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Men’s Underwear Types: The Ultimate Guide

If you’ve recently explored the men’s underwear section to find the ideal pair, you may have felt overwhelmed by the number of styles that are available to choose from. If so, you’re not alone. Today, there are more men’s underwear types than ever before – so many, in fact, that we created a comprehensive guide to help you understand each one.

This guide will describe each category and sub-category of men’s underwear, explaining the pros and cons of each style as well as what activities they were made for. We’ll even help you decide what bottoms to pair them with!

What’s the Best Underwear for Men?

With so many men’s underwear styles on the market, the art of how to choose underwear may have you scratching your head. Don’t panic – the best underwear for men is whatever best fits your own lifestyle.

Do you prioritize comfort or appearance? Breathability or snug fit? Do you prefer minimal coverage or total coverage? It’s okay if you don’t know the answers to these questions yet. As you explore this guide, pay attention to what speaks to you and what doesn’t, and you’ll have the perfect pair in no time.

10 Men’s Underwear Types

We’ve separated 10 types of men’s underwear into the following categories:

  1. Briefs
  2. Boxers
  3. Long Underwear
  4. Sports Underwear
  5. Cheeky Underwear

If you already know what category you’re interested in, feel free to skip right down. Happy hunting!

Briefs

While men’s briefs used to be dominated by the infamous “tighty whities,” today they are perhaps the most diverse category of men’s underwear, boasting several different styles and variations.

1. Boxer Briefs

Since their introduction in the 1990s, boxer briefs have quickly become supremely popular among men of all ages. While the fabric used in their design varies from brand to brand, they tend to include a comfy blend of cotton and spandex. They come in low-, mid- and high-rise lengths, each of which have their own ideal bottoms to match:

Low-rise brief:

Wear them with: Shorts, low-rise jeans, workout pants

Coverage level: Moderate-slight coverage, moderate-full thigh exposure

Best for: Everyday wear, working out

Mid-rise brief:

Wear them with: Jeans, dress pants, board shorts

Coverage level: Moderate coverage, some thigh exposure

Best for: Everyday wear

High-rise brief:

Wear them with: High-waisted pants

Coverage level: Full coverage

Best for: Everyday wear

Our Second Skin boxer briefs demonstrate the stylistic versatility of the boxer brief, available with both 6 and 8 inch inseams depending on your preferred fit.

2. Trunks

Trunks are essentially a cross between a brief and a boxer brief. They are very similar to boxer briefs in style, though they tend to be more square-cut and lack the heap of fabric that boxer briefs have. Trunks have been gaining increasing popularity over boxer briefs as a result of their comfort and versatility.

Our Cool Cotton Trunk boasts not only the stylishness of the square-cut design, but also supreme breathability to keep you cool and comfortable.

Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

Coverage level: Moderate coverage, some thigh exposure

Best for: Long days at a desk, warmer weather

3. Micro Brief

If you’re looking for a little extra exposure and flair, the micro brief might be for you. Also known as the male bikini or the European brief, the micro brief’s side seam is about an inch deep or less.

Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

Coverage level: Slight coverage, significant thigh exposure

Best for: Casual activities, warmer weather

4. Hipster (Square-Cut) Brief

The hipster brief, also known as the square-cut brief, is very similar in style to men’s trunks. It offers a modern, low-rise look and is great for men looking for something more stylish and sexy. Since it’s more high-riding, you may want to invest in a hipster brief made of a particularly comfortable material for daily use, such as our second skin.

Our 2-inch Square Cut brief demonstrates just how alluring and comfortable the hipster brief can be.

Wear them with: Shorts, casual wear

Coverage level: Slight coverage, moderate thigh exposure

Best for: Casual activities, warmer weather

Boxers

Boxers are one of the most classic styles of men’s underwear. As opposed to briefs, they tend to be made of a stiffer fabric and include a balloon seat, or a section of loose fabric at the back of the underwear that provides space for the wearer’s buttocks. While briefs stretch, boxers provide extra space with their balloon seat design. Boxers also often come with highly elastic waistbands.

5. Boxer Shorts

Boxer shorts are probably the first image that comes to your mind when you think of the word “boxers.” While they peaked in popularity back in the 1920s, they’ve made a comeback in recent years not only because of how affordable they often are, but also because of their breathability and relaxed fit.

That said, boxer shorts aren’t very snug, so you may want to pursue other options if you’re looking for something that offers more support.

Wear them with: Long pants (casual or dressy), longer shorts

Coverage level: Full coverage

Best for: Lounging, light activity

Long Underwear

Whether you live in a region prone to freezing temperatures or are just planning a trip to the mountains, you may want to invest in some long underwear. While most underwear styles are quite versatile, long underwear tends to be strictly used in cooler climates, offering extra warmth and coverage.

6. Long Johns

Commonly used by men who work outdoors in the cold, long johns are a classic for anyone who needs an extra thermal layer. This style of underwear has even been repurposed in recent years to serve as loungewear. Since it’s sold quite seasonally, you’ll want to grab yours as soon as the weather starts to cool down.

Wear them with: Warm long pants, ski pants, jeans

Coverage level: Full coverage

Best for: Cold weather, mountain sports, lounging

Sports Underwear

If you’re looking for something comfortable and supportive that’s great for running, working out and playing sports, you may want to invest in some sports underwear. As you’ll see, these styles vary drastically in appearance, but they were all designed with an active wearer in mind.

7. Hammock Pouch Briefs

Have you ever wondered if you should try the increasingly popular hammock pouch? If sport leggings provide too much coverage for your taste but you still want extra breathability and support, hammock pouch briefs are for you. With a style similar to boxer briefs, these sport briefs are designed for maximum comfort when exercising, preventing chafing, sticking or swinging as you move.

Wear them with: Sport shorts, sweatpants

Coverage level: Full coverage

Best for: Working out, playing sports, hiking, high-intensity activities

8. Jockstraps

Originally used for biking and other high-intensity sports to keep genitals cool, dry and tightly supported, the jockstrap has become a popular underwear type for activity and style alike. It’s similar in appearance to the tanga brief on the front and sides, but with total exposure in the back (aside from buttock straps) for maximum breathability.

Wear them with: Tight compression shorts

Coverage level: Minimal coverage, total buttock and thigh exposure

Best for: Biking, playing sports, high-intensity activities

Men’s Cheeky Underwear

While options for men’s cheeky underwear may be less commonly known than options for women’s panties and types of bras, there are certainly playful styles available for men to try out! If you’re exploring men’s sexy underwear options, consider the styles below.

9. G-Strings

G-strings or thongs are basically as close as you can get to going “commando” while still wearing underwear. They are designed with a thin piece of fabric that connects the front pouch to the back of the waistband up the middle of the buttocks. If you want maximum breathability, a G-string may be right for you!

Wear them with: Casual shorts and pants

Coverage level: Minimal coverage, total buttock and thigh exposure

Best for: Everyday wear

10. Cheeky Briefs

For a little extra “cheek” exposure, consider a pair of cheeky briefs. They’re designed like classic men’s briefs but with less fabric on the lower back side – a great halfway point between briefs and a G-string.

Wear them with: Casual shorts and pants

Coverage level: Minimal coverage, full thigh and some buttock exposure

Best for: Everyday wear

Best Material For Men’s Underwear

Men’s underwear comes in all types of fabrics, each of which offers its own benefits. We’ve reinvented common fabrics, designing underwear that’s as lightweight, breathable and versatile as possible to help men feel their very best at all times.

Cool Cotton

For a breathable, fast-drying material that’s perfect for everyday use, check out our Cool Cotton collection. Made with Pima Cotton, this fabric will keep you feeling 2-3x cooler than regular cotton on warm summer days.

Second Skin

As the name suggests, our Second Skin collection is designed to feel like it was made to be on your skin. It’s soft, smooth, and made from a non-pilling micro modal fabric. You also don’t have to worry about your underwear getting bunched up, as it’s designed to stay put throughout the day.

Air Collection

Take advantage of maximum breathability and comfort with our Air collection. Not only is it as light as underwear fabric can be, but it’s also fast-drying and anti-microbial. It’s just about as close a feeling to going commando as you can get!

