For most guys, shopping for men’s underwear is a three-step process:
Step 1: Go to the store.
Step 2: Grab the first multipack you see.
Step 3: Head for the cashier.
And for some, that may require a bit too much thought. After all, who buys underwear? You know who I’m talking about, Mr. My-mom-still-buys-me-a-pack-of-tightie-whities-for-Christmas-every-year.
But you’re an adult now. Time to put a little bit of thought into the one item of clothing you wear each day. OK, except for you “commando” guys. You can go stand over there. A little farther. Thanks.
The majority of a functioning society knows that any item of clothing you wear depends on size, fit and appearance. But we don’t give our underwear that much thought.
“Really, I don’t think I’ve spent more than 10 minutes of my entire life thinking about it,” says Chicago resident Joseph Tomasco. “I wear them until my wife throws them out.”
That’s a mistake, says men’s fashion consultant Peter Henry.
“I don’t think how many men realize how uncomfortable they are all day because they’re wearing the wrong underwear,” Henry says. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize you should put some thought into anything you spend all day wearing.”
Henry says men should purchase underwear that accommodates their body.
“You wouldn’t wear a shirt that cuts off circulation to your arms or pants that site four inches above your ankles,” he says. “Put some thought and effort into what you’re buying.”
Michael Kleinmann, editor-in-chief at The Underwear Expert offers the following tips for underwear purchases based on body shape:
Men who are short to average height with a rounded shape, much like an apple, often find that their underwear digs in at the waist, causing the dreaded muffin top, too much of a snug fit around the legs and overall discomfort due to tightness.
Kleinmann recommends boxer shorts, which leave plenty of room for comfort and movement without the added worry of tightness around the legs. Button-fly boxers are a good option, due to their lightweight material. Boxer briefs with a soft waistband may appeal to those who want something more form fitting.
Men who have a slim upper body yet a thick waistline and legs, similar to the shape of less drastic pear, have difficulty with loose waistbands and tight leg bands. They should consider boxer briefs or trunks, which will allow a more even approach to the body.
Men who are skinny have difficulty finding underwear that fits properly. They should consider trunks, which seemingly add more substance to your body. Brief may work as well, although they won’t do much in terms of making thin men appear more weighty.
Men who are 5’8″ and below often find that their underwear rises above their waist and in turn sags in the back. They should consider trunks and briefs that are cut low. This cut will prevent their underwear from rising above their stomach and sagging in the back.
Men taller than 6’2″ often have difficulty finding underwear that fits properly – everything in their size tends to feel small. To avoid underwear that bunches up in the back, tall men should consider boxer briefs and trunks, underwear that provides full coverage.