Three Things to Consider Before Buying Men’s Underpants

Some tips for finding your next few pairs of the original “base layer.”

Like choosing the right pen or beer, most guys have a very specific brand and model of skivvies they prefer, and they don’t like experimenting. If you’re buying underwear for yourself, you probably know exactly what you want–although our choices here might be enough to make you think about branching out. If you’re buying for a friend, family member, or spouse, our advice is: Don’t wing it. It’s like giving a man an ugly tie. He’ll feel like he has to wear it, and nobody will be happy.

Old Faithful

The mesh fly on this pair provides ventilation where you need it. Fruit of the Loom

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Know who wants to feel clammy down there? Nobody. Many modern underwater styles are manufactured with breathable fabrics that move moisture away from the body. If that sounds like a good thing, well, it is.

Room to Breathe

These pairs are manufactured without a separate tag in the bag, for maximum comfort. Hanes

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Fancy (under)pants are all the rage. You can find them festooned with everything from Scottish plaids to nut-eating squirrels. We’re not suggesting that you romp in public wearing nothing but your drawers. But why not dress in style from the inside out?

Classic Style

This product is made with highly breathable 100 percent cotton. Fruit of the Loom

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Sometimes a fellow just wants a little classic comfort. If you’re going for the basic whitey-tighty, it’s a good idea to buy briefs made of a moisture-wicking fabric that contains close to 100-percent cotton. You’ll definitely stay cooler in hot weather. A full-cut brief provides great support where you need it and paired with non-binding leg openings with fabric-covered elastic, you’ll hardly know you’re wearing underwear at all. Which is the point.

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For Active Lifestyles

The leg bands on these pairs won’t ride up. Hanes

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Superior Design

These pairs are made with quick-wicking fabric. New Balance

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