Men’s Underwear 2021: Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

Men’s Underwear 2021: Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

Introduction

Walking Jack is an underwear brand based in Greece. After the Bluebird Collection, the brand released the Ash Collection. The Ash Collection is available in the following styles: trunk and brief.

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Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

The Ash Collection offers a grey mélange underwear body with the black waistband design, with a fabric composition of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent Elastane. Also, the Ash Collection offers a lined pouch.

Model: Alexis Estrada. Photographer: Adrian C. Martin.

Ash Collection Photo Campaign

Walking Jack had a photo shoot for its Ash Collection. The model was Loren Cruz, a fashion model from the Canary Islands, Spain. The photographer was Adrian C. Martin. The photos were taken in the Canary Islands.

Trunks

Briefs

Size Chart

Walking Jack has a wide variety of sizes from Small (27-29 in or 70-75 cm) to XXL (36-39 in or 91-99 cm).

Shipping

Walking Jack delivers worldwide. I live in the United States. According to Walking Jack’s website, I am in zone 4. The shipping fee is6.50 euros (registered post) for an expected delivery time of 5 to 14 business days or 18 euros for an expected delivery time of 2 to 3 business days.

Photo Gallery

The brand included photos of Loren in other underwear available at Walking Jack.

Conclusion

I hope you are inspired to try out Walking Jack’s new Ash Collection. What has been your experience of the Walking Jack brand? What style of men’s underwear is your favorite and why? Tell me in the comment section.

Ultimate Guide (2021): Clothing for Bodybuilders

Table of Contents

Athletic Physique Brands in Post

Introduction

After working out consistently, you have built a solid muscular physique. Perhaps you are newer on your weight training journey, and you are planning to have a physique like Mauro Fialho (mens physique pro), Laszlo Kiraly (classic physique), or Chris Bumstead (classic physique pro) one day.

The physique that is favored in physique competition—broad shoulders, thickly muscled back, lean waist (a V-shape), and well-developed legs—is a rare body type. So, outside of athletic clothing, it can be difficult to find clothing for non gym activities—a date, a job, and so on.

Josh Riquelme by Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar

(Fit guys like Josh Riquelme, Kyle Hynick, and Fraser Wilson have physiques that mass-produced clothing can accommodate. Still, most of the brands that I will discuss would suit these physique types as well.)

Kyle Hynick (jeans, Represent)

Fortunately, there are clothing brands that specialize in making clothes for muscular guys. The goals of this article are

  • To help the reader determine the right colors to pick for their skin tone.
  • To help the reader pick out wardrobe essentials that are easy to coordinate and easy on the wallet.
  • To compile the brands that provide clothing for bodybuilders for easy reference.

Note: While there are different levels of muscularity in a physique competition

  • mens physique
  • classic physique
  • 212 pounds bodybuilding, and
  • open bodybuilding,

for the purposes of this article, I will consider all levels as bodybuilding. The gym-built bodies differ significantly from the general population of guys.

IFBB Pro (mens physique) Mauro Fialho
Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes practices bodybuilding poses with Milos Sarcev.

The Right Color for Your Skin Tone

The Undertone

There are two types of undertones—cool and warm. Skin tone is different from skin color. The best way to tell whether you have a cool or warm skin tone. Stand in front of a mirror and hold a sheet of white copy paper next to your face.

  • If you see a red, pink, or blue undertone you have a cool undertone.
  • If you see a peach, yellow, or golden undertone, then you have a warm undertone.

When you determine what type of undertone you have, you can tell which colors look best next to your skin.

Color Theory

I have provided a very quick explanation of how to apply a portion of color theory. However, if you are interested in viewing the topic in-depth, I recommend Marcel Floruss‘s video on color theory (at right). Marcel is a fashion school graduate and provides technical information in an easy-to-understand manner.

Neutral colors should be the foundation of a guy’s wardrobe. Neutral colors are black, white, grey, beige, and khaki. Once you build a wardrobe based on neutral colors, you can begin to mix in more colors.

Wardrobe Essentials: The Foundation of Your Personal Style

Your wardrobe for non-athletic places should include essential pieces. If money is tight, you can slowly buy new clothes or find pieces at a trusted thrift shop until your wardrobe is complete.

For the thrift shop idea and style ideas for muscular guys, see the video with Nathan McCallum and Marcel Floruss (right).

Brock McGoff, The Modest Man at YouTube, explains why the foundation of your wardrobe should be based on neutral colors. He also provides his advice on what he would by if he were building up his wardrobe.

Wardrobe Essentials

JacketDark grey suit
ShirtsWhite dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, t-shirt
PantsDress pants, casual pants (chinos), dark denim jeans
OuterwearLeather jacket, lightweight jacket, overshirt, topcoat
ShoesLeather boots, dress shoes, white or black leather sneakers
AccessoriesWatch, bracelet, leather belt

Clothing Brands for Bodybuilders

The goal is to find wardrobe essential pieces that are made for bodybuilder physiques. There are several brands that focus on this unique fashion niche.

Oxcloth

  • www.oxcloth.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jeans, chinos, shorts, and shorts.
  • The brand has a specific sizing guide. (According to a blog post, the brand specifically added upper arm measurements to its sizing.)

