Men’s underwear has certainly evolved from the days of long johns and tightie-whities—with so many styles from which to choose, shopping is anything but brief.
We’ve assembled examples of some of the most popular trends in men’s intimate apparel to help you slip into the pair that’s right for you.
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The Modified Jockstrap
What Is It? A pair of briefs with an easy access hole in the back
Who’s It For? Guys not even pretending to play sports who just want to tell everyone the locker room, “I’m available.”
What Is It? An itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, leaving-very-little-to-the-imagination man’s bikini
Who’s It For? The guy not quite up to free-ballin’ it who nevertheless hates all that fabric around his manhood
Photo: The Underwear Expert
The “Cock Sock”
What Is It? A bulge-enhancing brief, often with a built-in cock ring
Who’s It For? Anyone who wants to fly their phallic flag at half-mast at all times
The Bachelor Padding
What Is It? A butt-enhancing brief/boxer-brief
Who’s It For? Those who may not be particularly gifted in the gluteus region, but still want guys to think baby’s got back.
Photo: D. Hedral
The Fashion Brief
What Is It? An avant-garde take on the traditional brief
Who’s It For? Anyone who fancies themselves a fashionisto—no matter what everyone else on the planet thinks.
Photo: Allen Zaki/Petit Q
The Mesh G-String
What Is It? A pouch held together (barely) by two bits of string
Who’s It For? Strippers. (C’mon, you’re not fooling anyone.)
Photo: Pablo Chester/Malebasics