Review: Men’s Lounge Shorts from Nice Laundry

My order from Nice Laundry, menswearnews.com. The horizontal photo has three items, socks (blue and green), red lounge shorts, and black lounge shorts.

Introduction

While I was writing a blog post about the styles of men’s underwear, I found out about the lounge shorts that e-commerce company Nice Laundry sells. I decided to purchase some to see what the shorts are like. Below is a type of unboxing combined with an initial view.

Background on Nice Laundry

The co-founders

According to the Washingtonian Magazine, Nice Laundry was founded by Ricky Choi and Phil Moldavski in Washington, D.C. The co-founders, who both grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area, used to work at a company called Living Social.

A start with socks, then added underwear

Nice Laundry initially started as a website to sell socks. The company also recycles old socks, a policy that the company has had since its beginning.

The company has moved to New York and was mentioned in the New York Times. The company started selling underwear in 2016, according to the N.Y. Times.

Fly or no fly?

It seems that when Nice Laundry started selling underwear, the underwear did not have an opening in the front. This was a design issue, as explained in an article in Complex.

Today, however, the underwear at Nice Laundry has an opening in the front, excepting the lounge short.

The Ordering Process at the Website

The ordering process is straightforward at the website. A customer has the option to add customized details to the item, if desired. (Be advised that adding customized details makes the order a final sale, as noted at the website.) I ordered two lounge shorts, one the 4 inch inseam version, and the other, the 6 inch inseam. Because it was my first order, I received a complementary pair of socks (a nice touch).

Arrival of the Package

The order (lounge shorts and socks) was in a slim box, which was shipped from New Jersey. The box has two lids: the outer and an inner lid, which covered the order. The shorts were packed neatly, each in a re-closable bag (not sure of the material).

A rectangular shipping box with Nice Laundry in the bottom-right corner. There are three colors on the box: blue, light green, and white.
Shipping box for order
The opened shipping box has three items inside: a pair of blue and green socks with a design on them and two lounge shorts in plastic bags, one red and the other black.
Order in the shipping box

The Lounge Shorts

The lounge shorts appear to be mesh gym shorts, but there are slight differences. The lounge shorts have a liner in them, so that they can be worn without underwear. In addition, the shorts contour the thigh such that there is no opening. This is an important detail if a guy decides to wear them without underwear. The material is soft to the touch and feel nice on the skin.

The outer material is nylon; the inner material is micro-modal. The shorts were made in China.

Black 4 inch lounge shorts

Referring to a previous post, the lounge shorts appear to be a compromise between boxer shorts and the boxer brief with the mesh short fabric. Quite an interesting design and one that I like.

At this point, I have not tried to wear them under pants or jeans, as my intention was to wear the shorts by themselves. But I may try it. I have started to buy slim-fit pants and jeans, and I am not sure if these shorts will fit under them.

Burgundy 6 inch lounge shorts

As expected, the 4 inch inseam version shows more thigh. This version seems more like boxer briefs. The six-inch inseam seems more like gym shorts.

The Socks

I have noticed the range of colors and designs with socks. I typically have worn dark blue, grey, or black dress socks or ankle sports socks. The company sent a pair with more color and design than I have been used to wearing. As the socks came as a free gift with the order, I will try them.

A note on “high-water” pants

(It appears to be the current style (at the time of this writing in November 2019) to wear pants that are somewhat short to show off the shoes and socks. I will not adopt the “high-water” pants style.)

Conclusion

I am happy with my purchase. I think they will be a good option for wearing around the house and outside on warmer days. (At the time of this writing, it is nearly December (cold) where I live.)

The gift of the socks was a nice touch.

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

Antoni Porowski: A Review– His Cookbook; Men’s Casual Clothing

Antoni Porowski: A Review–  His Cookbook; Men’s Casual Clothing

Introduction: Discovery of Antoni Porowski

While browsing Twitter one day, I saw a post on a model named Antoni Porowski. I did not know about Antoni, so I searched him on Google. I found that he has a website, www.antoniporowski.com,  and that he is an actor, model, and chef, who has co-authored a cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen.


