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Another day, another round of exquisite swim wear to include in our 2012 ES Collection swim wear guide.
Yesterday we premiered the swim wear guide, introducing 2 hot briefs and 1 equally hot swim trunk. But we have so much love for ES Collection’s swim line that we had to do an entire separate post devoted to the hottest swim shorts.
The thing is, ES Collection is excellent at making swim shorts to fit any fashion-conscious man’s deepest beach attire needs.
So today we bring you our 3 favorite ES swim shorts. Well, 2 ES Collection shorts and 1 pair of Addicted shorts – ES Collection’s cheeky, less expensive sister brand.
You’ll love them!
Swim short #1 – 1153 Miami Short Pant
These are high-end woven swim shorts made of 100 % Polyamide. They are low-rise and overly sexy, giving you the opportunity show off your thighs – and get a tan! We love the square pattern print. It comes with a functional white waistband that is rigid in the front and elastic in the back. This helps secure a super fit. There’s even two side pockets.
A funny side note is that the lining inside is actually constructed so that it will give your junk a slight lift. That’s so cool – and can come in very handy when those cold water moments happen. And guys, let’s be honest, they do happen. To all of us!
The Miami Short Pant is $93.75 USD. Get it over www.escollection.es.
This is a more classic swim pant made from 100 % micro polyester. It has those longer legs than the Miami shorts – a cut favored by many over the last decade. Though it has longer legs, these swim shorts are low-rise and SEXY. You can tell these have been made especially made for the North American market.
Many North Americans will love the thick waistband contrasting with a crossed lace. It’s available in four color combinations, all with a beautiful shield embroidered over the left leg and wide pocket on the right leg.
Surfer dudes, this is the perfect option for you!
It’s $87.50 USD and available over at www.escollection.es.
Swim short #3 – Addicted ADS002 Chameleon Swimwear Boxer
Another hot style with short legs – and guys – short legs really are the cut of the season. Made from the same type of 100 % micro polyester this swim short is low cut, naturally. It felt extremely comfortable to wear, complete with lining inside for optimal comfort. It has both a back pocket and 2 front pockets.
However, the defining detail on the Chameleon Swimwear Boxer is its back design which is constructed to highlight your buttocks – and boy does it! The center seam down the middle of the back separates your buttocks slightly for that sex ass look.
Also, this swim short is from the brand, Addicted, which is a bit cheaper than the ES Collection alternatives. Quality is still top of the line, and you’ll be dressing your ass in fine European fashion swim wear – AND save a few bucks. What’s not to love??
The Chemeleon Swimwear Boxer is $67.50 USD, and you can get it over www.escollection.es.
The wait is over, guys! It’s finally here – our official guide to the hottest ES Collection swim wear of 2012.
We do this guide every year. And get this, it’s not something they ask us to. We are simply avid fans of the high-end Spanish brand. And while we LOVE their underwear, we are crazy fans of their huge and ever-growing swim wear collection.
The ES guys have got it all figured out – great cuts, smoking designs, and intelligent bulge-enhancing features.
This year’s introductions are no exception. ES Collection have so many thrilling news in the swim wear department that we had to split up our guide into two parts.
First up we have swim briefs and trunks for those of you who are into the sexy, tight, olympic-like look.
And who are we kidding – we’re all into the look.
So, we crawled through ES Collection’s ENTIRE collection of briefs and trunks and found our 3 favorite styles – and tried them out.
They didn’t disappoint.
So without further ado, here’s our 3 favorite briefs and trunks:
Swim brief #1: 1127 BARCELONA 2012 EDITION
Made from a standard 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex fabric blend, this brief is classic ES complete with their signature curves of the sides of the briefs and color contrasting. The fit is absolutely superb, and we adore the external drawstring. The drawstring detailing is very hot this season, and ES Collection does this feature better than most. We like the balanced, not-overly-wide waistband and the subtle ES logo – both giving this brief a mature and adult look.
The key feature, though, is the padded pouch. The swim brief comes with a foam mould that can be inserted into or removed from an inside pocket in the front pouch. This means that it’s up to you to decide which days you want the extra padding. And it’s very tastefully done, too. Not too-in-your-face obvious padding, but a slight, discrete enhancement.
The 1127 BARCELONA 2012 EDITION swim brief $81.25, and you can get it over at www.escollection.es.
