Underwear brand Tommy John likes to frame their product’s value proposition thusly; wearing their underwear with make you feel better about yourself. After a few weeks of testing, we more or less agree.
Men today have more options when it comes to finding great, well-designed underwear than any other time time history. While it’s not the same as curing cancer, designing undergarments that that help the wearer feel comfortable, relaxed, and unrestricted yet put together, is no mean feat. To us, the Tommy John brand is notable for the consistent comfort; no stretching or sagging, even after repeated wearing and washing. In addition, the brand has developed a truly creative and eminently functional advancement in the fly department – something all men will appreciate. Frankly, that accomplishment alone deserves some sort of award.
OTC highly recommends both of the items we tested, the Second Skin Trunk underwear and Cool Cotton Deep V-Neck undershirt. The underwear is incredibly light and breathable, providing excellent comfort and minimal bulk throughout the day. The undershirt has an almost body sculpting quality to it that tapers down to the waist. This design element means that it truly stays put and doesn’t ride up, a universally persistent issue with most undershirt-wearers. No tucking or scrunching needed.
The one note of caution we would add is that this significant tapering also means the undershirt itself can potentially feel a bit constricting, almost like shape wear. The outward effect is slimming and helps your dress shirt look less bulky. However, depending on the wearer, it may not always feel comfortable. As the fit is close by design, it might be better to size up if this is a concern.
As with many of these advanced, research-based underwear brands, Tommy John’s products are not inexpensive and choosing to invest in a $30 pair of underwear may be a bit daunting – or irritating – to some. We don’t really weigh in on the pricing issue for one key reason. These products are not “also” items picked up on the grocery store run. They are not to be tossed into the cart as an afterthought; a six-pack for ten bucks. The quality, construction, design, and comfort brought to the wearer makes this underwear akin to a great shirt or solid pair of trousers you plan on wearing all the time. So, view purchasing this sort of high-end underwear for what it is, investing in your wardrobe; frankly, an important and often overlooked part of your wardrobe.