Best Men’s Underwear
24 Pairs of Underwear to Cover All Your Bases
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Here’s a controversial statement: All men, regardless of age, occupation or lifestyle, deserve great underwear. That is, underwear that both feels and looks better than just “good, I guess”.
That means all types of underwear. Boxers, briefs, boxer briefs — if it goes on first, it should be something that is going to provide supreme comfort. This means it should fit properly, be free of any holes you don’t need to put your legs through, be less than five years old (that’s not scientific, just seems right) and doesn’t result in cringing by those around you when your pants come off.
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Beyond being a practical necessity, slipping on a decent pair of underpants in the morning is one of the most important parts of starting a new day. Think of a good, clean, well-fitting, sexy (yes, sexy) pair of underwear as a psychological advantage. Sure, some guys will argue that the state of your underwear doesn’t really matter. Nobody’s going to see it, they’ll tell you. The hell do they know? Didn’t your mama tell you to always wear clean underwear in case you were in an accident? It’s best to leave the skidmarks on the road.
Seriously though, if you ever take off a fine Italian suit to reveal ratty, dingy, dirty tighty-used-to-be-whities, your junk’s first impression is ruined — forever. So now that we all agree, the challenge is to find you just the right pair.
Types of Men’s Underwear
- Boxers: Best for leisure sports, relaxed wear and loosely tailored dress pants.
- Boxer briefs: Best for sports, everyday wear and tailored dress pants.
- Trunks: Best for medium-intensity sports, everyday wear and tailored dress pants.
- Briefs: Best for low-intensity sports, everyday wear and tightly tailored dress pants.
Best Fabric for Men’s Underwear
- Cotton: The OG. Breathable, comfortable, durable.
- Modal: A semi-synthetic fabric made from beech tree pulp generally considered to be a more eco-friendly alternative to cotton because beech trees don’t require much water to grow and therefore the production process uses about up to 20 times less water.
- Viscose: A semi-synthetic fabric made from tree wood pulp such as beech, pine, eucalyptus, and most commonly for underwear, bamboo.
- Nylon: Moisture-wicking and quick drying, this is the fabric of choice for most sport-friendly underwear.
- Polyester: Another fabric used for active underwear, polyester is durable and holds it shape well wash after wash.
How to Shop For Underwear
- Given purpose: Pick a pair with a specific purpose in mind. Daily briefs can work against those workout goals if the fit and fabric isn’t right.
- Know your size: Fitting varies greatly from brand to brand, so protect yourself by following the size charts online or in-store because when it comes to underwear, if you try it, you buy it.
- Pick the right fabric: Despite most guys preferring cotton, there are other great options including satin, silk and synthetics that play different roles depending on the function.
- Spend smart: You pay for premium performance, so invest in quality wear and buy in bulk. Do you need to drop cash on designer underwear? No. But you need to be open to buying something above the bargain bin at Costco
- The right style: Active lifestylers should lean towards briefs, while relaxed types can settle on boxers.
- Wardrobe connection: Never mix lights and darks no matter what undershirts or pants you rock.
Lots of different styles, looks, and degrees of premium-ness to consider — and each has its own place in a man’s wardrobe. Here are some of the best models available that offer A-grade value without threatening your riches. Keep in mind that almost all of these are available in various colors so be sure to click through to see the options.
Best Boxers for Men
Generally loose-fitting, boxers provide the least amount of support out of all styles. Since nothing is too constricted, air circulates more freely, resulting in the most breathable option for your balls. While traditional boxers tend to be baggy, newer options lean towards slimmer cuts.
Nice Laundry Slim Fit Boxer
If your affection for slim-fitting suits and skinny jeans doesn’t match your desire to steer clear of anything that makes the boys feel even remotely restricted, then you have just found you new boxers. Slim cut in pima cotton, these really are the best of both worlds.
$22 at NiceLaundry.com
Exofficio Give-N-Go Boxer
ExOffico’s underpants feature antimicrobial material to tame odor-causing bacteria lingering in fabric when worn consistently. Many guys found them to hold stink off for a few days due to the misfortune of not having a shower accessible to them, which makes them a great survival pair. Its quick-drying capabilities and stretchability give way for a cozy fit.