360 Sport

For a material that won’t ride up as you work out yet still provides necessary support for movement, try on our 360 stretch fabric. In addition to offering mesh cooling zones, this collection prevents chafing and rubbing no matter how much you move. As important as it is to thoroughly wash your underwear, our anti-microbial technology will keep you from smelling while you finish your workout.

Men’s Underwear: FAQs

Hopefully, this guide has demonstrated that men’s underwear is pretty diverse in style. Having some questions after taking in all this information is to be expected. Let’s dive into some frequently asked questions so that you can slip into the best pair for you!

What are Men’s Underwear Cuts?

Men’s underwear cuts are another way of phrasing men’s underwear types. There are several different underwear cuts (as you can see above), the most popular being:

  1. Briefs
  2. Boxers
  3. Boxer briefs
  4. Trunks

How to Choose Men’s Underwear Size?

For the best fit possible, we recommend checking out our underwear size chart, which includes detailed steps for how to measure yourself.

What Is the Flap in Men’s Underwear For?

People frequently ask, “what is the hole in men’s underwear for? And what’s it called?” The hole in your boxers is technically called a fly, but it has also been given nicknames such as the “air hole” and the “pee hole.”

Essentially, the flap in men’s underwear provides men with extra crotch space, breathability and accessibility to use the restroom, eliminating the need to untuck and re-tuck a shirt.

How to Wear Men’s Underwear Properly?

How men wear their underwear largely depends on personal preference, but it also depends on the type of underwear worn. High-waisted briefs, for example, should be worn as the name indicates – high on your waist.

Chances are, you’ll want to avoid underwear that’s too small or tight, underwear that lacks good airflow and underwear that allows for too much contact, which could result in chafing. Ultimately, what’s most important is that you wear your underwear in whatever way feels most comfortable.

After learning so much about men’s underwear styles, you’re probably itching to find your next pair. Refresh yourself on our fabric guide and start exploring the best underwear for your lifestyle.

To help move your search along, remember to check out Tommy John’s wide variety of boxer briefs, trunks and square-cut briefs below.

9 Morning Breathing Exercises for Relaxation and Stress Management

Have you ever been told to take a deep breath after becoming visibly anxious around peers or loved ones? Chances are, you have.

As you likely already know, controlled breathing is an incredibly powerful tool that can help us relax and focus. It’s so powerful, in fact, that many cultures have developed morning breathing exercises to help remain present and calm throughout the day.

You don’t have to be a mindfulness expert to practice morning breathing exercises. Anyone can use these techniques to improve bodily and mental health.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to create your own breathing practice and provide some exercises to get you started. Let’s hop out of bed, stretch, and get our zen on.

What Is a Morning Breathing Practice?

A morning breathing practice is a routine completed before starting each day dedicated to practicing mindful breathing. What differentiates the breathing we do all the time from a mindful morning breathing practice is intention.

We naturally breathe passively, but we must practice mindful breathing actively.

Many breathing exercises fall under “pranayama,” a set of breathing exercises that are a core part of the traditional yoga practice. Pranayama is all about controlling the body’s life force and achieving a greater sense of awareness. The term is often simplified to the phrase “breath control.”

You can practice morning breathing exercises standing up, sitting down, or lying down — whichever position makes you feel the most centered and comfortable. Each session can last as long or as short as you like — you can even make it a one-minute ordeal!

Why Practice Morning Breathwork? 4 Breathing Exercise Benefits

If your goals for practicing mindful breathing aren’t the same as everyone else’s, that’s okay! There are a wide variety of ways to integrate the practice into your life and reap its mental and physical rewards. Let’s take a look at a few of these benefits.

1. Relieves Stress

In addition to their mental and emotional stress-reducing abilities, breathing exercises help you control your body’s physiological responses to stress. For example, breathwork has been tied to lower blood pressure and increased oxygen levels.

Not only do these exercises relieve stress while you’re practicing them, but they provide you with a sense of control over your body and your stress response throughout the day.

2. Induces Relaxation

By turning your focus to one simple activity — breathing — you’re giving your mind a break from all the stimuli usually racing through it. Much like we do when we lie down for some beauty sleep, we’re communicating to our bodies that we’re ready to rest.

3. Energizes Mind and Body

Breathing exercises aren’t all used for winding down and relaxing — many are great energizers! Of course, the type of energy they provide isn’t to be mistaken for anxious or hyperactive energy.

When done right, breathing exercises should wake up your brain and prepare your body for movement while still giving you a sense of peace and confidence. You’ll enter your day feeling clear-headed and ready to accomplish your goals.

4. Promotes Awareness

At the core of pranayama and all breathing exercises is a greater sense of awareness. Breathing exercises are often considered a form of meditation, as they help us center our attention on the present moment. No past regret, no future anxiety — just our existence in the present moment.

How To Get the Most Out of Your Morning Breathing Exercises

Before you dive right in and start practicing, there are a few best practices you should keep in mind to make sure you get as much out of the practice as possible.

  • Practice diaphragmatic breathing: Shallow chest breathing can contribute to higher anxiety levels — it’s the kind of breathing we do when we feel panicked. When practicing breathwork, focus on diaphragmatic breathing. You should feel your stomach rising and falling and will likely feel much more control over your breath.
  • Minimize distractions: A distraction-free space will allow you to focus on your breathing without getting sidetracked. After curating an ideal physical space for your practice, try keeping your eyes closed throughout it.
  • Be consistent: Set aside a specific time to practice your breathing exercises every morning. Sticking to a schedule will make it easier to follow through and reap the full benefits of your practice.
  • Compare how you feel before and after: It’s much easier to see how the practice is impacting you when you remember how you felt before starting and after you’ve completed a session. Consider using a journal to help keep track of this.
  • Be patient: It’s okay if you don’t immediately connect with the practice. It can take several days and even months before you recognize what it’s doing for you. Keep trying new breathing exercises until you find the ones that work for you.

3 Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

As we’ve established, breathing exercises can help regulate your body’s stress responses, releasing built-up tension. Whether you’re a student, a working professional, or a busy parent, try out the following breathing exercises that relieve stress before you start your day.

Belly Breathing

The belly breathing technique is a great way to practice diaphragmatic breathing, as it requires you to entirely focus on your diaphragm. It delivers the most oxygen to your lungs and helps relieve anxiety as well as symptoms of breathing illnesses (like asthma). You’ll find that many other breathing techniques model after belly breathing.

Follow these steps to learn how to belly breathe:

  1. Get into a comfortable position (preferably sitting or lying down).
  2. Rest 1 hand on your abdomen (right under your ribs) and the other on your chest.
  3. Inhale through your nose, pushing your belly out as you do so. Look down and make sure your chest is not moving.
  4. Purse your lips and slowly exhale, as if you were blowing out a candle. Once you exhale completely, use your hand on your belly to push out any remaining air.
  5. Repeat this process 3-10 times.

Three-Part Breath (Dirga Pranayama)

The three-part breathing method is a natural progression from belly breathing. The three “parts” of this exercise refer to the three parts of your abdomen that your breath enters: the lower belly, the lower chest, and the lower throat.

Regularly practicing this technique can help keep chronic stress under control and minimize the risk of panic attacks. Here’s how the three-part breath is done:

  1. Inhale through your nose, only expanding your belly to do so. Once again, keep your chest still.
  2. Exhale through your nose, using your abdomen muscles to push all of the air out of your lungs. Imagine your belly button touching your spine.
  3. Inhale through the nose again, expanding both your belly and your rib cage.
  4. Exhale through your nose, tightening your muscles to release all air from your rib cage and abdomen.
  5. Inhale through the nose once more, this time expanding your belly, your rib cage, and then your upper chest. You should feel your entire abdomen, from your belly to the base of your throat, expand with air.
  6. Exhale fully, until you’ve released all air from your body.
  7. Repeat the entire process 2-5 times.

Clearing Your Head

If you struggle with “tech neck” or tend to sleep on your neck wrong, this is the exercise for you. It’s great for both relieving neck tension and letting overwhelming thoughts go. This exercise begins with neck rolls — if you feel pain at any point during the exercise, pause and consider seeing a doctor.

