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For most of us, our daily outfit starts with deciding what underwear to step into. Even naturists have to put kecks on for their nine to five.
If you're like me, there's a pecking order for your... ahem... pecker. If your favourite undies are in the wash, then you work your way down the line.
Inevitably there comes a time when you're left with the dregs, and you consider buying some new Bill Grundys.
Here are four of our ten commandments for buying new underwear:
Have a root through your drawers every now and again. If your undies have got more holes than a golf course, don't be holding on to them like a cherished relic. Clear out anything that you’d prefer not to be seen in. Keep an eye out for frayed stitching, loss of elasticity, faded colours, and thinning fabric.
Like any good quality clothing, your underwear should be made to last, so if you find that most of your unmentionables aren't seeing you through the year, then strongly consider shopping around for a brand that will.
You can check out our range of underwear for men here.
Why not recycle your old ones by keeping them as dust rags? Feel good about about reducing landfill and save yourself a few quid on cleaning products at the same time.
Make Sure They Fit
One item of clothing that us blokes don't take to the fitting room is underwear. We all have a good idea of what size waist we are, but a large in some brands will be an extra large in others, and vice versa.
Spend a couple of minutes reading up on the fabric of your preferred choice of underwear, then take the design and construction of the garment into consideration before deciding whether it's the right fit for your needs.
Think About Fabric
Cotton has to be the most common fabric on the market when it comes to underwear, and there's good reason for that... It's a natural material that is breathable and will absorb a degree of sweat without getting too sticky. It's a great all round choice for most when it comes to our everyday needs.
With that said, if your daily schedule involves a high degree of physical activity in warm conditions, I'd suggest going for something that takes cotton's natural assets to the next level. Maybe you're thinking of going for a run, or looking to partake in a post-lockdown gym session where things could get a little hot and heavy. In such instances, you can do better than cotton.
Compression shorts are a popular choice for their added level of flexibility and resilience to wear and tear when faced with excessive movements. They also have boxer brief style inseams to prevent your thighs from chaffing when they're producing sweat. The trade off here is that the active wear market is traditionally reliant on synthetic fabrics such as Polyester and Nylon, which are manufactured using petroleum byproducts that are environmentally toxic.
Another draw back is that they're not naturally breathable, making them prone to trapping sweat and odor molecules, which form a strong covalent bond with the petroleum and do not wash off readily. They're not hypoallergenic either, so if you're prone to sensitive skin, you might give people the wrong idea if you start itching downstairs.
Stick with non-synthetics. With today's advancements in scientific awareness and design technology, there are a number of natural alternatives on the market, including our very own Stretch Active Bamboo Boxer Briefs.
Cheap Multi Packs are Cheap for a Reason
With cheap underwear, it tends to be about quantity, not quality.
I started REVA AMORE shortly after training to lose almost 4 stone of excess body fat in the gym a couple of years back. As a result of the constant shift in weight and changes in my body definition, my wardrobe was like a revolving door and it was costing me a fortune.
Underwear was no different. Due to going through several wash cycles a week, and then being stretched to capacity and drenched in sweat on a weekly basis, those shelf stacked multi packs just couldn't cut it.
I was curious as to what differentiated cheap undies from premium quality drawers, other than the price tag. I naively figured that it was all just down to the branding, but that wasn't the case at all.
I found that cheaper underwear was generally made from inferior cotton, where the fibres are short and the thread is weak. Have you ever had underwear or socks that thin out in some areas to the point that they look like tights? Well this is why.
With good quality underwear, fabric and stitching is everything because you want it to last, and last well.
The yarn used for premium quality underwear should be tight and thin, as this provides the garment with an incredibly soft texture. Good underwear should have a consistent build with stitching to match, leaving no excess material.
Check out our signature launch range of Bamboo Boxer Briefs and Organic Cotton Trunks if you're looking to step up your game without breaking the bank, and enjoy 20% off with our selection of monthly subscription packages.
Part 2 Coming Soon.