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Lingerie of the Week: Menagerié Men's Lace Boxer Brief

It's time for The Lingerie Addict's brief annual foray into the world of men's underwear. While TLA is a fashion blog more or less written with women and femmes in mind, when I see a great pair of knickers for masculine folks, that little detail won't stop me from writing about them here.

In a word (or three actually), I love Menagerie. Though lace was historically a part of men and women's dress (the textile itself was more indicative of class than gender), since the early 20th century, men's clothing has been preoccupied the utilitarian and the practical, which means certain decorative elements - like lace - reside solely in the domain of women's fashion.

But why does it have to be that way? Lace is a beautiful, interesting fabric. And it's less expensive now than it's ever been in fashion history. Why shouldn't anyone who wants to wear it? I feel like my world would be a little less satisfying without a bit of lace.

Menagerie's lace underwear is marketed for and styled on men, but truthfully, I'd wear the hell out of these. They look perfect for wearing under dresses or skirts when out and about (especially for avoiding visible pantylines), and like they'd be awesome for wearing around the house as loungewear. Especially with a plain ribbed white tank. Yes.

All three styles of underwear are composed of a nylon/elastane blend (80/20 for the crotch, 90/10 for the lace panels), with an elastic waistband. The brand recommends dry cleaning, but I can't imagine these would do poorly with handwashing in a basin and a bit of intimates soap (perhaps the dry cleaning directive is because their target audience wouldn't be familiar with handwashing their underwear?).

There's a nylon tricot and even a 100% silk boxer short available as well, but I maintain the lace collection is the standout. It's also nice to see these being presented so straightforwardly, without any implied fetishism or sexual overtones (not that there's anything wrong with either, but it would be cool if silk and lace were just regular options for men's underwear as opposed to being sexually charged options).

Price point is $59 for the briefs, $69 for the boxers, and $89 for the cycle shorts, placing these firmly in the luxury apparel category. The size range for all three options is XS-L.

What do you think of Menagerie's lace underwear and the concept of fashionable underwear for men more generally? I'd love to get your thoughts.






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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

3 Comments on this post

  1. PersephoneUnderground says:

    I know this is an old post, but I really like the striking effect of these, and your discussion of why they could be logically fine for straight men to wear just because they’re cool. It makes me a little sad that this kind of thing with men is so *not* logical. 99% sure there’s no way my husband would wear these, but damn he’d make them look good. And we’re not conservative in any way- young and liberal, but guys can be so sensitive to anything remotely feminine.

  2. Julian says:

    I remember it like yesterday when I put forward the suggestion to you Cora about jumping into the world of mens lingerie many years ago, and kudos to you.

    There are believe it or not many men out there that would wear underwear such as these but of course not flash their knickers out of the fear of being labelled unmanly. Why should the men be stuck with boring and mundane underwear that more likely than most will not have any psychological effect on ones confidence like a pair of knickers would do for a woman.

    I cannot say that I have worn underwear from mangerie but I wonder if the quality is up to a high standard with quality material as opposed to cheap and poor quality with the likelihood of falling to bits after one wash even by hand or a lingerie bag.

  3. Trixie says:

    As a man l see no reason why l should not wear ‘ladies’underwear…lace, silk, brazilian, shortie whatever. They make me feel good. Period.

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