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1. Boxer short.
It's made of cotton, it's well-suited to be worn with suits or pleated pants, and it's very loose fitting. Boxer shorts are usually made out of shirt fabric material so it's not super flexible but since it's cut very roomy, it's so comfortable. Moreover, it has a button fly, in this case, it's covered, sometimes it's not but it allows for easy access.
- Made of absorbent cotton, they're loose and airy.
- Because it's shirt fabric, it's very hard wearing and some people really like to sleep in them.
- They have the tendency to bunch up and it's very easy to sweat in them
- Not well-suited for physical activities
because the shirt fabric in this elastic waistband really digs into your skin
They are cut so they basically cover everything and they don't have anything on the leg. It's basically a simple , Y shape and it's a classic that your grandpa probably wore. They're particularly good for skinnier clothing because it doesn't bunch up underneath of it and is more comfortable. The cons are that it may look old-fashioned and some people even call it the banana hammock so maybe when you're on a date, it's not the best choice and on top of that, when you exercise and go to the gym, it doesn't offer a whole lot of support. It's definitely better than boxer shorts but not as good as boxer briefs or trunks.
3. Boxer briefs or trunks
Some people refer to them as best of both worlds because, on the one hand, they have the tapered cut of the boxer short, just a little slimmer and on the other hand, they are more fitted like a brief. Most boxer briefs come with an elastic waistband that is flat, hence, it is more comfortable to wear especially when you work out or even during a regular day.
The classic underwear color is white. White underwear only gets you so far because you can see it because it's different from your skin tone so you can either get a nude colored pair of men's underwear which is hard to find or make it yourself by putting it in some black tea. Alternatively, you can get a heather gray pair of underwear. If you're darker in skin color, you can look for something in a darker gray. Ideally, always get something that's as close as possible to your skin tone and won't show through.
A lot of premium brands try to use words like Pima cotton, Egyptian cotton, or sea island cotton, unfortunately, there's a lot of seal abuse going on so you don't really know what you're buying unless the material comes from a trusted source. In terms of cotton, it all comes down to staple length then the yarn and the knit. If you want to get quality cotton underwear, look for hallmarks such as Swiss Cotton or Pima Cotton.
You always want long staple cotton for maximum comfort and longevity.
The big advantage of cotton is that it's absorbent, it's hard-wearing and easy to launder. The cons of cotton underwear are that they lose color over time so no matter how high the quality, they will look faded and in the grander schemes of things, there are softer materials out there.
A material made by the Austrian company, Lenzing, that is derived from beechwood. It's a cellulose fiber so it starts with a natural fiber that is then taken and made into an artificial yarn that is very slim with a very small diameter and hence, it feels very soft on your skin.
3. Micro Modal. It's simply a smaller diameter and it's even softer. The big advantages of modal underwear are that they are shrink resistant, the colors never fade and it's about three times as soft as cotton so you really get the best of everything. The only downside of modal or micro modal are that it is prone to pilling.
4. Micro Modal Air
- The finest and softest underwear material on the market today.
So what underwear should you buy? As you can imagine, it really depends. It depends on your budget, it depends on the cut that works best for you and if you want to check out some low-end and mid-market underwear that we tested and recommend, please check out our full guide. In terms of luxury underwear, I've tried many different brands such as La Perla, Hanro, Zimmerli and lately, one brand called, Tani.
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