Did you know you could be buying Underwear wrong! Well, not that you’re doing the transaction wrong but rather some habits you have maybe costing you money and leaving you with underwear that you may not like, oh let’s face it, undies you hate! 

We came up with five mistakes guys make when buying underwear. I’m guilty of these myself. If you’re in a hurry and not looking, you can do any number of these 

Getting the Wrong Sizing 

The first mistake and probably the biggest is not looking at the size chart and ordering the wrong size. If you buy all your undies from a brand you know and love, this is less of an issue. However, if you buy from overseas or a new brand, ALWAYS check the size guide. Not all brand have a medium as a 32-inch waist. I have seen some brand where a 32 is an XL! 

Make it a habit to check the size guide for all brand you wear. It will make sure that if you get an incorrect size, it will be on the website and not you! 

Fabric composition  

I have done this one. You see a pair that is super hot. It’s everything you want in a pair. The color, waistband, and cut. It’s like it fell from underwear heaven just for you. You quickly order it. But once it comes in the mail, you realize that its a fabric blend you don’t like. Such as polyester with not a lot of give in the fabric. 

You go back to the site and look and see that the fabric was listed and you didn’t pay attention because you wanted that pair. I have had several pairs of these over the years! 

Unknowingly buying Knockoffs

This is a more recent one. If you buy from a brand or well-known underwear retailers, this will be less of an issue. If you buy from sites that are a conglomeration of sellers, you could run into this problem. Most big brands have knock-offs on sites big and small. One named after a river in South America. 

These pairs are usually way under the cost of the brand’s website. The quality of the fabric and construction are way less. As the old saying goes “You get what you pay for.” If you find a pair of Andrew Christian for $3 online, buyer beware. If you buy from these sites, make sure you’re buying directly from the brand or a seller you know and trust. 

Not reading the care instructions

One thing that isn’t pointed out as much as it should be is care instructions. There are so many pairs out there that look amazing on the site but tell you to hand wash and air dry. A lot of guys don’t have the time to do this and stick them in the washing machine, only to have them degrade or be destroyed in the washing machine. 

A lot of stores have the care instructions at the very bottom or on another tab on the page. If you buy lace, silk, leather or similar fabric. Check the care instructions before you buy. 

Buying styles out of habit 

The last one is for those guys who have always worn boxer briefs. It’s not venturing out and trying something new. Or could be said the same for any style. It’s important to try something out of your comfort zone. One thing that I discovered I like a lot are the longer, athletic boxer briefs. When I work out the support is great as is the support. I never thought I would enjoy them. On the other end, I enjoy some thongs too. 

Try new things and don’t fall into just one style. Enjoy all that underwear has to give! 

These are our five mistakes, what mistakes do you guys see other guys, or yourself, making


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

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