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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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’.
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).
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.
(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.
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.
Related Note: Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook Visit Box HQ in Liverpool
Josh Riquelme and Seth Holbrook (with Alex Rose), two of the models at the Box photoshoot in Texas, visited Box Menswear headquarters in Liverpool, UK, and posted YouTube vlogs.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 with Ridick has Ridick in soaking-wet leggings. The fabric becomes transparent, and the fabric does become somewhat revealing (link (nsfw)) 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.]
(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, menswearnews.com/2019/11/20/types-of-mens-underwear/.
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.]
[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,
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
In addition, to having a new range for sale, the companyhas existing product lines for sale, sports shorts, Max Wyatt collection, socks, boxer briefs, jockstraps, briefs, trunks, swimming trunks, and swimming briefs. (I will initially discuss the sports shorts, and update the page with the remaining items.)
Box Menswear: Sports Shorts and the Max Wyatt 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 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.
The Max Wyatt version of the sports shorts has 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.
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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.
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.)
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.)
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:
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.
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.
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 Maskulo page does mention the clothing’s strong athletic connection. (The models there definitely love bodybuilding.)
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?
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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
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).
Finally, in the blog text, I have linked to examples of the types of underwear discussed and have some photos, too.
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.
Garcon Model, 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 Model’s Brickell brief.
This style suits everyday purposes as well as more-active pursuits.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. More recent, the jockstrap has acquired an erotic sense.
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 Model, 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. (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.)
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?
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.