Sizing

The sizing for Oxblood is based on particular dimensions of a bodybuilder’s x-frame (wide shoulders/upper back, narrower waist, and wider hips, and bigger thighs). For example, the “Greyman” fit is recommended for a guy who is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet two inches tall, up to 225 pounds.

  • Arms: 16.5 inches to 18 inches
  • Chest: 43 inches to 48 inches
  • Waist: 30 inches to 38 inches
  • Neck: 19 inches
  • Hips: 45 inches

The Angus fit is interesting. The 212-pound bodybuilding category is for guys that are 5 feet five inches tall or shorter. The Angus fit for this height recommends a body weight of up to 175 pounds for guys who have a height from 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches.

The brand does caution that not everyone can fit its sizing, but the brand can provide clothing for some big guys. Each product page has a bodybuilder’s photos and his measurement’s so that the reader can compare.

Dress shirt

Light-blue dress shirt, the Stallion.

  • 111.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent cotton

Jeans

Note: The bodybuilders featured at Oxblood have tree-trunk thighs.

Medium-blue denim jeans, the Mustang Athletic Fit Stretch Jeans

  • 118.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Quote from the brand’s product description: “Tested up to a 300 kg squat”

Model: Romane Lanceford

Chinos

Black chinos, the Mamba Ultra-flex

  • 97.99 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

The lengths for the chinos can run long if you have squatter’s legs but are short.

Tapered Menswear

Sizing

The sizing for Tapered Menswear shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and unflexed biceps measurement. The sizes range from S to XXXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 45 inch to 47-in chest and 17.5-inch upper arms. For polo shirts and t-shirts, the arm size decreases by 0.5 inch. For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

White tapered fit shirt

  • 55 Great Britain Pounds
  • 96 percent cotton and 4 percent Elastane

Polo shirt

The brand’s polo shirts are available in short- and long-sleeves. I have chosen the short sleeve shirt for this article.

Black tapered fit polo shirt

  • 40 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton mesh fabric

T-shirt

The t-shirts have a muscle fit, meaning that the t-shirt fits closer to the body and emphasizes a bodybuilder’s V-shape. The close fit of the t-shirt’s sleeve shows off the wearer’s biceps peak.

White tapered fit t-shirt

  • 25 Great Britain Pounds
  • 100 percent cotton

Father Sons

  • Fathersonsclothing.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: jackets, jeans, jumpers (sweaters), pants, shirts, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing chart for shirts and for pants. (There is a context-based size guide tab at the right side of the screen for each product type.) The brand shows how their clothes fit on different types of physiques (one of them is a muscular physique, Andrei Deiu, an IFBB pro (mens physique)).
  • Readers can email the brand for sizing advice.

Sizing

The sizing for Father Sons is not explicitly designed for bodybuilders but they do have muscular models wearing their clothes, such as Andrei Deiu and Regan Grimes. Both Andrei and Regan wear shirts with stretch in it.

I do not think that an undershirt would fit under the shirt. The brand’s sizing for upper-body clothing (XS to XXXXL) is based on chest size. Bodybuilders tend to have huge arms that will not fit in fitted sleeves.

For example, Andrei wears the super-slim stretch black denim long-sleeve shirt (US$61.81; 69 percent cotton, 28 percent polyester, and 3 percent stretch). An interested reader may have to size up with Father Sons to ensure a good fit.

In the leather jacket (US$418.92, lightweight lambs leather), Andrei wears a t-shirt under the jacket. While the body of the jacket fits Andrei well, the sleeves look too tight (you can see the veins on top of his biceps through the material). The brand explains that Andrei is demonstrating the tight, fitted look (size XXL, 50-inch chest).

Still, I added this brand for consideration because of muscular models wearing the clothes. I think fit men like Elad Michaeli, Josh Riquelme, or Kyle Hynick would fit these clothes well.

Elad Michaeli

The brand’s sizing (30 through 38) for lower-body clothing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist (up to 38 inches), hip (up to 44 inches), and thigh (up to 27 inches) circumference. The pants come in four lengths (28, 30, 32, and 34).

The brand’s pants sizing would explain IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes’s experience. In Regan Grimes’s try-on video, he showed that it took some effort for him to put on the brand’s jeans.

IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Regan Grimes tries on Father Sons clothing.
Andrei Deiu and Zac Perna
Andrei Dieu at Father Sons photo shoot (behind the scenes).
Mario Hervas, Spain (2019)

Dress Shirt

Oxford Blue Super Slim Stretch Dress Shirt

  • 55.53 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent stretch

Polo Shirt

Classic Beige Polo Shirt

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Sweater

Classic Navy Ribbed Knit Jumper

  • 69.41 U.S. Dollars
  • 85 percent polyester, 15 percent viscose

Leather Jacket

Grey Lambs Leather Jacket

  • 416.54 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent lambs leather

The leather is unlined.