Here’s how to perform the “clearing your head” breathing exercise:

  1. Rest your head in front of you, with your chin nearly touching your chest.
  2. Slowly move your head counterclockwise, or up and to the right. Inhale as you move your head, until your head is tilted back and you’re looking toward the ceiling or sky.
  3. Slowly return your head down and to the right (the same direction you came from), exhaling along the way. Release all air from your lungs by the time your head is back in front of you.
  4. Repeat the exercise, this time moving your head clockwise (up and to the left, then back again).
  5. Continue this exercise 3-5 times, or until you feel limber and calm.

3 Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Another popular reason to practice breathing exercises is to integrate them into a meditative practice or a relaxation ritual. Yoga instructors often guide their students through them to encourage a sense of inner peace.

While you may not feel the need to relax right after waking up, starting the day with these exercises will help you stay relaxed once you’re faced with the day’s responsibilities.

4-7-8 Breathing

4-7-8 breathing is another exercise that builds from belly breathing. This exercise is great practice for controlling the speed, force, and movement of your breath. As a result, it’s perfect for anxiety management and rest.

The following steps will help you get started with 4-7-8 breathing:

  1. Rest 1 hand on your abdomen (right under your ribs) and the other on your chest.
  2. Inhale slowly using your diaphragm, counting to 4 in your head as you do so. Aim to fill your lungs completely by the time you count to 4.
  3. Hold your breath as you mentally count to 7.
  4. Count to 8 in your head as you slowly exhale. Aim to control how much air you’re releasing so that your lungs are empty by the time you count to 8.
  5. Repeat several times, or until your mind and body feel relaxed.

Roll Breathing (Abdominal Breathing)

Roll breathing is another technique focused on paying careful attention to the rhythm of your breathing. After some practice, it should help you improve the strength and oxygen capacity of your lungs. This exercise will help you master deep breathing, a helpful technique for relaxation and anxiety relief.

To practice roll breathing, try the following:

  1. Place your right hand on your chest and your left on your belly. Pay attention to how they move throughout the exercise.
  2. Start by practicing belly breathing — only let your belly rise as you inhale through your nose, filling your lower lungs. Exhale through your mouth.
  3. Before continuing, be sure you feel comfortable with the motion in step 2. We recommend practicing this step at least 5-10 times.
  4. Inhale into your lower lungs again, raising your belly, but this time continue inhaling air into your chest. Notice your left hand rising then your right hand following.
  5. Slowly exhale through your mouth and make a whooshing sound, as if you were creating a small breeze. Imagine all the tension leaving your body with the whoosh.
  6. Practice this exercise for several minutes, until you feel confident you can do it without instructions. This is a great technique to have in your toolbox whenever you feel tense or anxious.

Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama)

Also known as square breathing or equal breathing, box breathing is known to balance your body’s energy and induce calmness. Check out our box breathing printable to help guide you through the practice as you get started, or reference the steps outlined below:

  1. Place 1 hand on your chest and the other on your belly. This time, you’ll only want to feel your belly rise.
  2. Inhale through your nose as you count to 4.
  3. Hold your breath for 4 seconds.
  4. Slowly exhale out your mouth for another 4 seconds.
  5. Repeat this exercise as many times as you need to feel calm.

3 Breathing Exercises for Energy

You may want to learn morning breathing exercises to wake up and start the day feeling energized. If you aren’t naturally a morning person but want to begin your day on a productive note, the following exercises were made for you.

Morning Breathing

As the name suggests, this exercise is designed to be done as soon as you hear the birds chirping at the rising sun. It relieves muscle tension, opens up your breathing passages, and gives you the energy you need for the busy day ahead. Unlike the other exercises we’ve seen, this one requires you to start from a standing position.

Introduce morning breathing into your routine with the help of the following steps:

  1. Stand with your knees slightly bent.
  2. Bend your body forward at the waist, letting your hands dangle to the floor.
  3. Inhale slowly as you return your body to a standing position. Your head should be the last part of your body to reach an upright position.
  4. Remain standing and hold your breath for 3-5 seconds.
  5. Exhale slowly as you bend forward again, returning your body to the lower position.
  6. Repeat this exercise until you feel loose and refreshed.

Ocean Breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama)

Up until this point, we’ve been focusing on the chest and belly. This next technique requires you to shift your focus to your throat. Ocean breathing is known to warm and energize the body. It also helps calm the nervous system and relieve any feelings of frustration.

To give ocean breathing a try, follow these steps:

  1. Practice breathing normally through your mouth for a few deep breaths.
  2. Breathe in through your mouth, filling your lungs.
  3. Slightly constrict your throat as you exhale. Notice the soft hissing sound you make as you do so. It should feel like you’re trying to fog up a window and sound similar to Darth Vader.
  4. Practice inhaling without constricting your throat then constricting as you exhale.
  5. Once you feel comfortable with the constricted exhale, try constricting your throat slightly as you inhale as well. This should make a sound that mimics the ocean — this is where the technique gets its name.
  6. Practice inhaling and exhaling like this through your mouth.
  7. Once you feel comfortable with this motion, begin breathing through your nose rather than your mouth, continuing to constrict your throat for both the inhale and exhale. You should still be making a similar ocean sound with your breathing.
  8. Continue practicing these steps until you feel energized and comfortable with the technique.

Skull Shining Breath (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Also known as the breath of fire, the skull shining breath is perhaps the most energizing breathing exercise you can do. It is traditionally practiced to purify the mind and improve lung capacity. We recommend sitting up with a straight spine for this exercise.

Here’s how to start practicing the skull shining breath:

  1. Rest 1 hand on your stomach.
  2. Take a deep breath through your nose, feeling your abdomen rise.
  3. Contract your belly on the exhale, pushing your breath out of your mouth in a short burst, as if you were blowing out a candle.
  4. Relax your abdomen and breathe normally.
  5. Repeat this exercise until you feel mentally and physically invigorated.

Morning breathing exercises are a great way to begin the day mindfully. Whether your goal is to relieve stress, kick back, or enhance your productivity, there are exercises for everyone.

If you’re ready to take your mindful breathing journey to the next level, grab some comfy pajamas and download our infographic on morning breathing exercises below.

Essential Loungewear for Self Care Days

Are you struggling mentally, physically, or even emotionally? It's completely normal! We're only human, after all. This is where a self-care day can make all the difference to your physical and mental health. In fact, there is even a Self Care day (June 24th) dedicated to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of yourself through a self care routine. Keep in mind, however, that self-care is essential year-round to make a genuine impact on your wellbeing.

According to medical experts, implementing self care ideas just once a week is an excellent start in the beginning — Self Care Sundays are particularly popular — but you should consider adding more practices to your daily ritual as you're more aware of how you feel and what you need. This includes facials, extra sleep, kicking back with a book, meditating, painting, and, more importantly — doing what you love while getting cozy in your favorite loungewear set after a long day.

What is the purpose of loungewear, and why should you invest in a set? Here is everything you need to know about essential loungewear for self-care days.

What is loungewear?

First and foremost, what is loungewear? Loungewear is casual clothing that not only makes you comfortable but is also appropriate for in and outside the home. From sweatpants or lounge pants to comfy shorts, it's a versatile look that keeps you comfy when relaxing at home while also being appropriate if you have to leave the house for a quick errand, much-needed brunch, or some ice cream to top off your self-care day.

It's a great alternative to jeans and dresses because it allows you to wear your clothes loosely with ultimate comfort while still looking trendy. On the other hand, sleepwear or pajamas — which offer the same fabric comfort level — wouldn't be appropriate for stepping outside to get some sun and meditate or do yoga. It can also hold you back from getting the day started.

Loungewear, however, is the perfect attire for a self-care day that requires a host of your favorite activities without the limitations of looking like you just got out of bed to start the day.

What are the essential loungewear pieces for at-home self-care?

Loungewear is far from just self-care attire, but it's essential for a day of finally putting you and your comfort first. After all, not every day is fit for formal wear. You can still look like you just walked out of a trendy catalog without squeezing into a tight dress or stepping into a glamorous pantsuit.