Swim brief #2: 1218 QATAR I
The Qatar brief has not only an exotic name, but an exotic and exclusive look and feel. Like the previous swim brief, this, too, is made of 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex. It has less curves and more of a clean and classic, square box, 60′s look.
Defining details include a posh metal button and a twist with the the string positioned on the left side of the brief front, rather than in the middle. In short, it’s elegant and simple with a great fit and the same pouch enhancement features as the Barcelona brief.
And don’t just take our word for it – the Qatar swim brief has been the #1 selling swim brief for ES Collection!
By the way, it’s gorgeous in white. And don’t worry, it won’t turn see-through when you take it into the water.
Get it over at www.escollection.es. It’s $81.35 USD.
Swim trunk: 1210 UNITED STATES
Of course, sometimes you need to shake things up. Why not switch the brief look to a more mainstream, manly trunk look? A swim trunk can enable you to blend in more on beaches that may not be too speedo-friendly.
ES Collection has the perfect option for this scenario – the United States swim brief.
Same fabric as the two briefs above, but this trunk has an even cleaner look than the Qatar brief. No strings here, just a clever button solution as part of the waistband.
However, you don’t want a look that’s too clean or mainstream. So, take our advice and get the United States swim brief in a some bright contrasting colors, like in the pictures below (color code 320).
The United States swim trunk is $93.75 USD. Get it over at www.escollection.es.
That’s it for today guys!
Stay tuned! Because tomorrow we have 3 more hot ES Collection swim wear styles to present to you from the shorts category.
Today we have a special treat for you today in the shape of a guest post by the good folks over at Underwear Unlimited. They’ve put together an awesome set of tips to guys who want to make smart underwear choices this summer.
So, listen up guys. We can all learn something from this.
By Underwear Unlimited
Uncomfortable underwear over the summer period has reached pandemic levels, with unconfirmed reports that some men have naively started resorting to ‘commando’ tactics.
Summer and underwear have never been a happy combination for many suffering men. However, there are some essential survival techniques that can help you through this difficult period.
Survival Tip #1: Put your boxers away
Boxer shorts allow for poor circulation around the area of your crotch, whilst this can prove to feel cosy and warm during the cooler months, boxers are a big no-no over the summer period.
Not only is cotton a high-quality, attractive fabric; it also allows your skin to breathe easily – allowing excellent air circulation and keeping you feeling fresh and cool where it matters most.
Survival Tip #3: Briefs and thongs can do no wrong
Briefs and thongs minimise the amount of material that can stick to your skin whilst also keeping everything in place, as well as importantly sweat levels at a minimum.
No matter how appealing it may seem, do NOT go commando. You are jeopardizing the respect of your peers and also your own dignity, by risking exposure of unsightly damp patches most likely to be caused by sweat. Also, contrary to common belief, commando has been shown to increase sweat levels around the crotch, due to the ‘clammier’ materials touching your skin.
By following these simple survival techniques, you can make it through this summer in comfort with your dignity intact. Ensure you share these essential tips with friends to leave no man in discomfort this summer.
If you are looking for underwear to prevent summer despair, you can find the essential equipment you need at UnderwearUnlimited.co.uk, a leading online supplier of designer underwear for men.
Please give a warm welcome to our newest guest blogger by the name of “E”.
In today’s post E shares with us some of his favorite undies that all have in common that they are made from modal – one of our favorite underwear fabrics.
If you’re new to this seductive and soft fabric type, this is the perfect starters guide!
As an undie enthusiast I have various undies; thongs, briefs, jocks, trunks and like two pairs of non sexy boxers. Most are made of cotton, some nylon. But nothing, I mean nothing, beats a pair or modal fabric undies covering my ass and my “boys”.
One of my favorites is the Sports Brief by Obviously – as seen below. Obviously predominately makes most of their underwear with Modal, which means they are my favorite brand. The sports brief is especially dear to heart because it’s perfect.
I enjoy feeling sexy underneath my jeans and button down shirt when I’m working for 14 hours a day, but I also I need to be comfortable and the briefs provide that. If I have a date set up they get as excited – as I do – when they see me drop down to those briefs.
Here is why: The Pouch fits your dick like a glove it puts it center stage. The pouch hangs as low as you do, or as high. It’s perfect the waistband feels great as well and sits low on your waist so it shows off your body perfectly and gets your date excited just by looking at you. The brief is not only sexy but comfortable I wear at work when I’m at the gym working up a sweat. It’s perfect.
