5 Men’s Wardrobe Staples You Should Be Willing To Pay More For

Though we love a good bargain, there are a few clothing items that we believe all men should be willing to pay a bit more for. From a tailored suit to a quality pair of jeans, check out the 5 wardrobe staples we recommend men splurge on. 

Jeans

High-quality denim can last years or even decades if cared for properly. Since jeans don’t require frequent washing, a good quality pair is built to last. Another reason to splurge on jeans? Denim is not a particularly forgiving fabric, meaning that it’s obvious when it’s low quality. Invest in a more expensive pair of jeans and you won’t regret it. A classic dark wash, straight cut style is our recommendation.

A Tailored Suit

All men should own at least one nice suit. Whether you wear them to work regularly or not, there comes a time in every man’s life when a suit is necessary. When this time comes, you’ll want to wear one that fits you well, which is why going to the nearest H&M isn’t an option. Instead, we advise you to invest in a quality suit that is tailored to your exact specifications. After all, there is nothing less attractive than an ill-fitting suit.

Winter Coat

If you live somewhere with cold winters, then you’ll likely wear a winter coat on a daily basis for several months on end. As such, this is an item you should be willing to pay more for. Plus, winter coats are one fashion item that are as functional as they are pretty. Therefore, if you splurge a little, you’ll likely be getting a coat that will keep you warm rather than something thin or flimsy that doesn’t offer any real protection against the elements. As something you’ll wear for a good chunk of the year, we recommend choosing a timeless style and colour, such as a grey or black wool peacoat. 

Underwear

Given that underwear is something you wear on a daily basis, it’s surprising that few men invest in quality underwear. Sure, you can buy a 10-pack of briefs at a big box store for a nominal fee, but they’ll likely wear out in a matter of months. Whether they quickly develop holes, start to sag, or the fabric pills, the bottom line is they won’t last long. Quality men’s underwear on the other hand will not only be more durable but will look and feel great. Men’s underwear that is slightly more expensive (but still nowhere near breaking the bank) is typically made of thicker, softer fabric that offers far superior comfort and support than those of lesser quality.

Dress Shoes

A pair of men’s dress shoes will last you a very long time if cared for properly. While the cost of a new pair of leather Oxfords might seem like a lot of up front, when you consider how many inexpensive pairs you’d go through in the same amount of time, you’ll likely find that it’ll save you money in the long run. As this is an investment piece, we recommend choosing a classic colour that goes with everything, such as black or brown. 

The Best Men’s Underwear Styles For Every Body Type

Wondering which underwear style is best for your body? You might be surprised by the results. Keep reading to discover the best men’s underwear styles for every body type, from those with athletic builds to slim men. 

Briefs

Briefs are the ideal underwear style for those with muscular bodies, especially men with larger thighs. Typically boxer briefs or trunks don’t tend to work for men with bigger thighs because they’ll ride up. Briefs are also a great way to show off your body, which you may be particularly inclined to do if you’re muscular. Another body type briefs are perfect for is short men. Briefs allow you to show off more of your legs, making them appear longer. So if you’re looking to add a few extra inches to your physique, look no further than classic briefs.

Boxers

We’re going to work backwards for this one. Rather than telling you the body type best suited to boxers, we’re going to tell you which body type should avoid them: slim men. The looseness of boxers will only accentuate your thin body, and as such, we recommend a more snug-fitting pair of underwear like trunks or boxer briefs.

Further, if you have an athletic build but aren’t comfortable in briefs, then boxers are a great go-to. Unlike snug-fitting boxer briefs or trunks, a loose pair of boxers will be able to accommodate extra muscle in the thigh, without riding up. Boxers are also a great option for sleeping as they are extremely breathable. 

As the loosest fitting style of underwear on this list, a pair of cotton boxers makes a great addition to your underwear drawer, no matter your body type, as they’re extremely comfortable and will keep you cool in the evening. 

Boxer Briefs

Boxer briefs are the universal style that are compatible with pretty much any male body type, though they are particularly suited to taller men and men with larger posteriors. The higher waistband of many boxer brief styles is ideal for tall men who find other underwear styles too short or prone to slipping down. Boxer briefs are also well suited to men with large posteriors who find a classic pair of briefs doesn’t provide enough coverage in the rear. 

