Men’s Underwear – Which Style Should You Choose

Written By Jessica Smith
July 25, 2019

Men’s Underwear – Which Style Should You Choose

Underwear might not be an item of clothing that’s regularly on full display. It is “under” wear, after all. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to wear something fashionable, colorful and, above all, comfortable.

Men’s trunks and briefs are two of the most common cuts and styles for men’s underwear, and in this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at those, plus some other current options for you to choose from, so you can decide what’s the best fit for you as an individual.

The Brief

In its various forms, the hipster brief has been the staple of a man’s underwear range for many years. In modern times the brief is somewhat briefer than it was decades ago, but the basic concept remains the same.

For underwear to be considered a brief, it mustn’t extend down past the thighs and is basically your classic “Speedo” design, but underwear and not swimwear.

Briefs made their debut way back in 1935 when they were first sold in a department store in Chicago.

There is the hipster brief, which tends to have a bit more material in the hip region, then the basic brief which has a little less material wrapping around the hips.

Men’s Trunks

The name might conjure up the idea of swimming trunks, but we’re talking underwear here.

Basically, men’s underwear trunks are a hybrid and cross-over of styles between the brief and the boxer shorts. While boxer shorts tend to hang further down the thigh, trunks tend to just reach the thigh and have a square shape to them, unlike the V shape of the brief.

These days the majority of men’s trunks are very fitted rather than loose. This gives you lots of support where you need it most, they’re very comfortable, and they also look good beneath clothes.

Even if you’re wearing very snug pants, you won’t usually see the outline of fitted trunks.

On today’s market, men’s trunks are one of the most popular choices when it comes to underwear for guys.

Boxer ShortsMen’s Trunks

Boxer shorts are a classic style of male underwear that has been in existence for a very long time in one form or another. Boxers have an elastic waist but tend to be a much looser fit than trunks or briefs. They are built for comfort but don’t offer as much support as other, tighter forms of underwear do, and they can be a little awkward to wear under clothing if the pants are snugger.

Still, they’re a very popular form of underwear, and many men prefer the loose fit of boxer shorts for sleeping in.

The reason they are termed “boxer” shorts in modern times is that they resemble the cut, fit and style of the shorts generally worn by boxers.

It’s highly likely that men’s boxer shorts will be around in one form or another forever, as they’ve always been a popular choice for comfort.

The G-String Or Thong

Still more commonly worn by women, men’s thongs have been around for decades now, and no, they’re not just used by male entertainers.

It might not be the underwear garment of choice for many men, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include them in our list of underwear styles.

One really positive feature about a G-string is that it’s virtually invisible under your clothing, especially in the butt region, because there’s really no material there to create any seam lines beneath snug-fitting jeans and so on.

Also, if you have a partner who likes to see you twerk, then a thong is definitely the best underwear choice.

Other Things To Consider

At the end of the day, as fashionable as you may want to be, most of the time no one will be seeing you in your underwear, so your top priority should be a comfort.

You also want to resist underwear made of materials that are prone to making you sweat when you’re living in a warm climate.

Y fronts are a popular feature on briefs, trunks and some boxers. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Y-front is really a matter of personal choice.

Overall, men’s trunks are the most popular form of male underwear on today’s market.

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