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  • Friday, 26 April 2019 13:11:23

    Boxers or briefs? This question about the best men's underwear choice has been asked a million times – and a million men probably have a slightly different answer! Deadgoodundies sets out to unravel the difference between boxers and briefs (and boxer briefs), tackle the questions of comfort, support and styles, AND identify the best shapes, fabrics and colours for 2019.

    What more could a man ask?

    Well, he might question which design is better for slim gents, larger thighs, or guys who need more room in the pouch. He may wonder whether he should choose cotton or silk, modal or microfibre. He will definitely ask about leg length on boxer shorts and tighter trunk style maxi briefs.

    Boxer, boxer brief or brief – what’s the difference?

    BOXER - traditionally the term 'boxer' was referred to a loose fitting, woven fabric boxer short with plenty of air between body and fabric. Boxer is used more generally now and loose-fits as boxer shorts.

    BRIEFS - as the name suggests are tighter and tinier… Also known as slips and male bikinis, briefs range from minuscule micro and mini underpants to midi shapes with more fabric covering the body.

    BOXER BRIEFS – a hybrid between baggy boxers and tighty whities once known as maxi undies. Think boxy short, a trunk shape echoing the fit of snug men's swimwear, or the same fit with a slightly longer leg. BUT while originally 'boxer brief' was used for designs with a longer leg, offering more thigh cover, today it tends to refer to any deep sided brief that fits close to the body. Today's stretch fabrics, from cotton to silky microfibre and modal, ensure these undies guarantee masculine support, comfort and a flattering shape.

    SHORTS and TRUNKS – for DGU boxer SHORTS are those looser-fitting men's underwear products that hang against the body rather than close up. TRUNKS is another word, borrowed from male swimwear, for short-legged boxer briefs.


    • Traditional boxer experts appreciate the looser fit of the Doreanse 1505 100% Cotton Boxer Short (£15.00) with a functioning, discreet, no-button fly.
    Jockey's Air Brief (2 pack £18.00) comes in a silky fabric in black, white or navy.
    • HOM's patented horizontal opening features on their best selling cotton-modal HOM HO1 Boxer Brief (£26.00).


    BOXERS? For Deadgoodundies' customers, loose or looser fitting boxer shorts have a limited appeal. This category of men's underwear represents the smallest proportion of overall sales online at DGU. But they still have a place as favourites for sleeping, relaxing around the house and for guys who prefer to 'hang free' and want total freedom of movement. The potential drawbacks with boxers are that they can bunch up under other clothes, inadvertently reveal more than you intend, and offer minimal support where it matters.

    BRIEFS? Narrow or deep-sided, the right briefs look and feel wonderful, provide admirable support and containment, and work especially well for sport and other energetic activities. Some men worry that briefs will grip and chafe, but the right size and shape will hug and protect.

    BOXER BRIEFS? These really can offer the best of both worlds – good coverage and support combined, at whatever level you prefer. Depending on choice of fabric and design features, such as a lined or unlined pouch, shorter or longer leg length, and features such as breathability or a rear seam, boxer briefs can be perfect for under a tailored suit, casual for weekends with jeans, fine and silky or substantial. Some brands even cater for gents who need more room around the thigh or up front!

    So… Is it better to wear boxers or briefs – and why wear boxer briefs? Which men's underwear is better for you? Possibly all three, because it's not just boxers vs. briefs!

    DGU say a man's reasons for choosing a particular style are very individual. But the result should answer all these questions: (a) is this underwear comfortable? (b) does it fit well so I don't have to keep readjusting? (c) does it provide the right support? (d) will it make me feel good too? And finally - will it end up at the back of my undies drawer, or will I put this boxer or brief straight on again when it's back from the wash?


    Q: Which fabric is most comfortable?
    A: In all three shapes, brief, boxer brief or boxer, choice of fabric is personal and environmental… Men must choose materials that feel good against their skin and work the way they need. For example staying cool and comfortable, and, above all, fitting well. Many men's underpants have flexibility built in to cater for different body shapes and movement. Others, especially luxury options like silk, sheers or lace, fit like a second skin and must be ordered carefully.

    Q: Do technical fabrics really work?
    A: Cotton remains king as the standard go-to choice for hot weather (and hot bodies) but many brands also offer designs using high tech yarns that will allow the body to cool by wicking away sweat – or actually change the way they work, warming or cooling to keep your personal environment steadily comfortable!

