A BRIEF/UNDERWEAR GLOSSARY
There are many variations on a theme that are not listed below.
This is the traditional men's underwear. It has a full rise, covering the body from
the waist to the top of the thigh, and has a working fly.
The traditional boxer is a full rise with a 3" inseam. It loosely covers the body
from the waist to just above mid thigh. It always has a working
The new boxer brief has the styling of the traditional biker pants,
but cut a little shorter and fits like a brief. It may have a front fly in the design of a brief fly.
Full Cut Boxer
This boxer has a fuller cut including wider leg
openings. Sometimes there is a U-shaped panel between the legs
to reduce binding and increase wearing comfort. Traditionally has a
This slimmer cut boxer has tapered legs to show off one's physique.
Side vents offer comfort and leg
freedom. It may or may not have a fly front.
This is a lower sitting brief. The waistband sits
approximately 2" below the waistline, just at or above the navel.
Other than that, it has all the styling of a traditional brief
including a working front fly.
With the new low cut
pants on the market, this style has become very popular. The
waistband rests on the hip approximately 3" below the waist. It
still has side fabric, and the legs are traditional brief legs (not
high cut). It may or may not have a front fly.
The men's bikini style is cut
lower than a low-rise brief. The top elastic sits approximately 4"
below the waistline - below the navel. It still provides full rear
coverage. The leg has a high cut design and the front never has a
This style is the lowest cut and least coverage of
the men's underwear styles (thong and jock strap excluded). It sits
approximately 4" below the waistline and has no side panels. The leg
openings go all the way up to the elastic waistband, which is a
"string" style band, connecting front and back panels. Full seat
coverage but without a working fly.
This style has an elastic waistband and a front
cup. The front cup panel is kept in place by a tape, which goes
through the legs and attaches in the center back on the waistband.
This is a style used in athletics for more support, or when minimal
coverage is desired.