It’s a Friday night– Quick– What’s your go to underwear? For some guys, the decision of choosing a pair of underwear for a night out is as hard as choosing the outfit itself. For others, it’s as simple as reaching into their underwear drawer and pulling out their little black brief.
For The Underwear Expert, the black brief is a must have item. Why? Because, well, how many times do you want to say orange is the new black; there are a lot less orange looks out there. Black and white, we’d say, are two colors presented in most collections that feature bold, basic designs. In other collections, black acts as the perfect accent to prints and is possibly the boldest contrast when paired with a lighter color.
When you think of the color black, especially in a nighttime scenario like the one we suggested, there is a certain level of sophistication to it, but, it is also associated with a slick, sexiness that just can’t surface when you drop trou to reveal the lemonade yellow brief that defined your summer.
Of course, everyone has their own black brief that suits them. It’s a color presented in many brief collections, but, by no means, are all the briefs the same. When you are bombarded by these briefs online or at a retailer, it may be a tad overwhelming. You are looking for simple, but, you don’t want to be boring. Maybe you have a hankering to be outrageous but not too over the top.
In order to make shopping for your personal little black brief easier, we’ve decided to break down ten black brief looks in the gallery below.
For more information about these brands: Gregg Homme, Malebasics, Andrew Christian, Mack Weldon, 4 Skins, Pump!, Pull-In, Alpha + Omega, Modus Vivendi, BodyAware
If you are looking for a simple black brief, we will recommend this one by Mack Weldon ($19.50). Mack Weldon underwear are a modal/cotton blend and great for jeans.
The Bold Surprise
The Almost Naked Andrew Christian Eclipse brief ($22.43) plays along the border of being a jock brief, but never crosses it. It's a black brief for men who like the element of surprise.
Low Rise, Low Cut
One way you will have to differentiate between briefs is by cut.One style is low rise. The Alpha + Omega Basic brief ($21.99) will have you showing a lot of leg. The brief also falls a little below your natural waistline.
The Wide Waistband
The quickest way to make a statement with your basic black brief is with a wide waistband. The Malebasics microfiber brief ($24) has a contrasting white waistband that definitely draws attention.
The easiest way to add a little flavor to a basic underwear is to add contrasting piping. The 4Skins Contrast brief ($27.95) is a perfect example of how a little contrast can make a pair of black briefs pop.
A Sporty Choice
For an active guy, a mesh sporty brief is ideal. The Touchdown Classic black brief ($28) encompasses those qualities for a breathable, comfortable experience when in the gym.
Some underwear come with interesting add ons that are a bit out of the norm, such as belts and pockets.The Modus Vivendi Zipper brief is one of its most recognizable. The addition of a zipper adds a bit of fetish and practicality to the brief. It also gives the brief an edgy feel.
It may seem like you are going against the whole concept of a black brief by choosing a print, but the trick is to allow black to be the main color of the brief and for any print to contrast the color. A fun example is this Zlip Fraisesiii brief ($39.99) by Pull-In Underwear.
When deciding on fabrics, you have your standard cottons, modals, and rayon blends. For guys a bit more adventurous, a see through mesh and fishnet fabric, like this brief from BodyAware ($20), can keep the simplicity of the brief but add a super sexy touch.
The black brief from Gregg Homme's Venom range ($36.95) is an excellent example of how a texturized underwear can take a basic underwear to new heights.
Photo Credit: Aydin Arjomand, Gregg Homme, Malebasics, Andrew Christian, Mack Weldon, 4 Skins, Pump!, Pull-In, Alpha + Omega, Modus Vivendi, BodyAware