Brief Encounters.

Ladies, forget Victoria! Looks like Victor is the one with the secret to staying cool in the 90° summer heat.

I don’t know about you, but at 7 months pregnant, I have given up on the tug-o-war with pants/shorts and instead initiated the “dresses-to-the-9th” phase of maternity wear: all dresses all the time. They cover all you need to cover, drape easily over the ever-expanding-beach-ball belly, and prevent the “why won’t anything fit again” sads.

Yes, dresses are great. But, let’s suppose that, while both your pregnancy weight and temperature digits climb upwards, a bit of uncomfortable chafing becomes a problem. I’m not talking about me of course, it’s… for a friend. Well, say this friend had an epiphany last week at a TJ Maxx.

Men’s boxer-briefs! With the emergence of the metro-sexual male, men’s undergarment industry has come a long way. The styles are sleeker, the fabrics are more high tech, and the color selection could rival most lingerie shops. And, I think I… I mean my friend, has found the perfect super comfortable and stylish pair: Seven7 Long Boxer Brief.

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Photo curtsey

They are light weight, fit like a glove, never ride up, keep you cool, wick away moisture, and even provide a bit of a slimming support. It’s like a gentle Spanx. They come in a two-pack and are available in an array of colors and patterns (paisley anyone?). Basically, they are a great alternative to biker shorts – which can be too thick and hot for the summer.

Another feature that pregnant women specifically might find beneficial, is the extra wide elastic waste band. At about 1.5 inches wide, it manages to provide gentle upward support for the belly without cutting into the skin. It stays in place, doesn’t roll up/down, and doesn’t put too much pressure on the tummy. That’s more than I can say about some maternity support undergarments I’ve tried. Seriously, my friend* can’t stop raving about them.

Of course, there is the matter of the extra boy pouch in the front, but it’s not very prominent and stays pretty hidden. Besides, if you are handy with a needle and thread, these would be a cinch to alter. Or, you can embrace it and use the extra pocket to store loose change and/or other valuables.

So, pregnant or not, if you are looking for a comfortable alternative to bike shorts, I highly recommend checking out these bad boys. Go forth and be chafe free!

PS. If you don’t see any at T.J. Maxx, you can find them as cheap as $15/pair on Amazon.

*PPS. Have you figured out that I am “the friend”? Good work Columbo!

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