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Let’s face it; most guys are putting that much thought into their choice of underwear. And while we’d like to think that your underwear shouldn’t matter, that’s just not the case. For guys that want to make a good impression, it’s worth taking the time and putting some thought into the underwear you pick out. Even Cosmopolitan agrees, “It’s the biggest new trend right now because men now see underwear as more of a style statement,” says Michael Kleinmann, expert in men’s fashion.

Not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it. Just look to these few factors and you’ll find the right pair in no time.

Skin Tone

One of the first considerations when picking a pair is your skin tone. Wearing briefs that closely match your skin tone is a practical choice when you’re wearing light colored pants or shorts. They tend to skew toward the more transparent, and you want to find underwear that’s subtle and won’t show through whites, khakis, and other light shades. If you’re wearing slimmer fitting pants in particular, this is definitely something you should take into consideration.

Darker hues like navy and deep blue are generally safe for any skin tone, as are those traditional muted colors like black, white and gray. Brighter pastel shades of red and green tend to favor lighter skin tones only, but there is a limited selection of those available in the market; no great opportunity lost for men of a tanner variety.

Season and Occasion

External conditions like weather and temperature can be a factor. Summer months can be particularly taxing and, while the color of your underwear won’t cool you down, a lighter pair of boxer briefs is always going to be a better decision. Warmer weather is also when lighter, thinner fabric becomes more practical, so keep in mind what’s immediately perceptible even to one who isn’t looking. Boxer briefs for men from VK Nagrani have fun designs and are made with high-quality materials that are ideal for summer months.

When temperatures start to drop, you should look into heavier materials like wool that keep you throughout the day. Just make sure that you’re buying from an upscale designer to ensure the fit is comfortable and you won’t overheat after a few hours.

Outer Wear

Let your dictate which boxer brief to wear underneath. For more formal occasions, like events and meetings, neutral or earth colors such as black, brown, gray, or classic white are appropriate. On the other hand, a little creativity can go a long way in your more casual day-to-day routine. While you might not be the most adventurous in your choice of underwear, there’s always room to go a little bit more stylish. A little pattern here, a few stripes there, and maybe spice things up with some vibrant colors.


A guy’s style, even in his choice of underwear, can also be perceived as an extension of his personality and sensibility. In addition to merely being a fashion choice, the right boxer brief design also lends a certain level of comfort. So don’t be afraid to be adventurous.

How zebras evolved their characteristic black-and-white stripes has been a long time subject of debate among scientists.

Now researchers from Hungary and Sweden claim to have solved the mystery.

The stripes, the scientist say, came about to keep away blood-sucking flies.

They report in the Journal of Experimental Biology that this pattern of narrow stripes makes zebras “unattractive” to the flies.

They key to this effect is in how the striped patterns reflect light.

“We started off studying horses with black, brown or white coats,” explained Susanne Akesson from Lund University, a member of the international research team that carried out the study.

“We found that in the black and brown horses, we get horizontally polarized light.” This effect made the dark-coloured horses very attractive to flies.

How zebras evolved their characteristic black-and-white stripes has been a long time subject of debate among scientists

How zebras evolved their characteristic black-and-white stripes has been a long time subject of debate among scientists

It means that the light that bounces off the horse’s dark coat – and travels in waves to the eyes of a hungry fly – moves along a horizontal plane, like a snake slithering along with its body flat to the floor.

Dr. Susanne Akesson and her colleagues found that horseflies, or tabanids, were very attracted by these “flat” waves of light.

“From a white coat, you get unpolarized light [reflected],” she explained. Unpolarized light waves travel along any and every plane, and are much less attractive to flies. As a result, white-coated horses are much less troubled by horseflies than their dark-coloured relatives.

Having discovered the flies’ preference for dark coats, the team then became interested in zebras. They wanted to know what kind of light would bounce off the striped body of a zebra, and how this would affect the biting flies that are a horse’s most irritating enemy.

“We created an experimental set-up where we painted the different patterns onto boards,” said Dr. Susanne Akesson.

She and her colleagues placed a blackboard, a whiteboard, and several boards with stripes of varying widths into one of the fields of a horse farm in rural Hungary.

“We put insect glue on the boards and counted the number of flies that each one attracted,” she explained.

The striped board that was the closest match to the actual pattern of a zebra’s coat attracted by far the fewest flies, “even less than the white boards that were reflecting unpolarized light,” Dr. Susanne Akesson said.

“That was a surprise because, in a striped pattern, you still have these dark areas that are reflecting horizontally polarized light.

“But the narrower (and more zebra-like) the stripes, the less attractive they were to the flies.”

To test horseflies’ reaction to a more realistic 3-D target, the team put four life-size “sticky horse models ” into the field – one brown, one black, one white and one black-and-white striped, like a zebra.

The researchers collected the trapped flies every two days, and found that the zebra-striped horse model attracted the fewest.