://www.ryderwear.com/collections/mens
Stay Shreddedhttps://stayshredded.com.au/collections/mens
Strong Lift Wearhttps://www.strongliftwear.com/collections/mens
BodybuildingTLFhttps://tlfapparel.com/collections/all-products/mens
Shortys Apparelhttps://shortysapparel.co/
Resort/Beach
2eroshttps://2eros.com/
Bang! Miamihttps://bangclothes.com/
Parke and Ronenhttps://www.parkeandronen.com/
Tucannhttps://www.tucann.com/
Danny Miamihttps://dannymiami.com/collections/shorts
Premium
Armani EA7https://www.armani.com/en-us/ea7/man/clothing
Reigning Champhttps://shop.reigningchamp.com/collections/mens-latest
Ron Dorffhttps://us.rondorff.com/collections/men
Model: Jeff Violette. Shorts, Danny Miami. [Five-inch inseam workout shorts.]
Bang! jogger shorts
Model: Andrew Morrill. Shorts, Athletegy.
Model: Ben Petersen, DPT, CSCS. Shorts, Iñaka Power.
Model: Alex Gibson. Clothing, Raw Gear.

Andrei Gutierrez: Mens Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

Andrei Gutierrez: Mens Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

Introduction

Andrei Gutiérrez, 27 (8-March birthday, Pisces), lives in Aguascalientes, Mexico. A college student, he studies mechatronics engineering. Andrei is also a mens physique athlete, intending to earn his professional card.

Author’s note: This blog is in English; however, Andrei speaks Spanish. Google Translate is on the right sidebar and can produce a Spanish version. Please let me know if the Spanish translation is correct in the comments. Also, you can copy and paste text into DeepL.

Mens Physique

Andrei participated in three mens physique contests in 2021. He is 1.70 meters tall (5 feet 6 inches).

  • 4th place Mens Physique Class 1.70 m Mr, México 2022
  • Overall, Mens Physique Mr Aguascalientes 2022
  • Fifth place Mens Physique Class 1.70 Mr. México 2021
  • Overall champion, Mens Physique Mr. Aguascalientes 2021
  • Mens Physique Novice 1.70 Camp Nal 2021
Photographer: Chris Femat. Board shorts, Ulises Moreno, Mexico.

Andrei’s Social Media

Andrei is active on Instagram (IG).

Andrei’s Photo Shoots

Chris Femat

(Instagram and YouTube)

Andrei does photo shoots with Photographer Chris Femat (doing business as FitBook Photo). Chris and Andrei created great images, some of which have become my favorites.

Conclusion

I wish Andrei well in his engineering studies and mens physique contest career. Any of his photos are your favorite? Do you have any questions for Andrei? Post them in the comments.

Ultimate Guide (2023): Mens Tech Pants

Ultimate Guide (2023): Mens Tech Pants

Introduction

With the pandemic, I was fortunate to have a full-time job that I could do from home. My employer is starting to make plans to open to a hybrid arrangement (part of the workweek at home and part of the workweek at the office).

While working from home, I did not have much need for the dress clothes that I wore to the office. I did not do telework in casual clothes, as I found that I could not get into work mode without dressing somewhat more formally than jeans and a t-shirt.

Now that I will return to an office commute (maybe?), I had an interest in refreshing my wardrobe. Perhaps, the reader is in the same position. First, I looked for pants. I tend to wear wool dress pants that I pair with a blazer or sports coat.

It is a neat outfit. However, rain can present a problem—soaking the wool and ruining the crease. This happened to me several times. While I will not give up on wool pants, I was searching for pants that are formal enough for the office and can deal with rain well.

I found a category of pants called men’s tech pants. The pants typically have cotton, some elastane for stretch, and polyester for some water resistance. I found several brands that sell this type of pants. Most are formal for a workday, and a few others have a casual design.

The brand, Tailored Athlete, focuses on athletes and people who love gym training.

I also added two pants from Mott and Bow for comparison: The Everyday Chino and the Mercer Twill Denim. Both pants have mostly cotton with some elastane for stretch.

