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Complete Guide to Men's Underwear Types

It's a fact that most men hate wearing anything less than boxer briefs, but between all the brands, the trends, the fabrics and styles, there are some men's underwear types you should know about. We've done the research for you in this guide to all the most popular types of men's underwear on the market.


All products featured on Men Objects are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.


 

Men's Underwear Types

Classic Brief Underwear


Description: Tight and supportive with the leg ending well above the thigh. It's cut high and tight. They tend to fit better on tall guys with long legs. If you're looking for a sexy way to cover up those private parts, men's classic brief underwear is the perfect solution. It offers excellent support and coverage without being too tight or restrictive while also providing an attractive silhouette.


Best for: Sports, activewear, and summertime when we still need to maintain less friction of outerwear against the skin.







Boxer Brief Underwear


Description: These have longer legs but still provide the same support as the briefs. Tighter than the regular boxer, they provide more support and tend to be warmer.


Best for: Sports and outdoor activities, this is one of the most popular because it is very functional and comfortable as it supports everything. It is important to choose carefully the fabric of your choice as it can get warmer for everyday use if you are allergic to wool or any synthetic fabric.







Low Rise Trunk Underwear


Description: It's just a shorter boxer brief. More adjusted than the boxer and provide more support, it is also referred to as a square cut.


Best for: This is the offspring of the briefs. They probably are a good reward for all the guys the work out and finally reach their goal physically. Also, look better on guys with a good posterior. They tend to be a more suitable choice as well on guys with slimmer legs.





Classic Boxers


Description: This type of undergarment need no explanation as these are very popular, provide very little support. This type of short is very comfortable as it provides unhindered leg movement but provides no support and can't be worn for any type of sports activity.


Best for: Maximum breathability and men of all sizes, these are classic and often referred to as the better fit for high fertility rate if you are trying to get your wife pregnant.



Bikini Brief Underwear


Description: These have very little material but a small bikini material holding the pouch in the front and the coverage in the back. A more sensual version of the briefs, this type was first introduced as swimwear.


Best for: This popular type offers still some good support for any sports activity. It is best for sex appeal with men looking at attracting a lot of attention or avoiding too many sun tanning lines.





Jock Strap Underwear


Description: This style has nothing but a pouch in the front and 2 straps in the back. The pouch of jockstraps is often used by cyclists because they provide more coverage than most pairs of undies, the pouch being as close to the athletic cup as you can find.


Best for: They are very comfortable because they keep all your bits at the right place and you won't have any fabric moving into the uncomfortable areas while you are on the move. Perfect for any sports and we love them in the summertime as well when we tend to overheat in high-intensity workouts. Some will even cheat and wear them underneath white pants to hide any line and to feature their posterior attributes.




Men Thong Underwear


Description: A pouch in the front and a small material in the back going up the center of the backside.


Best for: Comfort aside, thongs for men are a great way to show off your confidence and flaunt all of the features you want. It's sexy, but not too revealing which is perfect if you're wearing tighter-fitting clothing!






Men Compression Underwear


Description: Compression garments are a great way to improve your performance during short bouts of exercise. They're designed to increase the amount of oxygen that they receive, and can even help with injuries!


Best for: Compression garments were found in study after study by Research Gate as so useful for athletes who don't have time for recovery periods between workouts or games because it helps their muscles recover faster from high-intensity activity before hitting the field again.




Male Exotic Underwear


Description: Last but not least, in this category, you will find a wide range of crazy styles that may include a mix of thongs, g-strings, mesh, leather, bikini, and jockstraps. You can let your imagination run as freely as you wish because these are used for fun, costume, or sheer eccentricity.


Best for: Exotic male underwears are a great way to spice up your sex life, and make it more fun for both of you. They come in many different styles - from "no show" briefs to those that give the full display! They have no unique significance as they are simply meant for pure entertainment.


You can find a wide range of designs on Amazon

 
Men Underwear Brands

If you're going to invest in underwear, make sure it's real and not a knock-off. Most of the best brands use good quality materials for their clothes so as long as you know what brand is trustworthy (and don't buy fake goods), then your investment should be well worth it! although we find that past the $38 mark, you tend to start paying for the name a little too much, so to speak.