T-shirt

Dress Pants

Slim Formal Plain Navy Stretch Trousers

  • 111.07 U.S. Dollars
  • 53 percent polyester, 44 percent virgin wool, 3 percent Elastane

Jeans

Barbell Apparel

  • barbellapparel.com
  • Based in the United States.
  • The clothing offered: chinos, dress shirts, dress pants, jeans, and polos.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (For example, see the chat function at the bottom-left of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Barbell Apparel shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest. The sizes range from S to XXL (38 inches to 52 inches). For example, for all brand shirts, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 52-inch chest. For pants, the sizes range from 28/S to 40/XXL. The pants sizes are based on a bodybuilder’s waist and thigh circumference. The length of the pants is 34 inches, which may be too long for shorter men (including me).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress shirt

Motive Dress Shirt

Shirt sizes range from XS to 4XL (36-inch to 61-inch chest).

  • 118 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent polyester, 13 percent rayon, and 9 percent Spandex

Polo Shirt

Havok Polo

  • 58 U.S. Dollars
  • 88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex

Chinos

Anything Chino

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • 100 percent polyester

Jeans

Straight Athletic Fit

  • 149 U.S. Dollars
  • “Barbell advanced flexible denim”

Note: The inseam is 36 inches (for tall guys).

Legend London

  • legendlondon.co
  • Based in the United Kingdom
  • The clothing offered: jeans, pants, and shirts
  • The brand has size information on each product page.

Sizing

The sizing for Legend London shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and hips. The sizes range from S to XL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46-inch chest and 44-inch hips. For pants, the sizes are based on waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches)

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but there some UK-based YouTube Fitness channels that feature try-on videos with the brand (for example, Brandon Harding and Joe Delaney).

Dress Shirts

Smart Super Stretch Button Shirt in Muscle Fit

  • 51 U.S. Dollars
  • “High stretch dense mesh”

Casual Pants

Beige Spray-on Trousers

  • 71 U.S. Dollars
  • “Signature four-way stretch”

The model on the product page is muscular and lean. Tree-trunk thighs likely would not fit or look awkward.

Waist sizes range from 28 inches to 36 inches.

Model: Ryan Dengler (American football player and powerlifter).
Pants, Legend London.

Jeans

Tailored Athlete

Harry Simonis, CEO and Founder of Tailored Athlete

The CEO (and founder) of Tailored Athlete is Harry Simonis. Harry started the brand in 2016 (when he was 22 years old) to serve athletes wanting better fitting shirts without having to go to the tailor. He explained his idea in creating his brand’s “true muscle fit”.

Working out of his bedroom at his mother’s house in the United Kingdom, Simonis sourced hundreds of fabric samples, started sketching numerous new designs and began conducting market research on his own by measuring thousands of athletes at nearby gyms. “I got a lot of funny looks at first,” the entrepreneur laughs. “Some people agreed, some thought I was mad.”

However, it was through this arduous process that Simonis began to develop the “True Muscle Fit” – scientifically designed for their athletic physique.

Tailored Athlete article

Harry recorded a promotional video with Sergi Constance, an IFBB pro (mens physique) from Spain.

In addition, Harry recorded a video in 2020 to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the brand. He provided details from his life as well as his vision for the company.

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Athlete shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest and waist. The sizes range from S to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 48 inch to 50-in chest and a 38-inch to 42-inch waist.

The dimensions favor a V-shaped torso. For more questions about fit, the reader can email a company representative. See also the brand’s size advisor (a button above the “add to cart” button).

Each product page has a photo of a bodybuilder and height, weight, and chest measurements.

Dress Shirt

The brand states that its shirts have a “true muscle fit,” which includes wider sleeves for bigger upper arms. Big arms of pro physique guys or open class bodybuilders may be too big for the sleeves, despite Tailored Athlete using stretchable performance fabrics for their clothes. I am thinking that fit, muscular guys (like the brand’s CEO, Harry) would be ideal for the dress shirts. (Examples are Kyle Hynick, Josh Riquelme, and Fraser Wilson.)

Essential Dress Shirt

  • 80 U.S. Dollars
  • 80 percent microfiber, 17 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Casual Shirt

Linen Shirt

  • 105 U.S. Dollars
  • 67 percent cotton, 30 percent linen, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirt

Essential Polo Shirt

  • 60 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

T-Shirt

Essential T-Shirt

  • 45 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Denim Jeans

The brand explains that their jeans fit true to waist size and there is no need to size up for big thighs. The jeans seem like they can accommodate moderate muscular thighs (like Dan Tai, former pro rugby player and current CrossFit athlete).

Tree-trunk thighs would seem to be too big to fit. (The models on the product page do not have tree-trunk thighs like Regan Grimes.)

Premium Stretch Jeans in Dark Blue

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Dress Pants

The dress pants appear to be able to accommodate bigger thighs. (It would be good for an interested reader to contact the brand to confirm.)

Essential Trousers in Charcoal

  • 125 U.S. Dollars
  • 78 percent Polyester, 18 percent Viscose, 4 percent Elastane

Bradley Allen

  • Bradleyallen.com
  • Based in Denver, Colorado, United States.
  • The clothing offered: dress pants, dress shirts, hats, and polo shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).

Dr. Brad Poppie, Founder of Bradley Allen

The founder of Bradley Allen is Dr. Brad Poppie. Dr. Poppie explained in a blog post why he started his brand.

Dr. Brad Poppie, serial entrepreneur and bodybuilder himself, founded Bradley Allen Apparel when he personally struggled to find dress clothing to fit his body type. The current athletics retail industry provides limited dress apparel options for fitting the muscular physique. By focusing on fit, feel and a polished professional look, Bradley Allen Apparel has created the best athletic fit dress shirt and pants on the market.

