Boyshorts 101: Your Complete Guide to Successful Underpants

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For Boyshorts comfort with lady-like sexiness & style, TV Editor Carly is intrigued by Foxers:

“While I normally tend towards the American Apparel boyshorts, I have been intrigued recently by Foxers. According to their Facebook page, “FOXERS are women’s underwear with the waistband design from men’s boxer shorts. Essentially they serve as a way for women to have the comfort and style of boxer shorts but still look and feel sexy.” All right then! They’re pretty cute but the most exciting thing about Foxers is that they make the official uniforms of the Lingerie Football League.”

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For classic, reliable, simple bikinis for all body types, Tech Editor Taylor likes Gap Body:

“I’m having an existential gender identity crisis moment here. Well, not really because you know we’re all about embodying that intersection and we’re so very progressive, blah blah, whatever-

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Here goes: I am a big fan of the Hanes Numero 2 pick and often wear them around the house (apartment, god knows I don’t own any real estate) — I especially love the heather gray and black ones. They suit my more boyish moods quite nicely and if I wear them with a sleeveless tank, they make me feel like an old school little butch like Chloe Sevigny in If These Walls Could Talk 2, but with less motorcycle. But, sadly, they don’t fit that comfortably under my pants. So I wear them as pants!

My choice when I am feeling a little less Stonewall: Gap Body! Yeah, I know it’s boring, it’s vanilla, it’s certainly all-american, but they make great, comfy, sexy stuff! Any matching black & black bra ensemble gives me the mojo I need to well… Ask my girlfriend. I have these! (I can do polka dots, though black is pref) Love the tiny magenta bow! (Though these exact panties are no longer available, these are similar and these also have a bow.)”

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hanes-boys-briefsFor Girls That Can Still Shop in the Little Boys Section, Intern Hot Laura likes Hanes & Fruit of the Loom.

“I used to wear girly underwear, but they liked to play games with my heart. Every time I’d find a pair I love, I’d go back to buy more, only to find out that they had a “new look, SAME GREAT FIT!” I like change just as much as the next girl but you don’t mess with perfection; after 18 years of ups and downs, we finally broke up. Because I am a tiny person, I usually head straight to the little boys’ section of Target for all my fashion needs. Hanes and Fruit of the Loom briefs are my ish because I can get a 5 pack for $10 and because they make my button look cute.”

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For fancy, girly, classy/edgy bikinis & thongs, Photoblogger Robin eschews cotton for Provacateur:

“Are there any boyshorts at Agent Provocateur? I love cotton boyshorts as much as the next girl, particularly on other people, but I myself made a no cotton rule in college after my dear friend introduced me to the wonders of real lingerie. Just in the past few years have I reintroduced cotton back into my underthings wardrobe. But I’m a boudoir photographer, what can I say? I have expensive taste in underwear. So for now, most of my boyshorts are black lace.”20080908_agent_560x375

 

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For real lesbros, Intern Lex rocks Jockey Men’s Boxers:

Jockey Mens Full Cut Boxer. What can I say, I’m a bit masculine so I like to wear boxers (hurray for gender subversion!). I wear a men’s medium. These come in handy when wearing baggy jeans because instead of your ass hanging out, your underwear is. And you can just pretend you’re making some hipster fashion statement. Also boxers are ideal for sleeping/walking around in front of your roommates in.”

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For a little bit more fabric and a hawt wasteband, Intern Jen loves American Eagle:

American Eagle Low Rise Trunk – When I compare the amount of fabric that made up the underwear I used to wear to these mens boxer brief style gems I am shocked! And so much more comfortable! A perfect waistband! These are great in the summer because if things get too hot you can de-pant and still be ready for some good clean fun. Also, I live in a place that is cold and snowy way too often and I think my “areas” appreciate the extra frost-bite preventing coverage when I forget my snowpants.

