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Looking to buy Womens Cotton Boxer Briefs? Our team has researched and reviewed these womens boxer shorts to help you come up with a better decision. We’ve also put up a shopping guide with the features you can consider when buying unisex boxer briefs and jockey boxers for womens.

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Womens Cotton Boxer Briefs

Finally—Boxer Briefs for Women

Here’s the deal, there are women who love to wear boxer briefs. Until now, they’ve had to wear men’s.

Not anymore.

Check out our Boxer Briefs

TomboyX has spent years researching, testing, surveying, testing some more and launched our collections with a focus on quality, fit and function. These boxer briefs are made right, they’ll stay put, no matter what you’re doing.
Mix and match your favorite bralette with any of these boxer brief styles. Boxer briefs don’t show panty lines, they’re great for sleeping, athletic endeavors, and they even prevent chafing under skirts, if you’re so inclined. But mostly these boxer briefs are made to make tomboys feel good in their own skin.

4.5″ Trunks

Let’s start at the top. The waistband is, well, like buttah. Silky soft, super flexible and won’t leave marks at the end of the day. And you know how pants can pucker in the back? Well Team TomboyX designed these boxers to stay snug. All day long.

6″ Fly

We also chose the overall fabric based on how soft it is in the hand, but with a little bit of spandex so that it hugs you tight. The seams are reinforced to ensure these babies last a long time and can endure lots of action. We know many women have had to buy boxers from the men’s department. Well tomboys, no more excess fabric where you don’t need it. TomboyX Boxer Briefs are sleek and smooth, with enough stretch to fit all bodies.

And even more exciting is the size run. All TomboyX underwear come in sizes XS to 4XL. 

9″ Boxer Briefs

Oh, and if you don’t love them, your first pair is on us. No kidding. We call it our Love at First Wear Guarantee.

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patterns and colors

Welcome to Underwear Week, a whole week dedicated to your favorite bum-hugging clothesthings. As we said many moons ago, we feel a lady is at her best when she’s not wearing pants. And while our last adventure around this neck of the woods took us only as far as boyshorts, this time around we’re exploring the vast and many-flavored land of underwear. From edible panties to hoopskirts and history, we’ve got you covered. Just like your underwear.

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You’re going to see a lot of underpants guides this week catered to specific body types or gender identities: a femme underwear guide, a masculine-of-center underwear guide, a plus-size underwear guide and so forth. This isn’t one of those guides, because my body type is already over-represented in fashion and I don’t have a strong sense of a fashion-relevant gender identity beyond my gender and sexual orientation. I’m just a queer girl who loves makeup and mens boxer-briefs, you know? You won’t find flowers or lace in my underwear drawer, but you’re also unlikely to find anything my butch girlfriend would be caught dead in. Oh and, there’s a lot of underwear in my underwear drawer because I’m obsessed with underwear. In fact, the idea of Underwear Week began when I suggested we do an update of our Boyshorts 101 post from 2009. We’re just all sitting here thinking about your inner thighs, basically.

So, today we’re gonna talk about my favorite style of underwear which falls under the loosely-defined definition of “boyshort” and is extremely popular within the queer-lady population.

via butchlife.tumblr.com

I officially transitioned from thongs to boyshorts eight years ago (a sexual orientation switch occurred around the same time, suspiciously) and since then have seen my favorite brands and styles get discontinued again and again, or redesigned to totally suck, probably because of the patriarchy or else because of “how the fashion industry works.” The fact that awesome women’s boyshorts go extinct so quickly is why our initial Boyshorts 101 post has now become almost completely obsolete.

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The Hanes Authentic Core Women’s Boxer-Brief we loved so dearly in the late ’00s are a thing of the past, and the new style doesn’t even cover your entire butt! The Calvin Klein Steel Gripper Trunk has discontinued the button-fly style in favor of it’s enormous penis-sculpting pocket styleUrban Outfitters, which coincidentally I hate now anyway, stopped offering its classic boyshorts with the white waistband and the three buttons in the front.

