You should know by now that a solid black pair of underwear is the new essential for your underwear drawer. Black pairs look good without even trying and make surprisingly sophisticated base layers. But not every black pair of underwear wants to be the most well-dressed undie in the room. The best thing about black underwear is that it’s slimming. But the second best thing about black underwear is that any color can be added to it for a little contrast.
Part two of Jerrad Matthew’s feature on black underwear isn’t so much about the underwear as it is about their waistbands. If you’re a man whose slowly been replacing his white basics with black, chances are those black pairs have a touch of color to brighten them up and give them a more everyday appearance. Wood and Mack Weldon are both underwear brand’s that keep the Average Joe in mind, but stop him from being too average. Their black briefs are the only ones modeled by Ajdin Sefer that have a true contrasting waistband.
Both Mack Weldon and Wood use the same waistband across all of their underwear designs. This means Mack Weldon’s True Black Brief still has that thin blue stripe along the elastic for a touch of warmth. But for Wood’s Black Hip Brief, this means something even better. Wood always stitches their name in gold on the waistband. And we hope we don’t have to tell you a black/gold contrast is always a winning look.
Of course, Wood and Mack Weldon aren’t hard-hitting enough for some guys. They make underwear basics for men who like a laidback, comfortable, reserved style. Bia Boro is not for those types of men. Bia Boro is known for the funky prints, but in this photoshoot, they end up being the darkest, edgiest pair. All it took was printing their logo in red on the waistband. Where gold makes black regal, red makes black sexy.
On the dressier side of Ajdin’s collection of black underwear are pairs from Alexander Cobb and Valwolff. These brand’s also bring in a little white to accent their black pairs, but in thin lines and unique lettering. Alexander Cobb has his wing details. Vanwolff has their edgy font, and the small accent on their pouch. These touches of white are bright enough to make these everyday pairs too, but ones suited for guys who like to dress with a darker edge.
How do you like your black underwear to look? Is black made to accent another color, or does black need no other color? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.
Photo Credit: Jerrad Matthew Exclusively for The Underwear Expert
Model: Ajdin Sefer
Products Supplied by Alexander Cobb, Baskit, Bia Boro, Mack Weldon, Vanwolff, Wood