Pick the right inner gear
When it comes to undergear, most men stick to basics and staples. Plain white briefs might have been a good idea when you’re 12 and in school, just not as suitable when you’re 28. Your undergear is what keeps you comfortable. Pick the right type for yourself and you will always have a better day ahead.
it’s all about qualityThe choice of material is what makes your undergear comfortable. Cotton is a natural choice for many people, and good pima cotton underwear is soft, supple and breathable. However, cotton is also slow to dry and does not generally stretch well. Cotton is absorbent and does not wick moisture from your body. It is essential that you change out of it after you sweat.
Newer innovations and materials used in undergear include lycra and spandex, as well as blends of cotton with the two materials to create an alternative that stretches and wears well over time. Micro-fibre is another popular option as it possesses sweatwicking properties as well as dries fast. Whichever you choose is a matter of preference, lifestyle or in consideration of certain sports and activities. If itʼs an active lifestyle you pursue, micro-fibre is ideal. Otherwise, high quality cotton is perfect.
BOXERS OR BRIEFS These were the two primary options for undergear styles in the past, but today, the boxer brief hybrid reigns supreme. Boxers are comfortable, but briefs fit well. The trunk short offers a little of each. Ultimately, undergear is a matter of personal preference.
have some funYou might have a sombre dress code at work, but it certainly doesn’t extend to your undergear. Go for alternatives other than white, even though that does look great. Just avoid weird prints; youʼre not a child any more.
MAN SCAPING Body hair is another matter of personal preference. Designer Tom Ford, one of the most well-groomed men in the world, has frequently commented about manscaping, shown off his chest hair with an unbuttoned shirt, and pointed out that body hair is natural. But when it comes to back hair, it’s probably a good idea to wax or shave. It just isnʼt attractive. If you are profusely hirsute, rather than shave, trim. Get a good set of clippers to maintain some semblance of having evolved.
Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, the compression garment which hides all the excess, has introduced a similar series for guys who aren't in great shape but want to look sharp. It’s a temporary fix until the gym routine yields results. In the meantime, if you need some assistance looking good, Spanx for Men is the gear to consider. Ultimately, you still need to get into a fitness routine to get in shape. Spanx only works up till the point you take it off. And it can only do so much.
MORE THAN JUST UNDERWEAR
Undergear constitutes pretty much everything you wear next to your skin, covering briefs, socks and undershirts that keep pit stains from showing. Among these, socks have a higher chance of getting seen and thus is an area that allows for self expression.
SOCK IT UP It’s much more relaxed these days, but the corporate arena still demands standard decorum and dress codes, which leaves precious few areas for men to express themselves.
These include the tie, bowtie, pocket square and most certainly socks.
There is a whole slew of colours, patterns and prints for livening up this area of your outfit. If you ʼre working in a conservative environment, stick with solids but opt for more striking colours rather than black or grey. Those with greater freedom can go for creative prints, even interchanging sides from different pairs, to express a quirky sense of humour. With so much choice, why constrain yourself to the norm?