Men's Underwear Fitting guide - Men's Issues & Solutions
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Perspiration Issue: Perspiration stains on your shirt.
Solution: Wear short sleeve undershirts. Thinner does not mean less absorbent. The thinner the shirt - the higher the quality.






Under Outerwear Issue: Undershirts are being used for both underwear and outerwear.
Solution: You should not do this. Each has its own characteristics. An undershirt is used to catch perspiration under a dress shirt. Undershirts should be form-fitting, not too thick, and have the appropriate neckline to hide under your outer shirt. Underwear t-shirts should be bleached to be kept clean - then thrown away when they become dingy. Outerwear t-shirts are more about fashion. Their sleeves can be longer, and they can be thicker. They're usually made out of performance fabrics and have extra detailing. You should have two wardrobes of t-shirts - undershirts and outershirts.



Hairy Chest Issue: Hairy back and hairy chest show through shirts.
Solution: Wear an undershirt, tank or sleeveless. However, it's important to note that hairy chests have now become acceptable and no longer need to be waxed away or hidden. Some chest hair showing at the neckline is now acceptable.






Absorbent Undershirt Issue: Undershirt is not absorbent enough.
Solution: Be sure your undershirt is made of 100% cotton. If your undershirt is made in one of the wicking fabrics like coolmax, the perspiration is moved away from your body, but deposited on the outer shirt.





Undershirt UntuckingIssue: Undershirt keeps untucking from your pants.
Solution: You probably need a smaller size undershirt. If your undershirt is too big, so is the depth of the armhole. When you reach up, this pulls your side seam up as well, and the shirt hem comes up from your pants. An undershirt should be at least 3" longer than the top of your pants.







Boxer Legs Creep Up Issue: The legs on boxer briefs creep up your leg during the day.
Solution: Your leg binding is too tight, or the legs on your boxer brief are too long. Leg edges should be 100% cotton and worn loosely around your leg. As the day wears on, these cotton leg edges will loosen and not ride up. If this is a continual problem, consider the trunk style. It has all the benefits of a boxer brief, but the leg inseam is much shorter and stays in place.



Boxers Limit Leg Movement Issue: Boxers limit leg movement.
Solution: Look for a boxer with side vents and a shorter inseam. Or, consider knit boxers that stretch. The right boxer for you should allow you to lift your knee to your chest, sit, and squat without strain.





Proper Fitting Undershirt Issue: You don't know how your undershirt should properly fit.
Solution: Most men wear t-shirts that are one to two sizes too large. Most likely, their reasoning is that since the t-shirts are cotton, they will shrink. Well, most t-shirts on the market are pre-shrunk. James Dean's t-shirt is the quintessential fit for an undershirt. The sleeve comes to the middle of the biceps and is form fitting. It fits across the chest without binding, is cut straight down the sides and made long enough to stay tucked in. Basically, the goal of an undershirt is to not interfere with the dress shirt. To that end, your undershirt should have as few wrinkles as possible.



Boxer Wedgie Issue: Boxers give you a wedgie.
Solution: The center back seam may be too short on the boxer, or you are wearing your boxer too high on your hips. There are boxers on the market designed without a center back seam. This design is called the 3 panel back. There are 2 back seams that run down the center back of the leg. This prevents any binding or wedgy feeling. At HisRoom, we provide back views of all our garments. Boxers with this detail will be easy to locate.



Best Color For Underwear Issue: Don't know what is the best color for your underwear.
Solution: Undershirts should probably be white. That way they can be bleached and you'll know that when they are dingy or yellow, it's time to replace them. Bottoms are another story. Black is a great color for all men. You look thinner, they are sexy, and they don't show stains. If you are the one doing your laundry, black underwear can be thrown in with all your colors and doesn't need special treatments.



