Men: Beyond the Tighty Whitey

The approach of spring brings with it a sense of optimism, blossoming flowers, a clean wardrobe sweep, and for many men, new underwear to last throughout the year. Many luxury designers are filling the void for fashion in this oft-ignored sector, offering exuberant bursts of color, eye-catching prints and thoughtful silhouettes for spring that skillfully balance classic masculinity with contemporary whimsy.

Comme des Garçons’ collection of boxer briefs, undershirts and socks sports the label’s trademark polka dots in large and small scales, and updated for spring in denim blue and heather grey. Black-and-white checks and sketchy boxes are equally classic yet playful additions to the print palette. The collection also offers a warm-weather update to long underwear in a boyish below-the-knee legging. Head over to Dover Street Market for more from CDG.

The Italians are known for their more adventurous approach to underwear, and D&G continues this tradition for spring with vibrant fruit hues, festive tropical prints and daring brief silhouettes. Polished bindings and gutsy waistband elastics temper the bold attributes, while trendy picnic ginghams provide a classic way to wear color.

The Alexander McQueen label is the latest player to get into the men’s underwear game. Conceived before the designer’s untimely death, the collection of briefs, boxers and silk pajamas features some of McQueen’s most definitive prints: skull and crossbones, Op Art static lines, and the Paris Catacombs of his final menswear collection. The prints illustrate the designer’s uncanny ability to turn the morbid and macabre into something hauntingly beautiful.

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