Ultimate Guide: Mens Underwear (2022) Styles and Types

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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? You should find some information in this post. 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–

(Left to right) David Manzanilla, Dan Daniel, and Randhy. Briefs, Eyelit and Andros (both are brands based in Argentina).
Models: Franco Mayorga, Jesús Fonseca, and Viktor, Argentina. Underwear, Calvin Klein, Pump!, and Narciso.
Jordan Morello, owner and model, Shortys Apparel. Photographer: Stevan Reyes.

The styles go from the generally acceptable to the more daring–jockstraps, thongs, and g strings.

Model: Kyle Ehrensberger. Photographer: Michael A. Downs.
Briefs, Emporio Armani.
YouTuber Bremen Menelli
Model: Bryan Jordan. Photographer: CJC Photography. Briefs, Teamm8.

Brands Available

Men’s Underwear Brands List

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.

While doing research for this post, I found a New York Times article by Journalist Max Berlinger, in which he reviewed some underwear brands.

After the publication of this post, I wrote a post on the history of Calvin Klein advertising in Times Square, New York City.

Andrei Gutiérrez, a mens physique competitor and engineering student, from Mexico. Briefs, Calvin Klein.

YouTuber Marcel Floruss
Jason Hoeung, founder of 2Eros and Supawear.
Model: Randhy Landaeta, Jr. Photographer: Adhrian Schmidt. Location, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Kyle Hynick by Jade Young (at Times Square (pre-pandemic))
Model: Kyle. Photographer: Balthier Corfi. Briefs, Calvin Klein.
Model: Maicol Mejia, Colombia. Briefs, Diesel.
Mojib (1.67 m, 5’6″) and Mario Adrion (model and YouTuber, 1.89 m, 6’2″) in Tulum, Mexico (2021)
Model: Franco (aka Marco Maxxx), from Argentina. He has done an interview (en Español).

Best Fabrics for Men’s Underwear

The Underwear Expert has a post on the fibers and fabrics used for men’s underwear.

Men’s Underwear for Workouts

There is another blog post on the brands and fabrics for underwear for workouts.

Model: Patrick Toechterle, UK-based online trainer and social media personality. Photographer: Louis C. for Adam Smith.

Franco Mayorga, Argentina

Franco Mayorga is a model who is from Argentina. He plays fútbol.

In the photos, he wears the brands, Wide (a brand based in Argentina), Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Franco had an interview with News Digitales (en español).

Photos of Franco

Shortys Apparel and Jordan Morello

Another workout clothing brand is Shortys Apparel. Jordan Morello, an online fitness coach and social media personality, owns the U.S.-based brand.

Read more about the brand and Jordan in a separate blog post.

Jordan Morello. Photo by Stevan Reyes. Boxer briefs, Shortys Apparel.

Walking Jack´s Ash Collection

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. The photographer is Louis C.

Read more in the blog post.

Brands

There are many brands of men’s underwear, among the most popular is from PVH Corp. , which owns some of the most popular brands like Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger.

Then there are niche e-commerce brands, like

Model Hunter Beireis. Photographer: WagnerLA. Briefs, Versace.
Igor Miller and Allen King. Igor’s briefs, Calvin Klein
Loren Cruz by Adrian C. Martin for Teamm8
Model: Shane Crommer, UK-based fitness model and personal trainer.
Boxer briefs, Calvin Klein.
Connor Mead by Photographer Paul Jamnicky, Canada. Boxer briefs, Skull and Bones.
Model: Volodymyr Andreishyn. Briefs, Versace.

Powder blue boxer briefs by Box Menswear.

Mens Underwear Brands List

BrandWebsiteBlog post
Adam Smith New Yorkhttps://adamsmithwear.com/Saltire Collection   Sport Collection
Alexander Cobbhttps://www.alexandercobb.com/ 
Andrew Christianhttps://www.instagram.com/andrewchristianintl/   
Bang and Strikehttps://www.bangandstrike.com/   
Calvin Kleinhttps://www.calvinklein.us/en/mens-clothing/ck-mens-underwear/shop-all-mens-underwear?ab=homepage_desktop_24  Times Square and CK   Mens Basics
Club 7https://club7menswear.com/ 
David Archyhttps://davidarchy.com/collections/mens-underwear   
Dieselhttps://shop.diesel.com/en/mens/underwear/ 
Emporio Armanihttps://www.armani.com/en-us/emporio-armani/man/underwear   
Garcon Francaishttps://garcon-francais.fr/en   
Garcon Modelhttps://garconofficial.com/collections/underwear   
HOMhttps://us.hom.com/department/underwear/   
Intimissimihttps://www.intimissimi.com/us/men/briefs/   
JOR (Colombia)https://www.jorwear.com/category-product/underwear/ 
Marcusehttps://www.marcuse.com/   
Muchachomalohttps://www.muchachomalo.com/en/home/   
Nikehttps://www.nike.com/w/mens-underwear-9plciznik1   
Parke and Ronenhttps://www.parkeandronen.com/collections/underwear   
Shortys Apparelhttps://shortysapparel.co/collections/hammocks  Jordan Morello
Skull and Boneshttps://www.instagram.com/skullandbones_nyc/   
Stancehttps://www.stance.com/mens-underwear/   
Teamm8https://www.teamm8.com/collections/mens-underwear   
Tommy Hilfigerhttps://usa.tommy.com/en/men-underwear   
Versacehttps://www.versace.com/us/en-us/men/clothing/underwear-socks/   
Walking Jackhttps://walkingjack.com/10-underwear  Aggelos Pirikkis;   Ash Collection;   Bluebird Collection    
XTGhttps://xtg.es/es/   
Woodhttps://www.woodunderwear.com/ 
2Eroshttps://2eros.com/collections/all-underwear 
Supawearhttps://supawear.com/   
Model: IFBB Pro (mens physique) Alessandro Cavagnola. Photographer: Alex Wightman. Briefs, Intimissimi.