Jogger and tee set

A jogger's slim leg design combined with a synch just at your waistline and ankles allows you to pair these pants with a loose-fitting shirt to create a chic look. Take, for instance, the Women's Zee Waffle Tee and Women's Zen Waffle Jogger. The design is trendy, while the material has quick-dry fibers to keep you warm and prevent overheating, a cozy texture on the inside, and a crew neck that offers a more relaxed fit. It's perfect for a day in, doing only things that make you happy and increase your wellbeing.

Hoodie

Hoodies are perfect for winter days and those chilly spring and fall breezes. Even better, they can also be flattering despite the stigma of being too bulky that surrounds them. The key is to toss aside those men's hoodies and grab yourself a set of your own. Zen Waffle Hoodies are a popular choice because they're paired with side pockets and quick-dry fibers.

Crew Neck Sweatshirt

A great alternative to hoodies is a crew neck sweatshirt. If you're looking for something warm, form-fitting, and comfortable, this is the route you'll want to go for your at-home self-care routine. All the best ones are soft, tagless, and stretchy — bringing all the benefits of loungewear without sacrificing a cute style. What's more, it's a casual style that can complement most casual styles, from jeans and joggers to leggings and shorts.

Lounge Shorts

For those self-care days when the sun is out, and the heat has increased, jean shorts don't have to be your only option outside of sleepwear. Lounge shorts offer the same chic look with enhanced comfort and stretchy material that can accommodate anything from meditation and yoga to cuddling up on the couch to read your favorite book or magazine.

How about loungewear for an out-of-house spa day?

Are you considering a day out at the spa for self-care instead? We've got the essentials for that too. Loungewear comes in a variety of options, so you can mix and match your looks to fit the occasion.

Loungewear isn't just sweats, hoodies, and tees! You can be comfortable in an assortment of loungewear styles that can look like you spent the whole day getting ready without actually spending much time at all.

Here are the most popular loungewear pieces for an out-of-the-house spa day to inspire your next spa day look.

Lounge Romper

This summer staple has quickly become a hit for optimal movement and versatility when you want something stylish like a dress but appropriate for activities like biking, stretching, and of course — a spa day that requires easily getting in and out of your clothing for the appointment. A lounge romper, for instance, makes your spa-day outfit quick and easy to assemble, adjustable at the waist to encourage only the most comfortable fit, and has soft and smooth material to support more relaxation.

Lounge Jumpsuit

If you're looking for something similar to a romper for your spa day and just as easy to get on and off, the lounge jumpsuit is another great option for self-care days out. It has the same versatility, adjustable waistline, one-piece ensemble, and seamless flow. The most significant difference, however, is in the leg length, design, and jogger-style fit. Choosing between the two can be difficult, but it mainly depends on whether you're looking for a look with shorts or long in the legs. Both can be perfect in the summer since the material is breathable, making you look stylish while beating the summer heat by staying cooler despite rising temperatures.

Leggings

Leggings are always going to be a loungewear staple because they carry the benefits of highlighting your unique form, like a nice pair of jeans, without restricting your flexibility and comfort. There's a reason leggings alone are a billion-dollar industry in the U.S. Women everywhere are prioritizing their comfort when heading out of the house, especially if your destination is a spa. When you pair it with a Lounge Henley that's tagless for more comfort, you have the ultimate spa-day outfit for self-care.

Your bra matters!

Although you won't find bras when shopping for loungewear attire, they're an important piece to consider. A lacy bralette and pushup may complement your style for a night out. However, a self-care day requires lounging in a wireless triangle bra, cotton wireless bra, or scoop neck bralette for optimal comfort and support.

Can loungewear pass off as casual wear?

The good news is, yes, loungewear can pass off as casual wear. This is what makes it such an incredible addition to self-care days. Getting out of your pajamas in the morning is an important step to getting your days started. It's motivating, lifts your mood, and even makes you feel better if you're starting the day off rough.

The downside to getting out of your sleepwear, however, is slipping into something that's too tight or restricting — even if it's one of your best outfits. Some days, particularly self-care days, call for a more laid back attire that matches the plans you have set for the day

Enter: loungewear.

It's the most popular casual wear style among some of the biggest celebrities like Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Nelly Makdessy, Riham Ayman, and many more.

Beauty is NOT pain anymore

For decades, if not centuries, women have been subjected to the concept that "beauty is pain," and you just have to deal with it if you want to look trendy. However, times are changing and fashion is putting an end to it, highlighting a new concept: beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

Like Amy Carlson once said so inspirationally, "I like clothes that are easy to wear. I like to be comfortable and confident. When people have an inner sense of confidence, they're more beautiful."

For self-care day, in particular, this means a collection of everything from joggers and crew neck sweatshirts to lounge rompers and jumpsuits. Tommy John understands how important it is for you to take care of yourself in order to properly take care of others or succeed in your career. You also might be wondering, “What is athleisure?”. We’ve got you covered! Shop our latest Women's Loungewear & Pajamas collection to find your perfect attire for Self Care Sundays (and more!).

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What is the Purpose of Loungewear

Why Do People Wear Loungewear?

It is the end of yet another long day of work and you have finally arrived back at your home after fighting traffic to get there. You are tired and ready to unwind. Before you can do so, it is necessary to think about the clothing that you have on your body. If you don't focus at least a little of your attention on what you are wearing, then you are never going to get comfortable enough to truly unwind the way that you would like to. The attire that you put on for work just isn't going to cut it, and that is why you may reach for what is known as loungewear.

What Are The Upsides of Loungewear?

One of the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic was that most people spent a lot more time at home. While dealing with lockdowns and a general fear of the spread of disease, many people began to look inward and try to decide how they wanted to take care of themselves. This even included how they would like to dress in order to be as comfortable as possible. This sparked the explosion in the popularity of loungewear.

A few of the reasons why loungewear has skyrocketed in popularity include:

  • More brands are starting to produce their own versions of men’s loungewear and women’s loungewear
  • The clothing is relatively affordable on almost any budget
  • Though it is primarily targeted at women, men can also enjoy loungewear selections created just for them
  • Society is starting to accept the loungewear trend more and more
  • The work-from-home movement has fueled the demand for comfortable clothes

You have to admit that it is nice to know that there is always something in your closet that you can reach for that you know will keep you comfortable. As more and more people experience the work-from-home lifestyle, they will continue to push the demand for comfortable, casual clothes through the roof.

Can You Wear Loungewear In Public?

It would be a major embarrassment for many people if they were told that something that they had been wearing out in public was meant only to be worn at home. This might be the case with women's pajamas or lingerie, for example, but it appears that loungewear threads the needle between comfortable private and public clothing.

Something that customers really seem to like about loungewear is the fact that it is versatile in terms of when and where it can be worn, similar to athleisure wear. If you’re curious on what is athleisure wear, you can also read our related article to find out more. Loungewear in particular, hits that perfect balance between being just comfortable enough to be relaxing for wearing around the house, but also being fashionable enough to wear in public.

To be fair, loungewear is not something you would want to wear to an extremely formal event. It doesn't quite hold up enough for something like that, but it will do quite well in most other circumstances. Examples of places in public where loungewear is completely acceptable include:

  • Dog parks
  • Airports
  • Grocery stores
  • Libraries
  • Outdoor gatherings
  • Most restaurants

Society has moved on from the stuffy ways of years past and accepted that people are going to wear clothing that is comfortable for them the vast majority of the time, even in public.

Can You Wear Loungewear To Bed?

We take great pride in every piece of loungewear that we design here at Tommy John because we want it all to serve our customers in the ways that they need it to. One of the most important things that loungewear can do for its owner is provide them with something comfortable that they can wear to bed, and even consider as essential loungewear for self care days. In fact, one of the pieces of feedback that we often receive from customers is that they sincerely appreciate the fact that they can wear our loungewear to bed. They don't even have to change into pajamas or alternative sleepwear at the end of the day!