Book cover of Antoni’s book, from publisher’s website.

Antoni also owns a New York City restaurant, The Village Den, https://www.thevillageden.com/.

Fan of Photography, Men’s Style, and Cooking

As a home cook that relies on recipes, I was interested and bought a copy at Target.

I am also a fan of photography. (The book has food (as expected) and some model photography.) The topic of this blog is men’s fashion, and I thought I would provide an observation of Antoni’s fashion style from his photos.

Inspiration: Men’s Casual Clothing Favored by Antoni

It appears that Antoni favors a well-fitted, casual look–t-shirts (mostly without logos), slim-fit denim jeans, and white sneakers (without logos), mostly. One photo has a sharp brown leather jacket.

Colors that Antoni wears in shirts are mostly blue and white, with some tops being purple, grey, or light red.

The Food

I typically use recipes from America’s Test Kitchen, so that I am assured of a proper result (excepting my own (rare) mix-ups, lol). Many cookbooks have recipes that will not satisfy a home audience with children or will use up every pot and pan you have (overwork).

From a quick read, I was able to find some delicious new recipes, so I am encouraged to look further and keep it as a resource when planning meals for family and friends.

Conclusion

Were it not for the Twitter post I saw, I would not have known about Antoni or his book. Antoni has a great background and an interesting career path. I certainly wish him all the best.

For my readers, are you a home cook or do you eat at restaurants? What are some of your favorite cookbooks, foods, or both?

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Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

Box Menswear: Review of 2019 Release

The Box Models celebrate with hugs with one of the last photos captured on the Texas photo shoot.

Box Models (left to right) are Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Josh Riquelme, Carlos Effort, Reno Gold, Mojib, Daniel Shoneye, and Josh Watson.
Box Models (left to right) Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Josh Riquelme, Carlos Effort, Reno Gold, Mojib, Daniel Shoneye, and Josh Watson celebrate the last day of the photo shoot

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Preview: Presenting Matt Luscious and the 2020 Additions to the Range



In August 2020, Box Menswear added 4 new underwear styles to its product selection. In addition, there is a new model wearing the clothes in the promotional photos, Matt Luscious, a fitness model and YouTuber from Canada. Matt worked with Photographer Paul Jamnicky.

Check out the blog post for more information about the new range selections.

Continue on with this blog post, which describes the 2019 additions.

Introduction

Box Menswear, an e-commerce company based in Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom.

(Note: I have a review of my order from the brand in another blog post.)

I will start with a discussion of the brand owner, Luke Mills.

After that, I will present information about preparations for the sale started in October 2019 with a photo shoot in Texas in the United States. Following that, I will discuss Box Menswear’s new item releases.

To see photos of the items, please go to the Box Menswear website, and see the Box Menswear Pinterest page.

(I plan to update the post with images on an ongoing basis.)

Ben Masters and Ryan A. Mac in Box Menswear sports shorts

Box Menswear Founder, Luke Mills

The owner of Box Menswear is Luke Mills. Luke also owns Liverpool-based Misfits Celebrity Management.

The Misfits Group, Ltd.

The Box Menswear brand, founded in 2014, is part of the Misfits Group, Ltd. The Misfits Group, according to its LinkedIn page, has other brands– Misfit Cosmetics, Pretty Little Palettes, and Petite Prosecco.

Luke Mills Interview with Bang and Strike

Luke did an interview with one of the stores that stock Box Menswear product, Bang & Strike.

In the interview with Bang & Strike, Luke provided the inspiration for the name of the brand, Box.

I just wanted super duper soft boxer shorts, that you can wear all day. I used to get told off as a kid for putting my hand down my trousers and rearranging my bits and bobs in my boxer shorts as they get all tangled up and uncomfortable and stuff like that, and I wanted something that didn’t do that. The name comes from my mum, because one of the many words for your private parts was your ‘lunch box’. There is a statue above Lewis’s in Liverpool, and the statue is a naked man with his willy hanging out, and she always called that his ‘Lunch Box’.

