What are boxing shorts?
Boxer shorts (also known as loose boxers or as simply boxers) are a type of undergarment typically worn by men. The term has been used in English since 1944 for all-around-elastic shorts, so named after the shorts worn by boxers, for whom unhindered leg movement (“footwork”) is very important.
Why are boxing shorts so high?
As I mentioned above, one of the core reasons for boxers wearing their shorts high is to protect themselves from body blows by riding up the shorts. Although the shorts’ height technically does not determine which blows are legal, this trick can confuse the opponent and the referee. Not only will the opponent have difficulty finding areas, which are legal to punch, but the referee might also even declare a punch above the imaginary line illegal as that area of the body isn’t visible. Even if the referee makes the correct call, the crowd will surely start howling their eyes; it will be a foul.
One of the reasons for this is the discomfort that the bulk of the groin protector brings. The groin protector is worn pretty high and wearing your shorts lower than it would result in a restriction when it comes to your leg movements. Although this is a legitimate reason for wearing the shorts relatively high, some boxers exaggerate this to use the trick mentioned above.
Another important reason for wearing your shorts high is to boost mobility. Often, if baggy shorts are hanging too low, they restrict the legs’ movement, which is naturally undesirable for a boxer. Furthermore, using your shorts to cover your lower belly will add a layer of protection, which may prevent you from getting winded by any blows directed toward your belly.
The Advantages of Boxer Shorts
Boxer shorts are the comfortable undergarment choice for the fashionable man on the go. They are sold in a variety of colors, styles, sizes and materials to work with almost any outfit or style. Boxers loose fit around the legs lets in air to keep the testes cool, increasing a man’s fertility. A pair of boxers can also be worn to bed as comfortable and stylish sleepwear.
Boxer shorts are sold in a variety of prints and patterns to match any outfit. The fashionable male will take advantage of these options and match undergarments to a shirt, pants, or hat. Then they will expose the upper portion of the waistband of their boxers by wearing low-rise jeans to show off a matching color, print, or pattern. Boxers are made with patterns of everything from cartoon characters to motorcycles. Every man can find something to represent his favorite hobby or pastime.
Boxer shorts are made from many different materials. Most briefs are made of cotton or a cotton-Spandex blend. Boxer shorts can be made of cotton, silk, polyester satin, merino wool, and even woven hemp and bamboo fiber. This allows a man to choose the material that best suits his individual needs. In hotter climates, more breathable cotton blends may be the best choice. In a colder climate, the more insulating wool and flannel varieties are good options.
Boxer shorts with a front closure are more socially acceptable as sleepwear than briefs. Men tend to be more comfortable being seen in boxer shorts than in “tighty-whities.” Boxers have more fabric and provide more coverage in front and back. They also don’t cling to the body like briefs. This provides for a more modest silhouette that doesn’t show every last curve and detail. This day-to-night wear versatility means there is no need to change into pajamas and makes for less dirty laundry.