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All About Men's Boxer Shorts

Nov 17th 2014 at 4:27 AM

Sometimes called loose boxers or simply boxers, boxer shorts are one of the most common underwear styles for the gentleman. According to surveys, while a majority of men still prefer to wear briefs, a whopping 47% prefer boxers. It’s easy to see why. Boxer shorts are loved for their loose-fitting cut, which allows more freedom of movement. They also tend to come in more creative designs than briefs.

Defining Boxers

Designed in 1925 to be an alternative to the traditional leather-belted trunks boxers wear, a typical boxer resembles regular shorts, except that it is shorter, made in a lighter fabric, and features a fly on the front. Manufacturers use different methods to close the fly—either buttons or metal snaps. Some boxer shorts no longer require fastening. The fabric is instead designed to cover the fly opening.

Though some brands now have slim-fitting boxers for thin-legged pants, most boxer shorts still follow the “balloon seat” style, with a fabric panel in the centre-rear to allow optimum movement. Running down the edges of the balloon seat are two seams that create a rear panel.

Benefits of Wearing Boxer Shorts

Some experts say that wearing boxer shorts has some health benefits. Many scientific studies, for example, show that wearing men’s boxers and similar types of loose fitting underwear can increase sperm count.


Because boxer shorts are more breathable that other types of underwear, they allow for unhindered movement.

Type of Boxer Shorts

There are actually two kinds of boxer shorts—loose and tight. Below we discuss the two types:

Loose boxer shorts are by far the most comfortable. They used to come only in basic blacks, greys, and plaids, but many designer brands now have lines of loose boxer shorts in interesting prints for more visual appeal. Loose boxers are easily the most relaxed undergarments you will find, making them ideal for sleeping.


Tight boxers are considered by some men as more stylish than loose boxers. Almost all designers carry ranges of tight boxer shorts in different colours and prints. Though they tend to be worn by younger men, tight boxers are also quickly becoming the underwear of choice even of older generations. They offer better support and remain in place, fitting the thighs nicely.

Go online and search for an online retailer who provides wide selection of Men’s boxers and underwears sourced from reputable manufacturers who specialise in underwear and have a proven track record.

About the author:

This article is written by Universal Textiles Content Team. Universal Textiles supplies a diverse range of clothing and home textiles products since 1986. They sell a variety of hosiery products ranging from socks, thermal underwear, hats, gloves, bedding and many other lines.

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