12 Types of Underwear for Men We Bet You Don’t Know

Stop wearing regular panties as underwear! We curated a list of 9 different undergarments names that every man loves to add to his innerwear closet.

The fashion world is ever involving and gone are the days when inner wear did not come in the fashion dictionary. With all of us now open about almost anything, there are just so many options for what you wear beneath the outfits as well. Talking of men, there is now a huge variety of men’s underwear than before. We have come up with your personal style guide including all the different types of underwear that men can go for. Every type has its own pros and cons. You would be surprised to know that some styles have a story behind the origin of their design and how they evolved.

different underwear style for men to check which styles is best for menSo just peek in and see for yourself what the underwear style guide has in store for you and shop along.

  1. Boxer Briefs
  2. Briefs
  3. Boxer Shorts
  4. Thongs
  5. Jockstrap
  6. C-String
  7. Tanga
  8. Mankini
  9. Tights
  10. Dual Pouch Underwear
  11. Sissy Panties
  12. Padded Underwear

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1. Boxer Briefs

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Also known as Trunks, Boxer briefs sit high on the waist and cover half of your thighs. They provide full coverage and full support.

They are best while workout as they prevent you from chaffing.

Wear with: Jeans, Sportswear, Everyday wear
Best for Workout, Sports, Beach sports

2. Briefs

They are a guy’s best friend and almost every guys own one of these. Ultimate savior for any time, these are high rise from the back of the waist but leave the upper thigh and sides of the legs exposed. They are comfortable under almost any outfit of yours. You get them in varying rises, designs, and styles.

Low Rise Briefs

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These actually enhance the package and just give you to the point coverage below the waist.

Wear with: Low waist jeans and shorts

Mid Rise Briefs

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The waistband just sits at your natural waist.

Wear with: Every day wear, Dressing Up, Formal Occasions, Moderate Sports

Full Rise Briefs

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The waist sits high just below the belly button eliminating love handles and also giving a smooth stomach.

Wear with: Every day wear, Dressing Up, Formal Occasions, Moderate Sports

3. Boxer Shorts

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If you are looking for breathable underwear rather than support, boxers are perfect for you. They are loose-fitting like linen shorts and have come with an open fly. They are now available as slim-fit as well providing maximum ease.

Wear with: Loose pants, Pajamas, Shorts
Best for Casual Sports, Beaches, Regular Wear 

4. Thongs

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Thongs are as minimum bare as underwear can be and provide a minimum or almost no coverage! For men, who do not want underwear lines or baggy jeans to be visible, this can be a sensual and erotic choice.

With just a bare fabric in the front attached to strings at the waist, thongs leave your back bare.

Wear with: Anything you wear
Best for Relaxing, Going Out, Beach, Spa, Swimwear

They come in two adaptations:


black men gstringG-strings have a string attached to the main fabric working as a waistband and provide the least coverage, apt for sunbathing and tanning.

Wider T-Shape Thongs

blue wide t shape thongMaking a T-shape at the front, these have thicker waistbands and have more coverage at the front.

5. Jockstrap

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Jockstraps have been specifically designed for athletes and people who engage in rigorous sports activities. With a pouch in the front providing maximum support, a jockstrap has leg bands that fall in the sides of the waist connected to the waistband. Cups can be inserted into the pouch as and when you are in sports like cycling and martial arts to prevent penis and testicle injuries.

Wear with: Sports Uniform, Tight Pants
Best for Rigorous Sports

6. C-String

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You might not need this unless you have intentions of modeling as the playboy or becoming the next gigolo. The C-string has a built-in C-ring that exposes your front part as well as your back with a brief front and jock pack. It is mostly used as a sensual tool in clubs and often comes in neon colors.

Best for Modeling & private intimacy

7. Tanga

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They are a pair of briefs that gives coverage to the front part and are usually connected with fabric bands around the waist. The waistbands are usually thin but thicker than the G-string.

Wear with: Regular Wear
Best for Outing, Dressing Up

8. Mankini

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They are the men’s version of a bikini, hence named so. They were actually designed without waistbands and a fly for sunbathing and spa purposes, but now a more publicly acceptable version has been designed.

The future of swimwear, mankinis have more fabric than G-strings and come with a sling that stretched to the neck and come back leaving the back bare.

Best for Sunbathing, Modelling, Tanning, Beachwear, Swimwear

9. Tights

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Tights are also known as Compression Shorts for men which are made up of fibers and are usually worn by men and women during vigorous exercise. They often are tight and cling to your skin-saving you from muscle wear and tear.

Best for Gym activities, Cycling, Racing, and vigorous activities

10. Dual Pouch Underwear

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Dual pouch underwear is usually made from cotton and stretch material. Most dual pouch underwear is breathable that provides comfort and shape retention. This special design is made man’s intimate areas comfortably separated and stay fresh, keeping out of a sticky situation.

Best for Gym activities, Cycling, Racing, and vigorous activities

11. Sissy Panties

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Newly design sexy lace silky sissy pouch panties for men with insert pockets. These panties are made from smooth lace stretchy fabric featuring soft lace on the front side.

Best for private intimacy

12. Padded Underwear

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This Padded Underwear is simply comfortable and sexy which is designed with perfectly shaped hidden pockets at the front side and Removable Silicone Pads at back. They are often used to get bigger rounded booty as well as a perfect fit. This underwear gives you lift and size without any visible lines.

Best for Gym activities, Cycling, Racing, and vigorous activities

Much to the surprise, there are modifications and styles that just don’t fall in any particular category but exist in the world of underwear for men.
Have a look:

orangeWe hope there are ample choices for you to go for when you get your next stock for underwear. Make sure you know what suits you best when from now on and be as comfortable as you can be. Let us know how the guide helped you along and keep reading for more food for fashion!

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Sophia Lacey

With her hilarious journey in an MNC, Sophia found her passion for life in writing. With her technical career taking her to New York, the city of multiple fashion trends, she came out to be a true enthusiast when it came to dressing up and filling her wardrobe with trends going on. Through her quest to change those around her for the same, she joins Looksgud to help her follow her true love for writing and end up writing about one thing she finds the most interesting-Fashion!!

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