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Ok, Gentlemen. What Will it Be—Boxers or Briefs?

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The Classic Question: “Boxers or Briefs?”

When most men think about fashion, they think about the clothing that people will see on a routine daily basis: shirts, pants, shoes, and accessories—but not their underwear. Today, fashion has become an increasingly important factor in men’s lives, and purchasing the right underwear is a decision that might require some more thought. There are three basic types of underwear men can choose from: briefs, roomy boxer shorts, and tight boxer shorts. But for 2014, the roomy boxer short was put to rest—it’s official, no more loose boxers!

In 2014, it’s either briefs or low-rise boxer briefs. If you’re still wearing traditional boxers, it’s time to get rid of them. If you still insist on wearing your loose boxers, keep in mind that they offer poor support, so skip them for training or if you have to sit at a desk all day. When sitting down, loose boxer shorts will wrinkle along the thighs, and most of the time will result in a bump under your pants.

Men’s underwear with a slimmer fit and a more athletic cut are popular in 2014

Today you’ll find men’s underwear has a much slimmer fit and a very athletic cut. It is still made of cotton and other synthetic blends, but more performance fabrics have been introduced into the men’s underwear as well. The same kind of moisture wicking solutions that have been used by athletes all over the world is used for making more comfortable underwear.


Style wise, briefs used to be the least appealing type of undergarment to wear. But not anymore! Briefs are low rise—now, they won’t peak under your jeans, and also have a more modern twist (not talking about high rise tighty-whity). Briefs are practical and more comfortable than loose boxer shorts, and offer great support to the genital area. It is therefore wise to wear them when training, or when your job requires long sitting-down periods. They need to fit perfectly well because you don’t want to end up with a one-side wedgie. If you want to go brief, you need to invest in a good quality one.

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Tight boxers offer great support for training and for those who sit down all day. They remain in place! I would recommend tight boxer shorts to any man looking for style and comfort. And if you are over 25, please stay away from funny designs on your boxers!


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No matter what you end up choosing, make sure that you never get a lace brief! (Yes, I have seen them while researching images for my article.) Also, don’t get frustrated if you don’t look like these models—most average men don’t! There was a new photo series from U.K. publication The Sun called “What Real Men Look Like in Pants Ads”—pants being the British word for underwear. It shows regular guys posing in their undies.

As you can notice, they are all wearing perfectly fitted designer underwear. I just wanted to share with you, to reduce the frustration and lower the ladies’ unrealistic expectations.

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Have fun upgrading your underwear, and as always, your comments are welcome! If you need help updating your style and wardrobe, contact me at:

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