Just For Guys: Men’s Shapewear & Male Undergarments That Help Hide Problem Areas

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man-boobs-and-big-belly-by-MelvinSchlubman.jpgUnderwear that helps to enhance the look of your body is not just for women anymore.

That’s right, many men would like to minimize their least attractive features too.

NBC News recently reported that Spanx (one of the most popular lines of womens shapewear) will soon be selling male Spanx, or Manx.

UPDATE: Mens Spanx shapewear is a reality. Here’s a great review of Spanx for Men from a guy who writes about men’s underwear for a living!


Wearing Spanx didn’t magically turn me skinny. But when I finished getting dressed, my clothes magically fit for the first time ever. I felt transformed into a newer, slightly less blobby version of myself. I felt confident about how I looked, in a way that was more like stepping into a new skin than merely cinching up the old … With Spanx I could let go of my worries about my body. I didn’t have to suck in my stomach because it was being done for me. All the mental energy I spent each day worrying what people thought of me was freed up. Source

Following are some ingenious ways for men to camouflage whatever body issue they are most uncomfortable with — like a big belly, man boobs, or a small butt.

The answer is finding the right piece of men’s shapewear — male undergarments that can be worn under your clothes and no one will even know. And guess what?… It really works!

Check out this video from The Rachael Ray Show where men tried on different types of male undergarments (called “Manshapers”). See the before and after shots, along with the guys’ opinions (and the opinions of their girlfriends).


Got A Round Belly?

If you’re a guy that has a little extra padding around the middle that you just can’t get to go away — no matter how much you exercise or eat right (or if you just can’t wait for the new exercise routine and diet to do its thing) — then you may want to check out the belly buster from Underworks.

Similar to a mens girdle (or mirdle), this is a waist cincher for men. It provides support for your back, as well as compression for your tummy. It really works! It helps you get those nice straight lines under tighter shirts that you’ve been wanting! You can adjust the amount of compression by changing where the hook & eye closures are attached.

In men’s clothes right now, slim is in — everything has a much more fitted silhouette, from the tapered leg to narrow dress shirts, said Richard Gualtieri, director for men’s fashion merchandising at Lord & Taylor. He notes that men have been seeking out more figure-hugging underwear, where “there’s some stretch to it that helps lift and keep things in place a little bit more. Source


male-butt-model-wearing-butt-pads-by-feastoffools.jpgHave A Flat Behind?

Guys who want to add a little bulk to their backside should consider padded underwear. (Women who want fuller, rounder looking bottoms have been using this type of shapewear for years.)

If you want a fuller behind, try padded underwear like these padded butt boxer briefs for men by Undergear which are a cotton/lycra blend.


Want Some Extra Padding In The Front?

Undergear’s shape enhancer boxer brief is padded in the front — as opposed to the back — to give a fuller, beefier look where it counts.

Truth is, there are all kinds of padded boxers and briefs for men. It all depends on what you’re looking for!


Wish You Had A Tighter Chest & Mid-Section?

If you’ve got man boobs and belly rolls and need compression of the entire chest and stomach area, then you may want to consider a t-shirt that has compression material all throughout the chest and mid section areas.

Compression shirts are double paneled, and they look like regular t-shirts for the most part — making them invisible under your clothing. The amount of compression varies, depending on the amount of Spandex in the garment.

On The Doctors TV show, they did a brief review of Spanx for men (a.k.a. Manx):


Those are just a few of the different kinds of men’s shapewear currently available.

Most of them are made to look like regular underwear, so no one will even know you’re wearing them.

I realize that most men (and many women!) would never admit to needing shapewear in the first place. Hopefully, this article will help to reassure you that shopping for shapewear really isn’t any different than shopping for regular underwear.


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