Men’s underwear has a lot of moving parts: fit, comfort and appearance are all key factors that influence your day-to-day experience. Most guys settle on a style and stick with it, but there are plenty of options that offer the right blend of support, coverage and style to suit your activity and outerwear.
Boxer briefs are the most common and a staple piece for any man’s wardrobe. They cover your waist and thigh, sit below the natural crease of your crotch, and offer breathable stretch to make them comfortable to wear under tighter pants. They also don’t ride up and are less prone to chafing than other underwear styles like jock straps or thongs.
Originally designed for athletes, the Jockey Y-front is easily recognised by its elastic waistband with a Y-shaped fly. It introduced a masculine, supportive shape to underwear, replacing the old leather trunks favoured by prize fighters. It also ushered in the era of male-specific underwear as it provided a more modest and flattering alternative to the tighty-whities worn by the ladies.
Trunks are a hybrid of briefs and boxer briefs, sitting in the middle of the two in terms of coverage. They don’t expose as much skin and are less likely to rise when worn under slim-fit trousers or shorts, so they work well for taller guys.
If you’re looking for a step up from the standard Hanes and Champion offerings, try some mens boxer briefs in a soft fabric like Micro Modal – they’re 3X softer than cotton. Designed in California by Bunch of Animals, their Men’s Micro Modal Boxer Briefs are the best in town and come in a range of sizes including 4XL for tall men. men’s bamboo boxershorts