All of these discontinued models fit into my favorite style of boyshort, which I will refer to as “girltrunks.” Underpants who identify as “boyshorts” run the gamut, especially with respect to coverage, so when I say “girltrunks” I’m referring to “boyshorts” (and sometimes men’s boxer-briefs) that cover your whole entire butt and then some. Here, I made you a graphic to explain the different types of underpants!Boyshorts 1025

i stole the little blue boxes with white shapes from hanes.com, except the girltrunks one, which i made myself in photoshop!

As you know, we like to diversify the imagery as much as possible here, but unfortunately underwear vendors prefer to focus on skinny white cis girls exclusively, even when modeling plus-size underthings! So that’s how that is. [Sidenote: Also, whenever searching for imagery of plus-size ladies in their underpants — for a fashion feature, NSFW Sunday or a girl gallery — I find the vast majority of modeled underthings are super-duper-femme and exceptionally lacy. Have you noticed this? I think we need to start shooting our own stock photography or something.]

Let’s begin!

Basic Boyshorts

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photo in upper right hand corner of rashida via meinmyplace.com (© 2010/2013 Me In My Place™)

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The most common style of boyshorts doesn’t, generally, offer full ass-coverage and subsequent freedom from panty-lines. What makes this style different from traditional women’s underpants is the cut — they generally reveal less of the thigh and ass than traditional women’s briefs and have short legs and generally a lower waist. They’re exceptionally flattering and also very sporty/sexy. Sportysexy, if you will.

1. Cosabella Ribbed Low-Rise Boyshorts ($38), 2. Hanes Women’s Premium Boxer-Briefs (3/$9.99), 3. Free People Boxer Short Pack (3/$55), 4. Calvin Klein Metallic Boyshorts ($12) (not pictured, but also awesome: Calvin Klein Metallic Hipster Briefs) ($12), 5. aerie Printed Boyshort ($7.50), 6. American Apparel Baby Rib Brief ($5 – $14), 7. Splendid Fruit Fusion Boyshort ($26), 8. Dolce & Gabbana 2-Pack of Jersey Briefs ($140), 9. Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Classic Boyshorts ($9), 10. D&G Boyshorts ($29), 11. Jockey Modern Tactel Boyshort Panties ($11)

Plus-Size Boyshorts

We’re gonna have an entire Underwear Week feature dedicated soley to plus-size underthings but I want to be sure that everybody has fun right here, right now, too.

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1. Hanes Plus Size Womens Comfortsoft Cotton Stretch Boy Briefs Assorted (3/$8.40), 2. Ruched Cotton Boyshort Panty ($14.50), 3. Avenue Plus Size Cotton Girlshort Panty ($7.90), 4. Seamless Boyshort Panty ($16), 5. Cacique Sassy Cotton Boyshort Panty ($14.50), 6. Elomi Betty Boyshort ($32), 7. Boyshort Brief ($18), 8. Lace Trim Boyshort Panty ($12.50), 9. Dazzler Microfiber Boyshort Panty ($16), 10Comfort Choice No-Show Boyshort ($12.99), 11. Maidenform Comfort Devotion Shaping Boyshorts ($38), 12. Striped Seamless Boy Short Panty (also in nude or black) ($12.90), 13. Jockey Plus Size Naturals Seamfree Boyleg ($10.50), 14. Ex-Officio Give-n-Go Boycut Brief ($20)


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photo in lower left right corner of mary katherine by timothy patrick via liquorinthefront via timothy patrick on flickr, photo in upper left hand corner of jess via meinmyplace.com (© 2010/2013 Me In My Place™) photo in left hand corner via shutterstock.com

If you’re crazy about avoiding pantylines (as I am), then you need a very special kind of boyshort: the kind that is really hard to find. The kind that covers your entire ass and then some, so that if there’s any bunching-up of the underroos, it’ll blend right in to the natural bunching-up that happens in your pants when you move around the world while wearing pants. I’m gonna call this type of underpant the “girltrunk.” If you’re wearing a good pair of girtrunks, nobody will know whether or not you shave your bikini line, and if you trip over a banana on the sidewalk, nobody will see your bits.

