One of the most popular
fashion relevant questions
in recent history has been the question of “boxers or briefs?". For some
reason it has even become a popular question to ask potential presidents of the
United States. Can you believe that reporters have the nerve to ask a
candidate if they wear boxer shorts or briefs? As if the question will
help people form a decision about who is qualified or not qualified to become
the president based on the undergarments they choose to wear. Well, maybe the
line of questioning does have some merit.
all, what is a boxer short?
also referenced as boxers are a loose fitting type of undergarment typically
worn by men. Yes, they are also worn by women. Boxer shorts provide
greater mobility than other male undergarments or women’s
Boxers come in a variety of
styles, colors, and fabrications. They can be solid colors, yarn dyed
plaids, printed patterns, or graphic illustrations such as novelty prints.
In addition to using an assortment of plain weave or textured fabrics, some
garments are decorated by printing, embroidery, applique or other
In regard to printing, various
methods can be used. Silk screening with pigment prints, rotary printing,
digital printing, etc. can be utilized. Reactive inks can also be utilized
then some other types of ink qualities.
Some print designs can be complex and others can be as
simple as polka dots or stripes.
Women wear men’s boxers, but can also purchase them made
in sizes specifically for women. Women's boxer shorts are made in the same
fabrics as menswear and additional fabrications and trimming that may look better on
women. The womenswear also gets a bit more creative in regard to the
Women's Boxer short with an exposed tape draw string.
Here is a women's boxer short with a more creative flow to the leg openings.
What is the difference between a boxer short and a brief?
Briefs are form fitting (tight) and boxer shorts are
loose and longer. A boxer short silhouette is more like men’s shorts and
briefs have similarities to a women’s panty (they have similarity by also major
differences as well).
What happens when you mix a boxer with a brief?
are a hybrid type of men's undergarment which are long in the
leg, similar to boxer shorts, but
tighter-fitting like briefs. Depending on the
manufacturer, boxer briefs may also be spelled as one word: boxerbriefs. This
type of underwear is sometimes called "trunks" in the United Kingdom, Australia
and other locations. They are also referred to by some people at "tight
Are boxer shorts or briefs more popular?
This brings us back to the popular question of “which do
you wear?". Jockey-style briefs beginning in the late 1930s had been more
popular. Around 1947, boxer shorts started to gain in popularity. The two
different models have battled back & forth for decades. In the 1990’s the boxer
short starting picking up steam but it is hard to name the style the ultimate
champ. The two styles have varying ratios of sales performance over the
years. It is clear that strong regional and generational preferences are
at play. Apparel Search does not have official sales data for this year to
confirm the actual champion. If you wanted an official answer, you will
unfortunately not get the answer here today.
Do boxers wear boxer shorts or trunks?
Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two
people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined
set of time in a boxing ring. Both fighters typically wear different color
boxing shorts or boxing trunks into the ring. The announcers typically
distinguish between the two fighters base on the color of their trunks.
In 1925, Jacob Golomb, founder of Everlast, designed
elastic-waist trunks to replace the leather-belted trunks then worn by boxers.
These trunks, are now known as "boxer trunks". The boxing trunks are
designed with elastic & stretch to provide unhindered leg movement because
"fancy footwork" has always been very important for boxing.
Trunks are brief shorts, loose-fitting or tight, worn for
sports, especially boxing, swimming, and track. Trunks are used to refer
to swimwear and sometimes for underwear. The term can be used to refer to
men's underpants with legs that reach mid-thigh, alternatively called boxers or
boxer briefs (or possibly boxer trunks).
How can boxing be considered a fashionable sport?
The sport of boxing is obviously fashionable because the fighters wear trendy
colored boxing shorts and they wear gloves. They also tend to wear well
embellished robes and shirts before entering the ring. After the fight
ends, they often put on shirts to display brand advertising. Clearly the
clothing worn is of importance.
Boxing shorts that are underwear are very different than
boxer shorts worn by boxers for fights.
What other underwear is similar to boxer shorts?
As already discussed boxer briefs
are similar in styling but are tight rather than loose.
