Before you buy: 6 Things to consider when purchasing boxer briefs
- Quality is key
We all know the saying ‘quality over quantity,’ and it definitely applies to your underwear drawer.
If you’re scrimping out on your boxers, trust us – you’ll know about it!
We truly believe in investing in quality boxer briefs – they will last you much longer, and, although they might seem more expensive up front, the use you will get from them will far outlast the hundreds of pairs you’ve spent a few dollars on.
There’s nothing worse than pulling on your boxer briefs and realizing there’s a hole at the seam or, even worse, the navy pair you bought is now a washed-out, see-through blue that’s barely holding itself together.
Feeling good on the outside starts from the inside, and it’s hard to feel confident in yourself when you’re wearing boxers on the brink of death.
The boxers you wear say a lot about you as a person – so go for a quality, sturdy pair of boxers that will leave you feeling confident and comfortable, ready to tackle your day.
Higher quality brands will most likely use a material that is kind to your skin and lasts much longer than cheaper pairs. Spending more on your underwear collection is wise, as it is an essential part of your wardrobe and can make or break your day!
If you’re feeling unsure about how to tell a good pair of boxers from a bad pair, then stick with us, because we’re pretty knowledgeable about what will and won’t be worth your money!
- Material matters
Now, this second point does come under the umbrella of quality, but it’s so important that we’re giving it its own point. Material – it really does matter.
The last thing you want is to feel sweaty and uncomfortable, rearranging yourself at every opportunity and dodging the glares of onlookers as they watch you shuffle your junk about.
We’re embarrassed even thinking about it, so we can’t imagine what you must be feeling! If this sounds like you – or, like us, it’s one of your worst nightmares – then you really need to think about the material of your boxers before you buy them.
You want to stick with a material that’s airy and light, something that doesn’t cling or stick at the slightest sign of warmth.
There’s actually a lot of scientific evidence as to why you should be wearing light, airy boxers: it has everything to do with fertility and, whilst we’re no scientists, it is a serious consideration that is worth researching and looking into.
You also need to consider the material of boxers if you are a particularly active person.
You won’t want a boxer that clings, sticks, and bunches so far up that you might as well be wearing thongs.
You want boxers that don’t ride up, made from a material that moves sweat away from the skin – cool boxer briefs that keep you feeling fresh and airy during even your most intense workouts.
Another thing to consider with the material is your skin type. It might sound strange, but you should be wary of the boxers you buy if you have sensitive skin. Unless you choose Tani Underwear. Tani only uses fabrics with extremely low abrasion made specifically for sensitive skin.
Some materials can be itchier and more irritating than others, and it’s not exactly like you can scratch an itch down there as easily as you can scratch your face or arm.
We’d suggest that you do some research into different materials and which ones best suit your needs before you purchase any boxer briefs. Various underwear fabrics include Micro Modal, Micro Modal Air, Tencel, Cotton, Wool, and Cupro.
It really is a cliché, but what you wear underneath your clothes affects everything – your mood, your confidence, and your performance. Underwear really is the most important piece of clothing you own.
You might be thinking that it’s only women’s underwear that comes in all different colors, materials, and cuts, but you’d be wrong to assume that.
Yes, we men do have less choice when it comes to the style of our underwear, but that doesn’t mean there are no stylish boxer briefs on the market.
If you take the time to look, you’ll see that a lot of thought goes into the presentation of men’s boxers, because it is a well-known fact that feeling good about what you’re wearing projects into your everyday life.
We personally like the sleek style.
There are plenty of jazzy patterned options that will compliment your wardrobe and are perfect for days when you’re feeling bold and fearless.
However, we believe your underwear drawer should contain some classic coloring options – black, white, grey – not just for practical reasons, but also because these options can have us feeling our most Bond-like, and what’s not to love about that?
Whether you’re a pattern lover or a fan of the more classic briefs, we have something for you right here in this article.
- Boxers for your body-type
Yes, it seems like a bizarre point, but you may want to consider what body type you have when you purchase your next pair of boxer briefs. Boxer briefs come in shorter and longer styles and typically hit mid- to low-thigh, depending on the brand.
If you have larger thighs, you may want to opt for a short style, to ensure the fit is not too tight, and the material isn’t cutting into your skin.
If you do prefer a longer style but have larger thighs, consider trying different brands and materials, as some will have more give than others.
Another thing to note when it comes to the length of the boxers is the type of trouser you will be wearing on top.
If you will be opting for a pair of shorts, or shorts are your go-to style, you may want to choose a shorter boxer brief to avoid any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions.
Similarly, if you’re wearing a longer style that doesn’t fit your legs well, it’s likely that it will bunch up under your trousers, leaving you feeling uncomfortable, so it’s important to find the perfect length and fit for you.
- Know your size
It seems like an obvious point, but we can’t overstate it enough. Choosing the correct size is important if you want to get the most out of your boxers. You’ll be surprised at just how bad the wrong size can be.
The right size boxer will provide support and comfort and won’t ride up or slide down every time you squat down or bend over. You need a boxer that will give you support but also freedom.
Knowing your size can save you all sorts of hassle. Knowing your exact size is a great place to start.
Most brands use a size guide of XS to XXL, with waist measurements for men to follow. Measure your waist and choose the size that you fall into for a snug fit.
Also, bear in mind that most retailers will not accept returns of underwear, so unless you want to risk wasting your money, don’t wing it.
Just because you’re a medium in one brand doesn’t mean you’ll be a medium in another.
It’s important to check the sizing guide specific to each brand, as they may be slightly different. The last thing you want is to fork out for underwear that doesn’t fit and can’t be returned.
- Read reviews before you buy
You wouldn’t buy a pair of jeans with a one-star review, and your boxers shouldn’t be any different.
Reviews are important, especially those that are more detailed, because they answer questions you may have (or didn’t even know you had) more honestly and often more thoroughly than a brand or retailer.
If 99% of the population loves a boxer brief, then it’s likely that you will, too.
In reviews, you’ll be able to find everything from whether that particular brand fits small, large, or, as expected, to the durability and quality of the item 3 months down the line.
Whilst boxers aren’t the most expensive things in the world, as we’ve said, you often can’t return them, so reviews will be your saving grace when it comes to deciding whether or not to go for a pair of boxers.
Some (brave) people also provide pictures of the item, so you’ll be able to see what they look like on, how they fit, and whether you think they’re a good choice for you.
Whilst not everyone’s opinions are the same, reviews are always a good place to start, especially on non-returnable items life boxer briefs.
And there you have it: our 6 things to consider when buying boxer briefs.