In the past, my go-to brands for this style were Hanes and Calvin Klein, but both of those franchises have let me down as of late. Presently, I obtain 75% of my girlshorts from the H&M boys section (size 12-14Y) because they’re completely a men’s style, but spandexy enough to wear under leggings. However, I recognize that 95% of the female population cannot shop the boys section so you’ll be happy to learn that Uniqlo’s seamless boxer-briefs are a popular choice for those seeking masculine style with a more feminine fit. Also, these:


1. Hanro Black Touch Feeling Low-Rise Boyshorts ($49), 2. H&M Boy’s Boxer-Briefs (3/$9.95), 3. Barely there® Flawless Fit® 2-pk. Microfiber Boyshorts ($13.99),  4. Shimera Seamless Boyshorts ($13), 5. Superfit Curves Seamless Boyshorts – $9.49, 6. Calvin Klein Concept Micro Low-Rise Trunk ($30), 7. Uniqlo Seamless Low-Rise Boxer-Briefs ($4.95), 8. Jockey Natural’s Seamfree Boyshorts ($9.45), 9. Under Armour Seamless Boyshorts ($30)



There will be an entire masculine-of-center underthings style guide so I don’t want to encroach on that territory too much, but fuck I love boxer-briefs! When you’re home alone, boxer-briefs basically count as pants. Depending on your between-the-legs situation, you may or may not be looking to avoid a generous penis pocket. I personally eschew boxer-briefs that offer “enhancing” or “sculpting” or even “support,” which means I generally stick to 95%-100% cotton boxer-briefs. Again I tend to loot the boy’s section for these (Fruit of The Loom), but also find the adult American Apparel boxer-brief to fit nicely under baggier jeans and look sexy without a shirt at bedtime. (And especially sexy with ‘Straddle This’ written on them!)

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1. Fruit of the Loom Men’s 2 Pack Active Ringer Boxer Brief ($14), 2. Calvin Klein Stretch 2-Pack Trunk Set ($34),3. American Eagle Outfitters Low-Rise Trunk ($12.50), 4. Puma Volume Boxer-Brief (3/$28), 5. Schiesser Cotton Boxer-Briefs ($60), 6. Hanes Men’s 3 Pack Comfort Stretch Boxer Brief (3/$12.50), 7. Mack Weldon Trunk ($22), 8. 100% Cotton Topman Branded Underwear 3-Pack (3/$30), 9. Emporio Armani Cotton Stretch Cotton Boxer Briefs ($26), 10. American Apparel Baby Rib Boxer Brief ($16)

The #1 reason I sometimes choose men’s underpants over women’s is The Waistband. If I’m wearing loose-fitting jeans that might possibly sag, I specifically select underpants with a prominent logo’ed waistband. (This is the only situation in which I proudly rock a brand name on my body, generally I avoid that because of commercialism and The Man. I don’t know, underwear makes me do crazy things.)underpantslesbians1

all photos via butchlife.tumblr.com except the middle photo, which is via fyeahbrownandbutch.tumblr.com


I like my underpants to be fun, and by “fun” I don’t mean “reminiscent of The Secret Garden.” By “fun” I mean:


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1. Polo Ralph Lauren Varsity Stripes Trunk ($32.80),  2. Free People Yarn Dye Boy Short ($38), 3. Topman Striped Three-Pack Underwear (3/$32), 4. Ted Baker Block Stripe Button Front Long Trunk ($23), 5. Oiler & Boiler Nantucket 2 Pack Palm Trees/Stripe Trunk ($36), 6. Diesel Men’s Divine Striped Trunk ($24.99), 7. Joe Boxer Women’s Boy Short Panties – Striped ($2.99), 8. CK One Striped Cotton Stretch Trunk ($14.99), 9. Calvin Klein Underwear ck one Microfiber Printed Low Rise Trunk ($14.99), 10. Uniqlo Men Seamless Low Rise Boxer Briefs ($4.95), 11. Gap Thin Diagonal Striped Boxer-Brief ($12.50)