Q&A with Bang & Strike

Size Chart for Box Menswear Clothing

Above is the sizing chart for Box Menswear clothing.

The Preparation: The Texas, United States, Photoshoot

In October 2019, Box Menswear had a week-long photoshoot session in Texas in the United States of America. The group had 19 models and 5 photographers (and the Box Menswear owner, Luke).

Seth Holbrook and Daniel Shoneye in Texas

The models: Dan Tai, Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, Josh Jakobs, Daniel Shoneye, Alex Grant, Reno Gold, Carlos Effort, Paul Cassidy, Seth Holbrook, Ridick, Kyle Hynick, Fran Dullon, Refugio Hernandez, Rossilino, Dan Soar, Braydan Ifould, Anthony Stefanelli, Mojib.

Model NameCountryInstagram Page
Alex GrantUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/alexzcee/?hl=en
Anthony StefanelliUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/gymnastkid589/
Braydan IfouldAustraliahttps://www.instagram.com/braydanifould_/
Carlos EffortSpainhttps://www.instagram.com/carloseffort/
Dan SoarUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/dansoarr/
Dan TaiUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/dantai.pt/
Daniel ShoneyeUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/danielshoneye/
Fran DullonSpainhttps://www.instagram.com/just.frandullon/
Josh JakobsUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/josh_jakobs/
Josh Riquelme (blog post)United Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/riquelmejosh/
Josh Watson (blog post)United Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/josh_uk/?hl=en
Kyle Hynick (blog post)Canadahttps://www.instagram.com/kylehynick/
MojibThe Netherlandshttps://www.instagram.com/suprememojib/
Paul Cassidy Slovakiahttps://www.instagram.com/paul_cassidy_real/
Refugio HernandezUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/notorious_b1g/
Reno GoldUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/reno_gold/
RidickIrelandhttps://www.instagram.com/ridick_7/
RossilinoUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/_rossilino_/
Seth HolbrookUnited Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/seffbreezy/

(As a side note, through social media posts, I discovered that some of the models traveled to the United States for the first time for this trip: Dan Tai (UK), Braydan Ifould (Australia), Carlos Effort (Spain), and Paul Cassidy (Slovakia). (If there are more, please let me know in the comments.))

The photographers: Alex Wightman, Peter Fletcher, Texas-based Carlos Salazar, Rafa, and Jake O’Donnell.

Photographer NameCountryInstagram Page
Alex WightmanUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/alexwightmanphotography/
Carlos “Trey” Salazar (blog post)United Stateshttps://www.instagram.com/treysphotostudio/
Jake O’DonnellAustraliahttps://www.instagram.com/jake_od/
Peter FletcherUnited Kingdomhttps://www.instagram.com/musclemountainphotography/
RafaArgentinahttps://www.instagram.com/rafa.pics/

The photo shoot started in Dallas, Texas, and then in Austin, Texas.

Two of the models, Josh Riquelme and Dan Tai, are YouTubers. They prepared video logs of their experiences. I attach their video logs below.

Josh Riquelme’s video log about his Box Menswear photo shoot experience.
Dan Tai’s video log about his Box Menswear photo shoot experience.

Related Note: Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook Visit Box HQ in Liverpool

Josh Riquelme, one of the models at the Box photoshoot in Texas, visited Box Menswear headquarters in Liverpool, UK, and posted a YouTube vlog.

During this photo shoot, the images for the new products were captured. In addition, the photographers captured other model shots, some of which are on the photographers’ respective Instagram accounts.

In addition, many of the models are active social media producers, with many posting on Instagram and Only Fans regularly. As photography lovers, the models also took photographs and posted many photos on their social media accounts.

Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli

During the the photoshoot in Texas, among the photos were some demonstrating the height differences among the models. Some photos feature models Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli. Josh is 6’4″ or 1.93 meters; Anthony is 5’3″ or 1.60 meters. The difference in height makes for striking photos.

Box Menswear’s Owner Celebrates His Birthday in Texas

Another side note: During this photoshoot, Box Menswear’s owner, Luke, celebrated his birthday.