Most Popular Designer Brands


BOSS, $35 | Ralph Lauren, $20 | Lacoste, $42.50 | Jack & Jones, $15 | Stance black, $34.99 | Tommy Jones, $36 | Nike white, $25 | American Eagle, $15.95


Tom Ford, $95 | Tommy Jones, $32 | Top Man Assorted 3-pack, $25 | Versace Logo Briefs red, $50 | Fidelity , $34 | Nike Advantage Boxer Brief, $28 | New Balance, $36 | IceBreaker, $45 | - Tommy Stars Jockstraps, $29.50 | Emporio Armani Microfibre Mesh black, $39Lacoste Stretch Cotton, $49 | Diesel UMBX-DAMIENTHREEPACK, $50 | Lacoste Grey Pack of 3, $42.50 | Hugo Boss black, $42




Trendy & Becoming Underwears - From $19.99+


PSD specializes in comfortable underwear — premium, affordable underwear made by and built for athletes, trendsetters, or people who just really love underwear. If you’re not active, you’re buying it for the design and comfort. At the same time, if you are physically active you can play basketball in them without changing into your compression shorts. It’s a functional pair of underwear outside of it just being another pair of underwear. Shop PSD Collection



Men Underwear Subscriptions


The Underwear Expert offers no long-term commitment with the ability to pause or cancel at any time your monthly subscription of curated underwear from a variety of brands and beautiful styles for every taste. They offer free shipping in the US with two pairs or more. From the test we've made based on a Subscription for every 3 months, it came to $70.00. They have a 30 days refund policy. underwearexpert.com


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Shinesty is another subscription-based online retailer that offers even couple or solo subscriptions. They offered 3 pairs delivered every 3 months billed quarterly for $4.99/QTR or 1 Pair delivered every month billed annually for $159.99. The site is not as professional and slick as the underwear expert but they do offer a decent variety. Probably more funky and gimmicky if you are into wild and tacky theme pairs than the other store. shinesty.com

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Men Underwear with Pocket


3-Pack Runhit, $25.99 | 3-Pack Devops, $23.98 | 2-Pack H & R, $16.59 | Shock Doctor, $222.57 | 3-Pack Zengvee, $22+




Men Seamless & Tag Free Underwear


It can be really uncomfortable when the elastic bands on your underwear are too tight. You could end up with a rash or even get permanent scars as well! This is why seamless styles of clothing exist because they'll keep your skin feeling better and prevent visible lines under clothes.


Crazy Cool, $23.99 for 6-pack Hanes, $15.97 | 6-pack Van Heusen, $26.97 | Boxer Trunks RHONE Olive, $32 | Calvin Klein, $42.50 | Lululemon Licence to train 5", $38



Best Overall Men Underwear


This is the highest quality of cotton you can find. It is made from long fibers and provides a higher quality fabric than cotton. You will find any pair of underwear extremely comfortable and breathable. For this price, Uniqlo is hands-down the best choice we feel.


The Men Supima Cotton by Uniqlo, $6.90 | 100% USA Cotton | Family farmed and sustainably harvested | $6.90 - Buy now


This is most certainly one of the most comfortable natural fibers you can find at such an affordable price so any one of you with an allergy to synthetic fibers, this is perfect for you. You can read more about the California harvest processes.


Other Supima Cotton Underwears can be found at Norstrom, Banana Republic, Intissimino, Brooks Brother, David Archy, Croota Trunk, Lacoste Stretch Trunks.




The Buttercloth Icy Cotton Trunks


Infused with organic mint fibers, their patented Icy Cotton fabric provides the breathable six-way stretch you need to feel comfortable with every step. Fresh Escape trunks have a soft touch waistband that won't roll up, no matter where your adventures take you.


  • 66% Cotton, 29% Mint, 5% Spandex

  • 6-Way stretch for movement & comfort

  • Antibacterial for All-day Freshness






All products featured on Men Objects are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

 

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