Sizing

The sizing for Bradley Allen shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest, arms, and weight. The brand’s clothes are meant for guys with huge physiques. The sizes range from middleweight (S) to super heavyweight (XL). The middleweight dimensions are as follows:

  • Chest: 40 inches to 43 inches
  • Arms: 16 inches to 17 inches
  • Weight: 175 pounds or fewer

Compare that to the heavyweight:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 50 inches
  • Arms: 18 inches to 19 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260 pounds

The sizing for Bradley Allen pants is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, thigh, and calf circumference.

There are three sizes, S, M, and L. The dimensions for M:

  • Waist: 35 inches to 37 inches
  • Thigh: 24.5 inches to 27 inches
  • Calf: 16.5 inches to 17.75 inches

Dress Shirts

Physique Tailored Dress Shirt

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • 97 percent cotton, 3 percent Elastane

Polo Shirts

Muscle Fit Polo Shirt

  • 64 U.S. Dollars
  • 30 percent Tencel, 50 percent recycled polyester, 20 percent cotton

Size L is for bodybuilders with the following measurements:

  • Chest: 47 inches to 55 inches
  • Arms: 20 inches to 24 inches
  • Weight: 200 pounds to 260+ pounds

Dress Pants

Physique Tailored Dress Pants

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 65 percent polyester, 35 percent cotton

Pants are unhemmed, but a customer can get the brand to hem them for an additional fee (note, no returns allowed of hemmed pants).

Fran Denim

  • frandenim.com
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on the bottom-right of the webpage. The sizing shows that the clothes are made for guys with a lot of muscle (like a pro bodybuilder).
  • The brand owner participates in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting, which involves many leg exercises. He could not find jeans to accommodate his big thighs and also fit his lean waist. This experience was the motivation for starting Fran Denim.

This brand is not marketed for bodybuilders, but the owner seeks to make clothes that can accommodate muscular people with larger thighs. Tree-trunk thighs may be too large, but some muscular could find jeans with this brand.

Sizing

The sizing for Fran Denim jeans is based on the waist circumference (30 inches to 38 inches with 2 inseams-31 inches and 34 inches). The brand explains that you can focus on the waist size only without making an adjustment for your thighs.

Jeans

Daniel Straight Leg Rinse Wash

  • 103 U.S. Dollars
  • 92 percent cotton, 5 percent elasterell, 3 percent Spandex.

Kojo Fit

  • us.kojofit.com
  • Based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
  • The clothing offered: jeans
  • The brand’s sizing guides for each product type are on each product page.
  • Readers can contact the brand for sizing advice (You can also use the chat function at the bottom-right of the screen.)

Sizing

The sizing for Kojo Fit shirts is based on several measures

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Chest circumference
  • Waist circumference
  • Neck circumference
  • Biceps circumference.

The sizes range from XS to XXXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with the following measurements:

  • Height 5’11 1⁄4″ to 6’4 3⁄8″ (in feet and inches)
  • Weight 216 pounds to 238 pounds
  • Chest circumference 45 11⁄16 inches to 47 1⁄4 inches
  • Waist circumference 35 13⁄16 inches to 39 3⁄4 inches
  • Neck circumference 17 1⁄2 inches
  • Biceps circumference 19 5⁄16 inches

Dress Shirt

Bamboo Satin Stretch Shirt

  • 74 U.S. Dollars
  • Bamboo, polyester, and Elastane

T-shirt

Essential Bamboo T-shirt

  • 46 U.S. Dollars
  • “Organic bamboo Elastane jersey blend”

Jeans

Ultra Stretch Jeans-Tapered Slim Fit

  • 89 U.S. Dollars

The sizing for Kojo Fit jeans is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with the inseam ranging from 28 inches to 30 inches). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Chino

Ultra Stretch Chino Pants

  • 89 U.S. Dollars
  • Viscose, polyester, Elastane

The sizing for Kojo Fit pants is based on the waist circumference (28 inches to 36 inches with a 30-inch inseam). With the relatively low inseam options, the brand seems to be focused on shorter men.

Olympvs

  • olympvsjeans.com
  • Based in the United Kingdom.
  • The clothing offered: cargo pants, chinos, dress shirts, jeans, polo shirts, sweaters, and t-shirts.
  • The brand’s sizing guide.

Sizing

The sizing for Olympvs shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s chest measurement. The sizes range from S to XXL. For example, for a dress shirt, an XXL size would fit a bodybuilder with a 46 inch to 48-in chest.

For Olympvs pants, the sizing is based on a bodybuilder’s waist, hip, and thigh (leg-day lovers’ dream) measurements. For example—

Waist: 36 inches

Hip: 42 inches

Thigh: 26 inches to 30 inches

For more questions about fit, the reader can email or chat with a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The brand makes muscle-fit shirts (basically accommodating a v-tapered physique (wide shoulders and narrower waist). Its shirts are designed to be worn without a undershirt.

