Ask dapperQ: Masculine Boxer Briefs without the Opening and Extra Fabric?

A reader asks:

Hey, so I was just wondering about any further suggestions as to boxer briefs for women who are more masculine? I know of Girls Will Be Boys and I love them; RodeoH, which is a little too risque for me; Ethika has some women’s undies too. I guess my question is: What can I do with men’s undies to make them not look like I have a weird package type thing?


GWBBGirls Will Be Boys Signature Boxer Briefs, $19

RodeohRodeoH Boxers & Briefs with Harnesses, $45+

EthikaEthika briefs, $20+

Oh, the endless quest for underwear that is masculine, that fits, and that doesn’t have any extra openings or bulky fabric. What a super pain! Autostraddle has tackled the task before in this wonderful, comprehensive roundup. Butch Wonders also provided some amazing recommendations in “Awesome Butch Underthings”. Here are our team’s favorites in addition to the brands you named:

Tomboy X Underwear

TomboyX just launched their incredibly soft boxer brief,  fit tested on tomboys of every shape and size, all the way up to 4XL. The TomboyX branded waistband is silky soft and designed to gently hug you front to back, without gaping. The rest of the brief is made with high quality cotton with just enough spandex to keep them comfortably snug without binding. TomboyX now offers a range of styles and colors: with and without buttons, boxers and boxer briefs, etc. Check out the wide variety here.


Play out

Play Out Underwear
Play Out Underwear is a relatively new line of underwear that is gender-neutral, fun and exciting, with a comfortable fit and great fabric.  Play Out also uses a wider waistband, similar to the waistband you see on “men’s” underwear. If you love what you see on Play Out, consider contributing to their Kickstarter to send them to New York Lingerie Fashion Week until October 20, 2014. This is a HUGE opportunity to show the fashion industry that there is a market for us!!!



FOCX is a UK brand that offers “women’s” and unisex “boy” shorts and boxer shorts both with and without the keyhole opening. FOCX underwear come in a variety of colors and patterns – from cheetah to plaid – as well as a variety of lengths. (The “boy short” trunk is still form fitting, but has a shorter inseam than the boxer briefs pictured above.)



Let’s Be Brief
Let’s Be Brief gender neutral boxer briefs and briefs embody a masculine look, paired with innovative style, to flatter sizes XS to XXL.  A percentage of sales is donated to support LGBTQ organizations each year.


American Apparel

American Apparel
While we prefer to recommend queer owned and operated brands that are in line with our political ideals, many of our readers cannot afford said brands and have suggested American Apparel as an alternative option for “unisex” underwear. Pictured here are American Apparel’s Unisex Baby Rib Boxer Brief.



Autostraddle, the world’s most widely read lesbian website, offers some amazing merchandise and recently added these supper cool, super sexy boxer briefs to their online store.



Australian based company Tom-Boi designs “men’s” style undies cut for women so they don’t have the extra fabric in the ‘pocket’ and are wedgie free. They offer international shipping to the USA and UK. Tom-Boi has plans to start producing other items of clothing in the near future. Keep an eye out! Currently, Tom-Boi’s gender-neutral line offers three stylish underwear essentials: Boi-Shorts, Boi-Leg and Boi-Briefs.

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  • While some might like these,they seem like ladies underwear to me. This butch prefers the real deal including opening thru which to wear detachable parts as well as add to partner play. Wearing these would not make me feel butch in the least!

  • US Polo Assn. also has great underwear and they’re currently my preferred brand. I understand they’re not queer owned or operated, but it’s a great alternative for those who can’t afford the above options.

    Pros: They don’t have the extra fabric that creates the “weird package type thing”, they’re VERY affordable (their site frequently has sales and you can easily find a pack of 3 in your local T.J.Maxx for around $10-12), they’re comfortable

    Cons: They have an opening (which can be a pro for some and a con for others)

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