Men’s Underwear Defined
So I was wondering what the different styles of underwear are and did some research and discovered the following on Wikipedia. Now, I know that Wiki is only as good as the information provided but this was very helpful. I hope this helps clarify things for you if you didn’t know what was what.
Usually worn with the waistband lower than the wearer’s waist, and often at the hips, with the leg bands ending at the groin. Men’s bikini briefs normally have no fly.
- High-sided bikini underwear
- Low-sided bikini underwear
- String bikini – consists of two triangular pieces connected at the groin but not at the sides, with a thin “string” around the waist connecting the pieces.
A type of thong consisting of a narrow piece of material that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a band around the hips.
A type of thong which has no material around the sides other than the waistband.
Has a narrow strip of material along the center of the garment’s rear which sits between the wearer’s buttocks and connects the front or pouch to the waistband behind the wearer. Thongs are sometimes worn to reduce “panty lines” when wearing tightly-fitting trousers.
Boxer Briefs (Trunks)
These are similar in style to boxer shorts, but are generally shorter and form-fitting like briefs.
- Athletic-style boxer briefs – similar to cycling shorts, these are skin-tight and usually have no fly.
- Pouch boxer briefs – these have a pouch for the genitals instead of a fly.
These have an elasticized waistband that is at or near the wearer’s waist, while the leg sections are fairly loose and extend to the mid-thigh. There is usually a fly, either with or without buttons. The waistbands of boxer shorts are usually wider than those of briefs, and often bear the brand name of the manufacturer.
Boxer shorts with colorful patterns, pictures of cartoon characters, sports team logos and slogans are readily available.
- Knit boxers
- Woven boxers
These have an elasticized waistband at or near the wearer’s waist, and leg sections that end at or near the groin.
- traditional briefs – these have a Y-shaped fly.
- Diagonal-flap briefs.
- Double-seat or double-back briefs.
- Low-cut or low-rise briefs
- Pouch briefs.
Consists of an elastic waistband with a support pouch for the genitalia and two elastic straps affixed to the base of the pouch and to the left and right sides of the waistband at the hip. In some varieties, the pouch may be fitted with a pocket to hold an impact-resistant cup to protect the genitals from injury.
- Strapless pouch – consists of a support pouch for the genitals and a waistband, with no securing straps.
We hope you have enjoyed our run down of the different types of Underwear. The pictures used were from International Jock!