How to choose between boxer and brief underwear

Women think they have it hard when it comes to choosing the right underwear. With so many options to choose from, the decision doesn’t always come easy. But it turns out that choosing between boxers and briefs can be just as challenging as deciding between a thong or boyshorts.

Many men don’t put a second thought into their underwear choices, but for some it is a major life decision. If you’re still on the fence about which style you should be wearing, boxers or brief underwear, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you choose.

What are the main differences between boxers, briefs, and boxer-briefs?

Boxer are the men’s underwear that provide pretty much no support, but some men prefer this over supportive underwear. Due to their loose fit, boxers are the most breathable of men’s underwear styles. Although very comfortable, the looser fit makes it difficult to wear slim-fitting pants.

Briefs, on the other hand, can be worn under any type of clothing since they are much more fitted than boxers. They are made up of very little fabric, basically just covering your package, so your legs might feel more exposed. But all-in-all, it is the ideal underwear style if you’re wanting maximum support and lift.

A pair of boxer-brief underwear is the combination of the two. It offers the same support as a brief, but extends further down the leg like boxers. The added coverage makes boxer-briefs a better option for your fitness routine since it eliminates the risk of chafing. Still not sure which one should dominate your wardrobe? Try all three to see what is most comfortable for you.

What is your body type?

Your specific body type might be the determining factor in the style you choose. Every person on the planet is unique; depending on if you are tall or short, lean or chunky, you might find one underwear style more comfortable than others. For example, if you have thick thighs boxers could be for you since they will be much less constricting.

What fabric should your underwear be made of?

There is no definitive answer to this question, but generally cotton is a safe choice. Since your underwear is covering an extremely area, any material that is rough, itchy or scratchy should be avoided at all costs. Not only is cotton soft and smooth, it is also extremely breathable.

Just about every retailer will offer mostly cotton underwear, but check the label first. Donning your new stylish briefs the following day, only to realize the polyester fabric causes you to chafe is not a fun experience.

Have you taken your size measurements, or are you just guessing?

When women go into Victoria’s Secret and finally get their bra size measured, they might be shocked to find out they have been wearing the wrong size for decades. Well the same goes for men’s underwear.

There is not a science behind understanding underwear size, but many men opt for a size that is much too small and don’t even realize it. Before splurging on 5 new pairs of Calvin Klein boxer-brief, take a measurement first. Find a chart on the internet showing how each size (XS, S, M) is translated into inches or centimeters.

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