Best Underwear for Construction Workers

When you’re out in the sun all day, you want a comfortable pair of underwear that stands up to abrasion and wicks away sweat. The best men’s underwear for construction workers won’t pill or snag, so even after a long day up on scaffolds or swinginghammers, your shirt will stay clean – no matter how filthy your underwear may be.

We have researched and tested the market to find the hottest underwear for construction workers. Whether you are a plumber, electrician or painter, here are the best brands that we found.

List of the best long underwear for construction workers

Our list of the best long underwear for construction workers will help you find the right product for your needs. If you do not know what to look for in a thermal long underwear, we can help you make an informed choice.

Best overall boxer briefs

$7

Boxer briefs | Supima cotton | Traditional fly | Regular rise | Sizes S–3XL

Boxer briefs were the most popular underwear style among the men we spoke to. Derek Guy, editor at men’s style website Put This On and blogger at Die, Workwear insists, “They’re infinitely better than boxers” because he likes the added support and the fact that they don’t bunch up in your pants. Uniqlo’s Supima Cotton Boxer Briefs were a clear standout among our panel, receiving multiple recommendations. The simple and affordable design has a regular rise and a vertical fold-over fly. “They’re soft, breathable, and keep their shape well even after many washes,” says photographer Sam Schmieg, who “wore Calvin Klein for a minute but, at this price and comfort level, couldn’t pass up Uniqlo.” Elliott Foos, formerly the director of coffee at Daymoves in Williamsburg, says, “Uniqlo’s basics are unrivaled, and these carry the torch.” Foos added that that he’s been “into these for three-plus years (I’ve been reupping, don’t stress), and I still love them.”

$7 AT UNIQLO

Best ultrathin boxer briefs

$15Photo: retailer

Boxer briefs | Polyester, spandex, and nylon | Traditional fly | Regular rise or low rise | Sizes S–3XL

Uniqlo’s AIRism line is all about performance; Uniqlo promises moisture-wicking technology intended to keep you cool, dry, and feeling fresh. These AIRism boxer briefs are especially lightweight and breathable. Nicolás Lazaro, a community specialist at menswear resale platform Grailed, says he used to wear cotton boxer briefs but has “never looked back” since switching to these. “You’ll forget you even have them on,” he says, describing them as “ultralightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking, with enough stretch for comfort while still providing the necessary support.” They come in two rises with a traditional fly and a generous inseam of roughly four to five inches depending on the size you wear. During my own testing, these briefs held up well over multiple washes and didn’t shrink in the dryer. Lazaro notes that they dry so quickly that he can just hand-wash them and hang them up for a bit if he’s ever in a pinch.

$15 AT UNIQLO

Best designer multipack boxer briefs

 now 11% off

From $40

Boxer briefs | Cotton | Traditional fly | Regular rise | Sizes S–XL

It’s hard to think about mens underwear without thinking of Calvin Klein, a brand that transformed something men often overlook into a quasi-sexy status symbol. Phillip Wong, co-founder and creative director of Hawthorne, says the brand’s underwear is still some of the best out there. Calvin Klein became known for its provocative ads featuring stars like Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Sabato Jr. in the ’90s and Justin Bieber more recently. The ads changed how people thought of men’s underwear, and Calvins have maintained their status as cool-kid luxury underwear ever since. “I’ve worn the classic Calvin Klein boxer briefs for as long as I can remember,” Wong says. “The shape is exceptional, not too tight, and it’s very low maintenance.” They feature a regular rise, a traditional fly, and an inseam that sits around the lower thigh. They come in packs of either three or five pairs and a variety of colors. Chris Echevarria, creator of the footwear brand Blackstock and Weber, says, “I don’t think anyone does underwear better than Calvin. If it’s good enough for Marty McFly, it’s good enough for me.” Ian Taylor, the former editor-in-chief of men’s style site FashionBeans, is another fan. But he suggests avoiding the white Calvins and sticking to black or gray: “In photo shoots, you often see people wearing white, which looks great when it’s well-lit and photographed on a model with a six-pack. But if you’ve been wearing them for six months, they won’t look quite as pristine,” he says.

Best less expensive multipack boxer briefs

$17

Boxer Briefs | Cotton | Traditional Fly | Regular Rise | Sizes S-2XL

Queer Eye stylist Tan France is a massive fan of the Hanes underwear line. He suggests these lightweight cotton boxer briefs, which he wears daily and which will suit those who wear slim pants and want to avoid bunching or visible seams. They have a classic elastic waistband, a traditional fly, and a regular rise, and they are designed not to ride up on the legs. Tim Melideo, who runs Stay Classic, a men’s fashion website focused on affordable style, says he’s long sworn by them: “They’re simple and inexpensive, and they last.”

$17 AT TARGET

Best performance boxer briefs

$30

Boxer briefs | Nylon | Traditional fly | Low rise | Sizes S–2XL

Barron Cuadro, founding editor of Effortless Gent, calls the Exofficio a “long-term favorite” boxer brief designed with more rigorous activities in mind. “They are designed for outdoorsmen, so they’re anti-microbial and they dry superfast,” Cuadro tells us, adding that he’s been wearing his pairs for six years. He likes that they’re made of breathable fabric, and says that even with the lower rise, they are comfortable. “If you’re a hard-core wilderness guy, you can wash these in a river and they’ll be dry within an hour, so they can definitely handle a sweaty workout.”

$30 AT REI

Best overall boxers

Sunspel Cotton Boxer Shorts

$50

Boxers | Cotton | Traditional fly | Regular rise | Sizes XS–2XL

For those seeking a classic pair of boxers, Sunspel has been making underwear since 1860 and introduced the boxer short to Britain in 1947. Daniel Brøndt, creator of the menswear brand Another Aspect, says Sunspel has made “just a few tweaks here and there over the years, and it’s still constructed from the finest cotton there is.” He describes these boxers as “lightweight, breathable, and designed with smooth double-turned seams.” The rear of the boxers have a back panel instead of a central seam, which some men find more comfortable. Thomas Fortune, the creative director for footwear brand Stubbs & Wootton, says, “The only time I would venture away from Calvin is for Sunspel’s cotton boxer shorts.” Menswear consultant Nick Wooster is also a fan of them, particularly in this Oxford-blue color.

$50 AT SSENSE

Best less expensive boxers

J.Crew Cotton Boxers

From $20Photo: retailer

Boxers | Cotton | Traditional fly | Regular rise | Sizes XS–2XL

For a more affordable pair of boxers, celebrity stylist Neil Cohen suggests this pair from J.Crew. “I just wear them for sleep, but some guys still wear them” as underwear, Cohen says of the brand’s cotton boxers, which come in a variety of fun prints. “They’re really well priced,” he says, adding that the 100 percent cotton fabric “has a nice hand feel.” These boxers have a four-inch inseam, a traditional fly, and a cotton-covered elastic waistband, and they’re available in a wide range of colors and patterns.

FROM $20 AT J.CREW

Best overall trunks

Tommy John Second Skin 4-Inch Boxer Briefs

$36

Trunks | Micro-modal and spandex | Horizontal fly | Regular rise | Sizes XS–2XL

Cuadro likes these trunks by Tommy John, which are made from a blend of micro-modal and Spandex for stretch. Micro-modal is a type of fabric that is known for its softness and resistance to shrinkage; it also has moisture-wicking properties. “The modal blend is supersoft, comfortable, and relatively quick drying,” he says, adding that these “just feel great when you have them on.” Adding to their comfort is a “nice and wide” waistband, according to Cuadro, and they have a horizontal fly designed to provide extra support and feel more secure.

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