Josh Watson’s Interview with Only Fans

Josh Watson, one of the Box Menswear models at the Texas photoshoot in 2019, had an interview with Only Fans. In the interview, Josh discusses his background as well as his favorite activities.

Micah E. Williams and James Loy for Fashionably Male Blog

In 2020, Micah E. Williams, a filmmaker and model, did a photo shoot with Photographer James Loy for Fashionably Male blog. Micah wore a number of items from the 2019 release.

Micah also edited a video made by James.

Box Menswear: New Item Releases

Box Menswear has released new items for sale: loungewear, new selections in underwear, and two items related to a campaign for a UK organization, the National AIDS Trust.

Loungewear: Leggings and Lounge or Pajama Shorts

Loungewear appears to be a popular clothing category. The clothing is designed for wearing in one’s home–chilling after a workday, dressing for a work-from-home day, or just for watching TV or doing house chores. The clothing appears to be related to pajamas, or sleep clothing, because you can wear these clothes to sleep in.

The key is that the clothing should look neat, as stated in an article by Men’s Health. Box Menswear has responded to this requirement with two items, leggings, and lounge (or pajama) shorts.

Loungewear: Total Comfort Lounge Leggings

In the loungewear category, Box Menswear has two colors for the Total Comfort Lounge Leggings available for sale, grey,  and white, The fabric used for the leggings is new for the company. Box Menswear underwear typically has 92 percent cotton and 8 percent spandex.

Fitness model Josh Riquelme stands in front of a farm trailer in grass while wearing Box Menswear lounge leggings.
Josh Riquelme in Texas

The fabric in the leggings is 95 percent bamboo cotton and 5 percent spandex. According to the company description of the leggings, the fabric is “super soft bamboo cotton material” which are designed to “keep your legs warm without feeling restricted.”

Muscular model Fran Dullon stands outside while wearing Box Menswear lounge leggings.
Fran Dullon in Texas

The leggings are designed to be worn by itself or with shorts. The issue is how a guy would feel having his manhood visible to the world. I did a quick search engine search and found an article at Men’s Health, where the author, Brett Williams, asked staff on their opinions on how to wear leggings in the gym. Most of the guys’ questions would choose to wear shorts over the leggings in public. The author ultimately decided to wear the leggings by themselves–but with a shirt big enough to cover his manhood.

Models Kyle Hynick and Mojib, wearing Box Menswear’s lounge leggings.

The colors that Box Menswear has for sale, grey and white could be more revealing without shorts and a grueling, sweaty workout at the gym or for an outdoor run. One of the photos on the webpage has Ridick in soaking-wet leggings. The fabric becomes transparent, and the fabric does become somewhat revealing in the manhood area but not totally.

[So, dear reader, what is your say, leggings with or without shorts? Drop a comment with your thoughts.]

Loungewear: Men’s Lounge (Pajama or Bed) Shorts

In a previous post on this blog, I reviewed the various styles of men’s underwear, One style reviewed was the boxer shorts, and the Bed Shorts resemble this style.

A muscular Dan Tai sits in bed in sunlight while wearing Box Menswear lounge shorts.
Dan Tai

The Box Menswear Bed (Lounge or Pajama) Shorts, you can sleep in them and do house- or apartment-related things wearing them. The fabric for these shorts is bamboo cotton. The lounge short come is two sizes only (small-medium and large-XL) because of the loose design. The shorts do not have pockets.

A muscular Dan Tai relaxes in bed in sunlight while wearing Box Menswear lounge shorts.
Dan Tai. Photographer: Rafa

Intimate Loungewear: Totally See-Through Mesh Shorts

For the leggings, there is a struggle for the guy to decide if he wants to show the outline of his manhood to the public. With Box Menswear’s Totally See-Through Mesh Shorts, the option is left to a guy to wear underwear, jockstraps, or nothing at all under the shorts.

(The fabric content for these fishnet-style shorts is not mentioned in the product description.)

The models on the Box Menswear website, demonstrate all options for wearing these shorts. These shorts are best left for the private entertainment of a significant other.