Downside: I don’t like birds very much at all, so it would be great if there wasn’t either a massive eagle, or millions of little eagles plastered all over each pair of these.
American Eagle Low Rise Trunk

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For Comfy, Cheap Knickers to Knock Around the House, CEO Riese Wants Old-Fashioned Men’s Hanes:

The top three on this post are my personal top three too — especially #2, those are a wardrobe staple. But since i have 1,000 pairs of underpants I guess I can expand on some of the other good ones …

FOR CUTELY HOPPING AROUND THE HOUSE: At the risk of presenting a heterosexy image that perhaps no-one else but me thinks is cute, there’s this one scene in Sex and the City where Sarah Jessica Parker is hopping around her apartment looking super cute but also in AMAZING shape and she’s wearing those straight up 3-for-$7 get ’em at the drugstore old fashioned Hanes Mens (I’m a 2/4, and I get Hanes in men’s XS or S) that are probably Aiden’s? And maybe you think Grandma! But I think awww ... and I am not normally a SJP fan.

Maybe I just like seeing her in any outfits that don’t involve broaches larger than my head or purses made of dead unicorns. See how cute she suddenly is!

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Similar styles abound in the Hugo/Diesel category, you may recall Shane sporting a very nice pair of Hugos and looking very Shane today:

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For seamless silky satiny lovely things so tight you can wear ’em under yoga pants, Riese likes Calvin Klein Modal Shorts:

FOR UNDER YOGA PANTS: When venturing into public, I like my boyshorts to cover my entire disproportionately large ass, and still be wearable under yoga pants without it being obvious that I hate thongs (which I used to wear every day even to the gym back when I was a strai, how did I do that), I love these Calvin Klein Modal Shorts (I get a size women’s medium) ’cause they’re silky to the touch and don’t squeeze the fat out of your thighs like some “seamless fabric” boyshorts do. No one should ever squeeze the fat out of your ass, b/c it’s beautiful just the way it is.

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CK Modal Shorts

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boyshorts-daisy-loweIntern Lola Has Something For Everything/One:

I typically wear hot shorts or hipsters, because they don’t show under clothes (and they provide the illusion that I have an ass).

I do like wearing boyshorts when I wanna be comfy, but I only go for women’s styles. My main choice is Tommy Hilfiger’s Freedom Boyshort — nice ‘n basic, low-profile, and a name that makes me feel vaguely patriot when I wear them. Emporio Armani’s Microfiber Boyshorts are perfect for when I want to be a bit more girly. Thanks to a tip from a styled-out gayboy, I discovered the queer underoo brands Ginch Gonch and Andrew Christian. They both cater mostly to guys and have crazy designs, but their women’s boybriefs feel nicer than anything else ever and the mega-bright colors make me feel like a superhero.

Tommy Hilfiger Freedom Shorts

Tommy Hilfiger Freedom Shorts

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For colorful, fun & low-on-the-hips bikinis, Executive Editor Laneia took a long road to Victoria’s Secret:

In high school I was obsessed with boys underwear. I finally got the nerve to actually purchase a pack [I used to be quite shy, IF YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE] and my best friend thought I was really, really weird, which was nothing new.

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I ended up not really liking the traditional briefs due to their insanely high waistband, but I really loved the boy decoration in the front! [boy decoration = where the peen comes out] Since I was a dancer, I was already in the habit of rolling down the waistband of like, everything I owned. Please note, this was before the ‘low-rise pant’– it’s possible some of you will not recall this dark time in our history.

And anyway maybe other people beside dancers rolled down their waistbands — I’m not trying to sound special here. So I rolled down the waistband of my boy’s underwear and they were suddenly SUPER HOT, but also very uncomfortable for everyday wear because of the giant ROLL.

Well now you can find low-rise boy briefs practically anywhere. The downside is that the boy decoration in the front is just that – decoration. My favorites are Victoria’s Secret PINK Cheeky Cotton Boy Briefs [that’s a mouthful] [that’s what she said]. Victoria's Secret

They come in a million different patterns and colors and fall sufficiently low on my hips. Even though these briefs claim to be ‘cheeky’, they seem to have pretty standard cheek coverage to me. Oh yes, and they can usually be purchased for the bargain-basement price of 5 for $25, so you can share them with your friends/roommates. I’m just kidding don’t do that.

