Buying underwear used to be a relatively simple matter that any guy could master by answering one question: boxers or briefs? Now, with literally hundreds of styles to choose from, each with its specific attributes, fabrics and designs, knowing what’s right for you seems like it could require a team of researchers.
That’s why we reached out to Michael Kleinmann, Editor-in-Chief of The Underwear Expert blog, and veritable professor on the matter. Here, Kleinmann breaks down each style and what it means for you.
Briefs are perfect for guys who need support or prefer to keep everything in one place but don’t care for the excess fabric found in boxer briefs, boxers or trunks. They’re great for moderate sports and everyday dressing.
There are three sytle of briefs, low-rise Brief, Mid-rise Brief and High-rise Brief, you can according to you need to choose it.
A true boxer brief will cover about half of your thigh, but many boxer briefs now cover about a third. They offer protection from chaffing during workouts and sports, and often are made with a moderate rise on the waist. They provide just about the same amount of support as a standard brief, and provide complete coverage.
Trunks are quickly becoming a favorite cut for underwear among men in the know. Why? A trunk cut is a hybrid of a brief and boxer brief without the heap of fabric (in other words, they’re boxer briefs with short legs and a square appearance). If you like briefs but want to try something a little different, consider trunks.