- Underwear is one of those things that many of us guys don’t pay much attention to. You might not see it all that much, but you feel every bit of it all day long, every day.
- Our favorite underwear comes from Tommy John because it has a great fit, it doesn’t ride up or chafe, and there are a variety of materials to choose from.
Gentlemen, if you’ve had trouble finding and wearing underwear you can bear, know this: You’re not alone. Some underwear, such as certain briefs, can be a horrendous besiege on the groin and everything therein. But then again, more accommodating boxers can result in a bunched-up, tangled, and constrictive mess, too. Where, oh where is that enigmatic middle ground?
Men’s underwear isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to shop for, we get it. But what a nightmare it can be when you realize you’ve bought the wrong pair. Boxers? Briefs? Boxer briefs? Which is the right style for whom? The list goes on. Too compressive, too loose and bunchy, poorly sewn seams that chafe and scratch — the horrors can be endless.
Brands like Tommy John and Mack Weldon are trying to change that with inventive new designs and new and improved fabrics.
Cotton, for many of us, will always remain king, but mostly because it’s cheap. It rides up, chafes, and gets wet and stays that way, making the chafing even worse. There’s also Pima cotton (pricier stuff with longer, silkier fibers), bamboo, silk and wool, as well as viscose, lyocell, Tencel, and modal (all natural-based fiber made from wood pulp), and so on to consider.
Figuring out which fabric best suits you and your activities can be time-consuming — and expensive. We’re here to help you cut through all, or at the very least some of that.
Here are our favorite men’s underwear brands:
Updated on 7/9/2020 by Amir Ismael: Updated prices and links. Added Allbirds to “What else we considered” section.