The most popular type of underwear since your father was a little boy, if not earlier, are boxer shorts, so named because they resemble the shorts worn by boxers. Simple, really.
We start with Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger since they still have a classic American vibe from when they were initially promoted by Everlast in the 1920s. Boxers are often quite loose-fitting and made of pure cotton; they allow air to flow and your moving parts to, well, move. They frequently include a button fly, sit on your hips, and extend past the tops of your thighs.
Boxers work well with loose-fitting pants, such as a suit or high-waisted pants, but if your pants are too tight, the fabric may bunch, which will be unpleasant and show through your clothes. Generally speaking, they hang rather than cling and are suitable for males with smaller legs and narrower hips. They supposedly also improve sperm count.
Boxer shorts have had a poor name lately in a lot of ways. They are frequently portrayed as being a little dated, but we are still big admirers of them. We prefer to consider of them as retro-chic, and we believe they are a wonderful alternative if you tend to get hot easily.
The boxer brief is the modern classic. The go-to pants for a generation. Of course, the benchmark is Calvin Klein, who started the stretch boxer revolution in the early 1990s, but most brands now have boxer briefs in their repertoire.
Boxer briefs are a variant on the traditional boxer, but they are made of stretch fabric, typically modal, which is softer and silkier with a touch of elastane added, or cotton with a touch of elastane. Though the degree of fit varies depending on the brand, the cut is often more tailored. The greatest cuts are closer to the thigh and give more definition behind in addition to additional support where it counts. They often sit between the middle and top of the thigh and are worn higher on the hips to highlight the waistband.
Although they fit the majority of guys, if you have exceptionally muscular thighs you may find them a little restricting at the top of the leg and there is a chance that the cloth will bunch up, which is both unpleasant and ugly.
For taller, heavier guys, especially those with more ample posteriors, boxer briefs perform best. While the higher waistband improves fit, the additional fabric, which has some elasticity, hides and defines. The taller man will benefit from the high waist since their underwear will often slide down when they lean down. Jack, you'd better cover that crack.