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

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, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/briefs) or to emphasize what the wearer possesses (for example (on Josh, right photo), the Box Menswear Max Wyatt briefs, https://www.boxmenswear.com/search?type=product%2Carticle%2Cpage&q=max+wyatt).

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.

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.

Box Menswear

Just like briefs, some options seek to provide comfort (for example, Box Menswear boxers, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/boxers/products/mens-red-boxers) or seek to demonstrate “certain attributes” of the wearer (for example, the Box Menswear transparent-panel king fit boxers, https://www.boxmenswear.com/collections/boxers/products/king-fit-boxers-single-layer-crotch).

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://us.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.

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. 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.)

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.

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