So Many Patterns & Colors

1. Bonds Hipster Boyshort Stripe (AU $10.77), 2. Cassis Boyshort ($44), 3. Jack & Jones Herbert 4-Pack Trunks ($50.87), 4. Unisex Printed Baby-Rib Brief ($16), 5. House of Holland Devore Short ($30.52),  6. Jack & Jones Touch Intelligence 3-Pack Trunks ($33.91)  ,7. Gap Ultra-Low Girl Shorts ($14.50), 8. OnGossamer Mesh Boyshort ($14) 9. Pink Ruched Shorty Panty ($10.50)


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1. Pull-In Fashion Retrovieseur Short ($39.99), 2. Sly Clouds Work Hard (with pocket) – ($20), 3. Pringle Arrow Trunks ($16.95), 4. American Eagle Peppers Athletic Trunk ($12.50), 5. I Love Video Games Pixel Pusher ($24.99) [also check out the I Love Girls Ginch Gonch Briefs!], 6. Green Crocadillio Underwear ($14), 7. River Island Three-Pack Moustache Trunks ($25.43), 8. Galaxy’s Greatest Undies in Boyshort (glow-in-the-dark) ($23.99), 9. Ellen Boyshorts ($15), 10. Stonemen Digital Print Ducks Trunk ($42), 11. Enlarge Paul Smith Monster Trunks ($50.87), 12. Adventure Time Rainbow Hotpants ($8.50), 13. “Straddle This” Boxer-Briefs ($16) (that’s my actual ass, btw, I practice what I preach is what I’m saying), 14. Topman Moustache Pattern Three-Pack Underwear (3/$32)

From Briefs to Boyshorts: Your Definitive Guide to Women’s Underwear

Posted on Dec 08, 2018

From Briefs to Boyshorts: Your Definitive Guide to Women’s Underwear 

When asked what type of underwear they buy, 58 percent of 650 guys surveyed in this Huffington Post/AskMen survey said “boxer briefs.” That kind of makes us laugh… what about you, ladies—do you have a favorite kind for yourself? Not so easy, right?!

Not only do we have lots of options to choose from for women’s underwear styles, but some of them serve totally different purposes or have very subtle differences that you might not be aware of. Or, perhaps you’re less confused and more indifferent about underwear variances, having never given much thought to them before.

Either way, it’s good to be educated about these things so you can reach for the best underwear every time without hesitation. To make things easy, we’ve compiled a guide to types of women’s underwear and the purposes they serve to meet your underwear needs.

Bikinis vs. Hipsters

Bikini vs. Hipster

These two popular styles are undeniable in their versatility and go-to goodness. While they are similar in shape, bikinis sit right below the hips, while hipsters, as their name suggests, fit a bit higher—usually just above the hips and have a wider waistband.

Bikini cuts can include string bikinis and other variations with narrower sides, while hipsters typically offer a bit more coverage. You can easily find cheekier styles (or less cheeky styles) that fall into either category, depending on what you’re looking for.

When it comes down to it, both bikinis and hipsters are incredibly versatile and go perfectly with any outfit—especially when they’re seamless. So it’s really just a matter of personal choice. These Silk Panties are a great option for a bikini or hipster style. 

G-String Thongs vs. Regular Thongs

G String vs. Thong

Ah, the thong. What was once a racy lingerie item reserved for special occasions has now become a staple in any woman’s underwear wardrobe. A G-string thong has the most minimal coverage of all undie styles, featuring a single string of fabric down the back and usually around the sides as well. (V-string and T-string are similar to the G-string, with V or T-shaped fabric right at the tailbone).