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Picture 34Design Director Alex sticks to the classics:
My favorite underwear (besides those Calvin Kleins we talked about in #3)? Champion’s Seamless Ribbed Men’s Trunks. They don’t have seams and they feel super lightweight and breathable. They’re thin so there’s no line on your thigh when you wear tight-ish pants. Also: no awkward pocket for the male genitalia, so it has a little extra space for my non-existent package which prevents frontal wedgies!

Also I enjoy the American Apparel Baby Rib Boxer Brief, which has more leg coverage than our #1 Pick.  Though I tend to use these more for sleeping in than like wearing under jeans or whatever.

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(Sidenote: Sorry for all the pictures of dudes for my picks.
I can’t help it — I wear mens underwear and I’m proud!)

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Intern Lily:

more urban boyshortsOk I admit it, I don’t wear any of Autostraddle’s Top Three underwear brands. BUT I do have a love affair with boyshorts—both to wear myself and for sexy ladies to wear so I can gawk at their attractiveness. I used to think that I had to wear teeny tiny, ultra-uncomfortable, frilly pieces of fabric as underwear in order to fit in with all the cool girls—but that was middle school and I’ve grown up!

Although I buy my underwear from a variety of different stores (Target and Old Navy are personal faves for cheap, cute, and comfortable) one of my favorite brands is, of course, Urban Outfitters. I’m a size 2 so I usually get smalls. Basically I can put on these ultra-femme floral boyshorts or these more “traditional” longer boyshorts and feel equally sexy in either. Which is why I own them both!

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Our Vlog Superstar Nat says these are also her favorites:

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My favorite underwear things to wear are the same as the one’s Alex picked, which is these American Apparel Baby Rib Boxer Brief. I get an XS (I’m like a size 27, and the AA briefs stretch on the sides too). I will tell you why. Firstly, because they come in sweet colours. Secondly, because when I bend over to tie my shoe, YOU CAN’T SEE MY ASSCRACK like what sometimes happens if I’m wearing normal underwear. Thirdly, the leg part doesn’t ride up and become bunchy and uncomfortable on my thigh. Fourthly, they’re almost like shorts, I mean you can practically wear them without pants if you’re KCdanger and you won’t look stupid (subjective).

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Katrina: “VIVA LA PANTSLESS REVOLUCION (la revolucion sin pantalones?)”

Underwear is very important to me, as I have conditioned my friends to get used to me walking around the dorms without pants. However, if I’m forced to wear pants, it’s not about the pants, it’s about what’s sticking out on top of them.

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My favorite underwear is basically any underwear with an elastic band at the top, as I like to wear my pants inappropriately low/bend over a lot/like to drop it like it’s hot on a daily basis, and a nice elastic band at the top says “Hey world, there’s something interesting in my pants.” I’m pretty particular to these Jockey Women’s Boxer Briefs I found in Urban Outfitters when visiting Emily Choo in Canada. The Jockey brand on the elastic makes it ambiguous whether you’re wearing man or girl panties, and because they’re actually for girls, they’re short enough to look rull cute when roaming around pantsless.

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Can somebody please claim THESE are their faves? Please? (- Taylor)

Taylor's Secret Favorites

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For more (eye candy) visit our girl galleries devoted to this subject:
Hot Girls in Boyshorts 1 and Hot Girls in Boyshorts 2


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79 Comments

    • There’s nothing wrong with bringing your body out of line esp. If you’ve got a kick !#$ shorts.Stop.Right!Well,..let go of your seams like and b for real.

  1. I’m not the kind of person who sees a commercial or ad and says, “Oh! I want that! It’s new and improved somehow at the same time!” Even Billy Mays couldn’t get me with his antics (too soon?). BUT whenever you guys talk about a product I immediately want it with a fiery passion from deep within.

  2. I just bought a pair of the Andrew Christian boy briefs in pink and hot shorts in white with a little anchor. THEY WERE ON SALE FOR 99 CENTS INSTEAD OF THE USUAL $27. I AM FREAKING OUT IN ALL CAPS. That’s $54 of booty coverage for $7.41 with shipping.

  3. I wear men’s boxerbriefs and am also bad at shopping, so I tend to not be that picky. My biggest beef is that ONE frigging pair costs like, 20 bucks or something. What is that shit? It costs as much as a shirt! My kingdom for a decent men’s boxerbrief that comes in a package of 3 for 15 dollars or less. I don’t even care what colour.

