Men’s Underwear Types
The classic undies staple - briefs, are panty-like men’s undergarments that provide a lot of support. Y-fronts have an upside-down Y-shape that comes with an easy-open flap, which makes going to the bathroom easier.
Boxers are loose, shorts-like undergarments. Out of all the types of men’s undies, these are the most comfortable, but they also provide the least amount of support.
A cross between boxers and briefs, boxer briefs provide the ‘modesty’ and comfort of long boxers with the snugness and support of briefs.
Jockstraps are specially-designed undergarments that are meant to be worn during intense physical activity. It has a hard ‘cup’ in the front that protects the genitals from injury.
Also known as a thong in other parts of the world, a g-string is one of the skimpiest undergarment styles. There’s minimal coverage in the front, and the string at the back is thin enough to sit between your butt cheeks.
How To Choose The Right Men’s Underwear
Do you need undies for the cold winter months? Thermal underwear is your best bet. Getting ready for date night? Spring for something sexy and revealing. Just need something for your day-to-day? Comfort is king!
Every guy should have basic neutral undies in black, navy, white, and grey. But don’t forget to make room in your wardrobe for more unique choices, like crazy colours or funny prints.
The most common material is a cotton-polyester blend, but men’s underwear can be made out of a variety of fabrics. If you have an active lifestyle or will be using it during sports/physical activity, make sure to get undies in a quick-dry material. For the ethically and environmentally-conscious, there are undies made out of organic cotton or recycled bamboo fibres.
If you want the best value for money, look for brands that offer two-packs, three-packs, or even seven-packs at a discounted price.
The Best Men’s Underwear To Shop In Australia
Jockey Active Cool trunk, $29.95, Myer
The ultimate performance underwear, perfect for sport or that extra everyday comfort. Featuring a double-layer cotton lined pouch for comfort and support as well as flat seams and stripped gusset help to reduce chafing, these trunks are designed to keep you cool and dry.
Calvin Klein 3 pack cotton stretch trunks, $99.95, The Iconic
These trunks are cut from stretch cotton and have a soft elastic waistband making them comfortable enough to wear all day and night. They’re a classic for a reason.
Bonds Active Quick Dry trunk, $29.99, Bonds
The perfect partner to wear with your boardies, the Active Quick Dry Trunks dry 3-4 times faster than regular cotton/elastane trunks. These trunks are chlorine, sand, salt water and sag resistant, so they won't lose their shape either.
Tommy Hilfiger trunks 3 pack, $49.95 (usually $99.95), The Iconic
Add a bit of luxe to your underwear drawer with these trunks from Tommy Hilfiger. With flat elastic waistbands that sit smoothly against the body, you won’t want to take them off.
Men's boxers, $59, HardtoFind
Not only are these boxers silky smooth, but you can also add a personal touch to these men's boxers with the option to monogram with initials (or whatever your heart desires).
Versace 2 piece set logo boxers, $180, Farfetch
This isn’t your average set of underwear. It’s for those who live for the glam life and want it known. Featuring a fitted silhouette and a Greek Key band with a Medusa motif to the front.
Men's brief, $49.30, HardtoFind
For those who like to add a bit of personality to their underwear, this pair of fish-patterned briefs will be fan-favourites amongst fishermen and fishing enthusiasts.
Adidas 3 pack logo briefs, $50, ASOS
Designed for activity, these briefs are designed to not ride up when you exercise. The lightweight fabric is breathable to help you stay cool and comfortable no matter where the day takes you.
Tom Ford stretch cotton boxer briefs, $129, MyTheresa
They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile but we like to think that these Tom Ford boxers are a pretty close second. Featuring an elasticated waistband and made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex/elastane, you’ll be set for the day once you put these on.
Your Choice Of Men’s Underwear Matters
The most important thing about buying underwear is that it makes you feel cool, confident, and comfortable. And with dozens of brands, you won’t have any problems finding a style that suits you!