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January 31, 2022 5 min read

We all wear underwear. That is a fact. Most people think that undies are not as important as other pieces of clothing because they go underneath the rest of our garments – almost nobody sees them. So why bother – anything works, right? Well, dear ladies and sirs, you are wrong. Undergarments are essential for our wellbeing – they offer the protection for private areas, absorb the sweat, deliver the additional warmth, etc. Therefore, choosing the right underwear will provide comfort, help you save money, and improve the quality of life.

At first, you should know that underwear comes in different types, shapes, sizes, and colors. But the most important factor to take into consideration is fabric. Both women’s and men’s boxer shorts are made from many different materials, so it can be quite a challenge to find the best piece to keep your privates comfortable enough for an entire day. Luckily, we have prepared the ultimate underwear guide for you to pick the most comfortable, high-quality undies.

Significant number of fibers

It is not a secret that nowadays manufacturers use different fabrics to craft underwear. Usually, textile fibers are divided into two main groups – natural and man-made. The most popular natural fibers are wool, cotton, and silk, while the man-made ones include nylon, polyester, and spandex. With such a wide choice, it is easy to get lost in the world of boxers, briefs, panties, thongs, etc. What should I pick – natural or synthetic material? Which textile is the most comfortable? What about the sweating? All materials have different characteristics with advantages and disadvantages, but there are some major things that might help you to decide which one is the best.

✔️ Let your skin breathe

When thinking about the best underwear for women or men, you should consider the importance of breathability. We spend hours in our clothes, so it is essential to pick those garments, which help your skin breathe. This type of material lets moisture escape through the garment while keeping the cold and the wind from getting in. Breathing fabric will ensure comfort and dryness for your private areas all day long, whether you are working out or sitting in front of a computer. Most organic fibers (Merino wool, cotton, silk) tend to have this feature but synthetic materials do not, so if you want the biggest comfort, make sure to go for underwear, made from natural, breathable material.

✔️ Good moisture management

Boxer shorts, panties, or anything in between must be extremely absorbent, especially if you move a lot in your daily life and like to exercise: cycle, go for a run, work out at the gym. Warm and moist places are where bacteria like to grow. Therefore, your underclothes need to collect the sweat – then your skin will have less contact with it. Not only that, the material must have moisture-wicking properties and dry quickly, as nobody wants to walk around feeling wet and uncomfortable.

For pro athletes and active individuals, we always recommend to choose Merino wool, since it has all these beneficial features. At first, you might think cotton is a cheaper option, which is also very absorbent, but please note that this material does take a lot of time to dry and will not wick the sweat away from your body as quickly as 100% Merino.

✔️ Soft but durable underwear – yes, please

Softness is one of the most important things that we usually expect from our garments. Especially, for pieces of clothing which covers our body’s most intimate parts. When talking about softness, cotton often gets mentioned as one of the most popular alternative. But this is not the only option. Merino wool can also provide an extremely soft and gentle feel. You probably thought that wool is supposed to be harsh and itchy, right? Well, there are many different types of wool and the one that comes from Merino sheep has finer and more refined fibers that make it softer and smoother against your skin. Besides, it is known to be hypoallergenic and prevent itchiness, sensitivity, or rashes on the skin. Therefore, it is worth thinking about trying Merino underwear, especially if you have a more delicate skin.

Another important thing to remember while searching for the one and only underwear is that you do not want to buy new briefs every month. Undergarments should be durable and serve you a long time. If your boxer shorts wear out quickly, fade the color, or have issues with pilling, it is time to try new lingerie. Yes, durable good quality underwear might be a bit pricier, but it will serve you longer without changing its appearance. Wool fibers (as well as some synthetics) can bend over 20,000 times before they break, meaning that it will serve you more time than other fabrics, i.e., cotton, which can bend only 3,000 times.

✔️ Easy to care for

We live in busy times, which means that most of us do not have a lot of free time to wash each piece of clothing separately. For this reason, you should look for a material, which is easy to maintain. Merino wool, nylon, and spandex are wrinkle-resistant and can be washed by simply throwing them into a washing machine. On the other hand, we would not recommend underwear made from cotton, silk, modal, or spandex, because they tend to change their structure, shrink or stretch, and can even require to be dry cleaned or treated with other additional care.

✔️ Environmental impact

Another great reason to choose natural underwear is that it is better for the environment. Synthetic materials are mostly made using plastic and petroleum that are harmful to our planet. They are non-biodegradable, made using chemicals, and the process of manufacturing these fabrics increases pollution. Sometimes Polyester, Nylon, and other unnatural materials even may cause the skin irritations, or more commonly, a contact allergy to the chemical additives used to process the fabric. So, if you have a delicate and sensitive skin, you should use synthetics as rarely, as possible, especially for your private parts.

Comfort is everything

Of course, every feature leads us to the most important thing – comfort. Great pair of underwear can make our day better because then we have more time doing things we love, rather than worrying about itching, rubbing, or chafing. Your perfect boyshorts or boxer panties should provide support for privates, keep them comfortable throughout the day, while at the same time be stretchy and elastic.

Durable Merino wool underwear might be your perfect choice, as it is made from sustainable and naturally breathable material, which will keep your manhood dry, warm, and in place. Antibacterial Merino boxer briefs are soft to touch and have a list of beneficial properties: they neutralize odors, stretch comfortably, and are great at temperature regulation. As for menique production, our natural shorts also stop irritation and prevent allergies, as they are sewn with special flatlock seams. If you value quality and comfort, Merino wool clothing is worth trying.

At our menique shop, you will find the great array of women’s underwear, too. With no buttons or unnecessary fabric to bunch or rub, the underwear for woman fits under the leggings or other trousers without causing panty lines, while the non-slip waistband ensures it stays put. Featuring flatlock seams, the women’s thongs sit flat on your skin, so they will not pinch your intimate area. What is more, breathable, antimicrobial, and sweat-wicking fabric is a pretty safe choice where workout underwear is concerned.

Woman holding her hand on the merino wool boxer shorts

Finishing touches

At the end of the day, every person is different and we all like different styles, require different features for our underwear but the most important thing that unites all of us is the need for comfort. If you’re searching for comfortable underwear for running, hiking, or daily wear, make sure to check out our Merino wool underwear at menique.