    Q: How important is it to choose the right size and shape?
    A: Essential to avoid rolling, chafing, bunching, sweating, squeezing, gripping and squashing in all the wrong places. If boxers and especially boxer briefs and briefs are designed to fit tight, don't be shy about buying up a size. Deadgoodundies has individual size guides for each brand because their sizing can be very different, some use exact waist measurements for each size or a range 'to fit', such as 32-34 waist.

    Q: Waistband – deep, narrow or none?
    A: Men have strong feelings about the presence and depth of waistbands on their underwear. Many prefer the security of a deep band of elastic and the banner this forms for their favourite brand name. Others like the look and feel of a covered waistband - here the body fabric of the briefs or boxers encases the waist elastic, which tends to be shallower. Some guys avoid waistbands altogether, a choice almost exclusively possible in briefs.


    • DON'T wear boxers or briefs that squeeze your balls – and if you're keen to boost your fertility potential, it pays to keep testicles cooler in looser undies
    • DON'T keep wearing men's underpants when the waistband is frayed, flared or remains folded when they come out of the wash, they’re just past it!
    • DON'T wear exactly the same shape/colour/fabric every day – learn to enjoy different designs for different purposes. Pants for the gym aren't always the right ones for date night as well…


    Some men are devoted to one style of male underwear, always in the same colour, often from the same brand. But even a slight shift can open up a whole new world of enjoyment, if they dare…
    • Swap black boxers or briefs for grey or dark navy (they can go in the wash with the original black underwear, no problem).
    • If they MUST be your favourite colour, swap totally plain fabric for a 'self-pattern' like stripes or jacquard which add a bit of flair (and still go in the same wash!).
    • White is hard to beat, so try a different shape, treat yourself to luxury underwear once in a while, and ALWAYS bin anything past its whitest best.
    • Cotton only – hard to give up, but men who like the feel of pure cotton could be tempted by cotton-modal mix fabrics which feel much the same, and better!
    • Do you wear the same again and again out of habit, preference or just laziness – if you've not worn something different for more than two years you could be missing out. Your crown jewels will thank you for the change.


    Q: How do you decide what is the best length boxer brief to wear?
    A: It's totally personal, depending on the circumference of your thighs and how much material you like, or need, against your skin. Several men's underwear brands produce boxer briefs with different leg lengths, which is a dream come true for guys who have a specific look in mind. Boxer briefs in the maxi/trunk shape fit just onto the top of the leg, while others stretch 3-6-9 inches down the thigh. Much longer cycle length shorts will cover the top half of the thigh, occasionally even closer to the knee. Look out for sportier designs offering more leg cover and cooling fabrics to avoid overheating. DGU's product descriptions point out specific features for each product, especially inside leg length, which is approximate depending on personal fit.


    Q: Which pouch is the ideal shape on a boxer brief or a brief?
    A: Single layered or lined, shaped to enhance or totally smooth and subtle, again the pouch is an individual preference. But bear in mind that for extra support, two layers are better than one, some ergonomic men's underwear has a clever pouch that allows a gent to dress up, down or either side, and the right seaming can make all the difference. Briefs by their nature contain and control genitals in an easily recognisable way, while boxer briefs can be a simple, supportive shape or have a patented pouch created for maximum comfort. Guys who like more capacity up front, want to make the most of what nature gave them, or even minimise any 'prominence' can find something for them on DGU. There are even designs from the new brand Cut 4 Men that can house a special pad that not only forms the perfect shape but avoids wet spots.

    Deadgoodundies has something for everyone…

    • Obviously for Men cater for gents who need more room in the thigh and pouch with the PrimeMan AnatoMAX Trunk (£23.50) - 11 options, including plains and striped Lenzing modal.
    • Cut for Men's luxury cotton underwear including the C4M Brief (£26.00) can house a bespoke pad (£8.00 - sold separately) to guarantee ultimate shape and support.
    Ergowear's FEEL Modal Brief (£19.00) is popular because the fabric is superb, but also because the ergonomic design creates a 'nest' that lifts genitals.

