I recently had the pleasure, and I do mean the pleasure, of helping Romeo pick out some new underwear. Everyone, men and women alike, focus on women’s underwear, but not a lot of thought is brought to the men’s underwear. So because of that, what I thought was going to be a relatively easy task, turned into something a bit more challenging.
Now don’t get me wrong, as a personal stylist in my spare time, I understand the basic types of men’s underwear: briefs, boxers, and the best of both worlds, boxer-briefs. Note: For the purpose of this discussion we’re sticking to the basic mainstays of the modern straight gentleman. But, apparently it’s been way too long since we’ve looked for something different in this department because there seems to be quite an emergence of creativity in color, inseams, and fabrics.
What used to be available in only white, gray, navy and black, is now made in the full rainbow of colors. And if solids, even if in an impressive array of options, are still too boring for you, there are plenty of print/picture options.
Fabric options used to only be 100% cotton, or a cotton/spandex blend (if you wanted something a little better fitting). Now there’s an actual consideration for the purpose of wearing the underwear. Looking for performance wear for workouts? Try microfiber (available in nylon or polyester) for more breathability.
Cotton is still a mainstay for basic comfort, but modal has come along as the upscale option. There are fabric options for less pilling, fraying, fading and everything in between. Who knew there were/are so many options?!
And outside the basic three styles, has emerged another hybrid option, trunks. Trunks are basically boxer-briefs with a shorter inseam. Think European swimwear.
Just like everything else today, there are a plethora of “extras” that can be built into the underwear for form, function or just whimsy.
But at the end of the day, a classic is still a classic!
What do you prefer to see on your man…