A “regular” thong is really just any thong that is not a G-string. They can be found in varying fabrics—though we happen to prefer our VIP Seamless Thong made of our sweat-wicking Happy Seam fabric (perfect for the gym). Any type of thong-style underwear will have little to no coverage in the back, which makes them the ideal choice to wear with those leggings, linen pants, or a little black dress that hugs in all the right places.

Briefs vs. Boyshorts

Brief vs. Boyshort

Briefs are the most classic cut, often with a higher waist and more coverage than previously mentioned styles. They aren’t typically very cheeky and some brief styles are mid-rise, like our No Brainer highwaisted brief—which is also stretchy, tagless, and made without any stitched seams. Boyshorts are a feminine twist on a men’s classic boxer style, with coverage past the cheeks and a hipster waistline.

We tend to think briefs are an excellent choice if coverage is your concern, or if you just need something hassle-free to toss on during the morning rush. Boyshorts are a fun, flirty style that may not be best if you’re looking to avoid panty lines, but they’re great to wear for lounging with just a big t-shirt or a cute cami.

Hopefully, this guide has given you some info to use next time you’re shopping for new undies or digging through your drawer of current favorites. If you’re in the market, we’ve got a few lacy and seamless styles that are sure to fit right in to any wardrobe.

What are Cheeky Panties? 

A Cheeky panty is exactly what it sounds like! It’s similar to our silk underwear brief with a lot less fabric around the seat. A cheeky panty is our least favorite underwear style at Uwila Warrior. A cheeky panty is not designed to stay in place throughout the day. It is not designed to wrap around your bottom, so as you move around the fabric will not recover with you. This style of underwear will 9/10 times cause an uncomfortable wedgie and our team suggests you opt for a thong or a full coverage brief. The “in-between” styles are what causes unwanted underwear problems! 

40 Different types of Underwear and their names

You hardly need half a meter of fabric to sew up an underwear. Who would think that out of that fabric, designers would come up with so many different varients. Here are the different types of underwear for men and women.

English terms related to underwear : Panty is the general term used to refer underwear for women. Skivvies is the slang term for men’s underwear (trunks or briefs). Commando is the term used for going without an Underwear.

Different Underwear Styles

1 Bikini Panty  (Women)

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This is the panty part of a 2 piece bathing suit used for swimming. It is very brief and the top of the panty usually starts well below the waist and consists of a triangle shape in the front and the back. Bikini panty is made of an opaque waterproof fabric. A V cut bikini has a V cut in the front.

2 Boy Shorts /Boy short panties (Women)

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This is a type of innerwear for women that looks very similar to the boys’ underwear (boxer briefs) with the leg hem cutting straight across the thigh. It will be very short with the waist sitting by the hip but with full coverage on the back and the hem will be almost on level with the crotch. (Boy leg briefs/Boy cut panties)

3 Briefs (Men & Women)

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The regular underwear for men are called briefs. For women it is a modest underwear style that usually starts at the waist.

4 Boxers (Men)


This is a loose fitting underwear for men, usually made of cotton or silk and look like shorts. You can call them shorts worn as underwear. They have a comfortable relaxed fit with elastic waistband.

5 Boxer Briefs (Men)

Boxer briefs are snug fitting boxers. They may be of the same length of boxers but they will be more form fitting.

6 Booty Shorts / Hot pants / Short shorts (Women)

Extremely short shorts (with very low coverage)  that can be worn as underwear. Also called Daisy Dukes. Learn more about the 18 different types of shorts here.

7 Brazilian Back Panty (Women)

A skimpy panty style with a triangular shape on the back.

8 Butt lifter Panty

These are panty designed to give a lift to the buttocks

9 Camiknickers / Teddy (Women)

This is one piece garment that cover the upper portion of the body as well as the lower – a combination of a camisole and panty.

10 Control briefs /Control Panty

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This panty is designed so that they give the appearance of a flattened waist, stomach and bottom

11 Cheeky Panty

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This is a Panty with an exposed back, cut high in the back.