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  • Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:42:12

    Actor Jude Law caused quite a stir when he was shot wearing tighty whities on a beach while filming Sky Atlantic's New Pope.
    Should men his age (46) be seen in such skimpy male briefs, the world asked. Should ANY man wear something so small, so white - so sexy?
    The Sun newspaper in the UK had a great take on the uproar, asking ordinary blokes to strip down to white micro underpants to show how they look on real men…

    The internet is still awash with reaction to the revelation that some men, yes, do choose to wear mini briefs under their clothes, or dare we say it, male bikini briefs on the beach! Seems some chaps want them banned altogether

    Deadgoodundies.com, specialists in men's underwear and swimwear since 2007, has, of course, a veritable trunk full of teeny tiny men's underwear and swimwear, in white and dozens of other colours, should the mood take you. Watch for white swimwear with a lining to help maintain whiteness when wet (though total opacity is not always guaranteed!) and pure white micro underpants are always popular at DGU, so there are plenty of options.

    Modus Vivendi Super Low Cut Swim Brief
    Modus Vivendi Meander Swim Brief
    Modus Vivendi Basic Swim Brief
    Doreanse 1281 Micro Brief


    Products shown are:
    Modus Vivendi Super Low Cut Swim Brief (£31.50) in 11 colours – running out fast, best seller with 5-star reviews.
    Modus Vivendi Basic Swim Brief (£39.00), also in black, bright red or royal blue.
    Modus Vivendi Meander Swim Brief (£43.00) – no drawstring, white only.
    Doreanse 1281 Micro Brief (£7.00) – best seller in cotton/modal, 12 colours.

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  • Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:59:32

    Deadgoodundies.com is again a finalist in the Underwearnewsbriefs.com 2019 Reader Awards launched this week. Fans are invited to vote for DGU in the men's underwear and swimwear E-commerce category before 3rd April: https://www.underwearnewsbriefs.com/2019/03/2018-reader-awards-vote-for-your-favorite/

    A trio of top sellers on the website have also made it to product award shortlists this year. For starters there's Ergowear's new X3D Modal bikini brief, which comes in Dusk pink, olive green or black at £16.00.

    Another Ergowear finalist is the brand's longer Max Mesh Midcut in the Boxer Brief category – in four colours including the starring shade, Boiling, at £28.00 a pair.

    And in the Pouch category there's Obviously for Men's PrimeMan AnatoMAX Brief, £23.00 in 11 colours (nine plain, two stripes) including this Midnight blue, probably because the design offers not just ample room up front but flexible leg openings suitable for more muscular thighs.

    Underwearnewsbriefs is a hugely popular blog about men's underwear which features a monthly update on international trends from a UK viewpoint – from Deadgoodundies.com of course…

    Obviously PrimeMan AnatoMAX Brief
    Ergowear Max Mesh Midcut
    Obviously PrimeMan AnatoMAX Brief


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  • Friday, 22 March 2019 10:10:59

    There's always a moment of panic when one of DGU's favourite brands announces it's about to discontinue a best seller with a very loyal following

    Sloggi have decided there will be no more Sloggi Basic Tanga briefs – but Deadgoodundies' customers don't have to worry, because DGU has bought up the last remaining stock.

    "There's enough in our last order to keep Sloggi Basic Tanga fans happy for some time," says website founder Adam Davies. "We will continue, as always, to sell these Sloggi men's briefs in a twinpack containing two black tangas for £17.00. We believe our supplies will last several months, but Deadgoodundies will gradually become the only place left to buy these brilliant gents' underpants."

    The Sloggi brand is a cornerstone in the world of men's underwear, especially in online sales with retail specialists like Deadgoodundies.com.

    "Some guys will only wear Sloggi men's briefs, and some of them prefer the Sloggi Basic Tanga above all other styles. This is no surprise because the design is wonderful, washable and wearable – and long lasting in 96% cotton and 4% elastane. We have sold the two pack for many years, originally also in white, but that was discontinued a few years ago. So now the black duo is unique," Adam explains.