Trunks

The ideal body for trunks is slim men. A hybrid between a brief and a boxer brief, the high-thigh fit is best for thinner men, as men with larger thighs will likely find these ride up when they walk. Plus, because of how snug this underwear style fits, slimmer men won’t have to deal with extra fabric bunching up and making them appear thinner. 

6 Life Skills All Men Should Master

Having life skills is an important part of succeeding as an adult, and there are a few we feel all men should have once they’re grown up. From knowing how to cook a delicious meal to learning when to prioritize your mental health, check out 6 life skills all men should master. 

How To Fix a Drink

We all know how to pour a beer or a glass or wine, but knowing how to make a cocktail (even a basic one) is a surefire way to impress your guests. You don’t need to know every cocktail under the sun, but having a handle on one or two will definitely serve you well (think a Moscow Mule, a Martini, or an Old Fashioned). Plus, being able to fix a drink isn’t solely about following a recipe, it also speaks to your ability to play the role of host. 

How To Invest Your Money Wisely 

Knowing how to invest your money is another skill all men should master, especially if they want to get the most out of their savings. Do some research into financial management to ensure you’re making the smartest decisions for your wallet. You may consider hiring a financial planner to help you. Having a good handle on your finances and understanding the basics of investing will only serve to grow your savings in the long run. 

How To Properly Care For Your Underwear

This should go without saying, but unfortunately many men do not understand how to properly care for their underwear (or know when to throw it away). Ideally, men should purchase new underwear once a year and aim to have between 15 and 20 pairs in their underwear drawer at any given time. If underwear starts to sag, stretch, pill, or develop a hole, it should be tossed out. Further, when it comes to washing your undergarments, the most important consideration is the fabric. Cotton underwear can be washed and dried regularly, but those made of microfibre or delicate materials like lace or mesh should be washed in cold water and hung to dry. 

How To Cook A Delicious Meal

You don’t need to be Jamie Oliver in the kitchen, but knowing how to cook at least a few meals well is an important skill that will take you far in life. Not only will it ensure you don’t rely solely on takeout, but it is a skill that will surely impress your partner, friends, and family. If you don’t know where to begin, invest in a decent cookbook (or find an online blog you like) and experiment. You’ll only improve your cooking skills with practice. 

How To Prioritize Your Mental Health 

The final life skill all men should master is prioritizing your mental health. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and should be treated as such. Just as you  might go for a run or hit the gym a few times a week, you should incorporate positive mental health habits into your weekly routine. Whether it’s as simple as carving out some “me time” to read a book, take a bath, or watch television, or as involved as attending a therapy session, yoga class, or meditating. There are plenty of ways to de-stress and re-centre, just make sure you’re taking the time to engage in activities that bring you joy. 

 

How To Buy Men’s Underwear Online

Shopping for underwear online is no easy task. That is why we’ve put together a few tips on how to buy men’s underwear that will make your online shopping experience a breeze!

Consult the Sizing Chart

It’s no secret that in men’s and women’s fashion, universal sizing does not exist. As such, we recommend consulting the sizing chart of each new brand you’re considering buying from. You may even want to search the brand name and sizing to see what customers have said. Though we wish sizing was more straightforward, a pair of large boxer briefs from one brand may be the equivalent of a medium or even an extra-large at another. 

Confirm the Fabric Type

When shopping for men’s underwear online, don’t simply look at style or colour. Instead, take the time to scroll down and view the fabric type. Fabric can tell you a lot about what the underwear will feel like, which is especially important when you’re not there to feel it in person. Different fabrics have different textures, properties, and care instructions. For example, microfibre is moisture-wicking and fast-drying but should be hung to dry, while cotton is soft and breathable but non-wicking.  

