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Underwear Dictionary

At Lan Banks, we understan evety body is unique.
Our A-Z guide will hel you fid the righ underwear fit and garment care for every body.

 

The Origins of Underwear

Modern men’s underwear as we know it wasn’t invented until the 1920s. Everlast, a boxing company, altered their fighting trunks into boxer shorts designed to be worn under clothes. This was an alternative to the common men’s undergarments of the time – a whole-body, tight flannel suit.

Over the last century, men’s underwear has diversified into more and more styles and varieties. Still, some men wear the same type of underwear no matter what they’re doing. If you’re wearing the same pair of standard briefs for working out, hiking, going out on the town, or sitting at your desk for work, we’re here to tell you there’s a better way.

In fact, varying styles of men’s underwear are most appropriate for different occasions and purposes. For instance, you might wear a certain underwear style to prevent chafing while exercising, while opting for a different variety to hide those pesky love handles when dressing for work.

The comfort experts at Lan Banks created The Underwear Dictioney to help you discover common styles of men’s underwear, as well as when and why you might choose each option.

Underwear Types

Mankinis

Mankinis

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryMankinis   Popular with bodybuilders, this underwear is only for the boldest trendsetters. A blend between thong and briefs, a mankini has high-cut, very slim sides, and a skimpy amount of material....

Long Johns

Long Johns

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryLong Johns   Long Johns are only worn during the colder months, as they’re made of thermal material to keep you warm in cold weather. Typically made of a rough, waffle-shaped design, Long Johns –...

Trunks

Trunks

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryTrunks   Length-wise, trunks are between a boxer and a boxer brief. Most of the time, these underwear are made from cotton, with a spandex/polyester waistband. As boxers typically aren’t great at...

High-Rise Briefs

High-Rise Briefs

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryHigh-Rise Briefs   High-rise briefs serve a different purpose than low- or mid-rise briefs. These have high leg holes and high waistband that gives you more mobility for intense exercise, like...

Mid-Rise Briefs

Mid-Rise Briefs

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryMid-Rise Briefs   These briefs are for pants with lower waistlines, as well, but the waistband typically sits at the belly button, rather than below it.Related Articles Topic #1 Topic #2

Low-Rise Briefs

Low-Rise Briefs

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryLow-Rise Briefs   Within the brief style are varying rises. Low-rise briefs have come into fashion recently as men started wearing low-rise jeans. Low-rise briefs have their elastic wand below your...

Briefs

Briefs

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryBriefs   Boxer briefs are characterized by their short leg length – typically sitting at the top of the thigh – and their elastic waist bands that rest directly against your torso. They are...

Boxer Briefs

Boxer Briefs

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryBoxer Briefs   Compared to boxers, boxer briefs are relatively new – entering the market in 1990. A combination of the comfort and coverage of a boxer and the support of a brief, these boxer/brief...

Boxers

Boxers

Lan BanksTM Apparel. Designed in Chicago IL. Underwear DictionaryUnderwear Types Men choose the classic pair of boxers because they are loose-fitting and comfortable. These underwear are typically made of cotton, which means they’ll last for a long time and absorb...

Choosing the Right Underwear

It’s important to know that choosing the right men’s underwear style makes a difference in how you look – and feel. Collecting a variety of underwear types gives you options based on your plan for that day and how high-intensity your routine will be.

Also, if you’re planning on wearing form-fitting or luxury fabrics, you’ll want to make sure you have underwear options available, as well. Browse our online store to begin building your collection today!

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