One of the first things that pop into the minds of many people when they hear the word silk is “luxury.” Comfort is another.
Silk has the potential to combine comfort and luxury, including in men’s underwear. That’s certainly true of the best silk boxers, including our pick, the TexereSilk Men’s 100% Silk Boxers Country Club Cut .
We’ll also talk about silk vs. satin and other fabrics, what to look for when buying silk boxers, and how to wear them in a way in which you most enjoy their benefits.
We’ll also talk about silk vs. satin and other fabrics, what to look for when buying men’s silk boxers, and how to wear them in a way in which you most enjoy their benefits.
We think it’s an important topic given the recent popularity of silk boxers and given how important comfort “down there” is to men.
Let’s start with some buying considerations.
- Before you buy: 4 Things to consider when purchasing silk boxers
- 7 Best silk boxers for men 2018
- How to wear boxers and reap their benefits
- Silk boxers vs. Cotton boxers (and all the rest)
- Why we included these products on our list of best men’s silk boxers
Before You Buy: 4 Things to Consider When Purchasing Silk Boxers
Suggesting that you choose silk boxers that fit properly is more than a little obvious but still an important enough point to emphasize. Wearing boxers that are tight presents its own set of problems, while boxers that are too loose can bunch up, which is not only uncomfortable but also noticeable if you’re wearing tighter pants, such as form-fitting dress slacks.
The good news is, however, that silk boxers are less prone to “bunching” than those made from other fabrics. Many men prefer silk boxers that are a bit shorter than other types of boxers, such as boxer briefs, which quells the bunching issue even more.
Also keep in mind that the sizing for American and European brands may differ, which is particularly important if you’re making your purchase online.
Silk boxers come in a variety of colors and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a pair, or pairs, that match your favorite hue. You’ll also have plenty to choose from if you prefer patterns over solid colors.
Silk is one of the best fabrics, period. It’s wrinkle-resistant, repels odor, and more durable than you may think. It also costs more than other fabrics so beware of the price when you research the best silk underwear options for you.
Carefully read the instructions regarding the care of each brand of silk boxers. Silk is more delicate than cotton and, unlike cotton, you can’t just toss them in the wash with the rest of the laundry and call it good enough. Well, you can, and some silk boxers are machine washable, but make sure you follow the care instructions carefully. Proper care will help your boxers last a long time.
Next, let’s take a look at our picks for the best men’s silk boxers in 2018.
The 7 Best Silk Boxers For Men 2018
TexerSilk makes three cuts of silk boxers: the Country Club, the Executive Lounge, and the Board Room. You can’t go wrong with whatever cut you choose, but we’ll focus on the Country Club for this review.
The Country Club cut is considered “generous,” which means it’s not as fitted as, say, the Board Room cut. They’re roomier, which makes them a great choice to sleep in, and has material to spare around the legs and rear, which certainly enhances their comfort level.
The extra room in the legs makes the Country Club cut great for all-day use and, as mentioned, during your slumber, while the waistband fits comfortably and doesn’t slip down – which is always a good thing, at least for most of us.
But there’s more to like about this silk boxer, including that it has French seams to superior luxury and comfort, as well as a double fly with a discreet (hidden) single button closure that keeps everything where it needs to be, i.e., inside, not out in the open.
TexereSilk boxers come in a variety of colors. The company, meanwhile, promotes its eco-awareness and the fact that it works diligently to preserve native cultures and social cohesion.
The best way to take care of your TexereSilk boxers is to hand wash them. Silk fiber is strong, but it’s a natural fabric that’s easily ruined in a regular washing machine.
If you insist on tossing them in the washer, then use a delicate cycle in cold water and, if at all possible, place them in a laundry bag. Always – always – hang dry them.
Because of their roomier fit, the Country Club cut is perhaps more prone to bunching than some of the other silk boxers, but that’s not a huge deal unless you’re planning to wear them under a pair of short pants.
- Roomy fit
- Strong and durable
- Comfortable to sleep in
- Be careful of the sizing when purchasing them
TexereSilk and its product line have a strong reputation, one that’s upheld by their Country Club cut of silk boxers. You’ll like how they feel and look.
Anytime you see a product made with mulberry silk, whether it’s men’s boxers, bedwear, or bedding, you should take note and give it some serious consideration. Mulberry silk is said to be the highest quality silk available for purchase.