  4. The ones I wear are, I think, pretty much the same thing as the Authentic Core. Except Hanes now calls them “Premium.” They have the trunks (which are shorter) and the boxer briefs (which go about mid-thigh). The best thing about them is they are really smooth and tight so they don’t ever bunch up, not even when you’re pulling on a pair of tight jeans. They’re $10 at Target for a pack of two and don’t come in any fun colours, but whatever they’re the most comfortable thing in the world.

  5. Funny, I told my partner the other day that I should start a lesbian focused lingerie/underwear company. We both prefer the more masculine colors/styles but like the softness/textures of female stuff. What’s a lesbian to do?
    On boy shorts…I would love to find a pair that fit me correctly. I’ve tried traditional men’s boxer briefs and they drive me nuts (unless I’m just sleeping in them) because they ride up! I think I will have to try the Hanes style because they have some lycra/spandex…maybe they will cling to my thighs better.
    I’m also going to try the men’s underarmor long boxer briefs. They cling and fall low enough to prevent thigh rubbage…(rubbing)…especially when wearing scrubs!
    Love this article.

  6. You know who makes a really shitty boyshort? Gap. I don’t care how expensive or colourful they are; they ride up your bum like a Viking warrior rides into battle: HARD.
    I’ll be taking a peek at these though!

  7. my favorite bshorts are magenta with a white waistband from american eagle – side note, doesn’t everything at that place just ooze gaymo/sexually confused tween? love it – these shorts look superhot but unfortunately, some killjoy made a rule that you can only wear underwear once before washing (twice if you’re in college). so this article is the awesome b/c now my ass can look hot all the time, for $9.95 or less plus shipping and handling! Thanks Autostraddle!

  8. the brief version of those Hanes are my favorite thing ever.

    although everyone DOES love boyshorts.
    i just recalled one of my friends complementing me on a pair i was wearing.
    which leaves me wondering why my pants were off in her room…among other things.

  9. Great article, even though I do feel somewhat like the entire autostraddle team was just trying to seduce me by talking about their preferences in funderwear.

    Furthermore, potentially controversial statement, my girlfriend wears thongs and I do NOT object. At all. Just saying.

    p.s. your internet seduction is working.

  10. can you do an equivalent for undershirts for women? I love the hanes tagless ones but their smallest size is 34-36″ chest, and their little boys undershirts are only 22″ long.

  11. The Most comfy undies I have found r JOLIE briefs. I just bought 2 pair of the Hanes Authentic Boy briefs at $6 for 2 at Wally World and I Hate them! They have no Elastic in the legs but r stretch instead which I wish I had known before I bought them and they have Seams at the rump which r uncomfortable. The absolute Most comfy ever r Tennis underpants! Even w/the ball pockets on the sides they r comfy and give some tummy control too.

  12. If the boyshorts with faux or real fly are so hot for women, why are panties or even faux bras for men such a creepy thing (in most people’s eyes)?

    All of the reasons for women wearing mens underwear are equally valid for men to don the comfy, clingy, silkies that women wear without a second thought.

  13. i’ve been avidly following the various quests for the right underwear from a lot of perspectives for quite a while. Grace The Spot pointed out long ago that lesbian love showing their underpants. i, unfortunately, was born a male (shiver, shudder) and happen to LOVE wearing and male-modeling ladies full brief panties (back view) which i have on YouTube. Yes, i love the term “panties” when it refers to the nylon or silk undies i wear, but i think it’s just fine for women to wear boxers or boyshorts. i agree with Hose Fan but take it a step further: What good is it if nobody sees them?

  14. Although i prefer wearing feminine classic full cut nylon briefs myself (Vanity Fair, Maidenform, etc.) i did note that there were what appeared to be somewhat unisex style boyshorts, boxer-briefs or somewhere in between amongst the variety of photos in that relatively recent and controversial Diesel brand Underwear photoshoot in that law school library in Brooklyn, NY.

  15. This article inspired me to browse through the underwear American Eagle stocks.

    Now I have decided that one of the things I really need for Christmas is an awesome pair of AE boybriefs with polar bears on them.

