Three Things to Consider Before Buying Men’s Boxers

Wearing the right underwear can make or break your day.

Boxer briefs
Boxer briefs are becoming increasingly popular because they are cut like boxers, but have the feel and comfort of briefs.Fruit of the Loom

Since no one wants to walk around in uncomfortable underwear, here are some tips for buying a pair of men’s boxers that will leave you feeling so comfortable, you’ll forgot you’re even wearing them. First, make sure you’re buying the right size. Second, make sure the fabric is comfortable against your skin. Finally, pick a style that suits you best.

Size

Fruit of the Loom Men's Coolzone Boxer Briefs
This may seem obvious, but many men wear the wrong size underwear.Fruit of the Loom

You may feel uncomfortable in your boxers simply because you’re wearing the wrong size. The next time you buy boxers, buy a couple different sizes so you can try out a different size than you’re used to. The nice thing about sizing with most men’s boxers is that it is pretty standard, so sizes shouldn’t change much from brand to brand. Size small boxers are usually for guys with a 28- to 30-inch waists. Medium boxers are usually for guys with a 32- to 34-inch waists. Large boxers are usually for guys with a 36- to 38-inch waists.

Fabric

Calvin Klein Men's Cotton Classics Megapack Boxer Briefs
Pick a fabric that’s comfortable against yours skin because remember, you’ll be wearing it all day.Calvin Klein

There are many options for fabrics when it comes to men’s boxers. You’ve got materials like cotton, nylon, silk, Spandex, and much more. Deciding what fabric is best is based primarily on personal taste and what you feel is most comfortable. Generally speaking, silk boxers tend to be more lightweight and feel cooler when you’re wearing them, so if you’re in a warm climate, you may consider silk or cotton boxers. If you’re somewhere colder, wool boxers may be the way to go.

Style

Hanes Men's 5-Pack Tartan Boxer with Inside Exposed Waistband
The term “boxers” is quite general and encompasses a few different styles.Hanes

People say “boxers,” but they could mean briefs, boxers, or boxer briefs. If you’re looking for something that is tighter, then briefs are going to be what you want. If you’re looking for something very loose, then straight-up boxers are your friend. If you’re looking for a hybrid between the two, then boxer briefs are it. Boxer briefs are the combination of the comfort of boxers and the tighter fit of briefs.