Read the Reviews

Are the reviews positive or negative? And beyond that, what are the reviews saying? Are there several reviews all complaining about the same thing? Beyond simply looking at the rating, it’s important to read the reviews to figure out what people’s concerns are. If one of the most frequent comments is that the underwear isn’t true to size and fits smaller than other brands, this is an indicator to size up. When buying anything online, it’s a good idea to see what other people have said. (Though remember to take all reviews with a grain of salt as more often than not, people who leave reviews are doing so because they are angry or dissatisfied in some way.) 

Check the Return Policy 

Once you’ve found a pair of underwear you want to buy, there’s one last tip we suggest following. Before hitting the “Place Order” button, check the brand’s return policy. Return policies vary, but some companies will not offer returns on undergarments for hygienic reasons. It’s important to be aware of this before you place your order, especially if you’ve never ordered from this brand and are unsure of the sizing. However, there are lots of underwear brands that not only only accept returns but make the return process quick and simple. In our opinions, easy returns and free shipping, like those offered by Malebasics, are a must when it comes to online underwear shopping. 

6 Wardrobe Basics Every Man Should Have 

We’re here to inform you that there are a few wardrobe basics all men should have. From quality outwear to tailored jeans and a classic white button-up, the six essentials below are not only versatile but stylish. 

Trenchcoat

The first essential item every man should have in their closet? A quality piece of outerwear. Trenchcoats are effortlessly chic and suited to a wide variety of weather. They are also versatile. You can dress them up or down; wear it to work, wear it on a date, or wear it on a casual weekend running errands. When the weather gets too cold for a trenchcoat, we recommend switching to a wool peacoat, another versatile and stylish jacket that also happens to be timeless.

Dress Shoes 

Every man should have a nice pair of dress shoes. Why? Because even if the dress code at your office is casual, there is inevitably going to come a time in your life when dress shoes are required. From job interviews to social events, such as weddings or funerals, black or brown dress shoes are an essential piece of footwear. 

Tailored Jeans

Many people fail to realize the benefits of tailoring, even by the time they’re well into adulthood. Tailoring is the difference between an ill-fitting pair of jeans and a pair of jeans that fits perfectly. And as an adult, the latter is a must. Every man should have a pair of high-quality denim jeans for casual social occasions. For a classic, timeless look, find a pair of straight-leg jeans in a darker wash. Even if you think they fit well, we recommend taking them to a tailor and seeing what they suggest. Chances are they will be able to improve the fit, whether it be the length or width of the pants.

White Button-up Shirt

The white button-up is a classic for a reason – it looks great and it goes with everything. Wear it underneath a suit, with a pair of jeans, or even tucked into a pair of shorts in the summer. There’s no better way to look casually cool than with a simple white button-up. 

Watch 

The ultimate men’s accessory? A watch. Watches instantly make a man look more put-together. And don’t think you have to splurge on a watch to reap the style benefits. Even inexpensive or casual watches will elevate your look. Strap one on, roll up the sleeves of your button-up, put on your tailored jeans and you’ve got yourself a look no one will be able to resist. 

Boxer Briefs 

One last basic all men should have? Underwear. Specifically, boxer briefs. Boxer briefs are the perfect everyday underwear. They’re supportive, comfortable, and they come in all prints and fabrics, meaning you’ll be able to find ones that work for the gym, the boardroom, and the bedroom. Boxer briefs also come in a wide variety of lengths, so whether you’re looking for something that hits mid-thigh or upper thigh, you’ll be able to find it. Shop Malebasics men’s boxer briefs today. 

5 Must-Have Items For An At-Home Workout

At some point during the pandemic, most of us tried working out at home. For some of us, it was a reminder of just how much we missed our gyms and fitness studios, but for others, it may have converted you to a whole new way of working out. If you fall into the latter camp and you’re committed to working out at home for the foreseeable future, then there’s a few must-have items we recommend. To maximize your at-home workout regimen, consider investing in the 5 items below. 

Adjustable Bench

If you have the room for one in your home, then we highly recommend an adjustable exercise bench. Let’s face it – no one really wants to work out on the floor of their home. An exercise bench will not only make your home feel more like a gym but is extremely versatile. You can use it for ab exercises, tricep dips, cardio step-ups, and of course, all kinds of weightlifting exercises, such as chest presses or dumbbell rows. 