Men’s Underwear: Boxer Briefs

While the product descriptions at Box Menswear have “boxers”, the fit of the Box Menswear boxers is actually a boxer brief. Boxer shorts have a full fit, while the Box boxer fit close to the body. For more discussion about this distinction, you can read my previous blog post.

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear King Fit Boxers

Cross Thompson by PhotosbySGK. Cross wears black king fit boxers.
Model Fabien Sassier wears Box Menswear’s king fit boxers in white.

With the new items, Box Menswear added the color black to its existing king fit boxers range, which previously was only available in white.

Model Cody Painter, wearing white king fit boxers. Photographer: Jade Young.

The fabric content is for the body of the boxers, 96 percent Bamboo Viscose and 4 percent Elastane. For the vent, 88 percent Polyamide and 12 percent Spandex.

Well-defined, muscular Mens physique competitor, Kyle Hynick, wears Box Menswear's 4 inch boxers outside on  Texas ranch land.
Canadian Kyle Hynick in Texas (4 inch boxer briefs)
Kyle in king fit boxers. Photo by Michael A. Downs.

The King Fit Boxers are available in two lengths, 4 inches and 6 inches.

These boxers are fitted, so the company advises sizing up on them. The size range runs from small to 2XL.

In addition, Box Menswear added a king fit boxer selection with a mesh panel, for more-daring guys.

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Model Josh Riquelme in Box Menswear king fit boxers (mesh panel)

Men’s Underwear: Jockstraps and Thongs

For a description of these garments, see my previous blog post.

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear Ribbed Jockstraps

Model Seth Holbrook wearing Box Menswear jockstraps.

The largest portion of the new release involved jockstraps, a style of underwear that I reviewed briefly on a previous blog post.

Box Menswear’s products already includes jockstraps, but this version has a ribbed texture. The fabric content is the typical Box Menswear combination, 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex.

The colors available are cobalt, pale plum, blackout, burgundy, light grey, military green, pale pink, and red.

Model Josh Riquelme wears burgundy ribbed jockstraps in a stanting pose.
Josh Riquelme in Box Menswear ribbed jockstrap (burgundy)

In addition, there is a totally transparent varsity mesh jockstrap for more-daring guys. The manhood is definitely front and center with this selection. See an example at Box Menswear’s Instagram page.

[Readers: I am curious about these transparent items, jockstraps and the boxers. Readers, please share your thoughts in the comments. If this is a fashion trend, it would be interesting to hear more about it. My thought is that these are more-intimate items for use with significant others.]

Men’s Underwear: Box Menswear Thongs

I reviewed thongs briefly in a previous blog post. The Box Menswear thong was created based on customer requests. The fabric content appears to be the same as the king fit boxers. The thong is transparent in black and in white.

[The request from customers and brand fans for a transparent thong may have answered, in part, my question about these transparent items. The reason for liking these garments is still not revealed. I am interested in hearing from readers about transparent, or see-through, underwear.]

Men’s Underwear: Red on Red Jockstrap and Briefs

Box Menswear with the red on red jockstrap and briefs is donating a portion of each sale to the UK-based National AIDS Trust in support of World AIDS Day on December 2, 2019.

The fabric content of both the jockstrap and briefs is 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex. The waistband for these items are slightly wider than the other jockstraps and briefs.

Box Menswear: Existing Items

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Models Dan Tai and Seth Holbrook

In addition, to having a new range for sale, the company has existing product lines for sale, sports shorts, socks, boxer briefs, jockstraps, briefs, trunks, swimming trunks, and swimming briefs.

Model Joss O., wearing Box Menswear’s red briefs.

Box Menswear: Sports Shorts

When I first learned about Box Menswear, I first looked at the sports shorts 2.0 collection. While these can be worn for athletic pursuits, these shorts could be worn as lounge shorts or as even a trimmer form of the boxer shorts, as discussed in a previous blog post. The fabric content is 92 percent Elastane and 8 percent Spandex.

