Archive for July, 2010
Being an underwear blogger I see a lot of men’s underwear ads and promotions every day.
The promotion pics from the two brands made me wonder… When it comes to men’s underwear ads – which is the best attention driver? Male models in or out of their underwear?
In the PIPE pics, the model is wearing cuts from the new Unbeaten collection. You get a pretty good idea about what the new design is all about, and it’s easy to visualize how you would look wearing these new styles.
Promoting their current 50 %-off campaign, Teamm8, on the other hand, is all about skin exposure. They prove that underwear models don’t have to actually wear underwear to create attention and promote the Teamm8 brand.
So, what’s your preference when it comes to men’s underwear ads – underwear on…or off?
The summer SOBE Men’s Show took place in Miami a couple of weeks ago. Now video from three of the men’s underwear fashion shows have hit Youtube.
See the video below. It’s packed with hot new styles worn by ridiculously fit male underwear models!
In terms of styles and cuts, there’s everything you could wish for: Briefs, boxer briefs, low rise styles, boxer shorts, bikini briefs – you name it, it’s there!
There’s even a few swim wear styles in there as well.
It’s hard to pick any major new trend. The brands all offer a mix of solid colors, multi color designs and pattern prints.
Which is your favorite cut?
A big thanks to Metrovelvet for providing this video.
If you want to see more men’s underwear fashion shows, check out the videos from the last SOBE men’s show
- 2xist men’s underwear fashion show.
- Papi underwear fashion show.
- Buckler men’s underwear show.
- Mundo Unico 2010 men’s underwear fashion show.
Following up on my review of the Piss and Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief, it’s time for an Xpress review of the low rise brief from the Dirty collection.
No big surprise here, I like it!
Actually, the Dirty collection includes quite a few different color variants, and the blue and black versions (see below) are among my favorites.
|Style and look||A low rise brief that’s actually not that low. I would say it’s more mid-to-low rise. Combined with the traditional fly pouch, the not-so-low-rise cut adds a touch of class and masculinity. The Dirty low rise brief covers everything up nicely, including the entire butt area. But remember, the classic cut is contrasted by the print design, which is funky and provocative, regardless of whether you go for the heterosexual or homosexual themes.|
|Suitable for?||Most everyday purposes including nights out. Whoever sees you in these babies is bound to raise their eyebrows. This is underwear that wants to be seen. As this is a cotton-based brief, though, you shouldn’t wear it for sports activities.|
|Fit and quality?||A great fit, no doubt. The soft Pima cotton blend feels incredible, has plenty of stretch and doesn’t come off as too tight. I wore a size M for a size 32/33 inch waist. No need to size up or down.|
|Is the price right?||The Piss & Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Low Rise Brief is US $28 at International Jock. There are cheaper alternatives out there in the print design category, but Piss & Vinegar take valuable points for the high-quality fabric blend. Also, you won’t find other print designs even remotely resembling the Dirty collection. This makes the brief unique and worth the extra dollars.|
|Best thing about it?||There can be no doubt. It’s the controversial print design. It’s what sets P&V apart from competing brands. You can get P&V underwear in solid colors, but why would you? P&V is a statement brand and should be worn by guys who has the balls to cause a stir with their underwear.|
|Overall grade||★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I’ve seen a lot of underwear with fun print designs, but P&V has taken this category to a new, shocking level. The P&V guys are true provoking artists in my opinion. And when art comes in in the shape of high quality men’s underwear, I won’t hesitate to roll out all five stars.
|Buy it here||www.internationaljock.com
Today I bring you an extended review of the P&V Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief.
With the Dirty range, Piss and Vinegar is sticking to the formula that has been working so well for them. Fabric, cut, and fit are all identical with their previous ranges, including the Love range – which I did. Love, that is :)
What set Piss and Vinegar apart from other brands is their attention to quality. All their underwear is made from soft and stretchy Pima Cotton and Lycra, which is a high-end fabric blend.
So my expectations for the Dirty range were high in terms of quality. But even more so, I was looking forward to find out what the new print designs were all about.
Let’s my start out by saying that Piss and Vinegar is no stranger to controversy. In the Love range, religious symbols and icons adorned the pouch and butt area of the underwear.
And the Dirty range is no exception! On these boxer briefs, P&V is mixing a super hero theme with cartoon characters engaged in comedic, homo-erotic poses! That’s right. Not for the shy, the closeted or the inhibited, my friends.
For guys into girls – don’t worry. There’s a heterosexual version available, too :)
With that, on with the review!
