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Underwear Dictionary

At Lan Banks, we understand every body is unique.
Our A-Z guide will help you find the right underwear fit and garment care tips 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

Long Boxers Are Perfect for These 7 Specific Activities

Long Boxers Are Perfect for These 7 Specific Activities

When you’re searching for the perfect men's underwear, you want to choose a style that works in many different situations. Most men don’t want their underwear bunching up when they sit or walk, especially if they’re wearing tighter pants. They also want coverage and...

5 Ways Men Can Prevent Underwear Sweat on Hot Days

5 Ways Men Can Prevent Underwear Sweat on Hot Days

Summertime is a time for beaches, barbecues, and good times spent with loved ones. However, for a lot of men, summertime is also a time for sweat — especially in the nether regions.  Underwear sweat plagues most men at some point in their lives and in addition to...

5 Men’s Underwear Mistakes You Need to STOP Making

5 Men’s Underwear Mistakes You Need to STOP Making

If you're like most men, there's a good chance you haven't given much thought to how your underwear habits might be affecting your health. The truth is, men's underwear mistakes are common and they can lead to an array of health problems that are otherwise easily...

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

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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