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Underwear That Men Prefer - Boxer Shorts, Briefs or Nothing at All

underwearUnderwear companies have had to adapt. When sagging became a fad, men had to wear fashion underwear, not the old style underwear. They couldn’t go without because that was indecent.

I grew up with Fruit of the Loom and wore white briefs until I joined the military in 1978. The uniform underwear for the Marine Corps was white boxer shorts for a while, so that took some getting used to. Now I wear whatever feels comfortable to me.

Briefs and Boxer Briefs with Flies

I prefer regular briefs (with colors, not white), but I sometimes wear boxer briefs. Standard briefs and boxer shorts always have flies, but I have never understood why. I have never met another man or boy who’ve used it for what it’s intended for. I, and the people I’ve been around, have always pulled the waistband down to do what needed to be done.

When the boxer brief suddenly became a fashion statement, I couldn’t figure that out either. No one would ever see them, so why bother? Then the sagging fad started and fashion became a necessity. Well, for most people. It’s hilarious to see someone sagging while wearing old-fashioned white boxer shorts.

What Underwear?

When I was a young adult, I noticed a lot of men would wear blue jeans without any underwear at all. That didn’t make sense to me. Underwear is worn for a reason. I suppose there are some men who still let things swing from left to right and back again, but people who practice sagging can’t get away with that. Not without showing their buttocks to the world.

There have been occasions where I’ve had to go without, but never intentionally. I don’t feel comfortable letting it all hang out inside my trousers.

The Underwear I Wear

Over the last few years, I’ve replaced all of my white briefs with colored briefs and colored boxer briefs. I don’t like white briefs because they start turning a pale yellow when they sit in drawers without being used. It must have something to do with the bleach.

I’ve worn Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and BVD brand underwear. I’ve even worn boxer briefs without flies, distributed by a catalog company in the Philippines. The package said “innerwear”, whatever that meant. They were comfortable even though they didn’t fit right.

Oh well, I won’t have to buy any underwear for a long time because I think I have around a couple of dozen pairs. And where did “pair” come from when we’re talking about one item? We say a pair of shorts, a pair of pants (or trousers), but we say only say bra? There’s definitely a pair that fits in there.

Photo Attribution: Kenneth McAndrew from Pixabay
Edited and updated. Originally published at one of my other websites in October 2015.

Author: RT Cunningham
Date: September 9, 2020 (UTC)
Categories: Culture, Shopping

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