High Performance Shirt

  • 79 U.S. Dollars
  • Gracell fiber fabric
  • 55 percent Gracell, 42 percent Terylene, 3 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Polo Shirt

Hyper Stretch Polo

  • 59 U.S. Dollars
  • 38 percent Rayon, 52 percent Nylon, 10 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

T-shirt

Short Sleeve Henley

  • 69 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Jeans

Note: The back pockets on most jeans have rivets. The lengths of the jeans are 30 inches, 32 inches, 34 inches, and 36 inches.

Sorbtek 365 Jeans

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 75 percent cotton, 24 percent Sorbtek 365 Fibre, 1% percent Lycra
  • Made in China

Chinos

The brand’s chinos have a reinforced crotch area (as well as extra room for the glutes and thighs) to prevent blowouts.

Hyper Stretch Chinos

  • 119 U.S. Dollars
  • 98 percent cotton, 2 percent Spandex
  • Made in China

Tailored Titans

Sizing

The sizing for Tailored Titan shirts is based on a bodybuilder’s height as well as chest, waist, and flexed-biceps measurements. The shirts have a small brand logo on the chest.

For more questions about fit, the reader can contact a company representative.

Dress Shirt

The Flex

  • 91 U.S. Dollars
  • 95 percent cotton, 5 percent Elastane

Conclusion

Dedicated weight training produced your muscular build. You should be able to find clothing that suits a more muscular physique. While you can go to a tailor for made-to-measure or bespoke clothing, those options can be hard on the wallet.

Fortunately, there are some brands available that offer essential clothing for muscular guys at a reasonably affordable price. These essential pieces can be assembled in multiple outfits. Are you a weight training enthusiast that loves leg day or a competitive physique athlete? Perhaps, you are a friend or significant other of a muscular guy. What has been your experience finding non-gym-related clothes that fit well? What brands work well? Tell me in the comments or by email.

Mens Essentials-Basic, Everyday Underwear Brands

Mens Essentials-Basic, Everyday Underwear Brands

The desire today is to express one’s individuality through clothing. This desire extends to underwear. Many brands focus on creating basic, everyday men’s underwear, sold in department stores and online. It can get confusing to know that these brands are available, so I have tried to collect the brands into one post for your convenience.

The basic forms of men’s underwear are briefs, trunks, boxer briefs, and boxer shorts. (Read a separate blog post on the styles and types of men’s underwear for more information.)

Brands

Sold in Physical Stores (and Online)

PVH Corporation: Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger

Although Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are separate brands, these brands have the same owner, PVH Corporation.

Calvin Klein started in New York in 1968. According to the PVH Corp. website, the Calvin Klein brand had US$9.4 billion in retail sales (2019). PVH Corp. acquired Calvin Klein in 2003.

Calvin Klein underwear ads were forward. (I did a blog post on Calvin Klein’s relationship in Times Square, New York City.)

Calvin Klein is sold to all men with all kinds of body types. Typical colors are black white and blue. There are reds and oranges in the lineup.

The Tommy Hilfiger brand started in 1985. It started as a department store brand. PVH Corp. acquired the brand in 2013.

Notably, Tommy Hilfiger brand has professional tennis player Rafael Nadal as a model for its clothing. The brand had US$9.2 billion in retail sales (2019).

Tommy Hilfiger brand underwear comes in solid colors or with printed designs.

Franco Mayorga, Argentina

Franco Mayorga (aka Kito Shelby) is a football player, model, and personal trainer who lives in Argentina, South America.

Moschino

Moschino is a clothing brand based in Italy. The brand sells briefs and boxer briefs at a higher price point.

Bang and Strike

Bang and Strike started in 2006 as a retailer of men’s underwear. In 2019, the organization decided to focus on selling its stock of men’s basic underwear.

The focus of the brand is “to create a brand that had a familiar yet modern feel and that was uncomplicated, clean cut and aspirational. Underwear for guys that appreciate low key style.”

Stance

Stance started in 2009 with selling socks with vibrant colors and designs. Later, the brand offered boxer briefs and other clothing for sale. The brand offers two types of boxer briefs, one with an internal pouch (the “Wholester) and the boxer brief. The brand calls the fabric used to make its boxer briefs the “butter blend,” 66 percent modal, 26 percent lyocell, and 8 percent elastane.

Hanesbrands, Inc

Hanesbrands, Inc., owns three brands: Hanes, Champion, and Bonds (in Australia). The company started in 1901. The company notes that it manufactures 70 percent of the clothes it sells. The brand offers boxer briefs, boxer shorts, and briefs.

Jockey

Jockey started in 1876 and is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The brand’s underwear is sold in major department stores. The brand has a wide selection of underwear, from boxer briefs to thongs.

Fruit of the Loom

The Fruit of the Loom brand started in 1851. The company focused on producing textiles in Rhode Island. Later, the brand made underwear and other clothing. The company protected the brand name under trademark in 1871. The Berkshire Hathaway Group acquired the brand in 2002.

Muchachomalo

Muchachomalo is a brand based in the Netherlands. The brand name translates to “bad boy” in Spanish. The idea for the brand is to place art based on life and feelings on the underwear, suggesting that the bad boy wears underwear to be shown. The brand has solid colors for sale.

The brand sells boxer briefs and trunks for men.

E-Commerce

Pair of Thieves

The links in this subsection are affiliate links, which means I earn a small referral payment if you choose to purchase the product.