Loungewear is made from various materials, but they are all meant to be comfortable, flexible, and breathable. Here are some common soft fabric types that are found in popular loungewear:

  • Cotton - Many types of clothing are made from cotton because it is soft, breathable, and relatively inexpensive. Loungewear made from cotton can be sold at a price that is affordable for the customer, and that is a big deal when trying to get garments out to customers that they gain tangible benefits from. On top of this, cotton is easy to clean, so garments made from this may be cleaned time and time again without losing much of their luster and value.
  • Silk - Draping oneself in silk has long been the ideal way to end your day. It is soft to the touch and generally very lightweight. This is particularly desirable in the summer months when outdoor temperatures can get very high. It is always nice to know that your loungewear will keep you cool even in the midst of all of that.
  • Linen - Loungewear made from linen materials typically has a shine to it that other materials simply do not provide. Thus, it is the perfect material to use for loungewear that needs a specific design or pattern to it. Linen also dries faster than cotton and is more breathable in most cases. It is a wonderful material to use for women's loungewear that is meant to be worn to bed.

Is Loungewear The New Substitute For Pajamas?

Not necessarily!

Getting cozy in our pajama sets before snuggling into bed is a tale as old as time, and there’s no sign people are ready to completely retire their PJs in favor of bedtime loungewear anytime soon. There are some practical reasons why you’re best off saving your loungewear for the daytime and wearing your PJs to bed:

  • Keeping your loungewear fresh – Most loungewear you can wear to a yoga class in the morning and a happy hour in the afternoon. That said, putting on your favorite loungewear ensemble for the Sandman may wear out your ensemble for daytime activities. Sleeping in loungewear may lead to wrinkling and the ordinary wear and tear that attends those 6-8 you spend at rest. PJ’s on the other hand, are perfect for a good night’s sleep. Whether flannels, cotton briefs, or spandex, the material pajamas are made of are designed to be low-maintenance to accommodate any tossing and turning you’re doing at night.
  • Helping you stay at a perfect temperature – Whatever the season, and whatever climate you live in, pajamas are built for breathability. The looser fit of PJs allow for maximum comfort and more airflow as you snooze. Opting for PJs instead of sweaters and sweatshirts at bed time may mean you’ll stay cooler throughout the night—a recipe for higher-quality Zzs.
  • Good habit-forming – Developing a wind-down ritual is elemental for sleep hygiene. When we take our daytime loungewear to the bedroom, we send our brains mixed signals about what time of day it is, which can ultimately mess with our sleep cycles. Stocking up on a few dreamy pairs of PJs help us relax into our bedtime mindset and build supportive habits for our sleep hygiene.

Think of it this way: your choice of pajamas reflects the most essential, unguarded version of you. Loungewear, on the other hand, reflects the personality you’d like to convey to others. Where loungewear is extroverted, pajamas are introverted. Loungewear expects an audience, while pajamas keep things close to the vest.

Both outfits help you find your comfort zone, but only one of them (pajamas) keeps that zone a world of your own—and, in the end, both of them deserve a place in our dressers.

What Are Lounge Pants Used For?

One sub-category of loungewear is lounge pants, and they are more commonly targeted to men, though anyone can certainly wear them. Lounge pants are more specifically used for enjoying a comfortable day lounging around the house. They are not meant to be worn out into the broader world.

Lounge pants are perfect for weekends when you intend to stay home and perhaps catch up on some chores or maybe your favorite streaming television shows. Whatever the case may be, you know that you can rely on lounge pants to provide you with the comfort that you need for enjoying the time that you need to spend at home.

Perfect For The Work-From-Home Lifestyle

Some people like to joke that when you work from home you don't even have to wear pants! That may technically be true, but most people will still wear pants to keep themselves comfortable and to adhere to at least some social convictions. That said, they don't necessarily have to wear the stiff and uncomfortable pants that are typical of many office environments. Instead, they can wear lounge pants that keep them comfortable (and fully clothed!) while they are working away on their computers at home.

Tommy John Continues To Expand Its Loungewear Offerings

The loungewear market is continuing to expand at this time. Tommy John is aware of this trend and is working diligently to ensure that we produce the latest trends in fashion and comfort. The patterns, styles, and designs that we produce are highly praised by our customers, and we believe that they are the best in the industry. If you have been craving the ability to be comfortable both in your home and also in the outside world, we strongly encourage you to take a look at our offerings and see if there are pieces of loungewear that are right for you. We continue to work on creating the kind of pieces that our customers long for, and we would love to hear your feedback on what we have available now.

Sources:

Cleveland Clinic. What’s the Best Temperature for Sleep? https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-is-the-ideal-sleeping-temperature-for-my-bedroom/

6 Father’s Day Activities to Make His Day

As Father’s Day approaches, the inevitable hustle and bustle of planning commences. If your usual golf-themed “Happy Father’s Day” card is feeling below par this year (and you’re not sure if your dad even likes golf), mix it up with a personalized activity that speaks to his interests and conveys how much you appreciate him.

For that, we have you covered. In this guide, we’ll walk you through six father’s day activities and suitable apparel to gift your dad to make his special day one to remember.

1. Make it a Movie Day

Sometimes the most special days are the ones where the whole family gets the chance to simply relax and spend quality time together. Make this year’s Father’s Day into a mini staycation for Dad and spend a cozy day (or night in) with his favorite movies, board games, and snacks.

Pop some homemade popcorn and pick up some of his favorite movie candies for an easy, fun home theater experience.

For a few dad-approved movie celebrations, consider the following themes:

  • Star Wars – Grab a few Baby Yoda cupcakes, put on some loose clothing, and lose yourself in the epic original trilogy for seven hours of lightsaber battles, deep-voiced villains, and awe-inspiring Jedi.
  • James Bond – Elevate your night with a marathon of James Bond’s greatest feats. Dress in your classiest attire, pour Dad a vesper martini, and hunker in for action-packed duels and nail-biting escapes.
  • Comedy Night – If your dad would rather spend the night chuckling at ridiculous escapades, fill movie night with flicks starring Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, and Steve Carell. You can even bring a few whoopee cushions into the mix.

Once the credits roll, pull out some board games to get your family’s competitive spirit going. Keep it on theme or try a game that’ll get everyone working together, like Pictionary, Charades, or childhood favorites like Sorry or Go Fish.

Dad-Approved Gifts: Make your Dad’s movie night celebration a comfortable one with ultra-soft Lounge Joggers and a Lounge Hoodie. Can also be a great day gift for dads who love watching movies at any time!

2. Tap into Your Crafty Side

Looking for things to do for Father’s Day? Working on a craft or home project together is the perfect chance to bond with your dad and let him share a few skills in the process.

If the dad in your life already has a passion project, strap on your overalls, lace up your most comfortable boots, and get ready to spend the day bonding over shared stories and noisy tools.

For fresh crafting inspiration for Fathers Day activities, why not try:

  • Painting a birdhouse and mixing custom birdseed
  • Making a kite out of newspaper
  • Building model airplanes
  • Watercolor painting or sketching at one of Dad’s favorite spots

Dad-Approved Gifts: When it comes to manual labor, your dad’s clothing choices come down to safety and comfort. Have him unwrap the Luxe French Terry Paint and the Second Skin Long Sleeve Crew Neck Tee before heading out to the garage.

3. Spend Time in Nature

Come June, flowers are in full bloom, the sun is shining brightly, and outdoor spaces abound with active families. Get in on the fun this Father’s Day with a memorable outdoor adventure that prioritizes quality time above all else, such as:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • River rafting
  • Water skiing
  • Playing football at the park
  • Camping

With over 6,000 state parks across the country, you and your dad are bound to find somewhere beautiful to spend the day. Planning an overnight camping trip for Father’s Day weekend? Our packing list for the tent usually looks something like this:

  • S’mores fixings and a pack of Dad’s favorite local brews for a post-hike refresher
  • A pair of our SleekHeat Long Johns for chilly campsite nights
  • A deck of cards for fireside entertainment, complete with Dad jokes

Dad-Approved Gifts: Make sure Dad is properly outfitted for your expedition. Celebrate Dad and gift him breathable and stylish hoodies like the Luxe French Terry Hoodie. These are the perfect addition to cool summer nights. For the day, fit your dad in a pair of comfortable Luxe French Terry Shorts.