ਕਛੈਰਾ) or Kaccha (ਕਛਾ) are specially designed short, shalwar-like
with a tie-knot ("naala" = drawstring) worn by baptized Sikhs. It is one of the
five Sikh articles of faith called the Five Ks (ਪਂਜ
ਕ੍ਕਾਰ), and was given as a "gift of love" by Guru
Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanskar in 1699. Kacchera have been worn by
baptized Sikhs (Khalsa) since a mandatory religious commandment given by Guru
Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of Sikhism, in 1699. Both male and female Sikhs
wear similar undergarments. This is one of five articles of faith—collectively
called "Kakkars"—that form the external, visible symbols clearly and outwardly
displaying one's commitment and dedication to the order (Hukam) of the tenth
master. Kachera is a drawer type fastened by a fitted string round the
waist, very often worn as an underwear.
(worn typically by females) are a form of
designed for women, also known as side-cut shorts or dance shorts, and are
similar to French knickers in appearance. As the name implies, they are a type
of shorts, in that they cover the pelvic area and the upper part of the upper
legs. They have similarity to boxer shorts. Tap pants look much like
track shorts, allow freedom of movement, and can be worn as an outer garment
over other types of underwear (e.g.,
What fabrics are used for boxer shorts?
This type of underwear can be
made with many varieties of fabric. Boxers can be made with woven fabrics
or knit fabrics. If you are looking for comfort, we would suggest knit
because the fabric has more stretch. However, many people find woven
fabric to provide comfort as well. Plus some woven fabrics such as flannel
can be warm and toasty on a cold winter night (you may want to also learn about
type of underwear
utilizes various fabrics & fiber contents including all cotton, cotton/polyester
blends, jersey knits, silk, madras, flannel, microfiber, rib, waffle knit, etc.
when manufacturing clothing such as underwear.
What components and construction is used to make boxer
The most critical elements of a boxer short is the
fabric, elastic waistband, and sewing thread. They can be sewn with or
without a front fly. The fly may have buttons, snaps or another closure
When using fabric with little stretch a "balloon seat"
can be added to the garment construction. This is a generous panel of
loosely-fitting fabric in the center rear of the shorts that is designed to
accommodate the wearer's various movements, such as bending forward. Many
sewing pattern designs for boxer shorts are made with a panel seat that has two
seams running on the outer edges of the back seating area, creating a center
for boxer shorts consider measurements such as front
rise, back rise, waist measurements (waist extended & waist relaxed), fly length
& width, leg opening, side seam, and hip measurements.
Boxer shorts have a few different styles and designs.
The typical boxer short is made in either two or four panels. Boxer come
in the following three different styles as well: center rear panel, gripper and
Centre Rear Panel Boxer Shorts: A common sewing design
used in the mass production of boxer shorts is a panel seat that has two seams
running down the outer sides of the back seating area, which creates a center
rear panel. These are also referenced as three panel boxer shorts.
Gripper Boxer Shorts: These boxer shorts have an elastic
waistband similar to traditional boxer shorts, but they feature a series of
snaps (typically three) on the fly and waistband meaning that they can open up
Yoke front boxer shorts: This style is similar to
gripper boxer shorts. The primary difference is the wide waistband yoke on
these underwear types usually has three snaps to close it and the fly itself
does not have a closing mechanism. Yoke front boxer shorts are available
in two different styles according to their tying apparatus: The first
style has a short piece of elastic on either side of the waistband that tightens
up to the yoke to fit tightly around the waist. The second style of yoke
front boxer shorts is ‘tie sides’ which have thin pieces of cloth located at
each side of the waist yoke like shoe laces which are then tightened and knotted
by the owner to provide a snug yet comfortable exact fit. Yoke front boxer
shorts were popular during the Second World War when the rubber needed for
elastic waistbands had to be used for military reasons.
Importing boxer shorts into the United States:
When importing it is important to
keep in mind rules such as proper
Also, there are importing considerations to pricing evaluations such as the cost
of duty to be paid to the government. The duty rates are based on garment
gender, fabric, and other issues. You can learn more about duty relevant
issues in our
section. We suggest contacting a customs broker if you work in the fashion
industry and plan on importing underwear into the USA.
Interesting links of possible interest:
How to make boxer shorts (Sew Mama Sew)
Boxer Short Sewing Patterns
Fashion Products A-F
Fashion Products B
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