The only pattern a grown man should sport on his boxers is a stripe or a check, so if you're over the age of 21 and still wearing cartoon characters, team mascots, or hula girls, it's time for an upgrade. If you're not convinced, allow Mad Men's Don Draper (shown, right) to serve as inspiration.
One new company that's nailing that super clean aesthetic, and providing a great fit, is Moore Boxer Shorts, which are cut and sewn in a production facility in Millvale, Pennsylvania using USA-sourced thread and elastic and 100% cotton pinpoint oxford shirting from Japan; they feel like new, expensive sheets against your bare legs every time you wear them. The cut isn't too baggy (a huge no), and the waistband is structured, with excellent elasticity. And the integrity of the fabric ensures you won't feel your pants against your skin and your goods, which is ideal since, as my husband who has been wearing them for over a month put it, "You should know your boxers are there." You may be paying more than you have in the past, but you'll reach for them every time.
Founder Tim Moore was inspired to start up his own company the summer between his junior and senior years at the University of Pittsburgh when shopping for new boxers.
"I learned that even costlier pairs are often made with low-quality materials," he says. "Most are made in China, Indonesia or other countries with low-cost labor, and practically none are manufactured in the United States."
Tim's e-commerce site went live in April of this year and was the culmination of over a year of preparation and more than three years of groundwork, including the decision to pass on manufacturing due to high order minimums (expensive for him) and high markups for his customers.
"I decided that if I was going to build a sustainable business of making boxers in the United States, I would have to make them myself," he says. "With a loan from my dad, I bought the sewing machines that I needed, found a space in an industrial building shared with guys doing ornamental metalwork and restoring old motorcycles, taught myself how to use them by trial-and-error, which included putting a needle through my thumb, and ultimately learned how to make boxers shorts," he says.
Styles in pink and light blue are available for $25 each, and a 20% discount is applied to your first order upon registration. Check them out here.