4. Volunteer Together

Share the love this Father’s Day with your community. Start the day with a delicious breakfast buffet, then head to a charity that speaks to your dad. Potential volunteer activities for you and your dad may include:

  • Serving lunch in a soup kitchen
  • Picking up litter
  • Walking dogs at an animal shelter
  • Running a toy or coat drive
  • Hosting a bake sale or car wash and donating the proceeds to a nonprofit

Dad-Approved Gifts: For a professional setting, have your dad pull up his sleeves in the Second Skin Long Sleeve Comfort Polo. Or, opt for the Second Skin Moroccan Tee for more relaxed work. Share tips on how to wear a polo so your dad is extra confident in his new outfit.

5. De-Stress and Decompress With a Spa Day

Sometimes, being a dad can be tough. In between school drop-offs and game day carpools, there’s little time to sit back and relax with a cold (perhaps, fruity?) drink. Give your dad a chance to slow down with an all-encompassing spa day that includes:

  • Cucumber facial
  • Clay face mask
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Nutritious smoothies
  • Scented candles

You can also opt for calming activities like a massage or a meditation practice. Getting in some light, low-impact exercise can also help your dad decompress.

Dad-Approved Gifts: Join Dad for a scenic walk or a long yoga session paired with a Zen Ribbed Sweatshirt & Jogger Pack.

6. Treat Dad to Breakfast in Bed

Fill your dad’s morning with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet in bed. After he hits the snooze button for the final time, gather your family to parade in an assortment of breakfast-in-bed treats like juicy sausages, homemade pancakes, fresh hash browns, and custom-made omelets.

Dad-Approved Gifts: He’ll love having a lazy morning wearing his new Second Skin Luxe Rib Tee & Pant Sleep Set, and enjoying plenty of family fun.

Make His Day This Father’s Day With Tommy John

Traverse this next Father’s Day in style with Father's Day celebration ideas and gift ideas that are sure to make him smile.

Whether your dad is all about crafts or ready to hit the trails, Tommy John has everything he’ll need to feel comfortable and stylish this Father’s Day. Visit our men’s collection today to score Dad the best in underwear, loungewear, and pajamas.

Treat Dad or any father figure in your life to something special at Tommy John.

Sources:

Attractions of America. 25 Best State Parks in the US. https://www.attractionsofamerica.com/travel/best-state-parks-united-states.php

Essential Hiking Gear For Men

As a guy, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your underwear. Sure, you have your preference when it comes to briefs, boxers, or that infamous hybrid, the boxer brief. But most mornings, you probably just grab whatever’s clean and handy.

But when you’re hiking, you shouldn’t be as easy going when it comes to covering up. There’s a reason they call it braving the elements: you and your underwear need to be ready to withstand the rugged terrain and inclement weather that are part and parcel of the great outdoors.

So whether you’re exploring the mountainous regions of the 100-Mile Wilderness or spending the day conducting outdoor research at the nearest forest preserve, here’s what every man should consider before choosing the best hiking underwear.

Choose the Right Fabric

When it comes to hiking underwear, men’s bodies require three things:

  • Breathability
  • Comfort
  • Support

If you want to cosplay as Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett, your hiking underwear should promote movement while still holding everything in place. But most of all, your men's underwear should keep you cool, dry and can hopefully withstand odor.

That means your standby cotton or wool drawers probably won’t cut it. Feel free to go all-natural when it comes to your power snacks and protein bars—but for your undies, opt for a synthetic fiber, like nylon, polyester, rayon, or a blended synthetic fabric.

Why? Because when you’re hiking, the right synthetic material is:

  • Breathable
  • Moisture (moisture-repellent & quick drying)
  • Durable

With our comfortable, lightweight Air Mesh fabric and innovative pouch to keep you secure, Tommy John’s Air Hammock boxer briefs offer premium support and breathability. Fast-drying, anti-microbial, and fitted with a quick-draw horizontal fly for when nature calls, they’re the best men’s underwear for hiking.

Choose the Right Underwear Style

As much consideration as you put into your hiking pants, hiking socks, or rain jackets, fabric is only the first thing you should consider when you’re choosing your hiking underwear. Next, you need to decide on a style. For most men, that means choosing between three usual suspects:

Whether you go with the freedom of a boxer short, the structure of briefs, or the middle ground of a boxer brief is up to you—the best men’s underwear for hiking is the pair you feel most comfortable in.

That said, each style comes with pros and cons that can influence your decision and your wilderness fun. Here’s what you should know.

Briefs

Basic briefs can be the perfect hiking underwear for men who prize maximum support and minimal coverage. They cradle your manhood without giving your thighs unnecessary coverage.

  • Pros – The support that comes with a well-fitting pair of briefs can help protect your tender regions from pain and injury caused by unexpected shifting and movement.
  • Cons – Briefs leave your thighs exposed, so if you’re prone to rubbing or chafing, it might be best to avoid them. Additionally, if you find briefs to be too constricting on a regular day, you’re not likely to enjoy the feeling anymore when you’re dodging woodland obstacles or trekking up steep inclines.

Looking for a pair of briefs to keep you cool and collected on your next hike? Tommy John’s Air Briefs combine our lightweight, Air Mesh fabric with the comfort and control you expect from your favorite briefs.

Boxers

If you’re a guy who needs a little more freedom below the waist, a good pair of boxer shorts might be the best men’s underwear for hiking.

  • Pros – Longer and looser than briefs, boxers can provide extra coverage for your thighs and upper legs. This can help prevent the chafing that can occur during long hikes. In cooler climates, this may also help you stay warm below the waist.
  • Cons – Although all that extra fabric can be nice, too much can result in extra sweating. Moreover, it can lead to bunching and shifting, making your shorts more of a nuisance than a benefit.

Boxer Briefs

On a hike, boxer briefs can be a man’s best friend. They’re the perfect cross between the support of a brief and the freedom of boxers without the negative qualities of either.

  • Pros – Boxer briefs give you the support of traditional briefs without the discomfort that can come from constricting gussets, inseams, and leg openings. They can also help keep your skin from rubbing together.
  • Cons – Although there isn’t as much extra material as boxers, what’s there can still contribute to extra moisture and irritation at the seam if your skin is sensitive to fabric textures.

Tommy John’s Air Boxer briefs with a hammock pouch combine breathability with support for a pair of underwear that you can take into the woods.

Tommy John: Your Hiking Companion

Whether you choose briefs, boxers, or boxer briefs, the best mens hiking underwear are ones that keep you comfortable, supported, and free from mid-hike chafing.

When you need a pair of underwear to keep you functional, cool, and dry, you need Tommy John. All of our men’s underwear offers the barely-there comfort and adjustment-free function that every man needs, no matter what adventure or hiking trip is coming his way.

Shop now!

Sources:

Walking the Parks. Best Mens Underwear for Hiking – No more Stink and Chafing! https://walkingtheparks.com/best-mens-underwear-for-hiking/

How to Wear a Polo Shirt: 5 Ways to Style

Polo shirts are a classic look for summer and a must-have staple of any man’s wardrobe. Lightweight and breathable, they’re a cool, warm-weather alternative to long sleeve button-downs. Plus, they’re casual enough for a cookout and can easily be dressed up for special occasions.

In fact, for such a simple garment, you might be surprised by how many ways there are to style a polo shirt.

Want to know how to wear a polo shirt no matter where your summer takes you? Keep reading for five ways to stay fresh.

What is a Polo Shirt?

To track the origins of the modern polo shirt, you have to go back to the 19th century. Back then, Polo-playing members of the British Navy wore shirts with unique collars that could be buttoned down so that they didn’t flap around during gameplay.

Nowadays, however, it takes more than a special collar for a shirt to classify as an authentic mens polo shirt. You know you’re looking at the real thing when it has:

  • A welted collar – These collars feature ribbed fabric and a smooth, finished edge. Polo collars can hold their position when you flip them up, which is ideal for shielding the backs of sun-sensitive necks.
  • Short sleeve with welted cuffs – Although the original polo featured a long sleeve, contemporary versions usually end near the middle of the upper arm. Like the collar, the sleeve cuffs are welted.
  • Welted bottom cuff – Welting is the name of the game when it comes to polos, so expect to see this technique used on the bottom hemline of your shirt as well. Additionally, some polos have a tail of a couple of inches, which helps keep the shirt in place if you decide to wear it tucked in.

