Brief Encounters of the Frilly Kind

Brief Encounters of the Frilly Kind

For many years my team and I have had the privilege of designing men’s lingerie for our hundreds of thousands of XDress customers across the world. 

Convention says that men should be limited in their underwear choices to wear rather basic and sometimes unattractive men’s underwear.  We typically see two or three lengths of boxer briefs and maybe a plain brief in cotton or modal.  There are several colors available, albeit mostly rather dull “masculine” shades of black, white, gray, and navy. 



When we look at what’s on offer in the women’s collections, there is an incredible choice in colors, styles and fabrics. How did this disparity come about, and why are the companies who branch out into making attractive men’s underwear (both masculine and feminine styling) relatively small in comparison to the mass market companies? Is it simply because men are not supposed to be interested in fashion, especially not underwear, as it’s not a “masculine” preoccupation? This is a question that often comes up in discussions with our customers.

 I have a theory that investment money tends to bet on what it believes is a sure thing. When boxer briefs were first introduced by small companies like Body Aware and several others maybe 20 years ago, they turned out to be quite popular. Compared to the old woven boxers or saggy white cotton briefs, these were quite sleek and form fitting, a revolution in men’s underwear at the time.  As larger companies saw this trend, they moved into the market and this style has become ubiquitous, added to by agile e-commerce companies quickly dominating the market in more recent years via several rounds of venture capital funding. Tommy John is a prime example. So the bet on boxer briefs appears to have worked out.  Maybe I will be proved wrong, perhaps there are venture capital investors looking for more interesting and poorly served markets?



When a style for men becomes the norm it seems to take a long time for a change, compared to women’s fashions that change from year to year or even season to season. I always think back to how men’s athletic shorts were always very short back for several decades up until the 1980’s, but gradually the fashion became for shorts to be much longer and looser fitting, and this has now been the standard silhouette for men’s shorts for over 20 years.

But why does the investment money stick to this one path, and not consider that maybe there is a significant market for men who would like more variety in their underwear choices?  Having researched other brands in this space, the only small company I could find that has been successful in raising venture capital is, and I recommend you read their interesting story.



So that brings us back to XDress. We have no outside investment but are lucky that with the support of our customers and great staff, Kristina and I are still running a successful family business. We are continuing our mission to make attractive underwear well beyond the boxer brief.  It is a greatly rewarding experience, when we hear that our products are bringing joy to men and their partners.  Customers tell us there is nothing quite like anticipating and then receiving an order of pretty panties in the mail, unwrapping them and trying them on – and the best of all – they not only look good, they actually fit!

As XDress enters its fourth decade, I would love to hear from you, our readers and customers, which direction you would like  XDress to expand into, or maybe what you would like to see XDress design next, not just limited to men’s lingerie. Tell us what fabrics and colors you love, including past designs that you would like to see revived.  Would you like to see more outerwear or activewear?  Let your imagination run wild and leave the rest to us!


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I’ve always adored lace pantys. The luxe satin and lace cheekster is simply gorgeous 😍. More pantys in this style/combination or same style in just lace will be something to look forward to.


David, as indicated by others, thank you for making and providing such great products for men, that you can’t seem to fin anywhere else. Xdress has impacted my life in so many ways.
One idea that I would like to see happen is to create a European line. Something maybe with a French theme or maybe the incredible designs out of Spain. That would be incredibly sexy. Something to think about down the road. Thanks again for making great lingerie.


I have been a loyal customer for a long time. I love all of the styles. I recently tried the glow body suit and it’s amazing. I know we all love satin and lace, but I’d really love to see a tshirt bra and matching panties. I love to under dress when I go out and sometimes it’s difficult to hide a really lacy bra. 🎀


I first came across XDress after buying a few items from Bodyaware but finding them feminine enough for my developing tastes. I am now the proud owner of an extensive collection of XDress pieces including a rainbow of panties, a wardrobe of nightwear and a draws full of stockings and suspenders. I am a softie for satin but really love the material used in the Glow collection and, possibly, the best Brazilian panties ever (something to do with how the sides of the lace are finished). I would like to see some more Glow options and colours but would really like to see some XDress magic applied to skirts, blouses and dresses. And one more little thing – keep the pink bow as your trademark and place it on all your products like it is with Glow. Here’s to a future full of dressing opportunities Rikki xxx


Zdecydowanie więcej biustonoszy. Najlepiej żeby wszystkie miały regulację w obwodzie. Majtki brazylijskie też są super. - Definitely more bras. Ideally, all of them should have adjustment in the back. Brazilian panties are great too.


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