My next favorite pair is from Calvin Klein X Boxer Brief. When I don’t feel like wearing a brief these Calvin klein Boxer briefs are the next thing. These boxers are pretty long covering to the very beginning of my thighs. But the beautiful thing about these is it doesn’t ride up your thigh like most boxer briefs or gather in the crotch area. No picking out.
Again because it’s made of Modal you still feel sexy underneath your suit and if you get excited at work it keeps your excitement concealed. These don’t shrink either when you wash them. They come in bright colors so when your pants sag low they show off your asset and you can match with your outfit.
You can’t go wrong with anything made by 2(x)ist. When the company decided to start making undies made of Modal I was as happy as a child on Christmas morning.
My pair of 2xist briefs are again comfortable and sexy. I’ve worn them to the gym, work and of course when entertaining. They keep your junk in one place and dry.
All the above-mentioned modal undies can be bought over at Guys Underwear Favorite, International Jock.
Christmas time is here again! It’s the time when Mariah Carey’s Christmas albums are played in my car non-stop for a month. Actually two this year, they went in November 1st.
It’s also time to start looking presents if you have put it off this far. So what do you buy the men in your life? Underwear! True, underwear has been the butt of a lot of bad gift jokes throughout the years. But that has been because underwear for a long time really wasn’t that exciting; in particular men’s underwear.
Now, however, men’s underwear is sexy, cool and something we want. Here at the GUB we have looked at a few categories, including types of men, and we have put together some things to think about when purchasing underwear for a man.
Why underwear can make a great present
Many men (though it is hard to believe) don’t care much about their underwear, although it in fact says so much about their personality. We know this from this recent survey.
A pair of unusual, eye-catching and sexy undies can be just the thing to kick-start a man’s underwear drawer. It can be an introduction into the world of underwear fashion. Also, this type of gift is as much for the actual recipient as for the giver, if he/she is lucky enough to get to see them on.
We took a poll, on our Facebook page, asking “how would you like underwear for Christmas? (nice underwear)” out of 178, 106 people said “I would LOVE to get underwear for Christmas”, and 33 said “I wouldn‘t mind getting underwear for Christmas“. Only 19 said “don’t buy me underwear for Christmas”. Of course looking at the audience, you underwear lovers, this may be a little biased although I did get a lot of my friends in on the poll, too.
But given the modern trend in underwear fashion, quality and the appeal it has attained underwear is no longer a joke of a present to give. As a matter of fact it can be down right wonderful!
Best online stores for buying underwear
I must say it’s hard to find a bad underwear store, although I have before which we will talk about later. There are a lot of stores out there so you have a lot of options. So look around and have fun.
A few things to look for are the overall professional layout of the site. It doesn’t need to be overly flashy nor extravagant but it should look like someone cared when they put it together. Also check the details, like shipping. Some sites may offer you great deals but then make up for it by charging you really high shipping prices.
With the huge variety out there and the differences in all our underwear tastes it’s hard for us to tell you what is the best store to shop. So look around and enjoy the underwear options. But here are a few on lines shops we at the Guys Underwear Blog have enjoyed shopping:
skivviesmensunderwear.com – Great selection of fashionable fun underwear offering more than just their own Skivvies brand, a lot more!
internationaljock.com – Athletic gear and underwear with that sporty look. Lot’s of styles, brands and great undies.
jockstrapcentral.com – Best stop for the jock strap lovers. Plus some great pictures. I love the fact that they have a diversity in their models. Look at the pics and get some great jocks.
escollection.es – A suave European sleek look with a masculine romp thrown in. Athletic wear, swim wear and underwear.
alphamaleundies.com – Great variety of underwear with a glamorous flare and a section just for the leather/latex look. Great special going on now refunding shipping for store credit!
underbriefs.com – A highly professional site that carry loads of our favorite brands, offers free shipping in the US and provides excellent customer service. You can even save 25 % on 2(x)ist right now.
undergear.com – The classic trendy catalogue we all looked at while discovering our obsession for underwear has their own underwear line and so much more here.
n2nbodywear.com – N2N certainly has a style we have all come to recognize.
freshpair.com – From your everyday standards to high style, plus free shipping and it’s fast. Great site for men and women.
deadgoodundies.com – The UK’s premiere underwear store for men.
So what kind of underwear do you buy the man or men in your life? Here are our recommendations based on the following types of men.