That said, the criteria have loosened up over the years. Nowadays, you’re likely to find polo shirts with a breast pocket, with or without buttons, and in a range of materials, from cotton to knitted fabrics to silks and beyond.

Why Your Wardrobe Isn’t Complete Without a Polo Shirt

For men, there aren’t very many clothing items that are as perfect for spring and summer as the polo shirt. Polos combine the comfort and breathability of a t-shirt with just a hint of a button-down’s formality.

Admittedly, it’s the collar that is mostly responsible for elevating this simple look. There’s just something about a shirt with a collar that’s a little more dressed up than one without. That’s why polo shirts are just as popular at summer weddings and private yacht parties as they are at boozy beach Bacchanals—they’re the obvious choice if you want to achieve a clean-cut, polished look that won’t leave you overheated in the summer like a dress shirt.

Plus, polos are incredibly versatile shirts. No matter your vibe, polos are the perfect match for all of the other styles you rock all season, like:

  • Jeans (skinny jeans , denim jeans, etc.)
  • Chino trousers or shorts
  • Shorts
  • Sweatpants
  • Sandals
  • Tennis shoes
  • Loafers
  • Espadrilles

All of which is to say, if you don’t already own a polo shirt for men, you’ve got some shopping to do.

How to Style a Polo Shirt: 5 Ways

Now that you’ve added this essential piece of clothing to your wardrobe, it’s time to talk about how to wear a polo shirt. Yes, polos are simple shirts that look good pretty much on their own, especially if you go for one that has stripes, prints, or other design flairs. Wearing a polo outfit can be as simple as grab-and-go.

Here are five ways to style a polo shirt for men.

#1 The Laid Back Guy

Our first tip is for the guy who’s so laid back and loves his loungewear. If that’s you, we know you’re way too busy catching a vibe to think too deeply about what you're wearing. Wondering how to style a polo shirt for a look that’s as chill as you are?

Go with the Laid Back Guy look.

This classic, super casual look comes together with about as much fuss as you can muster—which is to say, the bare minimum. Simply start by pulling on your polo-of-choice. Then, go ahead and pair it with your favorite summer shorts. Depending on how casual you want to go, you can choose from:

  • Chino shorts – Wearing a polo with flat-front chino shorts is a timeless, streamlined look for summer. Khaki or navy blue shorts are the go-to choices, but colors like green, yellow, or salmon can keep you from looking like you just got out of school.
  • Denim shorts – Loose-fitting, light-wash denim jeans plus a polo shirt, especially in colors like pink, light blue, or greens, equals a quintessential laid-back look circa the early 2000s—and it’s a clever way to tap into current trends without looking like you meant to.

And when you have no other choice but to dress for dinner, just swap out your shorts for chino pants, a nice pair of jeans, or a suit pant for a more presentable but still laid-back look.

#2 The Nautical Guy

Ever since humans first learned how to build boats, people have been fascinated with sailing the open seas. But even if you’re not charting unknown waters, you can still capture some of that seafaring adventure by dressing the part.

Meet The Nautical Guy.

You know The Nautical Guy when you see him. No swashbuckling pirate in buckskins, he represents everything that’s classy about being on the water, like elegant sailboats and cabins below deck. His look is distinguished for its:

  • Nautical colors – When it comes to color, The Nautical Guy follows one simple rule: match the ocean. That means blue or white polos that match the sea, sky, and clouds, tucked into khaki shorts. A brown leather belt completes the look.
  • Boat shoes – Also known as deck shoes, this iconic footwear has long been a popular land shoe as well. That said, their slip-safe rubber soles, water-friendly canvas or rubber bodies, and decorative laces still evoke the essence of the sea.
  • Nautical accessories – From sailor caps and bucket hats to nautical-inspired jewelry or a sweater loosely tied over your shoulders, there are many easy add-ons to enhance your nautical look. Don’t be afraid to go for it.

#3 The Retro Guy

Although a polo shirt for men looks as fresh as ever in 2022, the look does have its place in history—making it the ideal summer shirt for the man who likes his fashion with an ample dose of nostalgia.

Enter: The Retro Guy, directly from the 1950s and 60s. When you pair your polo shirt with pleated trousers in a natural earth tone and a pair of loafers, you open a portal to the middle of the last century and unlock an ensemble that’s both timeless and unique.

You can really lean into this look by:

  • Opting for a slightly raised waist
  • Adding an extra-thin belt
  • Wearing your polo over an undershirt

#4 The Dapper Guy

If there’s one thing that The Dapper Guy knows, it’s how to style a polo shirt in a way that optimizes opulence but stays true to the shirt’s casual charm. From the office to the dinner party, The Dapper Guy is living proof that polos are versatile enough to play dress-up with clothes like:

  • Suits – Polos look smart with a dress pant or suit, no matter the occasion. If the event isn’t super fancy, you can liven up your look by choosing a brightly colored polo that pops. Need something more formal? A black or white polo with a dark suit will do the trick.
  • Blazers – Top your polo with a lightweight cotton or linen blazer and add a pair of chinos to emphasize the business casual or preppy angle.

You’ll sacrifice much of this look’s office-ready appeal if you slip on your beach thongs. To keep it nice, top it off with a good pair of loafers and maybe a watch. If you want to dress it down after work, you can trade your loafers for sneakers.

#5 The Half-Tucked Guy

You might not realize it, but a big part of styling a polo shirt for men comes down to the tuck. Going completely untucked is casual and low-key while tucking in your polo shirt projects a more conservative, dressed-up vibe—which is why your grandmother was always hassling you about tucking in your shirt.

The Half-Tucked Guy would drive your grandmother crazy—at first glance, anyway. Then he would probably help her with her crossword puzzle, come with her to BINGO night at the senior center, or do her yard work for her with that half-cocked smile like the mensch he truly is.

Instead of going all-in either way, he opts for the charming dishevelment of the half-tuck. You can be like Half-Tucked Guy by:

  • Tucking your shirt in only in the back
  • Or only in the front
  • Or by tucking just a bit of it in on the side.

The Perfect Polo for Every Guy

With so many options for how to style a polo shirt, you’ll want to wear yours for a long, long time. When you shop Tommy John, you can rest assured that your shirt will hold up through all those costume changes.

Every Tommy John’s men’s polo shirt is made from specialized fabric that feels great and won’t pill, shrink, or fade, ensuring that your polo is there for your look and after look—no matter how many times you change it up.

Polo shirts can be incorporated into any special occasion, holidays, Father’s Day Activities, and more! Find your new favorite polo today and save 20%.

Sources:

Mr. Draper. The Essential Guide to Men’s Polo Shirts. https://www.mrdraper.com/blog/article/the-essential-guide-to-men-s-polo-shirts

The Trend Spotter. How to Wear a Polo Shirt (Men’s Style Guide). https://www.thetrendspotter.net/how-to-wear-a-polo-shirt/

What Is Athleisure?

Athleisure wear is the fashion evolution of athletic wear and a modern remote working lifestyle, a combination of comfort, versatility, and professional look. How do you know the difference between athleisure wear, activewear and sportswear? It's all in the purpose and the versatility.

When shopping for clothes, we are also planning our lifestyle. The style and versatility of every outfit determine what you can do and how often you'll need to change clothes in a busy schedule. This forms the roots of the athleisure fashion trend. People today need clothing that can meet all your daily goals without a wardrobe change. Whether you're working from home, running errands, or fitting a few minutes of exercise between work calls, you need clothes that are stylish, business-casual, flexible, and reasonably breezy.

Athleisure clothing provides that stylish versatility for a modern lifestyle without daily wardrobe changes.

What Defines the Athleisure Style?

Athleisure apparel is best defined as workout-friendly clothes with a refined business-casual look. Athleisure clothing is the style of a remote executive lifestyle, someone who can exercise for ten minutes between meetings and appear sharp on their next webcam conference. Athleisure is designer tracksuits meets the Matrix of workout gear. You can leave the house in Athleisure or attend a meeting without looking like you dressed for a jog, and most athleisure items of clothing mix fashionably with either sportswear or business casual wardrobes.

