A true boxer brief will cover about half of your thigh, but many boxer briefs now cover about a third. They offer protection from chaffing during workouts and sports, and often are made with a moderate rise on the waist. They provide just about the same amount of support as a standard brief, and provide complete coverage.
These are great for everyday wear or for the gym. Pair them with gym shorts, and pants with coarse fabric, like a selvedge denim or winter wool.
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Boxers are loose-fitting underwear with no support, but more breathability than any other undergarment. Many boxer shorts have an open fly, allowing the user an exit route with maximum ease.
Boxer short styles are varied, spanning from the underwear you may associate with your grandfather, to trendier, slim-fit cuts. They’re great for wearing everyday, or for playing casual sports.
Wear more relaxed fits, like the J.Crew ones pictured, for maximum leg comfort. They’re good for wearing with looser pants, pajamas, and shorts.
Pair slimmer fit boxers, like these from ($55, mrporter.com), with slimmer fitting bottoms, tailored dress pants, and shorts.
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Trunks are quickly becoming a favorite cut for underwear among men in the know. Why? A trunk cut is a hybrid of a brief and boxer brief without the heap of fabric (in other words, they’re boxer briefs with short legs and a square appearance). If you like briefs but want to try something a little different, consider trunks.
They’re great for everyday, dressing up, going out, and moderate sports. Plus, you can wear them with just about anything.
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Jockstraps offer complete frontal support and protection. They often lift the package up and away from the body, resulting in a cooler and dryer experience than basic briefs.
The pouch is harnessed with two leg bands that fall to the sides of the glutes on the upper thigh and connect between the legs to the underside of the pouch. Cups can be inserted into some jockstraps for protection during rigorous activities like sparring and martial arts.
Save these for high intensity sports, and pair them with uniforms, tight pants, and bike shorts.