A Guide To Men’s Underwear
A gentleman’s undergarments are a very personal matter. With so many different styles and selections to choose from, you need to know the basics of men’s underwear. Your selection should fulfill the same basic functions as the men’s undershirt.
Your own preference to men’s underwear shape and color are as important as the material and consideration should be given to a snug fit but not too snug. There is more to keep in mind than just a good fit when making your selection. Here are some things you should know before making a purchase.
- Briefs are basic and functional. Often referred to as “tighty-whiteys”. The coverage area is from the waist, over the hip and angled downward to the groin. While they serve their purpose, they are often thought of as boring. For those gentlemen who are more style conscious, darker colors are available for a slightly more flattering look.
- Boxer style underwear has a looser fit and the leg extends below the groin area. This style is generally thought of as less constricting than briefs. This style can cause lumps or wrinkles in the legs of your pants if they are ill-fitting.
- Boxer briefs are a practical blending the longer length of the boxer and the snug fit of the brief. They provide a more modest coverage area than briefs and are more supportive than boxers. In essence, they are the best of both styles listed above.
- Thongs style underwear consist of a minimal sized triangle shaped pouch of fabric in the front and an exceptionally narrow band in the rear of the garment. Often worn with very tight pants or costumes when visible lines are not acceptable.
- Long underwear is a lightweight and close-fitting garment that extends all the way down the leg to the ankles. Often worn in winter for an added layer of insulation, the best varieties are made from moisture-wicking wool or synthetic blended materials.
The “union suit” is considered to be a relic of days past and most certainly not a fashionable choice for today’s gentlemen. This garment combines a long sleeved undershirt and long underwear into a one-piece unit. While most men chose the two-piece option, the union suit is an acceptable option for working men or those who work long hours in cold weather.