Boxers or Briefs — the Pros and Cons
Variety might be the spice of life (and underwear), but it also brings to mind the age-old men’s health debate: boxers or briefs?
Here, Dr. Albert says, it’s really a matter of your own personal tastes more than anything else. “Generally, boxers will give you more breathing room, and briefs will give you support,” he says. “It is a matter of preference, yet tighter briefs will lower fertility, so if you are trying to get your wife pregnant, stick with loose-fitting boxers.”
The next issue to consider is what material to choose. Masini says that men, just like women, should choose cotton or synthetic blends for everyday wear and save the more luxurious silks and other fun fabrics for special occasions.
For the gym, Maurice Voce, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of skin care line Skin Authority, says that the newest synthetic blends are the way to go to prevent chaffing.
“You definitely need to wear underwear that provides the proper level of support and utilizes a moisture-wicking fabric,” he says. “Never wear boxers, cotton, or go commando when working out.
The good news is there are so many athletic underwear choices at all price points. Also, never wear workout underwear more than once without washing them.”
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The Pros and Cons of Going Commando
Another underwear option is to wear no underwear at all.
This can be fun and feel great in the right circumstances, but our experts advise proceeding with caution. “Going commando can be very sexy, but like everything else, there’s a time and a place,” Masini says.
“Commando is great if you’re going for a sexy evening with a predictable outcome.
However, dancing the night away first is going to have a sweaty outcome, which is not ideal.
Also, linen trousers or shorts are going to reveal a little too much of your commando profile.
If you go commando, wear something that makes your underwear status your little secret revealed by choice, not visual impact.”