Boxer briefs are a mix between boxer shorts and briefs.
They are occasionally spelled “boxerbrief" (one word) and or sometimes
referenced as trunks. However, in the United States, for clarity they
should be called “boxer briefs" (plural) and “boxer brief" (singular).
are tight fitting underwear.
Boxers are loose fitting underwear with
legs similar to shorts.
are a hybrid type of men's underwear which is similar to boxer shorts, but
tighter-fitting like briefs. They are different than briefs because they are
long in the leg. A typical brief would not have fabric covering portion of
Boxer briefs are commonly used for everyday use
for various daily activities (simply another form of underwear). However,
they are also very popular in athletics. The tight but not too tight fit
provides a level of support as well as comfort during athletics. They are
sometimes worn in association with a jockstrap for added support or protection
when used with a cup.
The boxer brief design provides form-fitting coverage for
the midsection from the waist to the thighs and are worn on the waist.
What fabric is used to make boxer
Boxer brief underwear is often made with knit fabric
which offers some natural stretch. They can be made of various natural
fibers such as cotton, and with synthetic fibers such as spandex. They are
often a blended fabric combining both man-made and natural fibers such as a
cotton & spandex blend. In addition to using certain fibers that offer stretch,
they are often made with ribbed fabric that also can provide stretch. For
example, they can be made of 100% cotton 1x1 rib fabric so that the garment has
The construction of the boxer brief:
Boxer brief designs can have either a keyhole fly, button
(snap) front, pouch, or no fly at all.
The waistband is usually a separate band of elastic
material. It can be an exposed elastic or covered elastic (meaning the
elastic can be covered by fabric). If using a covered elastic, it is often
designed in a contrasting color to the cotton or other fabric material that
comprises the rest of the boxer briefs. When using an exposed elastic band the
waistband will often have the brand name of the garment printed on it.
There may be additional elastic sewn around the bottom
end of the thigh portion of the garment (at the leg opening) to offer additional
stretch. Some boxer briefs have stitching on the rear to outline the buttocks
and avoid a central seam.
Similar to the brief, the boxer brief leaves less to the
imagination then a boxer short would.
It has been said that boxer
briefs gained in popularity after a print advertising campaign in 1992 featuring
Mark Wahlberg (known at that time as Marky Mark). The advertising
campaign was for
Klein menswear which was being designed at that
time by fashion designer
Boxer briefs can be made with
and anti-odor properties. Such boxer briefs are made with the goal to keep the
wearer cool, dry, and fresh all day.
What happens when you mix a boxer with a brief?
You get some bad ass men's underwear.
Mark Wahlberg in the Calvin Klein boxer brief
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Boxer briefs are different then boyshorts.
Places to shop for boxer briefs:
Nordstrom Men's Boxer Briefs
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