Pair of Thieves is an e-commerce underwear brand. However, the brand’s underwear has a presence in the brick-and-mortar world through being sold at Target stores.

The brand offers mostly boxer briefs and trunks. Briefs and boxer shorts are available but have fewer options. The patterns range from one-color fabric to more vibrant designs.

The brand has three founders, Cash Warren, Alan Stuart, and David Ehrenberg. The goal of the brand is to offer well-made basics (socks, underwear, t-shirts, and loungewear) that can handle whatever the owner does. For every order, the brand contributes clothing to those who experience homelessness.

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Walking Jack

Walking Jack is an underwear brand based in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2018. I wrote previous blog articles about Walking Jack:

The goal of the brand to improve the fabric, fit, and feel of basic, everyday underwear. The underwear is made in Portugal.

The pouch is contoured to fit the male anatomy perfectly. It offers support and room exactly where every man needs it most.

Almost all our seams are flat lock to avoid any friction or irritation against your skin.

It took years of research, effort, and hard work to create the garments you buy from us.

We source the best materials, fabrics, and manufacturers so we can offer our customers nothing but the best.

We are present in every part of the production and look after every detail.”

Walking Jack website

The brand has underwear styles in black, white, blue. Printed designs are also available.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is a brand based in New York City. The creator is Yasemin De Mirci, who created underwear based on discussions with men explaining what they wanted in underwear.

The brand has several collections, each with its targeted style. In the Basic Collection, the brand offers boxer shorts, boxer trunks, briefs, and trunks.

Saxx

Saxx is an clothing brand based in Vancouver, Canada. The brand’s underwear has a pouch feature that maintains “order”. The brand sells mostly boxer briefs, and a few briefs, across its collections.

Ballistic Menswear

I wrote a previous post about this Canada-based brand. The brand sells boxer briefs and briefs.

Unsimply Stitched

Unsimply Stitched is a brand based in Los Angeles, California.

The brand offers boxer briefs with a wide selection of designs. (The company sells socks as well.)


How often to change underwear?

Daily. Underwear and socks should be washed after each wearing.

How often should guys replace underwear?

Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, has some top tips on when to replace items – not just for cleanliness, but also to get the best out of them.

He told Metro.co.uk: ‘Generally speaking, and this applies to any garment, how often you replace your underwear will depend on how many pieces you have in your rotation, how well made they are.

‘How well you care for them is also key. Don’t throw items away simply because you’ve read that they need replacing every year. You’ll save yourself a lot more money in the long run.’

Avoiding Fashion Waste: Recycling Used Underwear

The World Economic Forum encourages the recycling of washed, used underwear to address the issue of textile waste.

“What do you do with your unwanted underwear? Chances are you throw them away.

Now a clothing company in Philadelphia, US, says it’s time to stop casting our undergarments aside. About 5 million kilogrammes of unwanted underwear ends up in landfill sites across the US every day, according to The Big Favorite.

It says it’s bringing circularity to underwear – “the one category remaining that can’t be donated or resold” – by encouraging customers to return their old undies to the company for recycling instead of throwing them away.”

Conclusion

The market for men’s underwear is huge, with many brands available for purchase. Do you have a favorite brand? Write about it in the comments.

Mens Black Underwear: Apixt, Reliable Essentials

Check out Apixt’s Kickstarter

Grab a pair or two from Apixt’s basics

collection: black boxer briefs, briefs,

and trunks.

Introduction

Feel comfortable in reliable black underwear?

You are not alone. I have found that black underwear is still a popular choice. You pick out a pair from the drawer, dress yourself, and go about your day.

I have found out that there is a new brand that would offer only briefs, trunks, and boxer briefs in black: Apixt. The brand has a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign has a US$3,000 goal, with a May 21, 2021, deadline.

What Makes Apixt Special?

  • The underwear is designed to feel like a second skin.
  • Environmentally sustainable fabric: made from the hulls of soybeans.
  • The underwear is made in Europe, with SILVERPLUS technology.

Read more about Apixt’s basics collection at Kickstarter.

Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Introduction

I found Ballistic Menswear because a photographer tweeted about the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand. Ballistic has underwear for sale now, but the brand plans to offer swimwear and gym wear for sale in the future.

Author’s note: I wrote a blog post about Kyle Hynick, a model who is from Halifax.

Social Media

Underwear

Ballistic sells briefs and two types of boxer briefs: mesh and athletic. The size charts from Ballistic underwear is located conveniently on the product page.

The fabric composition (for the briefs and mesh boxer briefs) is 95 percent bamboo viscose and 5 percent Spandex. The boxer briefs have a mesh panel in the front; the athletic boxer briefs have solid fabric.

For the athletic boxer briefs, the fabric composition is 95 percent Polyester and 5 percent Spandex.

(Note: To read more about the styles and types of men’s underwear, read another blog post for more information.)

Delivery

Ballistic Menswear uses Canada Post and DHL (outside Canada).

Payment Accepted

When I published this post, the brand accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.

Conclusion

Ballistic Menswear daily underwear, with a little bit of daring (with the mesh underwear versions). With the nice selection of colors and good size range, many guys can find something they like.

