Cotton Boxer Shorts

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The big choice men face nowadays in the world of cotton boxer shorts is that of loose boxers versus "boxer briefs." Let's get one thing out of the way: briefs are for old men and young boys. If you're in your late teens, your 20s, 30s, or 40s, there's nothing to debate; lose the "tightie whities" and give yourself some space to move around.

Loose-fitting cotton boxer shorts wear more like shorts than underwear, which is why many men steer clear. No, there's nothing wrong with a great pair of shorts--provided there's support underneath them. Loose boxers are perfect for a swim or even for dancing around your apartment (in company, no less). For sheer utility, however, these generous undergarments lose their bout to the boxer brief, which fits more snugly across the midsection yet still manages to look stylish.

Trends in Cotton Boxer Shorts

Take a look at the first 20 pages of any major fashion magazine and you'll notice chiseled, sculpted models cavorting in form-fitting cotton boxer shorts. It goes without saying that the vast majority of people share few of the genetic blessings of these buff lads, but form-fitting boxers can actually address this disparity. By hugging your thighs with their elastic bands, boxer briefs help give the appearance of a sleek and contoured lower half.

One drawback of shopping for such stylish underwear is that prices tend to creep up into the 15- to 20-dollar range. If you've spent years stockpiling briefs at six pairs per 10 bucks, making the leap to boxer briefs can be intimidating. One tip is to try your local discount apparel store such as Target or Ross, where you can still find name brands such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, but at roughly half the retail price.

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