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How To Buy Men's Underwear

If you're still banking on new tighty-whities from mom at Christmas, it's time you took back control of your sartorial situation down south.


  • Step 1: Choose a t-shirt that falls about 3 inches below your belt line and not longer than the bottom of your fly. Any longer, and you'll have too much to tuck in. Any shorter, and your t-shirt will keep un-tucking.
  • FACT: According to The Ultimate Underwear survey, 57 percent of men prefer briefs, 18 percent prefer tight boxers, and 29 percent prefer roomy boxers.
  • Step 2: Get the right fabric. You want high-quality cotton, such as pima cotton, supima cotton, or Egyptian cotton for softness. Microfiber is also a great choice -- it's very soft, thinner than silk, and often has moisture wicking properties built in.
  • Step 3: Get the right cut bottom. If you wear a lot of low rise pants, lower cut mid- or low-rise briefs should be in your wardrobe.
  • TIP: If you're counting on hot water to help the fit, forget it. Today's underwear rarely shrink.
  • Step 4: Rethink those baggy boxer shorts. They ride up, bunch up, and provide zero support. Opt for boxer briefs instead, which combine the best of both styles.
  • Step 5: Get the correct size, which usually means going smaller. Briefs marked small are designed for a size 28 to 32 waist size, so consider smaller when getting new skivvies. Baggy drawers aren't supportive or attractive.

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