  16. I found some adorable ones on sale at JayJays and amazingly, they didn’t fall apart after the first wash. The peenie pocket is very small so its not an issue and they have insanely bright cartoons of invader sim. And they’re low rise.
    I thought of getting Bonds (do ya’ll yanks have Bonds oerr there?) but the peepee pocket seems too generous.

  17. Dear Autostraddle,

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for publishing this article. I had never heard of boyshorts before seeing this. After acquiring some, I have been FREED from wedgies FOREVER! How nice that is cannot be overstated.

    Much love,
    A Reader

  18. The Hanes boy shorts have a discount price European cousin.

    Primark (Penney’s, if you’re in the Republic of Ireland, like yours truly) sell them at around €4 for two. I think that’s about $6/$7, for two pairs. They’re in the boy’s section, and come in a range of colors, including blue, white, black and electric green. They say “REBEL” across the front waistband. Comfy as hell, and they really last. I don’t work for Primark, but I do love my underpants.
    (Be warned, they’re usually pretty small sizes.)

  19. I stumbled across this article on my mission for decent, cheap, easily available boyshorts. I found at Target the “hanes premium boyfriend cotton boxer briefs” in a 3 pack and i’m in LOVE!! they are fabulous. so if anyone else runs across this article, check those out. super cute, boy style waistband, longer legs & no ride up!

  20. Holy cow! My client is a hetero entrepaneur that created a line of men’s underwear out of bamboo fiber. Disclosing that I’m an advid wearer(?) of mens trunk he hooked me up. Ah SCHNAP I loved them! I can run without wedgie, wear skinny jeans with vpl, and wash them without loosing shape/elastic. Check them out! http://www.jakejosephco.com/trunk BTW I dig Calvin K as well but I much prefer to support a local business

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  22. After a few years of Hanes boxer briefs I got tired of how clunky they felt and ended up back in lady-undies land. I’ve been pretty happy with the boyshorts by Aerie (http://www.ae.com/aerie/browse/category.jsp?catId=cat2640009). This is the tween girls underwear line from American Eagle so the website branding is super hetero-girly and don’t even get me started on the brick and mortar stores. However, their boyshorts are high quality and last for years, they usually have a couple fun androgynous patterns in stock, and they’re priced at 7 pairs for $27.
    Because they’re marketed for tweens their sizing runs small (not super-teeny, but the regular old do-your-head-in-with-sizeist-discrimination small). I take a 32″ or 34″ waist guys’ jeans and their L undies fit just right.

  23. why y’all so down on my favorite underwear? i own a few pairs of boyshorts, and at times i’d prefer to wear them but they’re thick so i get too warm and then sweaty, they bunch up in my pants, and they don’t fit under my skinny jeans or leggings very well. not great for riding my bike around town either because they don’t fit well under my pants and they get too warm. in short, uncomfortable, uncomfortable. i like a nice, flat, high-quality cotton, lightweight THONG. i own like a million of them all in bright lovely colors. i have a few boyshorts but meh, not comfortable.

    i’m not oppressed. i’m not even a femme! i’m just more comfortable this way because they fit my body and my lifestyle. i put it on, it’s lightweight and smooth, it stretches just a little like good cotton does, and it doesn’t go anywhere.

    i’m here, i’m queer, i wear thongs! (good, high-quality ones–the others are shit). diversity, people! you do you and let me do me. 😉

  24. The straight friends where very impressed when I knew who SJP was. Decided not to tell them it was because lesbian underwear articles.
    Also I glance back over this everytime I’m getting ready to go underthings shopping, for ideas and a reminder that I don’t have to wear the super feminine stuff unless I want to.

  25. To Intern Emily, the picture of the American Apparel briefs posted have the symbol for Dykes in the City. I was just wondering where you found them and if you know where I could buy some. I bought a pair more than 5 years ago and I’d love to get some more.

  26. I am not a slim woman but i am also not large either. I just dropped about 10 pounds. (Fucking like teenagers and stress will do this as well as being a vegan.) So i went out and tried out the idea of wearing boys underwear and it works! I had to get hanes xl but it worked! Super comfy and only $11 bucks for a 5 pack! This is amazing!!! No thigh restrictions just confort! Woohoo!!

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