It’s also among the reasons why we include Fishers Finery’s 100% mulberry silk boxers on our list. Mulberry silk helps give these boxers a soft, luxurious feel, while also providing durability that’s more than enough to withstand the rigors of everyday living.
What makes mulberry silk rise above other types? One important reason is that silkworms are fed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves which, in turn, enables them to produce a superior brand of silk that’s considered more “refined” than other types.
Mulberry silk is uniform in color and texture, and made up of long fibers. Other types have less uniformity regarding color, texture, and comes in shorter strands. Mulberry silk also is odorless and hypoallergenic; the latter, in part, because of a protein found in it called sericin, which reduces the likelihood of an allergic reaction.
But back to Fishers Finery silk boxers, which have a lot going for them beyond being made from the mulberry silk. They have a roomy – but not overly loose – feel that’s relaxed and too constrictive. You can wear them as you sleep without worrying about whether they’ll tear as you stretch and move naturally during your slumber.
An elastic waistband also contributes to these boxers’ overall comfort, as does a crotch panel. There’s also a double-layered crossover button fly.
Like with other silk boxers, you need to take extra caution when caring for your Fishers Finery boxers. The best method is to hand wash them in cold water then let them hang dry.
- Made from high-quality silk
- Roomy, comfortable fit
- Come in a variety of sizes and colors
- Some reviewers say the elastic waistband becomes twisted easily
If you prefer a roomier feel, and the extra comfort it may provide, then check out the Fishers Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Boxers. They fit nicely and are made of high-quality mulberry silk.
The folks at Tony & Candice give you color options from which to choose with their combo pack, which includes three silk boxers of different colors. But they also give you a quality set of underwear that’s comfortable and lightweight.
Indeed, one of the first things you’ll notice about these silk boxers is how soft and smooth they feel when compared to many other silk boxers. A lightweight feel is always nice, too, and another reason to like these boxers.
Each pair comes with an elastic waistband that’s snug but not too snug and made to fit almost every body shape. Keep that in mind when sizing before your purchase because it will help reduce the odds of choosing a wrong size. They also come with a one-button fly.
While these boxers aren’t 100% silk, but rather a high-quality satin polyester fabric, they’re hardly of lesser quality. It’s probably a good idea to wash your T&C boxers before you wear them to get any “excess” color out, but it’s something you’ll only have to do once.
Tony & Candice has only been around since 2014, but has quickly made inroads with its various products for men and women – including sleepwear and accessories. They serve customers in 60 countries, primarily online.
- Lightweight, silky feel
- Comes in a pack of three boxers of different color
- Comfortable waistband
- Run a bit long for some men’s tastes
These boxers are a quality product from a growing company. They earn high marks for comfort, including their lightweight feel, and each three-pack provides you with color options.
Alexander Del Rossa specializes in men’s and women’s sleepwear so it stands to reason that their satin boxer shorts for men are great for bedtime. That’s not always the case with boxers, which can “ride” up your legs or constrict movement as you sleep.
Further comfort comes from the well-designed waistband of the Alexander Del Rossa boxers that provides an excellent fit which won’t pinch or slide on your waistline. They also come with a classic button fly that’s easy and convenient to use.
You have a variety of solid colors and prints to choose from with these boxers, as well as the peace of mind of knowing that the colors come from inactive, chemical-free dyes that won’t bleed or run when you wash them. Speaking of the latter, the Alexander Del Rossa boxers are easy to care for; you can machine wash them in cold water and dry them – carefully – on low dryer heat setting.
- Comfortable elastic waistband
- Colors won run or bleed during washing
- Easy-to-use, convenient one-button fly
- May shrink with washing so size them carefully
These boxers have a lot going for them – from comfort to nice styling to easy washability. They’re from a company that knows a thing or two about making comfortable sleepwear and undergarments.
Whether you’re on a tight budget, or simply don’t feel like spending an inordinate amount of your hard-earned money on underwear, then give CYZ’s Men’s Satin Boxers a serious look. They’re one of the most affordable pairs of luxury boxers anywhere.
OK, so they’re not made of pure silk. But satin is made from a variety of materials, including silk, and also nylon and polyester. In that sense, they’re not “natural,” but they provide a very similar feel and look of pure silk boxers.
One of the things we think you’ll like about these boxers is their full elastic covered waistband that provides a great fit.