Brands of Tech Pants / Stretch Chinos

PantsWaist SizesFabric Composition
Perk Feel Good Chinos
($108)
28 inches to 42 inches97 percent cotton twill, 3 percent Spandex
Western Rise, AT Pant
($128)
28 inches to 40 inches97 percent nylon, 3 percent Spandex
TAYLRD Tech Chino Pants
($89)
28 inches to 44 inches96 percent cotton, 4 percent Spandex
Rhone Commuter Pant (five styles-regular, slim, skinny,five-pocket, and jogger)
($128)
28 inches to 40 inchesProprietary “Flex-Knit™ fabric”
Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino
($128)
30 inches to 44 inches78 percent cotton, 17 percent Lyocell, 5 percent elastane
2Eros Bondi Pants
(Australian $120)
S, M, L, XL (28 inches to 37 inches)84 percent nylon, 16 percent elastane
TAYLRD Warp Knit Pants
($108)
28 inches to 44 inches100 percent polyester
Mott and Bow, The Everywhere Chino
($99)
30 inches to 40 inches97 percent cotton, 3 percent elastane
Tailored Athlete, Everyday Tech Trousers
($116) [article, clothing for bodybuilders]
28 inches to 38 inches90 percent nylon, 10 percent Spandex
Five-Pocket Pants

FourLaps Traverse Pant
($98)
28 inches to 40 inches89 percent recycled polyester, 11 percent Spandex
Mott and Bow, Mercer Twill Denim
($118)
30 inches to 42 inches98 percent cotton, 2 percent elastane
Western Rise Evolution Pant
($149)
28 inches to 40 inches96 percent nylon, 4 percent elastane

Review: Maverick Tech Chino

I decided to try Mack Weldon’s Maverick Tech Chino. I was familiar with Mack Weldon through previous orders. I decided to try the Maverick Tech Chino because it was like the pants I had worn for work from home days (100 percent cotton). I bought the belt that Mack Weldon recommends for the pants. I wore the pants as some when I received them.

Despite the cotton in the pants, the fabric is a little stiff. (The pants get a little less stiff with wear.) They are comfortable for my sedentary job. While I planned to use the pants for work, I also wore them to the supermarket and the coffee shop.

The pants have been working well for me. I will likely buy another pair.

Conclusion

New pants to suit at-home or in-office wear. Also, they can be used for casual events.

Have any of the stretch chinos discussed interested you? If so, let us know in the comments. If you have any questions about these pants, please send a message or write a comment. I will try to answer it in the blog.

Mens Underwear (2023): Shortys Apparel

Mens Underwear (2023): Shortys Apparel

Table of Contents

Introduction

Jordan Morello is an online fitness coach, social media personality, cookbook author, and apparel brand owner, Shortys Apparel.

Jordan’s social media pages are on his link page.

What does Shortys Apparel Sell?

Why Shortys Apparel?

Shortys Apparel is a brand to consider because you work with the owner directly.

In one of his videos, Jordan showed the room in his house where he stores his product for sales. He also shows where he packages an order for customers.

It is also good to see Jordan wear Shortys clothing as he does his day or workout tasks.

Jordan Morello’s leg-day workout. Shorts, Shortys Apparel’s Hammocks (boxer briefs).
Jordan Morello tries on his brand’s clothing.

Fabric Composition of Shortys Apparel Underwear

Shortys calls its boxer briefs “Hammocks.” The fabric composition of Shortys boxer briefs is 95 percent Modal and 5 percent Spandex.

Benefits of Modal

Benefits of Spandex

  • Elasticity

If you are interested in the fabrics used in making men’s underwear, see a link located in another blog post.

See a separate post for a mention of Jason Hoeung, the owner of 2Eros and Supawear in Australia, who made a video explaining the features of modal and elastane in men’s underwear.

Colors of Shortys Apparel’s Boxer Briefs

At the time of this post, the colors for sale are white and navy blue. Jordan announced on a YouTube post that Shorty’s would add three colors: light blue, coral (light red), and grey.

The brand added new underwear in June 2022.

My Order

I placed an order for four Hammocks boxer briefs after Shortys Apparel released the new colors. Ordering from the website (built with Shopify) was straightforward. I received my order within three days.

The underwear is made in China. The fabric is silky smooth and stretchy, which Jordan demonstrated in his try-on videos.

Photo Shoot with Photographer Stevan Reyes

Jordan announced in a YouTube video that Shortys will be expanding its product offerings.

To capture images of the new products, Jordan had a photo shoot in a cabin (The Love Lodge Lithia) with Florida Photographer Stevan Reyes.

Jordan by Photographer Stevan Reyes.

Note: Jordan and Stevan released The Adonis Project on December 25, 2021. The first round of the joint project ended in January 2022. You can sign up for updates on the next release.

Photo by Stevan Reyes.

Photos of Shortys Hammocks Boxer Briefs

Conclusion

What color of Shortys boxer briefs was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.