Crossfit Workout Gear: Shorts and Water Bottle

Crossfit Workout Gear: Shorts and Water Bottle

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Crossfit Workout Goal: Long-term Health

As explained in the guide on Crossfit shorts, Crossfit uses high-intensity, functional movements. For example, a beginner workout-of-the-day (WOD) could be squats, pull-ups, presses, and a run. A workout requires gear that allows a guy to be comfortable as he goes through his challenging workout.

You are starting a workout routine for lifetime health benefits, so workout gear should be long-lasting.

Items that will support you as you attain your Crossfit training goals: Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short and reusable water bottle.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

The Tactical Short has 80 percent Nylon and 20 percent Spandex and has a compression liner.

This short can go from gym-based workouts to running outside, swimming, or completing shopping tasks before going home.

The shorts have zippered pockets to keep your keys and other personal property secured.

The shorts have two lengths: 5 inches and 7 inches.

Introducing: The Tactical Short
Introducing: The Tactical Short
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Ten Thousand Water Bottle

Rather than using countless plastic bottles to have water available during your workout, it is more convenient to have a reusable water bottle.

One option that would work is stainless steel that is free from bisphenol A (BPA).

Ten Thousand’s BPA-free stainless steel water bottle is 32 ounces. It has a convenient handle and a wide opening so that you can add your supplements or ice cubes easily. The water bottle has a double wall that can maintain the water temperature.

24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot
24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Introduction

I found some of Kyle Hynick‘s photos where he was wearing a big flannel shirt that had an embroidered logo and design on it. I discovered that the jacket is an overshirt.

Is the overshirt a good piece to add to a guy’s wardrobe or is it just a passing fad? The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I can see why the garment has many fans.

The Cardigan Sweater

Way back, I loved cardigan sweaters with designs like some overshirts; sadly, this type of cardigan faded away. The overshirt could fill the place of the cardigan, at least for me.

What is an Overshirt?

According to the EQVVS website, an overshirt is a jacket with the design of a shirt. The overshirt comes in various styles (zip front, button front, with pockets or without pockets) and fabrics (cotton or nylon). The style is casual, but some of the overshirts have great colors making those pieces more polished. The overshirt is versatile to wear in all seasons, which is great for the Washington, D.C., area weather pattern.

In selecting an overshirt, it should be big enough to fit a sweater underneath the overshirt, but not supersized (unless that is the look you are going for).

How to Style the Overshirt

The overshirt provides many options for creating an outfit. I am still learning how about how to create a great look. I look to YouTube videos to see what fashion bloggers recommend.

The first video is by Style by Dillan, who provides advice on creating a two to a three-layered outfit.

In the second video, Devan on Deck styles overshirts for use in warmer climates or a transition from cold to warm weather. Devan also discusses how to use overshirts to introduce color to your outfit.

YouTuber Marcel Floruss, in the third video, demonstrates several overshirts, in a variety of fabrics.

Examples

Kyle Hynick

Instagram influencer, Kyle Hynick, started a page where he wears different outfits. In the photos with overshirts, Kyle wears flannel shirts with customized embroidery and plaid jackets. He wears an overshirt with a graphic tee and cargo pants or jeans. It is a well-styled, relaxed rugged combination, perfect for weeknights or weekends.

Celestial City

Celestial City is a small business located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Celestial City’s owner lives in Halifax.

The brand sells embroidered sweatshirts, as Kyle is wearing one. The brand also provides for custom embroidery requests. (Check the website for more details.)

Represent

Represent is a luxury streetwear brand based in Great Britain. George and Michael Heaton, brothers, own Represent.

Several of Kyle’s outfits have a graphic t-shirt, jacket, hoodie, or overshirt, and cargo pants from the brand.

Overshirt Brands

In researching this article, I became interested in the style, as I used to love cardigans with a design on them. While looking on Pinterest for Overshirt examples, I found a great looking overshirt from Percival. I liked the overshirt’s look (flannel work shirt, hazel mini hound–sold out), but I wanted to learn more about the company.

Percival

Percival is a Great Britain brand located in Hackney. The brand strives to combine a “British sense of understated style and rare, internationally-sourced fabrics and materials.” A group of five operate the business.

I emailed the company with a sizing question about another coat and received a reply. (I decided to look for an overshirt because I have several coats already. The size information was valuable.)

I found a wool work shirt (midnight and espresso windowpane). I decided to buy it.

The order process was smooth. I will update the post with details about the delivery and fit.

Order Review

My order was mailed on January 25 from the United Kingdom and arrived at my home in the United States (through DHL (20 GBP)) on January 27. The shipping is pricey, but I appreciate more the delivery speed.

I am impressed with how neatly the order was packed in the mail bag. The order arrived in a black mail bag. Inside the work shirt was within a cloth bag with the Percival logo. There was an envelope with return information if needed.

The work shirt is made of wool but is not overly heavy. (I love my cashmere overcoat–warm and light–so I pay attention to a jacket’s weight.) There is a lining in the sleeves.

I am happy with my purchase, and I will keep looking on the website for other pieces to buy.

Conclusion

The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I hope that this article is also a benefit for you, the reader. (I will update this post with further examples.)

Would you consider buying an overshirt? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or by email.

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Introduction: A New Use for Old T-Shirts

Some Instagram posts feature a particular type of workout shirt—a tank top that was formerly a t-shirt. Typically, the wearer has built considerable muscle mass, which contrasts with the open shirt fabric.