    "So, if you see 'Sloggi Basic Tanga discontinued' anywhere come straight to Deadgoodundies.com because the very last remaining stock will be with us," he adds.
    There are of course other Sloggi for Men briefs offered by DGU that might fit the bill for fans of men's mini briefs in stretch cotton. But there are classic alternatives from other brands that Basic Tanga fans might want to test for the sadly inevitable day there are no more… or they fancy an alternative colour micro slip sometime.

    sloggi basic tanga black rear sloggi basic tanga black front

    Why is Sloggi's Basic Tanga so popular? Full cover and maximum room to manoeuvre – men like the cool, airy feel of a tanga with the super high leg shape. From behind it has the look of a male brief but with a unique shape that's great for suit or sport, gym or rest. The Sloggi Basic Tanga is men's underwear that gents are happy to wear again and again – and again.

    HOM's Classic Tanga (£18.00 per pair in white, black, navy or grey) is made from 65% cotton, 22% modal, 13% elastane.

    Doreanse has two tanga options, both in 45% cotton, 45% modal, 10% Lycra - the Doreanse 1233 Bikini Brief or the Doreanse 1331 Bikini Brief, each £10.00 a pair in black or white.

    Fashion brands like Modus Vivendi, Olaf Benz and Manstore, and anatomical designs from Ergowear and Obviously for Men, also offer the familiar tanga shape – with good pouch and bum cover, and an elastic waistband that also forms the side straps, without any additional fabric – in seasonal collections.

    As Adam says: "A tanga can be for sport, leisure or pleasure, in cotton, silky microfibre, plain colours or prints. Our customers like the combination of support and freedom of movement. And this style of brief, especially the Sloggi Basic Tanga, suits everyone, just make sure you buy the right waist size so the fit is snug but doesn't pinch any flesh!"

    hom classic tanga brief alternative

    Need an alternative for when the Sloggi tangas finally run out for good? Or a different colour for special occasions? HOM's Classic Tanga (£18.00) comes in white, black, navy or grey in a wonderfully stretchy cotton modal.

    The Sloggi tanga's credentials are perfect – the design comes in an Oeko-Tex fabric with FREEF!T X-MOVE Lycra which is medically tested as well as for harmful substances. The brief comes in sizes XS-XL for waist sizes 30-38 (check the Deadgoodundies size guide before buying). They can be washed at 60C and tumble dried on a low temperature.

    DGU customer reviews for the Sloggi Tanga Brief speak for themselves:

    "Amazingly comfortable"

    "One of my all-time favourites"

    "By far the most well fitted brief I wear"

    "Picked these up for the gym but they are superb for everyday wear as well"

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  • Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:59:56

    One of the biggest questions in male fashion has one of those answers that includes the word 'depends'…

    The key to finding the best comfortable and supportive underwear is to wear the right size, so says Deadgoodundies.com partner Jane Garner.

    "There are two areas crucial to comfort – the waistband and pouch. If either of those is too tight, the wearer is never going to enjoy wearing those particular underpants."

    But the question of comfort goes much further for Jane: "Men might want the feel of classic cotton boxers or prefer a fine fabric – but still want the right support. Many men have discovered the huge difference in fit and support provided by ergonomic or sporty male underwear from the likes of Ergowear, Obviously for Men, Sloggi and Comfyballs. Others will hunt down seamless underwear or underpants with no internal labels to maximise their comfort level.

    "DGU does not give medical advice, but several customers have been pointed our way by doctors to try the ultra-supportive pouch designs from Ergowear as a form of hernia support underwear.”

    How to choose men’s underwear

    The basic rules for choosing men’s support underwear include opting for a lined pouch, styles with an elastic hoop or additional trim around the pouch, or a clever internal pouch structure created especially to keep genitals encased and supported without restriction or overheating.

    As Jane adds: "Classic and fashion lines can work well as men's support underwear – here we are talking underpants because there is no all in one support underwear on DGU. The most comfortable boxer briefs are a very personal choice – some men prefer the feel of a nest of substantial fabric for the gusset and pouch, others enjoy the more natural positioning of lift-and-separate designs, and others will want the versatility of undies created to allow a chap to dress up, down or to the side in the same pouch.

    "Men who are well endowed often complain they can't find undershorts and briefs that provide sufficient capacity and cover, but DGU has the answer, not least in Obviously for Men's AnatoMAX designs which cater well for big boys."

    Jane advises any man looking for supportive underwear to consider these factors first: (a) how much support do you need (b) does that require a specialised pouch or will a standard lined pouch work for you (c) what fabric do you prefer to wear and (d) which style of underwear will keep you feeling most comfortable?

    "Right size, right shape, right support equals comfort," she concludes.

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