Your mind may automatically go to Under Armour, Nike or some kind of athletic gear. Most likely your athlete already has this underwear and it may come across as the typical underwear he already has. Give him something sporty and fun that’s useful but also good for just showing off. Try a designer jock or a sports brief.
We recently tried out the ES Collection towel jockstrap, it was actually very comfortable, with wide straps and a towel-like fabric for the pouch. It provided just fine support and was a nice alternative to regular cotton jockstraps for when you go running: http://www.escollection.es/for_men/product.php?id_product=265
…The Promiscuous Flirt (our nice way of saying whore)
The name that comes to mind first is Gregg Homme. They have a lot of ultra sexy sheer undies that are just made to show off and high light your sexy side. On our Facebook page I (Val) recently posted a picture of myself in the Gregg Homme Glam Thong, that is a great thong for you guys who “get around”.
Another option is the Skivvies Squadron Sheer Brief or the 472 Net Boxer from the ES Collection. Sheer is a good choice for these guys, or skimpy; possibly both! The AussieBum Bulge-Boosters also work well for your promiscuous friends.
…The Funny Man
If you want fun, statement-kind-of-undies something along the lines of Piss & Vinegar and Ginch Gonch. They do the “cartoon” category better than most, and it’s the Disney kind. I would find something colorful and that stands out. Although I am not a fan of the name “Piss & Vinegar” the Ewh series by them is a lot of fun!
You may want to go a little against the obvious as a clown he is going to expect a lot of gag gifts and may take underwear as such. Try underwear that are sexy yet are not to be taken too seriously. Try Croota, they usually fit the sexy yet fun category.
Here, you probably want to go for something classic and masculine. Think Ristefsky Macheda briefs, Armani, Jake Joseph, and perhaps Jack Adams. Also, the trunks from Diego Barberi. And finally, some of the basic styles from 2(x)ist. You may also want to look at a different side of this man. If you know him well maybe you see his sense of humor or his sexy side come out. Underwear is about that inner character get him something that reflects that side of him maybe only few people see.
…The Baggy Boxer man
The first thing you want to get this man is a card that reads “Does your mother still buy your underwear”? So unless you are his mother, do not buy him a pair of baggy boxers! Be the one to introduce this guy to style and the world of adult men’s underwear of the 21st century. Get him something along the lines of a boxer brief. Don’t jump straight to a thong, or bikini; that will just turn him off from change completely. Take it slow.
Try the Freedom boxer from aussieBum is actually an interesting, modern take on the classic boxer. It has the loose fit that allows for your stuff to sway freely, yet they are more trunk-like and not as big and long-legged as an old school pair of boxers. I find them damn sexy, too!
Another great place to look is at Pull-In. They offer two styles of underwear the boxer (actually a boxer brief) and the shorty (more of a square cut). Both look great, are stylish and roomy providing the comfort and freedom this guy wants. And Pull-In offers literally hundreds of different styles to choose from.
…The “Generic Undies” Guy
If you fall into this category, you need to look to alternatives that are almost as cheap, but way more sexy and trendy. Look to 2(x)ist’s Essential range. Here, briefs start at just $14 – recession or no recession, everyone can afford that. Or go to Target and look for 2xists Evolve line of underwear.
If you are buying for this guy make sure you introduce him to a higher quality of underwear fabric. 100% cotton feels good at first, but after a while of wear gets all saggy and loose. Give him some stylish undies that have that touch of spandex or lycra, they have the same great breathability yet retain their support and shape all day. Or if you really want to give him something that will wow him look for something made from bamboo fibers like the Naked collection from Andrew Christian or for a eloquent classic look Jake Joseph. They will never go back to the cheap stuff.
… The guy who has 1,000 pairs of underwear
Now, we are talking. This is the category where us underwear blogger fall in. So if you love us and want to buy us a Christmas present listen up. Skip the mundane or underwear you would wear everyday. Buy this guy (ME) something special, a novelty, underwear he would wear for show to an underwear party or for his special someone after a hot date. Get him something out of the ordinary and playful. If you see something and think to yourself “oh my God, who would wear that”, it was probably made for this guy. Here are our underwear wishes.
JAY: “My newest fetish are singlets. Not your everyday wrestling-kind, but bottoned-up cotton ones like this from ES Collection: It’s HOT and different, and very suitable for the winter months”.
