The modern man likes to dress well, both for appearances and comfort. Now while underwear is usually not on full display, you still want to look good when the opportunity arises and you also want to feel comfortable throughout the day.
Below are some of the tips on choosing the best men’s underwear for you, so you can make the right choice and get the best fit.
Let’s Start With Materials
Over the years cotton has been one of the most popular materials for the making of male underwear, and it’s also one of the most comfortable to wear. Cotton absorbs and cotton breathes, being a natural fibre.
Of course, other materials are also used, as most underwear styles today offer more snug fitting support and have elasticity. Spandex is a common element of stretchable underwear material, and things like Lycra and its hybrids have also been used.
Sometimes you can buy silk underwear, more common in loose fitting boxer shorts. Silk feels very luxuriant against the skin, and it’s also cool and breathable, just like cotton.
Men’s Underwear Styles
There are a few common styles of men’s underwear, with variations of each. Some common styles include:
- Boxer trunks
Boxer shorts, traditionally, have always had a looser, more casual and comfortable fit, making them the underwear of choice to sleep in for many men.
If you want a bit more support, then wearing briefs or trunks made from a stretchable fabric is definitely the way to go. Briefs have been a staple for many decades, but the tighter fitting trunks or boxer trunks are super popular these days, because they’re comfortable, offer support and also go well under jeans, shorts and other clothing.
Some underwear comes equipped with the classic Y front, but in case you’re not a fan of this, there’s plenty of underwear in the same style minus the Y front.
You Want To Be Comfortable
This is really the bottom line when it comes to your underwear choice for various occasions and times of the day or night. Fashion is great, but let’s face it, hardly anyone is going to see you in your underwear, so make comfort your top priority.
If you live in a warm climate, you’ll want underwear that doesn’t make you sweat excessively. As far as materials go, cotton is a great choice. You might also choose underwear that has some breathable mesh as part of the garment design.
Loose fitting boxer shorts, while awesome to sleep in, might prove to be cumbersome under a pair of snug fitting jeans, as you have all this loose, baggy material to try and squeeze in. You don’t want any lumps and bumps.
Longer boxers are even harder to deal with. You’re best off with something snug and stretchable, such as briefs or shorter trunks.
How About Underwear Patterns and Colours?
One again, most people won’t see you in your underwear, so this isn’t critical, but more a matter of personal choice. Whether you go for solid colours or a patterned material, the sky’s the limit really, as you don’t have to match them up with any other clothing or your complexion.
White underwear – especially cotton – can develop a grey appearance over time, and it also shows up even the slightest indiscretion.
Black is always an easy choice, as too are other solid colours such as red, blue, yellow, maroon and so on.
With underwear it’s not critical, so have fun making your colour and pattern choices.
Choose the Right Size
Underwear is not something you can usually try on for size before you buy it. Therefore you have to be a little more diligent when it comes to choosing sizes.
Small, medium, large and extra large are very generic sizes, and they can vary quite a bit depending on the manufacturer, and the country where the underwear has been made.
To get it right, you’ve got to know your waist measurements and look for a chart that specifies what waist that size underwear is designed to fit.
You might find medium fits well in one brand, but you need to go large with another brand.
Although hidden from view, a man feels more confident wearing just the right underwear, so choose what’s right for you.