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are critical to strength training, which is why they are included in this list. A good set of dumbbells is a must-have piece of equipment, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Ideally, you’ll want several sets of dumbbells, each of different weights so that they’re conducive to a variety of exercises. (Remember, use lighter dumbbells for arm workouts and heavier ones for lower body exercises, such as squats.) Also, we recommend looking for vinyl-wrapped dumbbells, which offer more grip and are rust resistant. 

Kettlebells

Kettlebells offer impressive results – if you know how to use them. After dumbbells, kettlebells are the next piece of workout equipment we recommend. Heavier than your standard dumbbell, kettlebells are designed for lower body workouts, which makes them great for everything from squats and lunges to swings. Kettlebells are typically available anywhere from 5 pounds up to 50 pounds.

Resistance Bands

Another fantastic type of equipment for at-home workouts are resistance bands. Upon first glance, you might be wondering how these small, stretchy bands could possibly lead to an intense workout, but trust us when we say, they do. Resistance bands usually come in sets, with each band providing a different level of resistance. Bands can provide a full-body workout. Use them on your arms, glutes, legs, or shoulders. As an added bonus, they take up practically no space, making them easy to store even in small apartments or condos. 

Performance Underwear 

Finally, no workout is complete without a proper outfit. And the key to a proper outfit? Underwear. Even though you’re working out at home, it’s important to wear the right type of underwear. That means performance underwear made from moisture-wicking, fast-drying materials like microfibre. Breathability and comfort are vital to any quality pair of workout underwear. We also recommend longer boxers to minimize chafing. Malebasics’ Performance Titanium Athletic Boxer was designed specifically for athletes, with their needs in mind. 

5 Men’s Swimsuit Trends for 2021

Swim season has returned, and this time there are some new trends to be aware of. From the classic nautical print and the return of flower power to wild animal prints and coordinated sets for men, check out the top 5 men’s swimwear trends for 2021. 

Flower Power

Botanical prints have finally made the leap from womenswear to menswear, and that means a ton of flower-adorned men’s swim options this season. If you aren’t sure where to start or you don’t normally wear prints, look for florals that match your frame (i.e. a motif with larger flowers if you have a bigger build and a motif featuring smaller flowers if you’re leaner or smaller). Another option is to look for more muted floral prints. Even floral swimwear that is predominantly navy and white or all one colour will still make a statement. Our pick? These Wild Swim Trunks from Clever, also available in brief form.

Nautical-Inspired

Nothing says summer like nautical-inspired prints. Whether you’re hitting the beach or the pool, you’ll look effortlessly chic showing up in a navy, white, and/or red swimsuit embellished with flattering vertical stripes. (In case you forgot, nautical fashion hails from France, and there’s nothing better than French style.) Opt for a classic pair of swim trunks, like these retro-inspired JOR Tokio Swim Trunks, featuring white stitching and contrasting stripes along the hips.

Animal Print

Go wild this summer with a bold, animal-print swimsuit. Whether you’re more into cheetahs, giraffes, or zebras, we bet you can find a print to suit your style. Less into animal prints but love animals? Good news – these swimsuits are trending too. We’ve seen swim adorned with everything from sharks to leopards to zebras this season. For a more muted pattern, opt for something like this black and white leopard print Swim Bikini from Oceanico.

Matching Sets

One of this season’s biggest men’s resort wear trends? Coordinated sets. That’s right, matchy matchy is in – and there’s nothing we love better than a well-executed swim + outfit combo. For a beach-ready matching set, all you need is a pair of swim trunks or briefs that match your top. And the matchier the better. We’re not just talking about wearing a pair of black swim trunks with a black t-shirt. No, we recommend really going for it by finding a matching set featuring a bold motif. JOR has all kinds of matching sets, consisting of a microfibre swim top and matching swim bottoms. Our personal favorite is the Swim Shark Tank Top and Bikini duo. 

