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4 Different Types of Mens Underwear

Ready to update your underwear drawer? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy underpants as a gift? Either way – with so many different styles and shapes to choose from – it can be a tricky decision. The best ones for you will depend on body shape and personal preferences. But to make things a little easier, here we outline the top four men’s underwear styles currently available online.


A guide to men’s underwear styles

1. Boxer shorts


The most popular type of men’s underwear, by far. Boxer shorts were originally inspired by those worn by professional boxers (it’s how they got their name!). They’re designed to offer maximum comfort and freedom of movement. As such, they feature an elasticated waistband and the leg section will either be loose-fitting or tailored slightly to add a little style and support.
 
This is the type that we sell, here at Tokyo Laundry. As part of our menswear range, you will find an extensive selection of men’s boxer shorts – with colours and patterns to suit all tastes. These are cut from soft cotton-rich material and can be worn under just about any casual or formal outfit.

2. Briefs

Briefs are an absolute classic in the world of male underwear. A tight-fitting style, renowned for offering support in all the right places. Whilst the back section offers full coverage, the front leaves the upper thighs exposed and they’re usually fitted with a stretchy waistband.
 
Although once known as ‘tighty-whiteys’, briefs now come in a range of trendy colours and styles – and they’re deemed a welcome addition to any man’s underwear collection.

3. Boxer briefs

Just as the name suggests, these are a cross between boxer shorts and briefs. Boxer briefs offer the best of both worlds. Thanks to their slim fit, they provide the same level of support as briefs. But they also cover around half of the thigh and, as such, are both a practical and comfortable option.  
 
If you’re unsure which is the best type of men’s underwear for you, or if you’re buying for somebody else, boxer briefs are a fail-safe choice – perfect for everyday use.

4. Trunks

These are becoming a firm favourite amongst style-conscious men. Inspired by men’s swimming trunks, they’re similar to boxer briefs in terms of fit – hugging the contours of the body and offering excellent all-round support. However, they’re made from less fabric and are slightly shorter in the leg. As such, this particular style of men’s underwear is better suited to those with a smaller build. 

Looking to stock up on men’s underwear?

Why not visit our online store at Tokyo Laundry? We have a diverse range of colours and patterns to choose from and – whether boxer shorts are your thing or you like to buy a range of men’s underwear styles – our men’s underwear collection is a great place to start.




If you have any questions about the products available or would like to find out more about the different types of men’s underwear, you’re also welcome to get in touch. Our friendly team are always on hand and happy to help. Simply send your enquiry to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


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