For men fashion has become an increasingly important factor in their lives, no longer just settling for their mums, wives or girlfriends to buy their clothes for them. One item of clothing that seems to be relegated to Christmas or Fathers Day gifts, is a mans underwear. Purchasing the right underwear is a decision that might require some more thought.
Traditionally, men always wear the same type of underwear that their fathers wore, and because men tend to be creatures of habit, they suit up with the same model of underwear throughout their entire lives, never trying anything different, and wearing them until they literally fall apart. Which isn’t surprising when you look at the mind boggling range of underwear available now for men. It all just seems to complicated to make a choice.
Men’s Underwear comes in all shapes and styles,from the embarrassing G string (which should remain behind closed doors), to the new body enhancing designs that give men that extra confidence. However to keep things fairly simple, we are going to sort men’s undies into three basic types: Briefs, Roomy Boxer Shorts and Tight Boxer Shorts.
Here is an overview of some of the pros and cons of each of these three types of underwear. It will hopefully help you select the right pair for your needs, and maybe even get you out of wearing those old fashioned baggy briefs with the holes in.
Briefs come in various styles from the G which we’ve mentioned previously and won’t mention ever again, they come in hi cut, low cut, Y front, full, hipster and jock strap. The Brief style is old-fashioned, thereby; they are practical and more comfortable than loose boxer shorts. Briefs offer great support to the genital area. It is therefore wise to suit them up when training, or when your job requires long sitting-down periods. If someone is sitting in front of a computer all day, chances are briefs will be more comfortable, as they mold the buttocks and remain in place throughout the entire day. The same goes for someone who practices various sports; the idea of our friend willy flying left and right isn’t really appealing.
On the other hand, many of us complain that briefs are too tight and that they do not allow for proper blood circulation. Since everybody is shaped differently, the elastic bands on briefs might be too tight on the thighs or on the waist for some, therefore diminishing the briefs’ comfort level.
Loose boxer shorts also come in a couple of styles, basically long, short and hipster. Loose Boxers are also considered passe, although they have improved over the years. Most high-end brands have a line of loose boxer shorts that are visually appealing. They are usually black, white or gray with the brand name written around the waistband. A little suggestion is to stay away from plaid boxer shorts, that is, if you are concerned with style.
As for comfort, they are probably the most relaxed type of undergarment to wear while sleeping. They offer poor support and are therefore not recommended for training, or for those who remain seated for the entire day. When sitting down, loose boxer shorts will wrinkle along the thighs, and most of the time will result in a bumpy feeling under your pants. Nothing worse than having a nice pair of dress trousers ruined by a pair of bunched up loose boxers.
Let’s not forget that wearing loose boxer shorts often results in a wedgie sensation, simply because the loose fabric ends up where it is not supposed to.
Like the other two styles the tight boxers also come in various styles, long and short leg, hipster and waist. We would recommend tight boxer shorts to any man looking for style and comfort. From personal experience these are the most comfortable to wear no matter what your activity. All of today’s top designers carry a full assortment of tight boxer shorts. Many will say that they are intended for the use of younger men, but the tight boxer is becoming the underwear of choice for all generations.
Tight boxers offer great support for training and for those who sit down all day. They remain in place, fit nicely around ones thighs and mold the body perfectly. It is important to try a few brands, because some will fit better around the waist, while others around the thighs.
Hopefully these simple tips will help you select underwear that is more stylish, more comfortable and most importantly, suited to your needs. Simply buy a pair of each, try them out on different days during different activities, and then choose the best one that you feel comfortable in.