There was a time when men’s underwear were for men and women’s underwear was for women. The two were designed differently and very few things were used in each design. Over the last few years, we have seen a big shift in the design of men’s underwear. Fabrics and designs that were considered feminine were now being used in the creation of underwear. Now the lines just seem to blur.

The fabric is the biggest change in men’s underwear. It was only cotton, nylon and spandex blends for the longest time. Every so often you would see a silk boxer or maybe bikini. Then we got brands using lace and satin to create men’s underwear. These were two fabrics for women’s lingerie, not masculine men’s underwear.

Brands such as MaleBasics and BodyAware lead the way in this revolution. They weren’t afraid to reimagine men’s underwear. Giving it a bit of a “softer” side. MaleBasics was the first I saw doing a men’s lingerie brand. They were inspired by the women’s world. I found it really interesting that they were doing something outside the box. This was in 2010ish. They were way ahead on the trend that I would say didn’t really come to the forefront till about 2012-2013

BodyAware is one that I think took the trend and ran with it. They have a mix of what you would call masculine and feminine. At first, I looked at them and through they would be a niche player but in the last few years, I hear more and more guys talk about how they love BodyAware. From experience, they make damn good underwear. It’s sexy and fun, exactly what men’s underwear should be.

Who are the guys embracing this underwear? It’s not along sexual orientation lines. It’s as diverse as our readers. It’s gay/straight/bi guys who make up the fans. Guys that want to feel sexy and really don’t give a fuck about what you think of their underwear. Plus I think the mixing of the masculine and feminine is pretty darn sexy. It’s the two things being mixed together that is awesome. But this is an area that you either love or hate. There isn’t many in between.

Underwear is about being who you are. You can wear what you want and no one has to know. If you want to sport a lace brief under a suit, DO IT! Or if you want to wear a bikini to class in cargo shorts, do it! Underwear is about expressing your personality. Wear what you want! If you love lace or satin, rock them with confidence!

The picture featured is the awesome Eminence Tanga from BodyAware.


Tim is the founder and editor of Underwear News Briefs. He has been an avid underwear fan since the age of 14! He founded UNB in 2008 and has continued to broaden his underwear love over the years


  1. I own a few pairs of thongs. I’ve tried lace underwear in the past but never found it very comfortable. Wear whatever you want!

  2. I definitely think the lines have been blurred. I think that is offers the best of both worlds for men and women. I have several the eminence tangas from bodyaware and they are pretty amazing !! Lightweight , soft to the touch and have a nice shine to them.

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