The Piss and Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief (pause to breath!) is in fact more of a trunk cut when you put them on. Unworn, the sides of the boxer brief measure 7,5 inches including waistband. Granted, the sides will expand slightly when you put them on. Overall, the various features of the trunk are all properly put together. I would have called it a classic, no-frills trunk/boxer brief look if wasn’t so massively contrasted by the controversial cartoon drawings.
As is standard with Piss & Vinegar boxer briefs, the Dirty Boxer brief is equipped with a traditional fly pouch design. This kind of design always adds a certain old school masculine touch to a pair of underwear, I think. The Dirty boxer brief’s pouch space is generous, providing sufficient freedom of movement.
The backside of the Piss and Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief (seriously, this is the longest name for a pair of underwear I’ve ever encountered) does a fine job covering everything up. No butt cracks here. The legs extend down to the upper thigh, stay firmly in place, and don’t ride up.
The backside has two discrete seams in the shape of a V. I’m not sure as to what effect they add, but they won’t bother you at all.
The red, white, yellow, and grayish blue colors combined with the aesthetically pleasing Piss & Vinegar logo provide a strong and colorful diagonal color blocking. It will look awesomely stylish popping up just above your jeans’ waistline.
The microfiber elastic waistband provides a proper fit that is neither too loose nor too tight. The waistband has a product information patch stitched on the inside rear of the briefs. As usual, the stitching is done so that you won’t notice it.
As mentioned, all Piss & Vinegar collections are made from a quite addictive and luxurious 95 % Pima Cotton and 5 % Lycra blend. I wore the boxer brief for an entire day, and it was delightful to wear.
Remember to to machine wash it cold, do not iron or bleach, and machine dry at low heat. This way the color and fit of your Piss and Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief (try saying the name out loud quickly 10 times in a row – you will either fail or faint from lack of oxygen :)) should hold up nicely.
Color and print design
The key feature of the Dirty boxer brief has to be the print design. Piss and Vinegar underwear is all about self-expression. This particular boxer brief displays a superman-like character engaged in some very sizzling situations. Examples include “Sex-Ray Vision” and clothed analingus!
I kid you not. If someone catches a glimpse of you wearing these designs, you will get some major attention.
You gotta respect guys who go for this kind of statement underwear. It’s sarcastic, it’s fun, and it’s bold. I truly admire anyone who goes out and gets a pair of P&V Dirty boxer briefs.
How fun could it be to wear this boxer brief to the next No Pants Subway Ride??
I wore a US size M for 32/33 inch waist. The microfiber waistband and quality cotton blend ensured a great fit. There should be no need for you to size either up or down.
The Piss and Vinegar Super EHW Lad’s Dirty Boxer Brief is a high end product, but still, it’s reasonably priced at US $28. However, right now it’s on sale over at International Jock for just $22,40!
Also get it at Oboy.com.
What do YOU think of the Piss & Vinegar’s latest design??
When I review a certain style, like the Element(o)s brief, the underwear collection in question will often feature other cuts like trunks or boxer briefs. Most times, the different cuts will share key features like the fabric type, waistband, color design, and so on.
Therefore I am introducing a new review concept, an Xpress review. Xpress reviews will build on the extended review of an item from the same collection. The “X” reviews are to the point and will not include the nitty-gritty details that have already been examined in the main collection review.
Case: Xpress review of The Element(o)s trunk
If you haven’t already read the review of the Element(o)s brief, check that out that first to get extended information on the Elementos brand, the fabric, waistband details and so on.
|Style and look||Typical boxer brief/trunk look with legs of proper length, ending in the mid-to-upper thigh area. Satisfactory pouch room and back coverage. A modern yet conservatively looking trunk with a discrete waistband for guys who are looking for a pair of no-bullshit basic trunks.|
|Suitable for?||Everyday purposes and all-day wear. The fabric is lightweight, soft and not too tight. Same goes for the waistband. Wear it to work and other casual events. Don’t wear it when excising, and choose a more funky style for date nights.|
|Fit and quality?||An absolutely perfect fit and fabric quality. I wore a size M for a size 32/33 inch waist. No need to size up or down. No muffin effect was experienced.|
|Is the price right?||The Element(o)s trunk is in the basic underwear category. Items in this category should never cost more than US $30. This trunk is priced at $24, which is a fair price for underwear of this fabric and production quality.|
|Best thing about it?||The fabric is made from viscose of Bamboo mixed with Elastane. It feels incredibly soft and more leight than traditional cotton blends – and it’s eco-friendly.|
|Overall grade||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
A very satisfactory basic trunk. Other brands offer cheaper alternatives and more color and design options, but Element(o)s has many of them them beat in terms of fabric quality and fit.
|Buy it here||www.elementosbrazil.com
Remember Acne, the Swedish fashion brand (whose name doesn’t translate well to English)?
