What You Need to Know to Buy Men’s Underwear

Boxers or briefs, it is a question that was posed in a Hanes men’s underwear commercial featuring such famous men as Michael Jordan. When you want  to buy men’s underwear, there are definitely two camps when it comes to bottoms, those who prefer boxers and those who prefer briefs.

In recent years, the line between the two has become somewhat blurred as men’s briefs have begun to be produced with a longer leg that looks much more like a boxer but is fitted like a brief.

Boxers have also begun to be made in knit materials instead of just the cotton that was most associated with older men. As a matter of fact, as the waistline of pants got lower, the boxer became the choice of many young men.

Men’s underwear bottom sizes are based on waist size. In some cases, the actual waist size is what you will see on the tag. It is usually something like 28, 30-32, 34-36, 38-40. These are all figured in inches. In other cases, the sizes may be on the tags as Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

When it comes to men’s underwear tops, there are a couple of style options as well. Most of them are made from cotton blended material and they come in styles with short sleeves and with no sleeves in a more tank top style. The material may be flat or it may be ribbed.

Sizing on men’s tee shirts and tank tops is usually Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. There are larger sizes and also tall sizes if you happen to be more than 5’11”. Large sizes are XXL, 1XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL. A size small is the equivalent of a chest size of 34”-36” and a waist size of 28”-30”. Keep in mind that if you don’t want your underwear to be skin tight you may want to go up a size from your actual measurements.

Styles of tee shirts and tanks differ, they can be contoured which is more body hugging and then there are relaxed style which will have a little additional room. The same is true of underwear bottoms, some will be in a more relaxed style and others will be fitted.

It is usually impossible to try on men’s underwear at the store because they come in multi-packs. It may be a matter of trial and error to find out which size and style is the most comfortable.

Many people have brand loyalty and once you find the size, style and brand that you feel is the most comfortable you will just continue to buy the same ones every time. Be sure to read the package carefully to get exactly what you want and expect. When you want to buy men’s underwear, you need to consider everything.

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