$22 at Amazon.com
In the business of high quality menswear since 1926, Derek Rose makes underwear that’s a bit classier than the norm. These boxer shorts are made from a cotton weave and feature a dotted navy and yellow design that’s fresh on the eyes.
$60 at MrPorter.com
Hanro Sporty Mercerised Cotton Boxer
Using 100 percent mercerised cotton makes these Hanro boxers more durable than your standard cotton pair. The mercerising process treats the thread under tension to increase its strength while also giving it a silky appearance.
$75 at MrPorter.com
Calvin Klein Boxers 3-Pack
You won’t find the same history here as in the previous brands mentioned in this category, but you’ll hardly be disappointed with Calvin Klein’s plain cotton boxers. Simple, clean and minimalist, these are an all-American staple and a status symbol in their own right.
$39.50 for 3 at EastDane.com
Jockey Tapered Boxer 4-Pack
A slimmer, shorter profile that allows for a little more movement than the traditional straight cut boxer. Plus, they’re from Jockey, one of the OG boxer brands, so you know you’re going to get quality, even at such a low price.
$36 for 4 at Amazon.com
Best Boxer Briefs for Men
These guys cover up to half the thigh, which helps protect from chafing against coarse materials (breaking in that raw denim) or during intense workouts. Often, boxer-briefs come in a mid-rise fit, which means they arrive at just above the hip bones. They provide the same support as a brief, and also offer complete coverage in the front and back.
MeUndies Boxer Brief
As an online-only company, Californian brand MeUndies manages to keep your costs low while still offering top-quality goods. The boxer briefs are one of their most popular styles and are as comfortable as other more expensive underwear brands. Subscribers can also get exclusive styles for and even lower price.
$20 at MeUndies.com
Emporio Armani Boxer Brief
Simple, soft and virtually seamless, these cotton boxer briefs from fashion house Emporio Armani are slim enough to fit under pretty much any pants — let alone look good when the pants come off.
$19.88 at Amazon.com
Uniqlo AIRism Boxer Briefs
The modern wear staple brings the same fit and breathability of its jeans to its briefs. Uniqlo’s AIRism fabric was specifically manufactured for the hygienically conscious with anti-odor and self-deodorizing properties integrated into its material, which allows your boys to exhale in the stickiest weather.
$9.90 at Uniqlo.com
Mack Weldon Boxer Briefs
For the entrepreneur, these boxer briefs mean business. Mack Weldon pairs its signature no-roll waistband with a stay-put leg design to keep these briefs from riding up. Keep it business inside and outside of your dress pants.
$24 at MackWeldon.com
Tommy John ‘Second Skin’ Boxer Brief
The Second Skin boxer briefs from Tommy John are made from 90 percent non-piling modal and 10 percent spandex, and are cut longer than most to provide total coverage and to minimize chafing.
$34 at Nordstrom.com
David Archy Micro Modal Plus Boxer Brief 4-Pack
Low fit profile and sleek in style, these low-rise boxer briefs are favorited for their sophisticated presence with slim silhouette and dominant durability. Ultra-fine nylon gives way for more agility in your jeans, whereas the double-layered crotch and pouch gives them a longer shelf life. Hence the encouragement to purchase in packs.
$19.99 for 4 at Amazon.com
Best Trunk Underwear for Men
Arguably the most popular among men, trunks are the beautiful hybrid of briefs and boxers. The most recognizable trait of trunks is their squareness, which is due to their shorter legs. They are highly versatile since they hug the body, avoiding the potential bunchiness of boxers. If you usually wear briefs but are interested in trying something different, start here.
MeUndies Classic Trunks
MeUndies uses eco-friendly fiber manufacturing and CO2-neutral processes to make their underwear. This means your conscience will feel as good as the moisture-wicking, antimicrobial and ultra-durable fabric does on your booty.
