Men’s underwear seems like a cakewalk compared to some of the things designed for women, but that’s so not true!
Men can experience issues with their underwear that can be easily avoided with a tip or two – and as you know, we’re always full of great tips!
So because we also cater to men on ShopNTL, we have a few things to share for men so they know more about what options they have for the best underwear for their lifestyle.
The most popular styles of underwear for men are boxers, briefs, or a combination of both: boxer briefs. These are all very comfortable options that come in several interpretations, allowing men to have just as much fun in their underwear as women do! There are also trunks, which are a bit like a boxer brief but not as tight.
As men’s lingerie becomes more prominent, there are more styles being added to the mix. There are thongs, bikinis, and hip briefs for the more adventurous man. For now, we’re going to discuss styles available on ShopNTL.
A brief or a boxer brief seems to be the most comfortable and common option for men, being perfect for almost any occasion. They tend to be more form-fitting, and so they sit very well under different types of clothing. The form fitting nature means you’re supported, and sometimes even lifted, while having the ability to move freely and breathe. This is why material choice is so important for men’s underwear; advances in breathable, cooling materials that absorb moisture make wearing these tight-fitting underwear styles a breeze.
A trunk is a mixture between a boxer brief and a boxer. It’s different than both styles in that the legs tend to be shorter and they are made in a more form fitting silhouette. As briefs or boxer briefs do, they are easy to wear under almost everything and, if they fit right, are incredibly comfortable to wear all day.
A boxer is more of a loose short style of underwear, being very relaxed with excess fabric. Boxers tend not to be very supportive, but they are quite breathable and very comfortable for casual wear. There are different fits when it comes to boxers – some designers are making more slim fit boxers that won’t bunch up when you pull up your pants.
Some of the most common underwear problems men complain about are constricting waistbands, sweat build-up, or tightness in the crotch. Any constricting action from your underwear is not only avoidable, but isn’t good for your health either.
If a waist band feels like it’s digging in, it’s either because the fit is too small or because of cheap elastic. Men can create unwanted lumps and bumps as well with ill-fitting underwear. Consider going up a size or trying a more relaxed fit. More and more underwear is being made with lycra or different stretch materials that flow with your body more than elastic does, so be sure to read the labels before you buy.
If you work out or just naturally sweat, you may notice that as the day goes on, sweat builds up and feels uncomfortable. This can lead to wetness, chafing between the legs, and irritation. Consider an underwear made of bamboo or modal; there are many options on ShopNTL. These materials tend to absorb more moisture, keeping you cool and comfortable regardless of your activity level.
It’s essential for a man not to mistake tightness in the crotch for support. Not only is it an unnecessary discomfort, but it can constrict the anatomy, which can have negative impacts. That’s why there are different options for flies in underwear – one can have an open fly in a supportive underwear that allows for air flow, or no fly, which tends to result in a more relaxed fit in the crotch.
Undershirts are part of most men’s underwear wardrobes, or at least we hope so! They are great layering pieces, but many men won’t splurge on the quality ones that will last them a long time. For a lot of men, working a physical job or being dapper in a suit all day means lots of sweat, and over time, undershirts will appear yellow under the armpits and will break down.
So what’s the solution? For most, especially with white shirts, it’s bleach. However, it’s MUCH more effective to hang dry them, or even line dry them if that’s an option. The hot dryer sort of acts like a lock-in mechanism for all the stains, and bleach will break down the undershirt further.
For all the men reading: do YOU have any specific questions regarding men’s underwear that you want us to answer?
Be sure to leave a comment and our Bra Doctor will help you!
Until next time!
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