Even if your boxers are a tad small, the waistband makes it possible for you to wear them without too much hassle.
Another nice feature about the CYZ 2-PK satin boxers is the two side pockets in case you need them for storage. Not that a lot of men store things in their boxers, but it’s still a cool feature, nonetheless. They also come with a functional, single-button fly.
- Comfortable waistband
- Two-pack comes with one solid and one patterned color boxer
- A bit stiff compared to pure silk boxers
The CYZ 2-PK Men’s Boxers are inexpensive, but inexpensive – in this case – doesn’t mean cheap. Instead, you’ll get a quality pair of boxers at a nice price.
If nothing else, silk boxers should feel good when you wear them. Sounds obvious, but not all silk boxers provide the kind of all-day comfort you deserve – which is one of the reasons we like the Intimo Men’s Classic Silk Boxers.
Intimo’s boxers feel good against the skin, are great for sleeping in, and have a comfortable waistband that helps provide an overall great fit. They also feature a traditional cut and are 100% silk (yet machine washable if you prefer).
Not that any of this comes a surprise; Intimo was founded in 1990 because, in part, the underwear choices for men were a bit lacking. They make not only higher-end underwear, but also pajamas, loungewear and more. Silk is an important fabric in the Intimo line but they also use newer fabrics such as syntech and micro-stretch.
Unlike many silk boxers, the Intimo brand includes a discreet two-button fly closure that helps make its boxers more like loungewear, although they’re great for everyday use.
The Intimo men’s silk boxers come in five colors, and are easy to care for because they’re machine washable. Of course, you can wash them by hand to play it safe.
- Luxury feel
- 100% silk
- Easy to care for
- Some customers say they’ve experienced problems with sizing
Intimo produces a long line of comfortable underwear and sleepwear and there men’s silk boxers are no exception. You’ll like how they feel, which is the bottom line when it comes to comfort.
Geoffrey Beene – born Samuel Albert Bozeman – studied to become a doctor before switching to fashion design in the 1940s. The world of fashion, including men’s fashion, has benefited from Beene’s change of plans ever since as he found the sweet spot that combined luxury and comfort.
From high-fashion women clothes to eyewear to, yes, men’s underwear, the Geoffrey Beene brand stands for high-quality, comfort, and excellent styling. The GB men’s silk boxer shorts are no exception and have a lot going for them.
For one, they’re made of 100% pure silk and provide plenty of comfort, as you’d expect from a top quality silk boxer. You can wear them under regular pants or long shorts without fretting about whether they’ll bunch up or not. They have a short inseam but a longer outseam that provides extra room in the front and back as you move around.
The elastic waistband is similarly comfortable and doesn’t pinch or slide like those you might find on other silk boxers. They also feature a single-button fly that’s easily released when nature calls, as well as side seam vents on the bottom hem for further comfort. They’re excellent for sleeping in and also for everyday use.
Geoffrey Beene’s silk boxers come in a variety of colors, including red (the featured color on Amazon). The recommended care is to hand-wash them and then laying them on a flat surface to dry.
Another thing worth mentioning about the GB brand is that 100% of its net profits go to philanthropic causes around the world. That’s no small amount considering that the company is a top-seller of men’s designer dress shirts and designer neckwear.
- 100% silk
- Little or no bunching of material
- Various color options
- May run a bit small
Geoffrey Beene is another brand you should check out when shopping for quality men’s silk boxers. They’re comfortable and suitable for wear under (longer) shorts as well as pants.
How to Wear Boxers And Reap Their Benefits
Like most men, you have your reasons for wearing boxers rather than other types of underwear. You might wear them because you like how they feel, or because you’ve worn them for many years and saw no reason to switch.
Or, maybe your partner prefers them. Some studies show that women prefer a little mystery when it comes to your man rig and regular briefs don’t leave enough to the imagination. Briefs also may look too casual and obvious.
But there are other reasons why you may choose boxers over briefs, as well as ways to wear them to maximize their potential. And, strange as it may sounds, boxers have plenty of potential.
1. Why some men are nuts about wearing boxers
Most of us can agree that boxers are looser around our, ahem, junk than briefs. So, it makes sense that boxers are better for our balls than other underwear, and there’s research to match it. For one, wearing boxers has a positive effect on sperm quality; tight, binding underwear can increase your testicular temperature which, in turn, leads to poorer sperm quality.
