Looking great begins with underwear — the foundation of every man’s everyday dress routine. So it’s a wonder why underwear shopping falls dead last on most guys’ to-do list. Having a rep as the lamest gift-giving item of all time certainly doesn’t help. But after digging through these dos and don’ts, you’ll soon realize that learning how to wrap the family jewels the right way may just be the best present you could ever give yourself.
Men’s Underwear Dos
1. Do replace old underwear
We’ve heard the statistic tossed around that eight years is the average length of time it takes men to replace their underwear. Whether or not that’s accurate (and we hope it’s not, frankly), no matter how long it takes you to replenish supplies, once a pair has seen better days — a small hole, a tiny rip, a little fray — toss it in the trash. Is this a heavy price to pay for a relatively negligible imperfection? Maybe. But wear and tear with underwear is a dangerously slippery slope. And as for those lucky boxers you’ve been holding onto since your frat boy days, clear a space in your sock drawer and lay them to rest — forever.
2. Do have a collection of men’s underwear
Men should have at least 10 pairs of underwear on hand at all times. That’s one for everyday of the week plus two additional for weekend nights and another thrown in for good measure or some sort of, um, emergency. Active guys — the workout buffs, outdoor types and all-around heavy sweaters — will need a few more to meet their needs. The opposite isn’t true for couch potatoes: Sitting around all day doesn’t mean you can get away with fewer.
3. Do wear a variety of styles
So, while being a one-brand man is a definite do, it’s also important to have an assortment of men’s underwear for various activities. Briefs provide the right support for almost every situation from bar to boardroom. But sometimes you just need to set things free come bedtime with a looser-fitting boxer. And then, of course, there’s the hybrid known as the boxer-brief, an ideal way to get both support and coverage for a hardcore workout. Keep each set separate so you always have the right pair ready to rumble.
4. Do wash your underwear every time
Did you know that dirty drawers typically carry up to a gram of fecal matter? Sick. Fortunately, the answer to keeping clean isn’t wearing a disposable diaper. Loose-fitting boxers won’t get you an extra day’s worth of wear either. Underwear should be washed after each wear, period. Use regular bleach if we’re talking whites since it packs a heftier punch than the color-safe kind.
Watch out for “Men’s Underwear Donts”…. *winks!!!*