Beyond the Trunk 

This summer, it’s time to think beyond the trunk. While tailored men’s swim trunks (that hit above the mid-thigh or even higher) are pretty much always in season, we’ve noticed more non-trunk options for men. From bikinis and briefs to mini trunks and thongs, step out of your comfort zone this summer and try something you’ve never tried before. To ease into it, we recommend a mini trunk that offers full coverage in the back and hits you around your upper thigh. Want to dive right in (pun intended)? Strut your stuff in a thong, like the JOR Sunny Swim Thong, one of our most popular styles. 

The Sexiest Styles of Men’s Lace Underwear

If you have yet to take advantage of Malebasics’ exclusive line of men’s lace underwear – now is the time! Seriously, a pair of lace boxers will change your life. Soft, sexy, and supportive, there is nothing quite like slipping on a pair of lace boxers at the end of the day.

For a little inspiration, check out this list of the sexiest styles of men’s lace underwear.

Open Boxer

Boxers aren’t sexy? Think again! This men’s lace open boxer short is sure to change your perception of the ever-popular boxer. Say goodbye to flannel plaid and hello to sultry black lace. This style features the same snug-fitting cut you love in a boxer brief, but combines it with the sexiness usually reserved for thongs and g-strings. The lace offers a peek of what’s underneath, while still providing full coverage and support in the front and rear. To top it off, MOB Eroticwear’s Lace Open Boxer short features cut outs on the sides that will leave you feeling as seductive as ever.

Pouch Thong

For that barely there feeling, consider the pouch thong. This men’s thong style takes things to the next level. The soft lace fabric (available in red, black, white, hot pink, and turquoise) helps give them a sexy and romantic edge, while the triple string waistband offers a unique design you won’t find anywhere else. Another thing we love about MOB Eroticwear’s Pouch Thong? The fabric is so luxurious and stretchy, it won’t even feel like you’re wearing a thong. Seriously, they’re that comfortable!

Crossed Back Bikini

If this is your first foray into the world of sexy men’s underwear, we think the Crossed Back Bikini is the perfect place to start. This trendy style provides all the comfort of a men’s bikini, but with a literal and figurative twist in the form of the cross back. The transparent nature of the lace will already boost your confidence, but the peekaboo style on the back truly knocks this sexy style out of the park.

Mini Cheek

Think of the men’s lace Mini Cheek as a cross between a bikini and a boxer. If you’re after the support of a boxer with the fit of a bikini, then the mini cheek is for you. Plus, the mini cheek, with its slightly exposed rear, will make you feel sexy and confident all day long.

Jockstrap

A jockstrap should be part of every man’s wardrobe, but here’s why we love the lace men’s jockstrap in particular. Lace jockstraps are an ultra sexy version of the traditional style. They conform to your body shape, enhance and protect your manhood, and leave your rear fully exposed. However, unlike a thong, the lace jockstrap frames your buttocks and even lifts it up slightly, making it look better than ever. Finally, the soft as silk lace fabric fits smoothly under any types of bottoms, making it suitable for everyday wear, as well as the bedroom.

3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Long Johns

Winter is on the horizon, which means it’s time to stock up on thermal underwear! Thermal underwear, like Malebasics’ Men’s Winter Performance Microfiber Long John, is a must for the colder months. In fact, studies have shown that wearing thermal underwear (and thus adequately protecting your body from cold temperatures) can actually benefit your health, making you less prone to joint pain and arthritis.

So beyond the unparalleled comfort that long johns provide, it turns out they can actually keep you healthy! Whether this season is the first time you’ll be buying a pair of long johns or not, we’ve put together a useful buying guide that will help you make your purchase.

Check out what to consider when purchasing long johns.

  1. The Fabric

The first factor to consider when buying a pair of long johns is the fabric. Fabric encompasses both weight and material.

The ideal weight of the fabric depends on the winter conditions that exist where you live. For example, lightweight fabrics will work for areas with mild to cool winters, but won’t be enough for extremely cold, even frigid winter temperatures. Make sure to note how heavy the fabric feels when trying them on.

