Shopping for men’s underwear has radically changed over the past few years. Instead of being stuck with the two basic options of boxers or briefs, men’s underwear comes in many variations with a plethora of fun colours and designs. Here are some of the styles you will have to choose from when you go shopping for the men in your life:
No longer are you just stuck choosing from basic “tighty-whities” because briefs come in several different types. You can buy full-cut briefs that sit at the waist and provide coverage for everything down to tops of the thighs, including full coverage for the butt. There are also mid-rise or low-rise briefs that only go to the navel instead of the waist.
With mid- and low-rise briefs, there is still good coverage of the genital area and butt, and they generally come in more colours, patterns and fabrics than full-cut briefs. You can even find men’s paisley underwear in this style. These styles are better for wearing with low-rise jeans or baggy shorts during the summer.
Boxers are a classic style of underwear and are very popular because many men consider them to be the most comfortable to wear. However, boxers have vastly improved since your grandpa wore them because they are available in more types of fabrics, colours and patterns. You can choose from classic solid cotton boxers, sexy silk boxers to impress a partner, boxers featuring their favourite cartoon characters or plaid flannel boxers for cold winter nights.
Many men consider boxer briefs the best of both worlds because they provide the comfort and coverage of a boxer with the support that briefs provide. They can be worn with jeans, shorts, suit trousers or just about anything. While most of them are made from cotton, you will also find them in cotton/polyester blends and in a variety of colours and designs.
Some men like the more risqué styles of underwear, which includes bikinis, thongs, g-strings or jock straps. The waistband for bikini underwear sits about four inches below the navel and they only have about two inches of material on each side. Even though they are small, they still provide coverage for the entire front, as well as the butt.
Some men like the idea of not wearing underwear, but they still want some support certain anatomical parts, so thongs are a good compromise. If they are wearing tight pants, thongs are perfect because they provide a smooth shape with no underwear line. Though the more risqué styles have very little material, they usually cost more than more traditional styles of underwear.
The style of underwear you buy for a man will depend on his style of dress, his comfort level and his age. Older men tend to stick to the more traditional styles, such as briefs or boxers, but younger men are usually more adventurous in their choices and will wear different styles.