VALDAMAR: “I want an athlete to sign his lucky jock strap and send it to me! Yeah I’m a freak. I think for Christmas I would like some a crazy, sexy, fun jock strap. Maybe one of the models at Jock Strap Central will send me hi signed jock strap! Lol”.
What Underwear NOT to Give as a Present
Don’t give plain, old school tighty whities. Nothing says lack of effort than something like that. Avoid any multi packs of underwear, even if they are nice underwear it just looks bad. Just like any other present it’s the thought that counts so make sure you find a pair of underwear that matches the guy you are giving it to. Make sure you can state why this pair of underwear will fit this guy, if you can’t think of a specific reason then it may not be the right pair.
Things to Avoid When Shopping
Avoid paying full price! All the underwear stores have regular sales. Sign up for their newsletters or check the underwear blogs (like ours) so that you know when you can the underwear you want with a big discount.
Avoid impulse buying, in particularly on the internet. Shop around, look for comparable items and make sure you check out various websites before deciding on a purchase. Again a great resource are the underwear blogs. Often new items, specials and other information about underwear is featured and you can find a good number of on line retailers listed.
Bad Shopping Experiences
It’s rare to have a bad experience shopping. But it can happen, I have a story to tell you guys but will have to wait for another time. But here are a few tips.
Make sure to check sizing. Sizes can vary a lot across brands. The worst thing is when you have to send back a great pair of undies because of a bad size choice.
Another thing is to remember to factor in shipping. There are sites that boast having great sales yet after you add the shipping costs the total is far from a good deal. So when comparing remember to look at the cost of shipping.
Order early, if you want these undies for Christmas order NOW! You may have issues come up and you may need to make adjustments. Unexpected things come up and you need to give yourself time.
HAPPY UNDERWEAR CHRISTMAS! Undies are a great gift, the perfect stocking stuffer. Remember the right choice makes it the perfect gift. So think about the man and find him the right pair of underwear for him. Keep a watch out on our blog for sales and discounts offering you the best underwear available for the men in your life and yourself. Not just now, underwear also makes a great Birthday present or gift for any occasion. Happy shopping Gubbers and remember my jock strap and Jay’s singlet!
Happy 1st December, guys! We’re kicking off the Christmas month with an amazing post.
Anyway, Jake has been kind enough to offer his helpful advice for your holiday underwear shopping. You wouldn’t want to miss it – there are some great tips in there.
Don’t forget to visit his store over at jakejosephco.com.
Without further ado, here it is: Jake Joseph’s 2011 men’s underwear holiday shopping guide.
By Jake Joseph
From the essentials to indulgences, it seems that our shopping styles have shifted the past few years. As the holiday time is upon us, many shoppers are on a mission to purchase items of both value & quality.
For every wallet size and fit preference, there are some terrific options out there. Here is some information that may help you make great purchases for whomever is on your shopping list!
For those prefer STRETCH (BRIEF, TRUNK & BOXER BRIEF):
Look for: Modal and Viscose. (These fabrics are terrific and resilient, and long-lasting even after washing).
Helpful Tip: The leg binding is an important and often overlooked facet. The bottoms of stretch pairs that are reinforced help the product from bunching up the leg and lend a more uniform fit.
For those who prefer BOXERS:
Look for: 100% Cotton and Pima. (The Pima’s are both breathable and contain some elasticity).
Helpful Tip: Each individual’s trunks (thigh area) are different in length and width. Find a leg length that fits your body type the best.
Helpful Tip: Aussiebum produces modern briefs that have multi-colored and interesting designs (20 USD). Zimmerli of Switzerland delivers an excellent brief that is understated in color and promotes a terrific fit (55-70 USD).
Helpful Tip: If you want soft and breathable, go with Calvin Klein’s Micro Modal Trunk (20 USD). If you want light-weight and comfortable, go with Perofil 4Ever Pima Cotton Pushup Trunk. They come in a bit shorter than normal trunks, providing comfort and an overall good fit (37 USD).
Helpful Tip: For comfortable and simple, go with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Knit Boxer Briefs (3 for 38 USD). For a solid fit geared for athletic activity, go for Lululemon’s Game On Boxer Brief (24 USD).
Helpful Tip: If you prefer a more traditional leg length, go for
Brooks Brothers (25 USD). If you want the traditional boxer style with an element of stretch, go for Hanro of Switzerland’s Cotton Knit Mercerized Cotton boxers (70 USD).
Peace & Happy Holidays,