The Underwear Diaries: Underwear Do’s and Don’ts


Let’s discuss for a minute the least popular clothing item of all time; the one that’s always forgotten or taken for granted – the almighty underwear. One might think that there are no things that they can learn about underwear in general, and this is where that person would be wrong. Underwear is also a quite important item of clothing, and buying it should really be a thoughtful process. Do you know what kind of underwear you need to buy? What are the do’s and the don’ts? Finally, do you know when the right time is for wearing a certain type of underwear? Stick with us to find out the answers to these questions and also see what the most popular types of underwear are.

The simplest rule

One of the most important do’s of wearing underwear is that you always throw the old ones out. Remember that your old underwear is not a sentimental item, so getting yourself a new pair of underwear from time to time is the best possible way to take care of not only your underwear drawer but also your hygiene. Every couple of months take a peek at your underwear drawer and throw away all the pairs that are not presentable – basically, all those that you would be embarrassed to be seen in. However, since we tend to forget to buy underwear as we don’t think it’s that necessary, it would be very good to link this habit to one you already have. For example, you could link underwear with your haircut, so every time you get a haircut, go and buy yourself a new pair of underwear.

The boxers vs. briefs debate

There’s a debate that divides people more than the ever-popular debate on whether you should be a democrat or a republican. Namely, there are two types of people in the world – those who prefer wearing boxers and those who prefer wearing briefs. There are no actual pros and cons to wearing either of these, but there is a slight difference. Wearing boxers will give you more space and breathing room, while briefs give you more support but lower fertility. This is why you should stick to boxers and make sure to use good ones as well. Australians have been known to produce good underwear, so we should completely trust companies from this country. This is why wearing the Australian Boody men’s boxers, for example, is an excellent idea. In the same manner, if you have no intention of becoming a father, or you don’t enjoy wearing boxers at all, you should also stick to good and high-quality pairs of briefs.

The three wheres: Where to wear your underwear

Another very important question is what kind of underwear you should be wearing where. For example, the jockstrap has become a very popular item in a wardrobe of many men, but it’s not for everyday use. Even though this type of underwear was firstly invented as a sporting solution for bicycle jockeys, it is nowadays used in certain sports as support, but also in many bedrooms around the world. So this is the type of underwear you want if you’re looking to spice up your sex life. However, it’s still not the type of underwear one should wear on certain important events. What’s also important is to pay attention to the type of events you’re going, as you cannot wear whatever you please. For example, if you’re going for a men’s massage, make sure not to wear your expensive underwear unless you want it to become oil stained and ruined. One great option that you can always wear is the wonderjock – this was first invented by the company aussieBum (another proof we should have faith in Aussie underwear companies) and it has been providing men with great comfort, style and even support ever since. Finally, if you’re the type of person who enjoys wearing thongs, pay attention to where you’re going as moving a lot can cause great discomfort.

The importance of materials

The fabric is always important when fashion is concerned. However, bear in mind that the material of your underwear is far more important than the material of your t-shirt, for example, so pay extra attention next time you’re buying a new pair of underwear. Make sure to go for cotton and breathable materials, as you don’t want to get all stinky down there. You can also opt for more elegant materials such as silk (even though this is not the most popular material for men’s underwear), but you can save them for special occasions.

So yes, even though you find it ridiculous and unimportant, learning a bit more about underwear is a good thing, wouldn’t you agree? Now you know which mistakes you shouldn’t be making, what you need to pay attention to in certain situations, and perhaps even figured out what the perfect type of underwear for you is!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.