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Introduction: What Style or Type of Men’s Underwear Should I Wear?
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
- Boxer briefs
- Bodysuit or wrestling singlet
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.
Finally, in the blog text, I have linked to examples of the types of underwear discussed and have some photos, too.
Best Fabrics for Men’s Underwear
The Underwear Expert has a post on the fibers and fabrics used for mens underwear.
There are many brands of mens underwear, among the most popular is from PVH Corp. ,which owns some of the most-popular brands like Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Powder blue boxer briefs by Box Menswear.
Weston Jon Boucher
The brand’s seamless comfort boxer brief comes in charcoal grey. The fabric composition is 76 percent Nylon, 17 percent polyester, and 7 percent Spandex.
Pair of Thieves
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I have seen the Pair of Thieves brand on underwear (briefs, boxer briefs, and trunks) while on shopping trips to Target. The brand offers underwear styles in solid colors as well as patterns.
The brand, founded in 2012, also sells socks and lounge shorts.
Mr. Pool Mega Soft Briefs
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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 Bang and Strike Hard Times boxer. The slim fit allows the wearer to wear slim-fit or skinny pants or jeans.
Where the boxer shorts had a full fit, briefs were designed for a close-to-the-body fit and support. Also, briefs showed more of the thighs than boxer shorts.
(Based on my casual observation of Instagram models and photographers, the brief is popular.)
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.
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.
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.
Typically, the trunk is shorter in length than the boxer brief and shows more of the thigh (but not as much as a brief).
The trunk can be used for everyday wear and active pursuits.
Walking Jack Trunks
Check out 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 a blog post (with Roger Zacha (left two photos)) and another (with Aggelos Pirikkis (right two photos)) for more details.
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.
Bodysuit and Wrestling Singlet
There is a niche yet devoted segment of guys that like to wear a bodysuit or a singlet. Read more about the singlet in a separate blog article.
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).
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.