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post #31 of 47
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I found some Coolmax boxer briefs from Nautica Competition on clearance at TJ Maxx a while ago, and they are the best ever. The legholes don't stretch out or cut into my thighs, the waistbands are holding up well, the fabric barely pills, and they breathe very well, much better than cotton. I don't know how I'd rate the styling, as they are just utilitarian and plain, but they are great anyway.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean with pilling fabric.
post #32 of 47
I mean that some fabrics used for underwear develop pills because of the amount of movement and friction underwear undergoes throughout the day. These particular shorts don't pill very much, especially for synthetic. If I'm just talking in circles about the term 'pill', it's the little ball of fibres that sticks to fabric after it's been rubbed around a while, commonly found on a sweater. If you already knew that, don't be insulted. It's hard for me to tell when I'm using vernacular language on an international forum.
post #33 of 47
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I mean that some fabrics used for underwear develop pills because of the amount of movement and friction underwear undergoes throughout the day. These particular shorts don't pill very much, especially for synthetic. If I'm just talking in circles about the term 'pill', it's the little ball of fibres that sticks to fabric after it's been rubbed around a while, commonly found on a sweater. If you already knew that, don't be insulted. It's hard for me to tell when I'm using vernacular language on an international forum.
I didn't know it. I kind of thought that is what you meant, but since I have never had a pair of underwear do that...I wasn't sure.
post #34 of 47
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I appreciate the input. I'm not clear what the short hip brief style is as opposed to 'regular'...? I can't imagine a pique making a comfortable brief, but I'd be curious to try one...
Leo Jay - The short 'hip brief', usually made without a fly, is about halfway between the size of a traditional brief and a bikini brief. Here's a photo: The pique is not what you would think if you are imagining a stiff tuxedo front. It is actually quite soft.
post #35 of 47
Stegmann clogs are my preference for "slippers" Pic
post #36 of 47
Boxers from Banana Republic are the definitive ones. You should not wear underwear with pajamas.
post #37 of 47
Arwen asked about "non-quality" waistbands. I guess it's less a matter of quality than design/fit. Generally, I've found that too narrow waist bands dig in while too wide waist bands fold over on themselves.
post #38 of 47
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Alexander K., thanks so much for the, um... enlightening display.  I guess for me, the fitted boxer is the way to go.  I do like the extended leg and the fly front (pulling down your waistband just to use a urinal would probably cause almost as much abuse as "throwing" it into the dryer at high heat). When thinking of pique, I tend to think of those old Izod 'alligator' tennis shirts (do they still make them?), whose fabric always struck me as being a bit too textured to feel very comfortable against my skin.  But it might be interesting to try. J, I was pleasantly surprised to read that you were able to find a comfortable, non-pilling synthetic... perhaps I'll try to find a pair via froogle.com. I'm suddenly reminded of another underwear question -- a fabric question: why does white 100% cotton sometimes so much softer and plusher than the grey '100% cotton' in the same make?  Do dyed cottons tend to have some undisclosed synthetics in them for some reason?  Or does the dyeing process alone change the texture of the cotton so noticeably?  I've noticed this in the past with Tommy Hilfiger underwear, in particular...
post #39 of 47
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Arwen asked about "non-quality" waistbands.   I guess it's less a matter of quality than design/fit.  Generally, I've found that too narrow waist bands dig in while too wide waist bands fold over on themselves.
Does anyone know of a brand that uses a cotton sheathed waistband? I hate the elastic next to the skin. Had a couple of pair (I prefer knit boxers) from Target, of all places, but they discontinued the style.
post #40 of 47
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Arwen asked about "non-quality" waistbands.   I guess it's less a matter of quality than design/fit.  Generally, I've found that too narrow waist bands dig in while too wide waist bands fold over on themselves.
Does anyone know of a brand that uses a cotton sheathed waistband? I hate the elastic next to the skin. Had a couple of pair (I prefer knit boxers) from Target, of all places, but they discontinued the style.
Referring to the handy-dandy visual aid Mr. Kabbaz so generously provided, what style do you prefer?  I know Hanes makes a knit 'classic boxer' with a sheathed waistband, but I can't vouch for the quality.
post #41 of 47
ROT - I have a slew of different models available with cotton-sheathed waistbands. Advertising is not permitted here so send me a pm and I'll send you the links.
post #42 of 47
I have pique Polo boxers that I sleep in--the fabric is very soft and smooth--but they're too bulky for me to wear under clothing.
post #43 of 47
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Arwen asked about "non-quality" waistbands.   I guess it's less a matter of quality than design/fit.  Generally, I've found that too narrow waist bands dig in while too wide waist bands fold over on themselves.
I guess my thought is that if your waistband is digging in, you need to swallow your pride and buy some bigger underwear.
post #44 of 47
It's actually a matter of the ratio of the waist to the size of the behind. Bigger waistband means baggy shorts. Also, some brands use a rougher finish on the elastic waistband, which can chafe (even when the right size).
post #45 of 47
What is going on here? First, Arwen talks of our "little threads," then Kabbatz posts the photos with the well endowed displays of manliness. And of all the topics for the [rare] woman to join in on; male underwear. If I did not know better, I would think that some of this hanky-panky was a bit below the belt and not worthy of this forum. I am still trying to explain to my wife about what I wound up looking at when I looked for a hotel for our upcoming PARIS trip and, of course, tried to check out the availability of the HILTON there.
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