(Scroll down for how-to videos.)

Photo Examples

Eco-Friendly, Popular Gym Shirt

These shirts are an example of repurposing old clothes, which helps to reduce textile waste.

Josh Watson

This workout shirt is also popular. There are many searches for this gym shirt on Internet search engines. It makes sense as the workout shirt is budget-friendly and relatively easy to create. On Pinterest, this shirt style has a search peak through warmer weather months.

Diego Sechi in London, UK

How to Cut a T-Shirt to Create a Muscle Shirt

There are several instructional YouTube videos–with a high level of views.

Can You Rock the Muscle Tee?

I think that this type of shirt suits muscular bodies well. A smaller t-shirt would work better for aspiring bodybuilders.

For guys with massive gains, you can make a stringer tank. See the video by pro bodybuilder Evan Centopani.

Conclusion

Embrace the workout tank top, eco-friendly clothing that is easy on the budget and shows off your workout results.

Did you find the YouTube videos helpful? What are your thoughts about the workout tank top? Let me know in the comments.

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Men’s Crossfit Shorts

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Men’s Crossfit Shorts

Introduction

Perhaps you are a newbie Crossfit enthusiast preparing for your first WOD, or you are a skilled Crossfit athlete seeking to find the best men’s shorts that will be as tough as you perform your exercise movements. This article will explain the various types of Crossfit shorts that are on the market.

WOD or Box Shorts Are Just Gym Workout Shorts

According to the wodhopper website, a Crossfit box is a gym that affiliates with Crossfit. An affiliated gym must have Crossfit-certified trainers on site. WOD in Crossfit stands for workout of the day. As each gym is independent, the workout emphasis varies from gym to gym.

According to Invictus Fitness, Crossfit gyms typically “post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete.” So box shorts or wod shorts are essentially gym shorts.

For a reflection of a new person starting Crossfit from mens physique, read a blog article about Tom Seed.

Crossfit Shorts that Will Work as Hard as You During Your WOD

Crossfit uses functional movements. As a result, shorts that allow you to achieve the full range of motion is the best. You have a range of shorts from which to select your favorite.

Brands

Several brands create Crossfit shorts, including Nike, No Bull, Reebok, Ten Thousand, and Rogue.

Crossfit Board Shorts

In this blog, I wrote an article for board shorts in mens physique competitions. The board shorts there are closer to the leg. For Crossfit, the board shorts have a wider leg opening given the demands of the Crossfit WOD. For example, see the Reebok board shorts; the shorts have a wide leg opening that could suit demanding leg-focused exercise movements. Reebok’s board shorts have pockets.

The Rogue brand also has a board shorts option available. The board shorts, like the Reebok, have a pocket.

Crossfit Cordura Shorts

What is Cordura?

Cordura is a trademarked brand name for a fabric that INVICTA (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) manufactures. The synthetic fabric is available for civilian use. Cordura can withstand abrasions, is generally water repellent and flame resistant. Read more about Cordura at Sailrite’s website.

I was not able to find any shorts with Cordura. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Kevlar Shorts

What is Kevlar?

Kevlar is a trademarked brand name for a synthetic fabric known best for its use in bullet-resistant body armor. Kevlar’s creator is Stephanie Kwolek, and DuPont owns the trademark. Kevlar is cut and puncture resistant and flame resistant.

Why is Kevlar used in Crossfit shorts? The workouts can be demanding, but not to the extent of needing Kevlar’s strengths. I was not able to find any shorts with Kevlar. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Compression Shorts

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Considering the functional exercise moves in Crossfit, a compression short is available. The use of compression shorts is wide in fitness. Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short can incorporate an optional compression liner in the shorts. The Interval shorts also have pockets.

There is a compression short that is a separate item, such as the one from No Bull.

Introducing: The Tactical Short
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Crossfit Fight Shorts

The Rogue brand offers a fight short for MMA fights, Crossfit WODs, and gym workouts. The fight shorts have a velcro closure. The Rogue fight short has a side zipper pocket.

What to Wear under Crossfit Shorts?

Given the amount of movement with this activity, briefs, boxer briefs, or compression shorts would work well. Some shorts, like the Interval Shorts discussed above, can incorporate a compression liner under the top shell of the shorts.

The Underwear Expert did a video several years ago asking Crossfit athletes about their underwear preference.

Conclusion

This article has covered the shorts available to the new and experienced Crossfit athlete. The fabrics of the shorts will sustain rough treatment during challenging WODs.

Also, Crossfit shorts have a place in the athleisure category, with most of the shorts having pockets.

Any of the shorts featured are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Table of Contents


Brands in the Post

Swim/Beach/Resort Shorts

Gym/Lounge/Errands Shorts

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1980s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

Mens Physique Pro Jorge Tabet does leg day workout in soccer shorts.

In April 2021, Alex Abad-Santos wrote an article for Vox on the popularity of shorts with 5 inches or lower inseams.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

(Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights. Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Photo Examples

Andrei Gutierrez, engineering student and mens physique competitor from Aguascalientes, Mexico.
CandidConstantine in khaki cut-off shorts
Shorts from Athletegy.NYC. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.
Model: James Whipp