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  • Men’s underwear guide

    Men’s underwear guide part 9

    Comfort is paramount in underwear and while many men prefer one kind of underwear, it makes more sense to choose the style based on the day’s activity. When it comes to choosing underwear and materials, there are plenty of options on the market today, which makes it difficult to find underwear that is perfect for you without buying one of each kind. In this guide, you can learn about the best underwear styles for different activities, different underwear colors, and good underwear materials.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 8

    Underwear materials, number 4: MicroModal

    MicroModal is a trademarked fiber from Lenzing, which is made in Austria and based on rayon extracted from beechwood. Modal is twice as soft as cotton. So, how does one determine softness on a scale you may wonder? It is done by machine and hence reliable. To get even softer, Lenzing created a microfiber version of Modal, which is called MicroModal and it is three times as soft as cotton. Therefore, it is very popular in the underwear industry, and whenever you touch a piece of underwear that is very soft, chances are it is modal. Good things about MicroModal: it is shrink resistant, unlikely to fade, 3 times as soft as cotton and it is very breathable. Bad things about MicroModal: it is prone to pilling and it is less strong than cotton when wet and as strong as cotton when dry.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 7

    Underwear materials, number 2: Cotton

    At the end of the day, what matters when it comes to cotton is the staple length. An extra long staple cotton can be spun finer in the yarn, and thus, it will feel softer on your skin. It will last longer and look better but in order to get that, you will have to spend more. One way to create a softer material is to use a thinner yarn, another is to use a very short staple yarn that is fuzzy like flannel. While the latter feels soft at first, it will start to pill very quickly because the cheap, short staple cotton fibers are easier to loosen and therefore prone to doing that. Even if cotton is labeled as 100% cotton, it may not always be 100%. Legally, even a 97% cotton composition can be declared as a 100% but for underwear, it is desirable to have elastic fibers blended because the final product to provide more comfort. As such, it is not unusual to see blends of 92% cotton with 8% Lycra, etc. You should look for 90% + cotton blends because they are usually the best, and of course the better the cotton, the softer and more comfortable your underwear will be. Good things about cotton: it is a natural material, absorbent and breathable and it is easy to launder. Bad things about cotton: it is prone to shrink, color does not always hold and it is not overly soft.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 6

    Underwear colors, number 2:

    Solid white, shows under a white pair of pants because it is contrasting to your skin color. If you have lighter skin, you can take a white pair of cotton underwear and soak it in black tea thus giving it a nude-colored look. Alternatively, you can look for nude underwear, but they are often hard to find. Instead, go with a shade of solid or heather gray that is as close to your skin tone as possible. The less contrast between your underwear and your skin tone, the less you will be able to see your underwear through your pants.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 5

    Underwear styles and types, number 4: Boxer briefs and trunks

    Good things about them: they are perfect for workouts, particularly compression boxer briefs and they work under all kinds of pants. Bad things about them: they are worse than briefs for sitting but better than boxer shorts.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 4

    Underwear styles and types, number 3: Briefs

    Briefs, or jockey shorts, are easily identified by their elastic waistband, no leg and minimal coverage. They usually offer a Y-shaped fly in the front and have enough fabric to offer full coverage from the waist to the top of the thigh with complete coverage of the buttocks. Briefs provide excellent support and are less prone to bunching and rising than other styles. They are an excellent choice for men who opt to wear tighter pants or low-rise pants. They are perfect for men who work at a desk all day because they end in the natural crease between the body and leg. With the development of lower rise pants such as jeans becoming more popular with men, there are also mid-rise and low-rise briefs which sit at the belly button or three inches below the waist. Good things about them: they are ideal for (skinny) jeans, perfect if you sit a lot, there is no bunching up of the material and the leg looks elongated. Bad things about them: they have an old-fashioned look and they can accentuate portly figures.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 3

    Underwear is one of the most private and personal decisions in menswear because only very few people will see it, yet it is worn every day, all day, right next to the skin.

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  • Men’s underwear guide part 2

    The history of men’s underwear, number 4:

    In 1934, a man by the name of Arthur Kneibler, a senior executive at Coopers, Inc, a hosiery company, received a telegram from a close friend in France. The picture on the front of the postcard was a man wearing a small bikini-style swimsuit. This triggered the imagination of Kneibler who immediately realized that this type of apparel could be worn by men like underwear. He then created what he would eventually name Jockey shorts. He chose the name because of the similar support that an athletic cup offered. By 1935, Marshall Fields department store in Chicago began carrying the newly developed jockey shorts and despite the horrendously inclement weather, they sold out by the end of the first day. This also gave way to men opting to re-try the boxer shorts developed some years earlier and by the end of the 1940s, both boxer shorts and briefs were the regular styles worn by men instead of the traditional union suits. In fact, the jockey shorts were so popular that in 1971 Coopers changed their company name to Jockey.

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  • Men’s underwear guide

    Men’s underwear guide part 1

    The history of men’s underwear, number 1:

    During prehistoric times, men would wear what we now call loincloths made of leather hides to protect themselves from nature. Egyptian pharaohs also wore them. Scotsmen wore kilts, and it became a standard piece of clothing that all men, and women, would wear during the day. Over time, underwear evolved into a second garment that was worn under clothing. Wearing underwear decreased the amount of time needed launder trousers and outerwear. Additionally, it was less protective and less expensive to replace than a pair of pants.

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  • 9 Essential Items For A Minimalistic Wardrobe

    The Perfect Shirt Checklist Part Six

    Checklist Item Number Three- Style ( part 2 )

    Buttons- Mother of Pearl buttons are used by high-quality shirt makers and are made from the inner layer of pearl oysters. They are thin, tough and have more depth of color than plastic buttons – which are much more common, come in a variety of colors and are found of the majority of dress shirts. If you’re going for a casual shirt, you can introduce contrasting buttons and contrasting button stitching to make your outfit pop.

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