$20 at MeUndies.com
2(X)ist Pima Trunk
In an era where undergarment design is overshadowed by branding, 2(X)ist keeps it clean by leaving the branding tonal on these super-soft Pima cotton trunks. Available in classically fashionable navy, black and white, we find this combined with the low-rise cut and fabric feels pleasantly elevated.
$28 at 2Xist.com
Saxx Vibe Trunk
Slim-fitting with boisterous swagger, Saxx lineup of abstract trunks exudes a modern-fit profile for your pelvis with breathable viscose fabric and ergonomic shaping for large muscle areas. The patented BallPark Pouch grants movement without friction and helps reduce chafing when actively on the move.
$32 at Amazon.com
T-Bô Ballsy Trunk
T-Bô isn’t a brand that you may have heard of yet — founded in 2017 — but plan on hearing about it non stop know that you know what it is. The bamboo viscose fabric uses 20 times less water than cotton based fabric and they feel as soft as silk while being a more sustainable (and practicable) fabric option for daily wear.
$19.97 at TBo.clothing
BN3TH Classic Trunk
Tencel modal sets these breathable undies apart from it’s plain cotton competitors. Using far less electricity and water than typical cotton, these luxury trunks hold up wash and wash and feature what the brand calls MyPakage Pouch Technology which actually drastically reduces the need to awkwardly adjust the boys in public.
$30 at Bn3th.com
Topman Hipster Trunks 3-Pack
A bang for the buck would be an understatement. This pack of three from Topman is perfect for the millennial looking to upgrade and values function over fashion. They’re made from a cotton- elastane blend which presents enough coziness to shift in tight situations.
$25 for 3 at Nordstrom.com
Best Briefs for Men
Most guys own at least one pair of briefs — they are the standard, go-to style that have been around forever. They cover all the important stuff but leave the thighs uncovered. The minimal fabric means absolutely no bunching under tighter fitting pants, and total versatility. Briefs also tend to come in three rises: high, medium and low. For optimum comfort, make sure you match the rise of your chosen underwear with the type of pants you like.
Hanes Tagless Briefs 7-Pack
Listen, sometimes you want to pick a pack of predictable pecker protectors and keep it moving. Hanes tagless briefs are going to get the job done with no muss, no fuss.
$18 for 7 at Amazon.com
Sunspel Superfine Brief
With a shape that cuts close to the body and high up the leg, the striped Superfine briefs are a laid-back option that will slip seamlessly under fitted pants or trousers. They’re also made from 100 percent cotton, which makes them breathable and comfortable everyday. Side note: Sunspel was tasked with making the now-classic Riviera Polo for Daniel Craig in Casino Royal.
$40 at MrPorter.com
Tom Ford Stretch Cotton Briefs
Tom Ford recently added underwear to his menswear arsenal. This brief is 95 percent cotton and five percent elastane, has a grosgrain waistband and is available in multiple skin tones. They’re expensive for sure, but trust us when we say revealing Tom Ford’s name as you unzip your pants after a date won’t hurt your chances at getting a nice return on your investment.
$65 at MrPorter.com
Tani SilkCut Hip Brief
At 94 percent Micro Modal and six percent elastane, these higher cut briefs are extra comfy thanks to the fine yet durable fiber. Don’t feel limited to white either, these come in a variety of colors — enough for every day of the week.
$30 at TaniUSA.com
b.WR Brief Bundle 3-Pack
Bestow bliss upon your boys with this bamboo brief bundle from b.WR. Crafted from one of nature’s most sustainable and eco-friendly sources, bamboo is hypoallergenic and antibacterial, moisture wicking, odor resistant and insanely soft.
$45 for 3 at WearbWR.com
CDLP Y-Briefs 3-Pack
Made from super-soft Lyocell — eco-friendly wood pulp refined into a pinnacle of softness and durability — and elastane, these CDLP briefs are going to keep your person fresh and moisture-free anytime of year. Not to mention how good you’ll look wearing such a sophisticated style of underwear.
$79 at CDLP.com
Whatever your undies of choice — boxer, brief or in between — there is something here for you. Still looking for more suggestions? Don’t worry, we have plenty.
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