If your plans include becoming a father, wearing boxers – because of their sperm-friendly qualities – will help you get there. The key is reducing the heat around your testicles (so stay away from hot tubs and saunas while you’re active in the baby-making process). But you also need to give it some time, i.e., the production of sperm takes several weeks, so slapping on a pair of boxers for the first time on the night you want to get your wife or significant other pregnant won’t work.
2. Wearing boxers can hide some of those “flaws”
If you don’t have a lot of confidence in your body, or just don’t like the way it looks, boxers can help make things a bit less noticeable. Boxers are better than briefs for hiding a beer belly or a drooping old-man scrotum.
3. Boxers are ideal when you don’t need the support
Boxers aren’t the best choice of underwear for your daily gym workout but in most other cases where extra support isn’t needed, they’re perfectly fine. And we strongly recommend boxers over nothing at all. You guys who like to go “commando” risk offending someone and leaves you with no support around your man parts. Plus, there’s the whole idea about commando and cleanliness and, well, letting it all hang out isn’t such a great idea.
4. You can wear boxers that show off your personality
It’s easier to show off your creative side with boxers because boxers come in a multitude of colors, styles, etc. Rather than wear an ugly Christmas sweater, why not wear a pair of holiday-themed boxers instead? Or, wear a pair that has professional patterns that demonstrate your maturity, etc. Either way, you can – and should – have some fun with it.
5. Here are some tips for wearing boxers the right way
Before you slap on any old pair of boxers consider the following:
- The best time(s) to wear loose-bottomed boxers
Boxers generally have looser bottoms than briefs and boxer briefs. That helps to give them a more relaxed feel, which helps make them ideal for laid-back, lounge-around days. They pair well with relaxed-fit jeans and pants and longer shorts in a regular fit. By “longer” shorts, we mean shorts that are long enough to conceal the bottoms of your boxers.
- Wearing boxers with tight-fitting pants
No rule says you can’t wear traditional boxers with form-fitting pants but bunching can be a problem. Briefs and boxer briefs work well with slim fit jeans, khakis, and tailored dress pants because their more fitted style reduces bunching. Go for it if you want to wear regular boxers with tighter-fitting pants but check things out in a mirror before you go public.
- Don’t be sentimental when it’s time to toss out a favorite pair of boxers
You know how it is with a favorite pair of shoes that you’ve worn for a long time: they fit like the proverbial glove and are so comfortable that you may not even notice that you have them on. But you can also wear them beyond the point of no return when it’s obvious that it’s time for a new pair.
The same rule applies, at least in a roundabout way, with boxers. If you have a pair that’s ripped, graying, or even a bit nasty, toss them out without remorse. At the least, you should put on a fresh pair every day – c’mon fellas – and even wear more than one pair a day if you work out or are in any other situation in which you sweat profusely.
Silk Boxers vs. Cotton Boxers (And All The Rest)
There are plenty of reasons why some men choose silk boxers over boxers made from other fabrics – such as cotton. The latter is perhaps the most common underwear fabric and one that many men have worn their entire lives.
But, answering the question of whether silk boxers are better than cotton boxers, and vice-versa, isn’t so easy and often comes down to individual preference. Besides, there are other fabrics from which boxers and briefs are made, such as nylon, polyester, microfiber – you name it.
1. Silk – Modest but sexy
It’s hard to beat silk as a fabric choice, whether it’s for boxers, outer garments, handkerchiefs, and so on. But there are many benefits for choosing silk as your boxer material of choice. Here’s a look at some those benefits:
- Silk has a more “luxurious” feel to it, although luxury is in the eye of the beholder. But, it’s also hard to deny how comfortable it feels compared to other fabrics. It’s less constricting, if you buy the correct size, that is, and won’t give you that binding feeling.
- Silk is lightweight compared to other fabrics, which makes it ideal for hot summer days and nights, or for any season for that matter. Indeed, silk fabric does a good job of adapting to the temperature around it. So, if the temperature outside is frightful, silk can help keep your body well-insulated.
- Silk is, as referenced above, both modest and sexy. Silk boxers have a more modest look than crotch-grabbing briefs, but many women find them sexier because of the way the fabric hangs on a man’s body. It’s revealing in its own way, but not overtly like a pair of tightie whiteys.
