I'm developing a fascination with patterned underwear for men
and the way it enhances maleness, contrary to the accepted view that plain is best
These ones, nicely filled out by the chunky Arad Winwood have a low waist and high, square cut legs that produce pleasing proportions. The effect of skimpiness is increased by the deep and boldly coloured waistband, which reduces the patterned area by almost one third.
That chunky waistband is an unmistakably male element. It counterbalances the suggestion of flimsiness and feminine fuss in the paisley-style pattern, but without quite removing it, leaving behind a tantalising ambiguity.
If there were room for doubt with this model, the body-hugging fabric highlights his primary male attribute and the pattern itself accentuates it, bracketing his pouch with mirror-image, rounded shapes that give it an extra, almost explicit visual dimension. The result is daring and slightly humorous but the precise balance and matching of the left and right halves of the garment that achieves this effect is a mark of true quality and attention to detail in the making of it.