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All About Men’s Bottoms

All About Men's Bottoms

All About Men's Bottoms


A man's cotton or silk undergarment based on shorts worn in the sport of boxing. The traditional boxer is a full rise, full cut short with a 3" inseam. It loosely covers the body from the waist to just above mid-thigh. Generally, boxers have a working front fly. Silk boxers have the added advantage of keeping you cool in the summer and being an excellent nightwear garment.


This is your traditional men's underpants. It has a full rise, meaning it covers the body from the waist to the top of the thigh. Briefs have either an overlap fly or a contour pouch.


The men's bikini style is cut lower than a low-rise brief. The top elastic sits approximately 4" below the waistline - below the navel. It still provides full rear coverage. The leg has a high cut design and the front never has a working fly.

Tapered Boxer

A slimmer cut boxer with tapered legs for a trim fit. Side vents offer comfort and leg freedom. May or may not have a fly front.

Compression Short

Compression shorts are very similar to boxer briefs and are often made from a spandex-like material of two-way stretch fabric. Essentially flyless boxer briefs, these form-fitting garments are versatile multi-sport, long leg biker-type shorts.

Compression shorts keep the muscles warm to prevent muscle strains or pulls. They also prevent chafing and rashes. This short offers the wearer uniform pressure and support to key muscles and often is used in place of a jockstrap.

Boxer Brief

The new boxer brief has the same styling of traditional biker pants, but it's cut a little shorter on the thigh length. Designers took the best of both the brief and the boxer to create this new style. It fits like a brief but is cut longer in the leg like a boxer. Boxer briefs usually have a front fly design just like a traditional brief.


Resembling men's swim trunks from the 50's, the trunk silhouette has made a comeback as underwear.

A trunk is similar to a boxer brief but with shorter legs.

Long Johns

A type of long underwear bottoms usually ankles length. These drawers were first worn in public by John L. Sullivan as a boxing outfit.

Low-Rise Brief

With the new low cut pants on the market, this style has become very popular. The waistband rests on the hip approximately 3" below the waist. It still has side fabric, and the legs are traditional brief legs (not high cut). It may or may not have a front fly.

Mid-Rise Brief

This is a lower rise than a standard brief. The waistband sits approximately 2" below the waistline, just at or above the navel. Other than that, it has all the styling of a traditional brief including a working front fly.

Sports Brief

This can become an alternative to an athletic supporter. This brief has a front cup and a back panel, but the sides are nothing more than the elastic waistband. This style provides for more modesty than a string bikini or thong.

String Bikini

This style is the lowest cut and offers the least amount of coverage in men's underwear styles (thong and jockstrap excluded). It sits approximately 4" below the waistline and has no side panels. The leg openings go all the way up to the elastic waistband, which is a "string" style band, connecting front and back panels. String bikinis give full seat coverage, but without a working fly.

Thong / Jock Strap

This style has an elastic waistband and a front cup. The front cup panel is kept in place by a tape that goes through the legs and attaches to the center back on the waistband. This is a style used in athletics for more support, or when minimal coverage is desired.


A jock strap consists of a wide elastic waistband with a support pouch that holds an impact-resistant protective cup or box to protect the testicles from injury and two straps extending from the base of the pouch around the buttocks to the sides of the waistband.

There is a modesty issue with jockstraps. If they are worn directly against the skin and under white baseball or football pants, they can be seen through the pants. A solution is to wear a jockstrap over a pair of compression shorts. This prevents the see-through issue.

A Jockstrap can also be worn under a pair of pants. This is a great alternative to wearing briefs during hiking, biking, camping or other outdoor activities because the jockstrap absorbs less moisture than a pair of cotton briefs and can provide much-needed cooling. The jockstrap can also prevent scrotal chafing and impact because the scrotum is lifted away from the thighs - very useful when hiking long distances.


A set of top and pants, designed for sleeping. From the Persian words pai for "leg" and Jaman for "garment", pajamas were originally introduced in the 1800's for Indian men to wear as an alternative to the nightgown. Today, pajamas - or pjs - are classic sleepwear for both men and women.

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