12 C String

This is a micro bikini, the skimpiest of bikinis. 

13 French Cut Panty/Bikini (Women)

This Panty style will have high cut on the leg with a total coverage on the back. The Leg opening  will be extending higher than for other panties/bikini. (also called High Cut Brief )

14 French Knickers (Women)

This is a luxurious panty style made in silk or satin; it looks like short shorts but with wider loose fitting legs. Also called Tap pants

15 Flutter Panty /Knickers (Women)

This is a Vintage style panty (20’s) which is loose on the bottom and legs and has an elasticized waist. They can look like a frilly slip from the outside.

16 Full Cut Brief (Men and Women)

This is a category of panties /underwear that give full coverage on the back and front ; the waistband will sit on the natural waist (high waistline) and has a low cut leg line

17 G string panties (Women)

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The style of panties or Bikini with  a triangle of cloth on the front and held on by strings on the sides and back. The back will be exposed, with a small triangular shaped fabric. This style is used to avoid the panty line in tight fitting clothes

18 Gartini /Garter Panty (Women)

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In this a garter belt is attached to the Panty.

19  High Waist Brief Shaper (Women)

This is a Shape wear panty with a very high waist supporting the stomach and the waistline.  It is meant to tone and flatten the midriff and the tummy area. 

20 High cut briefs (Women)

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This is a panty cut high on the leg – this helps to visually lengthen legs and minimize panty lines.

21 Hikini (Women)

This is a Panty style similar to French cut bikini with higher cut legs

22 Hipster ( Women)

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A type of panty or brief with a waistband that sits on the hips (a few inches under the waist) and covers the entire hip area for a medium coverage. It is cut high on the sides, but has enough coverage. 

23 Jockstrap (Men)

Men’s underwear that consist of just a triangular shaped fabric to cover the bare essentials. It was used as a protection gear in sports , though today it is also used as a fashion underwear. 

24 Long Johns (Men)

LongJohns is an underwear with long legs extending up to the ankles. It is usually worn with a top with long sleeves and used as a thermal underwear. 

25 Mankini (Men)

It is a thong type one piece swimsuit worn by men with straps over the shoulder and a thin strip of fabric (T shaped) at the back.

26 Maternity panties (Women)

These are panties made to fit the growth during pregnancy, with good comfort. They usually have a fold over top edge to accommodate the growing belly.

27 Panty girdle (Women)

A type of control panty with an elasticized corset

28 Pant liner /Under liner (Women)

An undergarment that begins at the waist and extends down past the mid-calf. It is meant to be worn as a slip under pants

29  Post pregnancy panties (Women)

Post partum underwear meant to slim post baby belly.

30 Open Crotch Panty

Panty with an opening at the crotch.

31 Seamless panties

Knitted panties in one piece without seams

32 String Bikini / String side bikini panty

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This is a bikini style with only a small narrow strip of fabric or elastic joining the front and back panels. Tie-side string bikinis have strings that you can tie on the sides.

33 Skirtkini

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A bikini panty with a short skirt on top.

34 Sports Underwear/ Athletic underwear

These are meant for workouts and sports activities.

35 Strapless/stick-on panties 

These are also called adhesive panty because  these are temporary adhesive underwear worn to eliminate the panty lines.

36 Thong (Men & Women)

This is an underwear with just a  center string /narrow strip of fabric or thong on the back, resting between the buttocks. It is meant to eliminate panty lines.

37 Tanga

A type of panty/bikini with thin straps across the hips and a narrow back coverage, just slightly larger than a thong. 

38 Teddy (Women)

Another name for camiknickers.

39 Tights /Pantaloons (Men & Women)

Compression Tights are close fitting pants  that cover the body from waist to ankle or thighs – they can be worn under trousers and shorts. Running tights can be worn for support. Thermal tights are worn for their insulation properties.

40 Trunks (Men)

These are underwear that look somewhat like boxers but will be a lot shorter(even shorter than boxer briefs) and tighter.

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