Mens Underwear Styles – Enduring the Test of Time

Men! It’s time to tell it to you straight! If looking through your underwear drawer you are unable to determine the date of your last underwear purchase chances are it’s time to go shopping! In 2008, of the American men surveyed, 9% indicated they had a pair of underwear that was at least 10 years old or older. While this statistic is startling, it is scarier to imagine the tens of thousands of others who have underwear dating back more than 10 years.

Now that the “cat is out of the bag” it is worthwhile considering the psychological nature of underwear purchasing and why some men seem to avoid it. In defense of the many men who may share this resistance in separating themselves from their favorite pair of underwear, shopping for men’s undies has certainly changed in the past few years. For many men, finding the perfect pair of underwear has been a long road traveled. Truly, the discovery of the right form, fashion and fit has led to the repurchase of the same type of underwear time after time.

In the past few years, mens underwear has made major shifts in the fashion industry. No longer are the “tighty whities” the most proclaimed fashion choice in mens undergarments. Today, there are plenty of styles, colors and cuts to choose from. In fact, styles have become so bold, it is a shame that these garments are worn underneath. Whether you are a man who wears boxers, briefs or somewhere in between, knowing the right styles to choose from can make all the difference in making the shopping experience less daunting.

Mens Briefs

Proving ageless, men’s briefs have stood the test of time, generation after generation. This diehard style has been on the market for many decades and until recently has remained unchanged in its impact. First introduced to the market in 1935, the brief (also indicated as the jockey) offered a support to men similar to the jockstrap. Throughout the years, mens briefs have been largely viewed as a functional garment with little interest to fashionable style. Since the 70’s, mens briefs began to change from functional to sporty with different styles, colors and cuts.

In the past decade, we have seen a large change in mens fashion briefs with the introduction of new designers who have taken this once functional item and turned it into a fashionable statement for most men. Redesigned with bold patterns and styles, fashionable mens underwear is accepted by many different types of men who no longer associate their masculinity with what they wear underneath. Thankfully, our society has advanced enough so these styles are accepted by everyone.

Mens Boxer Briefs

Mens boxer briefs (also known as tight boxers) have become popular in the past two decades for men seeking a compromise between boxers and briefs. While briefs for many men were considered too tight, boxers didn’t do much for those wanting more frontal and thigh support. As such, the invention (some might argue the reinvention) of the boxer briefs married together a perfect blend of form, fit and comfort. Whether created for its comfort or its looks, men’s boxer briefs are long in the leg, like boxer shorts, but tighter-fitting, like briefs. Origins of this style make considerations for the form and fit as briefs may have been to Introduced into society in the late 80’s early 90’s, Equally argued, this male underwear is an updated rendition of mid-length briefs from styles introduced in mens wardrobe in the early century.

Boxers

The long lasting boxer shorts, termed after leather-belted trunks (worn by boxers) were redesigned using elastic bands, has been around since 1925. These loose fitting undergarments were adopted and became all the rage mainly due to the elastic waist that held them up. In the past decade, the boxers have had resurgence in the underwear market. Ranging from the traditional plaid designing to bold patterns, boxers have been updated to make more expressional statements. No longer just an undergarment, boxers are used as lounge wear and often shown for everyone to see.

It’s Not All About You

Remember, when shopping for that perfect pair of underwear,.. men,.. it’s not all about you! While form, fit and comfort are all variables to consider, think about your partner who has to endure your daily exposure to them. Perhaps considerations in style and comfort need to be made to incorporate the likes of those you are with. Indeed, the ones you are with may enjoy other underwear styles which you may not be accustomed too. Equally important to updating your wardrobe to replace those old, torn up pairs or undies, keeping up with styles and trends also keeps you fashionable and attractive to those you are with.

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