The Box Menswear sports shorts have a trimmer fit in black, and the company recommends that a customer size up to ensure a good fit. If the customer prefers a looser fit, the company recommends white sports shorts.

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Fashion blogger Aram Simonpour

The sports shorts 2.0 are different from the previous Box sports shorts in that the shorts are label free. As a result, the shorts could be worn as underwear.

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Model Yoav Even, wearing Box white sports shorts and football socks, by Roble Konara

The previous version of the sports shorts (out of stock) had slightly less length than the sports shorts and demonstrating the wearer’s thighs, glutes, and other attributes. These details were the goal of the redesign.

Men’s Underwear: the Wrestling Singlet-Style Bodysuit

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com

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Introduction

The bodysuit seems to be a niche garment within men’s underwear. But there is interest in the style. I think it has something to do with wrestling.

Maskulo’s Youngero wrestling singlet

The athletes wear Lycra singlets in the sport. Similar uniforms are in track and field. (If I missed a sport, please let me know in the comments.)

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Sean Brady in a onesie. Photographer: Travis Lane.

Popularity of Filou Fitt’s Bodysuit

I was on Instagram page of a physique competitor, Filou Fitt. In one of his photos, he was wearing a bodysuit. A number of commenters wanted information about the outfit. (The maker of the bodysuit may have been MW Bodywear. The bodysuit is no longer available for sale.)

Filou Fitt by Marc Spielberg

Multiple Names for the Bodysuit

After reading those comments, I wanted to find out more about the bodysuit. The styling of the bodysuit is somewhat close to the wrestling singlet (which has an athletic function). While researching, I found that there are a number of ways to refer to the garment:

  • Onesie
  • One-piece
  • Singlet
  • Bodysuit
  • Union suit

Each name refers to a garment that looks like the garment Mr. Fitt wore, but none were an exact match. In addition, search engine searches for these garments are relatively low compared with the overall search term of men’s underwear. The wrestling singlet and the bodysuit had relatively more people searching on these terms.

There is a range of options with the bodysuit / singlet, from the athletic to the intimate. I discuss some examples below (The Attraction of the Bodysuit / Singlet).

Bodysuit with Pockets: The One by Australia-based Teamm8

Australia-based brand Teamm8 has a bodysuit with pockets, called The One. The fabric composition is 95 percent cotton and 5 percent Elastane. The One comes with a drawstring detail which would allow others to think that it was sweatpants (long version) or gym shorts (short version), if the wearer wore a jacket or t-shirt over The One.

Men and Underwear blog has an editorial with model Jorge Cobian wearing The One in a photoshoot with Photographer Adrian C. Martin.

Model Jorge Cobian

Jorge Cobian, according to an article in DNA Magazine, is from Cuba, 22 years old (at the time the article was published in 2020), and is a dancer and acrobat. Jorge lives in the Canary Islands.

Jorge had another photoshoot published at the Fashionably Male blog.

Jorge Cobian by Adrian C. Martin

Pros and Cons of the Bodysuit

I think that a benefit of the bodysuit is that it can enhance the look of a fit body. A disadvantage of the garment is its impracticality. The wearer would have to take off all the clothing on top to use the washroom. Perhaps, however if the wearer wore it alone at home, this would not be a concern.

This also could be avoided by separating the singlet–a tank top and boxer briefs or compression shorts.

The Attraction of the Bodysuit / Singlet

Still, there is something about the singular garment. In doing Internet searches for examples of a bodysuit, I found some examples that I liked—one from Colombia-based Mundo Único, https://mundounicostore.com/products/copy-of-body-8-hooks-classics?_pos=1&_sid=8778af18f&_ss=r&variant=46337227790.

Another is from Go Software, https://www.gosoftwear.com/products/lumber-jack-onesy-1?_pos=2&_sid=498d91680&_ss=r.

N2N Bodywear offers a wrestling singlet, which will be familiar to wrestlers or wrestling fans, the GX2 New Horizon singlet.

More-revealing singlet option available (nsfw)

More athletic-fetish styles at Maskulo, https://maskulo.com/collections/wrestling-singlets.