Athleisure has become popular because the style is designed to fit the needs of the modern remote/hybrid professional.

The colors of athleisure apparel tend toward a darker palette with vivid splashes of color, similar to business casual ensembles. Athleisure favors a tight or tailored fit. The athleisure trend features flowing jackets and shirts to provide a breathable yet modest transition from exercising to indoor or meeting environments.

Executive Lifestyle Goes Remote with Athleisure Style

Before the pandemic, someone living the Executive Lifestyle could fit a quick workout and meditation session into their lunch break, hit the gym after work with their gym clothes, and organize their calendar before bed. Take that to the new remote professional landscape and the Executive Lifestyle is someone who can fit workouts, chores, family interactions, and personal relaxation into an at-home work week. This may involve conferences and meetings with phone calls and web cam appearances throughout a multi-goal day.

To avoid constantly changing clothes as you navigate your schedule, you need an outfit that is flatteringly professional—and can do everything else. You need an outfit you can catch a few jumping jacks or weight lifts in, cook a meal, appear sharp in video conferences, and run errands in. As travel and spaces reopen, the athleisure look has come with us as a practical and flattering alternative to more restrictive (and less breathable) clothing.

The Evolution of Athleisure: What is the Difference Between Athleisure and Activewear?

When you are shopping for practical, workout-friendly clothing, you'll see listings for both athleisure and activewear. What's the difference?

Sportswear is for Sports

These two styles are not the same in the fashion industry, but they do come from similar roots. It starts with the split between business clothes and sportswear. Sportswear is clothing designed to be worn outdoors with hard play and rough use. It is often made of mesh artificial fabrics that wick away moisture and dry quickly. Sportswear includes basketball shorts, muscle shirts and tank tops, and most types of yoga pants. Business clothes tend to be made of more delicate and pressed materials tailored to specific shapes and restrictive qualities.

Activewear: Loungewear + Sportswear = Comfy Sportswear

Activewear is defined as casual-wear, to be worn around the house, but is specifically workout friendly. Activewear is designed for sports and exercise, but combines casual loungewear features. The spectrum from pajamas to jogger sets lies in the range of activewear. Consider activewear to be sportswear that is comfortable to hang out or sleep in.

Activewear is the most popular clothing worn to the gym or - more often - changed into and out of at the gym. Activewear can be comfy indoors but is usually not considered appropriate to wear to work or restaurants that don't serve pancakes.

Athleisure: Business Casual + Sportswear = Flexible Businessware

Athleisure takes the idea of comfortable indoor sportswear to a new level by combining it with business-casual styles. Business casual favors darker colors and flattering modest cuts. There are certain lines and styles that look best at work and can be recreated using breathable, wrinkle-free synthetic materials. The continued development of high-quality athletic fabrics has made it possible to create seamless stretch pants that look like business-casual trousers and airy, breathable shirts that look sharp under a quickly donned blazer

Athleisure takes those sharp, clean lines and serious color palettes from business casual and makes them out of modern sportswear materials. Two layers of fabric can provide the structure and shape of traditional business clothes while also being flexible and breathable enough for a quick workout and other physical tasks. Athleisure pieces also tend to be stain resistant, dry quickly after a spill, and survive in the washing machine. You get the best of both worlds; business-casual and sportswear design.

Benefits of Athleisure

  • Versatile and stylish
  • No clothing changes during a diverse schedule
  • Resistant to stains and dry quickly
  • Soft and Comfortable
  • Form-fitting for efficient workouts
  • Favored by stars and executives
  • In your favorite work outfit colors
  • Blends and mixes with your existing work/workout wardrobes

Athleisure was designed with the needs of modern professionals in mind. Its benefits, therefore, reflect many pain-points we've had with traditional business casual and sportswear clothing in the past. Business clothing tends to be restrictive, stains are a disaster, and machine washing is not guaranteed. Sportswear tends to be too casual - or too revealing - to wear to work. Athleisure combines the best of both worlds.

Athleisure is stylish and cut to be flattering in the gym or office. The modern synthetic fabrics resist stains and are durably machine-washable. The outfits look like businesswear but are comfortable to sit, stand, and move in. The materials feel flexible and breathable, but wouldn't look out of place in an office, store, or restaurant. In fact, most athleisure styles are designed to add a modern flair to your wardrobe enhancing your look with sleek cuts and wrinkle-free fabrics.

Building a Wardrobe of Athleisure

When you're building a wardrobe with athleisure, the best thing is that it adds style while combining perfectly with your existing wardrobe. Whether you're dressing for work or the gym (or both), you can build an all-day outfit from athleisure items or combine athleisure with other pieces for a comfortable combination outfit.

Unlike activewear, athleisure looks good at the store, at the gym, or in a business meeting. Athleisure is made from performance fabric in modern styles. The smooth lines and sharp designs are intended to make you look and feel your best at every time of day.

Athleisure Shirts

  • Breathable
  • Flexible
  • Skin-Tight
  • Dark and formal colors

Athleisure Pants

  • Business-casual cut
  • Slim straight
  • Tapered
  • Jogger
  • Athletic, breathable material
  • 100% opaque
  • Smooth, matte texture

Athleisure Jackets

  • Breathable Engineered blazer

Athleisure Shoes

  • Understated black mesh
  • Loafer-sneakers
  • Dark canvas shoes
  • Flexible half-boots
  • Athletic fashion sandals
  • Designer sneakers

Can You Lounge in Athleisure?

Athleisure is designed to be comfortable at home. Unlike the business-casual clothing it appears to be, an athleisure outfit is flexible and breathable. You could kick back and take a nap in athleisure, but it's not quite as relaxed as activewear or loungewear which tend toward looser and less smooth-textured styles.

If you want to spend all day in bubble baths and pillow forts (a great weekend for anyone), then pull out your favorite sweatshirt or men's pajamas or women’s pajamas. But if you want an outfit you can exercise, video-chat with a client, and then catch a nap without a change of clothes, then athleisure is the perfect ensemble.

How Good is Athleisure for Workouts?

True to the name, athleisure is primarily designed for athletic activity - but with style and versatility in mind. An athleisure outfit is made from breathable, synthetic materials that form to the body and usually resist falling off in strenuous activity. Athleisure tends toward modest designs ranging from fully-covered to open and breathable.

Athleisure pants provide structure and shape, but move with you and don't go restrictive or transparent when you're trying a new yoga pose. Athleisure shirts are designed to look good while also helping you wick away moisture and heat - and to be relatively comfortable in air conditioning once you've cooled off. The right athleisure outfit can be worn to the gym and complete a workout without adjustment, then still look sharp on a video call 15 minutes later.

Athleisure for Video Conferences and Virtual Meetings

Video meetings have played a major role in the rise of athleisure as a widespread trend. Transitioning to remote work and web-cam based meetings meant suddenly everyone was thinking about how sharp they looked on camera. Juggling a busy at-home working life and looking good on camera is surprisingly hard to do, so you need a wardrobe that works with you.

Athleisure's popularity grew from its practical and stylish solution to the conferencing-from-home wardrobe challenge. How can you remain comfortable, presentable, and switch between tasks all day? The answer is modern athletic fabrics combined with colors and cuts from business casual design. Athleisure pants are comfortable to sit in and look stylish when you move around your office on camera. Athleisure tops stay in place and provide a crisp color on the webcam - even if you were exercising or cooking only a few moments previous.

Find Your Athleisure Style at Tommy John

Everyone has their own personal business casual style. Rebuild your wardrobe with women's loungewear or men's loungewear and athleisure pieces from Tommy John to rediscover comfort and versatility in the modern environment.  If you’re also wondering “what is the purpose of loungewear?”, we’ve got you covered! You'll be comfortable and in style with our essential loungewear for self care days or active days no matter what your hectic daily schedule may hold.

 

Sources:

https://medium.com/@blogmonob/athleisure-vs-activewear-bfd0d6d6570d

https://outsteppe.com/athleisure-vs-activewear/

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