As a man, you might not think too much about the underwear you buy. After all, it can be easy to think of it as a necessity rather than a fun fashion purchase. But if you’ve always just reached for the first pack of boxers or briefs you find, now could be the time to consider how to up your underwear game.
Gear Patrol recently put together a handy guide to the most common types of men’s underwear out there, which is a good place to start if you’re trying to work out what your style is.
First up are classic briefs - think your classic Y-fronts if you need a frame of reference. What are the advantages to these kinds of pants? They’re supportive, for a start, and they don’t tend to creep as you move around, making them very comfortable.
There’s no need to stick with plain white cotton briefs either, as there are plenty of more colourful options available if you want to jazz up your look in the trouser department.
Next on the list are boxer briefs (these are one of our preferred styles). They were invented by John Varvatos in the 1990s. He was the then-head of menswear design at Calvin Klein, which is why that brand became so ubiquitous with men’s underwear, in case you were wondering.
Boxer briefs are a brilliant concept that brings together the support of a classic brief with the additional coverage offered by traditional boxer shorts.
The news provider describes boxer briefs as “both comfortable, supportive and flattering” and we’re inclined to agree. Our designer boxer briefs for men are a great way to introduce some flair and style to your underwear drawer, by the way.
But there isn’t just one style of boxer briefs. There is also the trunk brief, which is a little longer than a standard brief, but that has shorter legs than the boxer briefs we just discussed. These are another good middle ground and the website described them as “more modern than traditional briefs”.
“Definitely geared for more athletically focused, they’re supportive without feeling restrictive on the upper leg,” the publication noted.
Finally, there are classic boxer shorts, which have a much looser fit than briefs and the different styles of boxer briefs that are on the market.
While they are most certainly comfortable, they don’t provide the same level of support as the other styles we’ve just discussed. You will probably want to consider having a couple of different styles of boxer in your drawer so that you can be comfy when you’re lounging at home, but get the support you need when you’re out and about or hitting the gym.
The Covid-19 lockdown certainly made many of us question our fashion choices and wardrobes and you might have been looking at your underwear drawer during this period and feeling less than inspired.
We definitely believe that popping on a pair of colourful boxers is a great way to pick you up in the morning and make you feel great as you go about your day, whether you’re working from home or heading to an actual workplace now that restrictions are being relaxed.
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