I’m not sure what to make of Acne when it comes to their men’s underwear collection. It’s kind of limited – they carry regular trunks, briefs, and boxers. And as far I can tell all the styles are made from standard cotton blends. I can’t really speak of the quality since I have yet to try a pair out, but from what I can tell all Acne underwear is made from standard cotton blends.
The Acne styles all look pretty harmless, though the boxer is kind of funky with the wrinkled fabric look.
Take a look at some of the styles below.
And don’t miss Acne’s latest promotion video featuring a guy in underwear playing around with a bunch of huge balls. Exercise balls that is. Get you mind out of the gutter, people :)
Anyway, Acne men’s underwear is premium priced, typically ranging between $39 for a pair of briefs to a whopping $59 for the boxers.
Do you guys have any experience with the Acne brand? What do you think of it?
Elementos, or Element(o)s to be correct, is a fascinating upcoming men’s underwear brand out of Brazil.
The brand made its way onto my radar via online men’s underwear store UnderBriefs.com, which arranged for me to get hold of a couple of samples.
And I’m glad they did!
Since I hadn’t heard much about the brand I really didn’t know what to expect. The last couple of days I’ve been wearing first the Elementos brief followed by the Elementos trunk.
In brief (pun intended), both styles are some of the better options I’ve seen in a while when it comes to comfortable basic men’s underwear.
What’s basic underwear?
Well, to me it’s no-fuzz (as in no invasive lift technology, not too low-rise, nor too skimpy, etc.) underwear for everyday purposes, made from a quality fabric that feels soft against the skin, covers everything up and provides proper fit.
Being the Youtube addict I am, I’ve dug up video of an Element(o)s fashion show where you get a good view of both styles. Take a look.
Skip to the 00:58 mark to see the trunk and to the 02:30 mark to see the brief.
At the bottom of the post I’ve listed some of my other favorite basic underwear ranges.
Now, though, spotlight is on the excellent Elementos brief.
The Element(o)s brief is a modern classic brief cut, meaning not a full cut, but not too low-rise either. At their narrowest, the sides measure 2,5-3 inches including waistband (the sides can stretch to 3 inches when you’re wearing the brief). This also means that the brief doesn’t look too much like a bikini brief cut. Overall the brief rests perfectly on the hips.
With basic underwear you often get a standard-sized, double-layered pouch – and so it is with the Elementos brief. Furthermore, the pouch has very discrete center seam that holds the two layers together.
I will get back to the special fabric used for this brief later in the review, but it’s safe to say that the pouch enjoys some serious stretch capabilities which ensure loads of room for your stuff. I didn’t feel that this feature compromised the overall fit and support of the pouch.
The back design is where the Elementos brief really shines. For the size and shape of my butt this brief provided the best coverage I’ve experienced in ages. The leg openings were cut so that they separated the upper thigh from the butt cheeks just right.
What this means is that the back of the briefs doesn’t crawl in between the butt cheeks (due to too much fabric with leg openings ending too far down on the thigh). The same thing can happen if the back of the brief is too skimpy with leg openings ending halfway up on the butt cheeks.
Honestly, the Elementos brief was a pleasure to wear both front and back.
The waistband of the Elementos brief is a little more than 1 inch wide. Nothing much to say about it other than it has the Element(o)s Brazil brand name embroidered in black and white to contrast the overall black look of the brief.
The waistband has standard stretch, which didn’t cause any muffin top effect.
Praise must be given to Elementos for leaving out the product information patch that’s normally stitched to the inside rear of the waistband. Like we saw it with the Todd and Terry Hamish trunk, they’ve printed the information on the inside of the trunk below the waistband.
The brief is made from a very exotic and eco-friendly 96 % Viscose of Bamboo and 4 % Elastane. The bamboo fiber-based fabric feels incredibly soft and light while still providing sufficient stretch.
You know, plant-based fiber fabrics and eco-friendliness seem to be all the craze this summer. Remember how Aussiebum went for banana fibers for their Banana collection?
The Elementos brief is black with white tribal on both sides of frontal panel. The tribal patterns are subtle and do not command much attention. Besides the black and white color theme you can go for a blue variant as well.
As hinted throughout the review, the fit of the Elementos brief was just wonderful. I wore a size M for a 32/33 inch waist, and I can see absolutely no need to size either up or down.
The Elementos brief is a very reasonable buy at US $22. In general, you shouldn’t pay more than $25 for a pair of men’s basic underwear.