- Silk fabric is thinner around the waistline which provides more belt freedom. The extra fabric on a bulkier waistline fabric is often a bit too constricting.
- Silk absorbs moisture while allowing moisture to evaporate, which reduces your chances of getting rashes or infections. While it may not be as effective as underwear made from moisture-wicking materials, it still helps keep you cool and dry when temperatures rise.
All that said, however, silk has some potential drawbacks for would-be buyers, including its cost. Silk boxers typically are more expensive than boxers and briefs made of other fabrics, while silk isn’t as easy to clean and maintain as cotton or other types of briefs. Also, silk doesn’t offer the same type of support as cotton and other materials so it’s not as suitable for active wear.
2. Cotton – The king of fabrics
Cotton earns the “king” label for how much it’s used in the manufacture of men’s underwear and hundreds of other garments. For a long time, cotton was just about the only fabric used for making underwear, but things have changed a lot over the past several decades.
Cotton obviously wouldn’t be so popular if it didn’t come with many benefits, including that it’s highly-breathable and hypoallergenic. Cotton also has a high moisture absorption rate, which means it doesn’t stay very dry when you sweat.
An advantage of cotton is that you can clean it with methods that would ruin your silk boxers because it’s heat-resistant and able to withstand detergent and bleach. But the downside is that cotton will shrink if not cared for properly.
Cotton provides ample support for your junk when exercising, at least when compared to silk, but can also lead to abrasion and irritation. Nylon underwear is considered the better option for working out.
Something else to keep in mind is that 100% pure cotton doesn’t have much stretch and may feel constrictive during certain activities. But boxers and briefs made from a cotton blend will provide a more comfortable stretch.
3. Other fabrics – nylon, rayon, synthetics
If you want an alternative to cotton briefs but aren’t as keen on silk, then you should check out nylon.
Nylon is a generic designation of a family of synthetic polymers. It’s strong stuff, which means products made from it are durable. Durability in underwear is a good thing. Nylon doesn’t lose much of its strength, even as it ages.
While cotton is great (and silk is fantastic) nylon has some advantages, including that its smooth texture is abrasion-resistant – which is why swimwear often consists of nylon – while it holds in the heat, a definite advantage during the winter. Nylon is also lightweight and dries quickly, thus making it ideal for many types of active wear.
Nylon underwear may not be as comfortable as cotton – that’s debatable – but it’s more than comfortable enough and is as smooth to the touch. Also, nylon doesn’t lose its shape and, as mentioned, is lightweight. It stays in place better than most other types of underwear and doesn’t ride up and bunch around the groin area, which is a relief. All you need to do is choose the right size and leave it at that.
Rayon underwear is a more recent trend than cotton and nylon, but it shares many of the same properties with cotton. It’s airy and absorbs moisture very well, is soft the skin and abrasion-resistant, and doesn’t stick to your manhood as you go about your day. It’s also shrink-resistant (rayon, not your manhood).
Finally, synthetic fabrics have gained popularity, not the least of which they’re designed to wick away sweat and other moisture. They’ll keep you dry and comfortable while reducing the risk of fungus or other not-so-pleasant bacteria-related ailments in your nether regions.
One of the downsides of synthetic fabric is that it’s often made with petroleum byproducts and, hence, not very environmentally conscious. If that’s important to you, then do some research on synthetic fabric manufacturers to find eco-friendly options.
Why We Included These Products On Our List of Best Men’s Silk Boxers
We discussed some things to be aware of when shopping for men’s silk boxers and many of the same rules apply to how we choose our 7 best silk boxers in 2018. But, above all, comfort is king, and a lot goes into why some boxers are more comfortable than others, i.e., they don’t bunch up, you can sleep in them without restriction, etc.
We looked for men’s silk boxers that didn’t have the issues above, as well as those with some durability. We understand that underwear doesn’t last forever, as much as some of us would like it to, but you shouldn’t have to replace yours every few months, either.
While style isn’t as important as comfort, it’s another factor to consider in choosing the best men’s silk boxers. Not that anyone is going to see your boxers – at least not in public – but, hey, there are those private moments with a loved one in which you don’t want to show off a shabby pair of drawers with overly-goofy patterns on them.
So, how about you? Do you have a pair of favorite silk boxers? Why do you like them? As always, we’d love to hear from you and welcome your comments and suggestions. Until next time.