Eclatant Sportswear

Eclatant Sportswear is based in the United Kingdom. The owner is Sam.

The brand offers two underwear types: boxers and briefs. The fabric composition is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent Elastane. Sizes run from small to large. The colors on offer are navy and army green.

The brand has a chat function on its website. I was able to receive a response in a reasonable time.

The underwear runs small, so if you enjoy squats and deadlifts, the underwear may be too small. The underwear stretches horizontally but not so much vertically.

Model: Sam T., owner of Eclatant.

Marcuse

Marcuse is a men’s swimwear and underwear brand. The brand is based in Australia.

Men and Underwear Blog has several Marcuse-related editorials. One is with Hungarian model Ethan O’pry.

Another is with Pierre Zamyatin, a DJ and model from the Russian Federation.

Pierre Zamyatin by Photographer Pavel Lepikhin
Marcuse Australia Astra Briefs

In 2022, Marcuse added a new brief to its range, the super-low rise Astra Brief, available at Men and Underwear store.

Daniil Mazunin

The model in the Marcuse video is Daniil Mazunin, a muscular model from the Russian Federation.

Also, read an editorial at the Men and Underwear blog, with photos of Daniil in Marcuse Astra briefs by Photographer Pavel Lepikhin.

JOR

JOR is a menswear brand based in Colombia, South America. In underwear, the brand offers–bikinis, boxers, briefs, g-strings, and thongs. The brand also sells swimwear and activewear.

Code 22

Code 22 is an underwear brand based in Spain. The company released briefs and trunks in military-inspired colors. The model is Aritz Aren; the photographer is Joan Crisol.

(Read more about the release at the Men and Underwear blog.)

Model: John Neda. Photographer: Joan Crisol.

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. 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.

Model: Christopher Cote, wearing boxer shorts.
Model Matt Carls by Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Trent Ulloa by Carlos “Trey” Salazar. Boxers, Bang and Strike.

Briefs

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.)

Sam Worth and Ross Hindmarch by Photographer Rokas Darulis

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.

Model: Sam for his brand Eclatant Menswear.
Baxter by Joem Bayawa
Carlos Effort (Spain) by Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Read more about Aggelos Pirikkis.
Ethan O’pry

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.

Models Dan Soar and Josh Riquelme pose for a photograph in a laundry room.
Dean Young and Josh Watson for Box Menswear

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

Fitness models Josh Watson and Daniel Shoneye pose in a locker room in Box Menswear king fit boxers.
Josh Watson and Daniel Shoneye
Andrei Gutiérrez by Photographer Chris Femat
Shane Crommer

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. 

Anthony Lorca, actor, in Adam Smith trunks. Photo by Adrian Nucelaar.

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.

Model: Leonel. Trunks, Pump.
Photographer: Paul van der Linde. Trunks, Bolas.
Franco Mayorga, football player and model from Argentina. Trunks, Calvin Klein.
Photographer: Paul van der Linde.

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-column photos)) and another (with Aggelos Pirikkis (two photos on the right)) for more details.

Jockstraps

The jockstrap was designed for cyclists, starting in 1888, to prevent saddle sores. The jockstrap leaves the gluteus 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.

Josh Watson, left, is 1.93 meters tall. Josh stands in front of Anthony Stefanelli, who is 1.60 meters tall. Anthony has to look up at Josh.
Josh Watson and Anthony Stefanelli compare heights

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

Mojib and Josh Watson
Model: Zach A. Mason. Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar.
Jockstraps, Calvin Klein.

Teamm8 Naked Underwear Range

The Men and Underwear blog has an article about the “Naked Underwear” release from Teamm8, an Australia-based brand. Among the selections in the release are jockstraps.

  • Model: Loren Cruz (Canary Islands, Spain)
  • Photographer: Adrian C. Martin
See the article on the Men and Underwear blog.


Wrestling Singlet

There is a niche yet devoted segment of guys that like to wear a wrestling singlet or bodysuit (aka jumpsuit).

Read more about the singlet in a separate blog article.

Josh Watson and Niccolo Neri for Box Menswear. Photographer: Jake O’Donnell.
Model Jorge Cobian poses in a Teamm8 onesie.
Jorge Cobian
Model poses in a blue N2N wrestling singlet, with orange and white around the arm openings.

Thongs & G Strings

Like the jockstrap, the gluteus is more exposed with a thong. The exception is that the backside of the briefs is removed (G-Strings even less), leaving a thinner portion of the 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 (see examples at Jack Adams).

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 every day. 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 us know in the comments below.

Andrei Gutiérrez. Photo by Chris Femat.
Model: Blake Taylor. Photographer: Jade Young. Clothing, Tani Underwear


3 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide: Mens Underwear (2022) Styles and Types

  1. I like to wear mens thong underwear and I wear it on a regular basis. I love the fact that it consists of high cuts that allow me to move my legs easily in all possible directions without any discomfort. It is really comfortable for me to wear tight outfits.

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