The second consideration is material. The key to a great pair of long johns is for them to be soft and luxurious to the touch, but also resilient. Further, you want to make sure you choose a material that holds its shape, versus gets looser with wear. In our opinion, the best type of fabric for a pair of long johns is microfiber. Long johns made out of synthetic materials, such as polyester, nylon, or spandex, are the best at retaining heat while simultaneously wicking moisture, leaving you dry yet warm. These are also the least likely material to lose their shape. 

  1. The Purpose

When buying a pair of long johns, it’s important to consider what their primary function will be. For example, do you plan on wearing thermal underwear on a daily basis to simply add an extra layer of warmth? Are you wearing them to engage in physical activity in the winter? Or are you visiting somewhere extremely cold and need them to retain body heat for a short time?

Make sure you know the purpose of your long johns before you buy. This will help you pick out the pair that is right for you. Depending on the function, you might prioritize stretch over warmth, or bacteria resistance over moisture wicking properties. As noted about, microfiber is ideal if moisture wicking and flexibility are your priorities. Wool also offers warmth and a limited degree of stretch, whereas cotton has very little stretch and retains moisture.

  1. The Style

Contrary to popular belief, thermal underwear can still be extremely stylish – and Malebasics proves that! Malebasics’ line of sleek, masculine long johns elevates the style to a whole other level. Their collection includes plenty of microfiber options with trendy features like plush waistbands, chic stitching, enhancing front pouches, snug fits, and bold colours. Shop our collection of long johns from Malebasics, Unico, Clever, ErgoWear, and Joe Snyder today.

Why Every Man Should Own A Thong

Thongs have entered the mainstream of men’s underwear in recent years, to the point that the style is nearly as common as boxers or briefs. Whether thongs become part of your weekly repertoire or are only worn on special occasions or with certain outfits, there are plenty of reasons for men to rock this sexy look. And of course, there’s no brand that does men’s thong betters than Joe Snyder. Sexy and sleek, Joe Snyder Underwear are known around the world for their fashion-forward designs, made to act as both swimwear and underwear. The leading brand for sexy men’s underwear, Joe Snyder is the go-to online retailer for thongs. If you have yet to jump on the thong train, continue reading for a breakdown of why every man should own a thong, as well as a special spotlight on the bestselling Joe Snyder Bulge Thong.

Why every man should own a thong:

  1. Sexy & confident feeling

First and foremost, wearing a thong is an instant confidence booster. No matter your gender, slipping on a pair of underwear with a sexy and seductive exposed rear will give you a renewed sense of empowerment. A thong will put a spring in your step throughout the entire day, and can act as a major turn on in the bedroom. Joe Snyder’s Bulge Thong was designed to do just this, which is why the subtle design features an enhancing front pouch. If you’re looking to turn heads, this style is the pair for you. The sculpted front pouch ensures everything is held in place and looks better than ever before, while the open back exposes your best assets, leaving you feeling fresh and free. 

  1. No visible underwear lines

The minimal design of thongs means not having to worry about any pesky underwear lines. Thongs are therefore ideal when you’re at the gym and wearing tighter, performance bottoms. Alternatively, with the increasingly slim cut men’s suits in vogue today, wearing a thong to the office might be just the thing you need in order to ensure no bunching up beneath your trousers. 

  1. Prevents chafing

It’s as simple as this: when there’s no bulky cotton underwear going down your thigh, there’s no chafing. Thongs, due to their minimal fabric, eliminate the discomfort caused by the build up of sweat and moisture in this sensitive area. In addition, certain thongs, such as the Joe Snyder Bulge Thong, are made with moisture-wicking material. This Joe Snyder style is made out of a luxurious blend of polyester and elastane. The result is a quick drying and breathable pair of men’s underwear that actually promotes airflow in this area rather than blocking it.

  1. Comfort

There is a common misconception that thongs are uncomfortable. This is simply incorrect – as long as you’re wearing the right thong in the right size. Many men love wearing thongs because they find them the most comfortable style of underwear available. Other types of underwear, such as boxers, are prone to riding up, moving around, and giving you the dreaded wedgie. Thongs, on the other hand, are designed to stay in place no matter what activity you’re doing. If they’re made with the right fabric and a soft waistband, like all Joe Snyder products, there is nothing more comfortable and supportive than a thong.