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The ultimate boxer briefs fabric guide

The boxer brief is the gold standard in men’s underwear for a reason. They’re versatile, stylish, and offer plenty of coverage and support to keep you and your outerwear protected all day long. But with so many fabrics to choose from, you may struggle with a bit of decision paralysis. 

Choosing the fabric for your undies is one part personal preference, and one part preparing for the day you’re going to have. So before you start shopping, take a few minutes to get to know our collection. This handy guide will give you the jumping-off point you need to upgrade your bottom layer and rock your boxer briefs no matter what the day has in store for you. 

Cool Cotton

Designed for everyday wear, the Cool Cotton collection is a great choice if you’re on your feet all day at work. The fabric is designed to give you the soft feel of cotton, but with enhanced breathability and far superior moisture-wicking. That means you stay up to 3 times cooler, while your boxer briefs dry 5 times faster than standard cotton undies. The fabric also stretches right where you need it, so you can bend and move without worrying about wedgies. This underwear is the most versatile of our offering, so if you’re trying Tommy John for the first time, it’s a good stepping stone. 

Second Skin

When you’re looking for unbeatable softness, the Second Skin collection offers fabric that you’ll want to live in. Silky smooth and soft, this second skin underwear is the perfect choice for lounging around or keeping you comfortable under formal attire. We love the feel of silk as much as the next person, but the moment it gets wet it’s unbearable - and it can trap odors that won’t come out wash after wash. Second Skin is a micro modal fabric sourced from beachwood trees, and it can give you unbeatable luxury without suffocating your crotch. It doesn’t get softer than this, so if you plan to be comfortable all day, these should be your top choice when you’re getting ready in the morning. 


Our Air collection is about as close as you can get to going commando while still wearing underwear. The ultra-lightweight material lets you put it on and forget. These undies are perfect for a long day of traveling. Cleaning them is as easy as washing them in the sink and letting them hang dry for 4 hours, so you can save space in your luggage without running out of underwear choices. 

Go Anywhere

Our Go Anywhere boxer briefs are extra durable, and perfect for those days when you’re in it for the long haul. This versatile fabric is stretchier than our cool cotton and offers added anti-microbial and moisture-wicking capability. This fabric is comfortable enough for daily wear but can keep up with you when you’re expecting to be more active. The wrinkle-resistant material will prevent pulling and bunching whether you’re hiking the trails or strolling through the office. 

360 Sport

If you’re gearing up to hit the gym, our 360 Sport Boxer Briefs will be your new best friend. These sports underwear offer unbeatable coverage and support so you can jump, squat, and sprint without worrying about chafing and excess bouncing. The design incorporates mesh cooling zones that act as a personal AC on your private bits so you can work up a sweat without soaking through your undies. The stretch fabric is meant to perform under pressure without giving out or riding up, and the anti-microbial and anti-odor technology means you’ll spare your gym bag from the stench. Just make sure you pack an extra pair to change into after you hit the showers.

Cotton Basics

For the diehard cotton lovers out there, we offer our spin on classic cotton undies. These boxer briefs offer the fit and feel of cotton, with just a little bit of extra stretch for a comfortable wear and special features that prevent moisture build-up in the wrong places. These undies are anything but basic, and just like all our premium fabrics, they come with our Tommy John adjustment-free guarantee. That means no wedgies, no sagging, and no rolling waistband. 

Ready to dive in?

If you’re looking for the most comfortable underwear on the planet, you’ve come to the right place. At Tommy John, our philosophy puts function, form, and fabric first, and we’ve put love and care into creating premium men's underwear you love to wear. We’re so confident you’ll adore our underwear, it’s backed with our hassle-free guarantee: If you don’t love it the first time you try it, it’s on us.

And hey, while you’re shopping, you may want to check out some of our other styles. You can treasure those boxer briefs and still enjoy lounging in boxers or donning some trunks while you sport your shortest shorts.