Maskulo’s Youngero singlet

The Maskulo page does mention the clothing’s strong athletic connection. (The models there definitely love bodybuilding.)

Conclusion

The bodysuit appears to be a niche garment with a loyal following. There is a range from the athletic to more-intimate with this clothing. The garment’s athletic connection may well add to the demand for the bodysuit.

What do you think—are bodysuits practical for everyday wear or just special occasions?

Review: What Style or Type of Men’s Underwear Should I Wear?

Review: What Style or Type of Men’s Underwear Should I Wear?

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Introduction

Curious about some of the styles available in men’s underwear? I congratulate you on having an interest in learning more. It’s an exciting time in the underwear market with different styles and colors available.

Please continue reading for a review of what I found that could be helpful as you search for styles you want to try.

Styles of Men’s Underwear

The styles of men underwear that will be discussed in this blog post are

  • Boxer shorts
  • Briefs
  • Boxer briefs
  • Trunks
  • Jockstraps

The styles go from the generally acceptable to the more daring (that is, the gluteus maximus (or glutes) are left exposed–jockstraps, thongs, and g strings).

Research and Inspiration

I found information for this post in a journal article, Datta, Dibyendu Bikash (2018), A Review of Men’s Underwear Styles and Its Various Fabrics, Trends in Textile and Fashion Design, 2 (2)-2018, June 18.

In addition, while doing research for this post, I found an inspiring New York Times article by Journalist Max Berlinger, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/fashion/mens-style/new-mens-underwear-briefly.html, in which he reviewed some of the selections of the many brands on offer.

Finally, in the blog text, I have linked to examples of the types of underwear discussed and have some photos, too.

Boxer Shorts

Boxer shorts started in 1925 and were known as “shorts for boxers”. The length of the shorts extended to mid-thigh. The benefit of the boxer short was its baggy style, which allowed for ample airflow. The disadvantage was this baggy form because the fabric bunched up under the top clothing.

Boxer shorts are still available though the design has moved more toward a closer-to-the-body fit in the current style (for example, the Nice Laundry slim-fit boxer, https://www.nicelaundry.com/products/slim-fit-boxer-heather-grey). The slim fit allows the wearer to wear slim-fit or skinny pants or jeans.

In addition, Mack Weldon sells boxer shorts, https://mackweldon.com/collections/boxers, but with a tailored fit, not as full as the traditional boxer yet not as snug as a slim-fit boxer.

This style suits everyday-wear purposes (relaxing evenings and weekends).

An interesting trend is the use of gym shorts as underwear, which appears to be a revised form of the boxer short (a close-to-the-body fit), for example, the Nice Laundry lounge shorts, https://www.nicelaundry.com/pages/lounge-shorts,  and the Box Menswear sports short, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/shorts

Briefs

Where the boxer shorts had a fuller fit, briefs were designed for a close-to-the-body fit and support. Also, briefs showed more of the thighs than boxer shorts.

Briefs were introduced in the 1930s. Briefs provide comfort through air circulation and overall snug support.

In the 1990s, fashion moved toward low-rise pants and jeans. So the low-rise brief was developed to go with these garments. The waistband for the low-rise briefs sits at the hip level.

The fashion of briefs appear to have space in the front for comfort (for example, the Box Menswear briefs) or to emphasize what the wearer possesses (for example (on Josh, right photo).

Garcon, a Canadian underwear brand, has a range in briefs from basic white and black, designs, and bright colors. The fabric composition of the briefs is 82 percent Nylon and 18 percent Elastane. For example, model Bastin Costello wears Garcon’s Brickell brief.

Bastin wears Garcon Model’s Brickell briefs.
Garcon Model’s Ocean briefs

This style suits everyday purposes as well as more-active pursuits.

Boxer Briefs

The boxer brief was a relatively more-recent development, starting in the 1990s by fashion designer John Varvatos. The boxer brief is in the mid-point between the traditional baggy boxer shorts and the snug fit of briefs.