Don't Use Front Fly Issue: You don't use your front fly.
Solution: You are not alone. It's estimated that only about 20% of men navigate through the maze of flaps and zippers. The percentage goes a little higher for boxers - the fly is usually longer. Most men simply go up and over. This is why briefs with contour pouches have been so popular. They look sleek and most men know they're not using the fly anyway.




wide thighs Issue: You have wide thighs and most underwear tends to be binding.
Solution: Buy a bigger size. Things shrink with multiple washings. The waistband is made of elastic so it probably won't be an issue. Larger sizes are cut with wider legs.





Flat In Front Briefs Issue: Your briefs make you look flat in front.
Solution: The very design of a traditional brief will flatten you. Look for briefs with a contour pouch for more definition. There are also briefs with built-in enhancers. HisRoom offers several.





Quality T-Shirt Issue: You don't know what a quality t-shirt is.
Solution: A quality t-shirt is thin, soft to the hand, and lightweight. The lighter and softer the t-shirt - the higher the quality. It's all about the gauge of cotton used. Pima cotton is higher quality because its fibers are longer so the threads are thinner. Consequently, a pima cotton t-shirt will be thinner and softer. Stop buying those cheap 3-packs. You deserve quality t-shirts.




Logo'd ElasticIssue: Most waistbands are simply a wide logo'd elastic.
Solution: There's a very good reason for this. Before, most waistbands were made with elastic threaded through a channel at the waist. This caused the fabric to gather, and the results were vertical red imprints around your waist at the end of the day. With today's microfiber waistbands, there are no imprints and they are softer and more comfortable to wear. If you find yourself with imprints, you need to go up a size or two.



Issue: Seams are not all sewn the same way on your briefs.
1.lockstitch     2.double needle     3.taped
Solution: There are basically three ways to sew seams on briefs: 1. Lockstitch, 2. Double Needle stitch or 3. Taped.
Lockstitch sewing gives a sportier look and lies very flat. Double needle stitching, where there is stitching on each side of the seam, gives a very clean and sophisticated look. Seam tape adds some bulk, but gives incredible strength and durability to the seam.


Gym UnderwearIssue: You are not sure what underwear to wear in the gym.
Solution: This is a little tricky. There are many garments made with high performance fabrics that wick moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry. However, the reality is that you wouldn't want to be next to a guy wearing this stuff because he is constantly dripping and flinging sweat everywhere. Garments like these really work best outdoors where there is airflow to evaporate the moisture. Alternatively, 100% cotton will be very absorbent and contain much of your sweat, but will also feel heavy. Courtesy dictates that you account for your sweat in a gym.



How Long Underwear Lasts Issue: You don't know how long your underwear should last.
Solution: Men should have new underwear twice a year. You should have at least as many pairs of underwear as there are days of the week. Signs that your underwear needs to be thrown out are yellowing under the arms, any stains, elastic is shot and/or it's no longer fitting due to bagging.



Sexy Underwear Issue: You don't know whether your underwear is sexy.
Solution: All men should have at least one set of sexy underwear. Here's what's sexy. Black underwear. It's also more slimming. After that, it's all in the eye of the beholder. So ask your partner what they like. Generally, if you're in good shape, the tighter and skimpier the better. If you're not in such great shape, keep it black, but look at boxers or boxer briefs. Men with no butt will always look better in a baggy boxer. The reality is that sexy underwear doesn't stay on that long, so get what looks good for the moment.


Underwear Pricing Issue: You don't understand the wide range of pricing for men's underwear.
Solution: Prices vary for a very good reason. It's all in the fabric. Higher quality cottons cost more, but they are also lighter weight, and last longer. If you're getting a bargain, remember, you'll be getting what you pay for - shoddy workmanship, bargain fabric, no shape, limited life, and very little softness. You deserve better.



You Get Free Underwear Issue: You don't need to buy t-shirts. You get them free all the time.
Solution: Listen, people don't give away quality. Free t-shirts have no fit, and probably have polyester in them which makes them hot. Spend a little for quality t-shirts, both as innerwear and outerwear.

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