Buy Elementos underwear here
Other men’s underwear collections which fall into the basic category include
While doing a little Youtubing today I stumbled upon a video by a Tiger Underwear, a good friend of Guys’ Underwear Blog. The video shows you how old school tighty whities are made – from large sheets of unprocessed cotton fabric to the finished full cut white brief.
As you may know Tiger Underwear is all about vintage-style full cut men’s briefs, the classic tighty whities.
If you’re into men’s underwear as it looked and felt before the days of low-cut briefs, enhancement underwear, shapewear, and so on, check out the online Tiger underwear store.
N2N Bodywear is among my top 3 American men’s underwear brands and have been for years.
Reviews of items from N2N’s underwear have been long overdue. Starting today and over the next few weeks I’ll take a look at some of the brand’s best cuts, starting with one of its modern classics, and a personal favorite of mine, the N2N Twilight brief.
As a brand, N2N Bodywear commands respect with a history dating back to the late 90s. Within the world of men’s underwear this equals an eternity!
It is truly remarkable that creator, Andrew Makay, has been able to keep N2N current and successful for so long. Especially with the emergence of a horde of new men’s underwear brands taking a swing at the increasingly popular profile enhancing underwear category.
If you’re new to N2N Bodywear you should take a look at some of their past fashion show videos to get an idea about what this brand is all about.
With that, let’s go into details with the Twilight brief.
The N2N Twilight brief is low cut brief with relatively narrow sides measuring about 2,3 inches at their narrowest including waistband. It’s close to a bikini brief look, but no cigar. And I like it that way.
Another feature that must be highlighted is the fact that the pouch area is completely fly- and seamless. The brief is (almost) made from one single unbroken sheet of fabric (there’s only on very discrete seam below the pouch).
Overall the cut, the color, and especially the understated pouch design makes for a very classic-looking and masculine brief.
I was very intrigued by this pouch design when I first got the brief. As there are practically no seams, how would N2N ensure a proper fit with adequate pouch room and support?
When wearing the Twilight brief, it becomes apparent that the secret to the surprisingly comfortable fit is the ribbed fabric. Combined with an insignificant T-seam below the pouch, the ribbed fabric demonstrates a level of stretch and adaptability that’s unheard of.
The pouch simply expands to cover and support (and even slightly enhance) your package. I was truly impressed.
Brief styles that border on bikini cuts can sometimes be a bit too scarce when it comes to back coverage. I didn’t find it to be much of a problem with the N2N Twilight brief, though.
Thankfully, enough fabric is provided to cover the entire butt area, both across the top as well as the entire cheeks. The soft, elastic, and not too tight, bands that make up the leg openings also play an important role in this accomplishment.
I measured the waistband to about 1,4 inches, which makes it quite a dominating feature of the Twilight brief.
Also, the mix of colors (black, gray, and yellow) provides a nice contrast to the overall solid gray color of the brief.
The waistband felt soft and not too tight, keeping the brief firmly in place all day.
The waistband has a logo patch as well as a separate production information patch stitched on the inside rear of the waistband. Sometimes I advise you to cut off any “free-flying” information patches but this one really didn’t bother me at all.
The fact that N2N has used a baby rip cotton variant makes the fabric feel more soft than similar cotton blends. A major plus in my book.
I wore the gray “Heather” variant which is classic color choice that’ll have you looking stylish and masculine. The N2N Twilight brief is also available in white and black.
I wore a size M for a 32/33 inch waist. A truly perfect fit and as the stretchy fabric is very forgiving I don’t see any need to size either up or down.
Another great thing about the Twilight brief is the price. It’s not even on sale and still it’s only US $18, which I find to be a true bargain for quality underwear like this.
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By the way, check out some of my favorite fellow bloggers’ reviews of the twilight brief
The term “men’s shapewear” is being thrown around a lot these days.
Speaking for myself, I’ve got a pretty good idea of the capabilities of profile-enhancing men’s underwear. For years now there has been an ever-growing array of options for men who want to enhance their looks below the waist. Front and back!
But why stop there? More and more shapewear products, like the “mirdle” (a kind of girdle for men,) are coming out that can eliminate that dreaded, yet persistent, muffin top and win the battle of the beer belly.
Check out Freshpair’s selection of men’s shapewear products. I had no idea idea that there were this many options!
To finish it all off, you can even get compression tops to help you mold those man boobs into something more pec-like.
I’m not sure how comfortable all these remedies are. If you’ve ever tried anything like it, do share your experiences in the comments.
Anyway, 2(x)ist got featured on the Sunday Morning show on CBS the other day, and the clip below gives you an excellent introduction to the concept of men’s shapewear.