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Just like briefs, some options seek to provide comfort (for example, Box Menswear boxers) or seek to demonstrate “certain attributes” of the wearer (for example, the Box Menswear transparent-panel king fit boxers).

Box Menswear also offers a mesh panel king fit boxer brief, with a single layer of fabric over the thighs (quadriceps).

Kyle Hynick in Texas, wearing Box Menswear king fit boxer briefs.
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Model Josh Riquelme, wearing Box Menswear’s king fit mesh panel boxers.

Garcon Model

Garcon Model has boxer briefs with bright accent colors. For example, Garcon Model’s Dodge Boxer, offsets a dark grey with a bright orange. The fabric combination is 82 percent Nylon and 18 percent Elastane.

This style provides support for everyday activity, including exercise. The style also fits under slim-fit pants and jeans.

Trunks

Trunks were a style originally associated with swimming and boxing (worn under boxer’s shorts) since the 1940s. Since the 1990s, the trunk is used in sport and in everyday wear. The shape of the trunk appears to be close to the slim-fit boxer. 

Typically, the trunk is shorter in length than the boxer brief and shows more of the thigh (but not as much as a brief) (for example, the Box Menswear trunk, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/trunks/products/mens-light-grey-black-trunks.) 

The trunk can be used for everyday wear and active pursuits. See the selection of trunks at Mack Weldon, https://mackweldon.com/collections/trunks, for an example of the range of colors and styles that are available.

Check out also the trunks available at Walking Jack, an underwear brand based in Greece. Walking Jack released the Bluebird Collection in which the trunks and briefs are all in a rich hue of blue (95 percent cotton and 5 percent Elastane). Read the blog post for more details.

Jockstraps

The jockstrap was designed for cyclists, starting in 1888, to prevent saddle sores. The jockstrap leaves the glutes exposed but provides support for the body parts in the front. At first, the front of the jockstrap was hard but then the front became soft and flexible.

The jockstrap is perfect for active pursuits, if the wearer is comfortable with having the glutes exposed, and for more-intimate activities. For example, see the range available at Jack Adams, Garcon, and Box Menswear

Thongs & G Strings

Like the jockstrap, the glutes are more exposed with a thong. The exception is that the backside of the briefs are removed (G-Strings even less), leaving a thinner portion of fabric in the back-center of the garment. In August 2020, Box Menswear entered the men’s lingerie category with a new g-string.

(I briefly discussed these items as people who favor them are a select market. A targeted Internet search will lead the interested reader to examples.)

Also like the jockstrap, the thong is for active pursuits and more-intimate activity (see examples at Jack Adams, https://www.jackadamsusa.com/bikini-thong/.

Conclusion

The purpose of the blog post is to give the reader an idea of the range of options available to men researching what type of underwear to wear. Most can be worn everyday. A new possibility is wearing mesh shorts as underwear.

What styles or brands are your favorites? If you favor one style, what style are you willing to try out and why? 

Let me know in the comments below.

The Menswear Newsletter: Introduction

Welcome to the Menswear Newsletter. I am Andre, and my work experience has nothing to do with fashion. But I have gained casually researched for clothes on the Internet that I bought for myself. My wardrobe needs a refresh, so I am searching for clothes to buy.

I started my career in print journalism, working at a newsletter publication, with a focus on law.  Print media transitioned to the Internet during my career. Then text-based journalism fell into a crisis, with the loss of many jobs. I ultimately had to leave journalism to work elsewhere but I loved the writing process and being able to present information to readers.

While I maintained my writing for personal pursuits, I always wanted to return to newsletter-style writing.

In mid-2019, I started doing part-time social media work for a United Kingdom-based e-commerce company, Box Menswear. A lot of the work is interesting, as I have to learn and execute on social media posting and social media marketing tasks–search engine optimization, social media platforms, creating GIFs, and other things. (Note: This blog is my own work.)

The result is that I can combine my personal search for new men’s clothing and to continue my learning of social media-related subjects.

My thought is that I would begin with some subjects I have interest in, and then see what happens.

I am happy to start, and I hope that my writings bring some value to you.

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com