Men In Lingerie: Panties For Men

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When a man decides to wear panties, he is faced with a decision. Either he purchases women's underwear and wears it, or he purchases specialty underwear that is made of the same fabric as women's underwear, but is cut to accommodate the manly parts that women lack.

One would think that men would opt for the underwear designed for men, but it would seem from the comments on these hubs where men have mentioned what panties they like to wear, that men often prefer to wear women's lingerie. In my own experience too, men who like to wear lingerie generally elect to wear women's panties rather than special panties for men.

This is a discussion of the pros and cons of men's and women's lingerie. Comments are more than welcome if you'd like to share your own favorites.

The Comfort Factor

It is a simple fact that men's and women's bodies are different, and in more ways than the obvious. Not only do men and women have different equipment, they are also shaped noticeably differently. Men tend to be longer in the panty region, and women's hips make their bodies rounder. Thus panties designed especially for men are generally much longer than women's panties, and have extra space in the crotch region.

This would appear to be advantageous, as it provides for a more 'natural' fit, but many men seem to enjoy the more restrictive feeling that wearing women's lingerie provides. It is also worth noting that most fabrics will stretch to accommodate the male figure, rendering a special panty for the purpose obsolete.

He's Got The Look

From what I have seen, many panties designed for men don't actually look like women's underwear when they are being worn. They tend to be cut long, and have an appearance somewhere between a bloomer and a diaper. Perhaps this is a harsh comment, but the effect of creating a panty that covers the body from a man's waist to his upper thighs is not at all like the effect that wearing a womans panty, where the material tends to cling to the skin.

Depending on your reason for wanting to wear women's lingerie, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. Men who purely wear women's lingerie for the feel of the material may find panties designed for men to be the perfect solution. Men who like not only the feel of the material, but also the feel of the particular way women's panties cling to the body will probably find panties designed for men to be unsatisfying.

On the plus side, panties designed for men do tend to have a great deal of detail on them. Because the manufacturers understand that their clientel is in love with pretty colors, lace, and smooth silky fabrics, you will generally find that Panties for Men or Manties as they are sometimes known are more feminine in appearance than most women's underwear.

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jeimy lacy 8 years ago

This is true and applies not only to panties but to many other items. In my opinion even the most efeminate pink silk shirt will have no chance if compared with any simple and severe cotton blouse. It is not a matter of fabrics, colors or designs, it is a matter of gender identities.

Sam_T 8 years ago

I agree with the your assessment about how Panties made for men (Manties) don't

really don't look like womens panties. I also think that they are extremely overdone. Even the xdress variety. Personally, I will stick to my women's hipsters, boyshorts and thongs. They are more accessible and there is such a huge variety out there that is infinitely more tasteful.

And they are far more comfortable...sometimes even more so with a careful alteration at a dressmaker.

Ross 8 years ago

I agree with both your assesments Hope but you left out one other aspect of wearing traditional ladies panties.....the mental/emotional THRILL of wearing panties meant to be only worn by WOMEN. site offers the perfect 3rd alternative. I go to true panty manufactures and have them make there regular panties but with double nylon gussets rather than the panties from the 50's and 60's. In every other way they ARE ladies panties. some cases...I suply the fabics as today panty manufactures use the cheapest nylon fabric available while I supply fabrics of vintage nylon quality.

Dave 8 years ago

Personally, I like the full silky lacy satiny most femenine panties because I think if I want to wear panties, I should go the whole hog. But they are impossible to buy over the counter. Which department stores offer the best off the shelf panties?

Ken 8 years ago

I wear womens panties because they are panties. Manties are usually made cheap with lower end materials. I like quality fabrics as I am a very tactile person. I only own items created by Victoria's Secret or Fredericks of Hollywood. I have tried panties made for men and was turned off by the low grade fabric. It is also much easier to go to the store and shop then play a guessing game with online purchases. I would rather have bras and panties of high quality than high quantity.

nylon panties 8 years ago

I agree with Ross...I love the nylon panties from yesteryear that my mom & sisters wore. The kind that had the double nylon in the crotch. I really do wish that I could find a manufacturer that still makes them like that.

peanut918 8 years ago

I agree with nylon & ross I also love the nylon panties of yesteryear. I like them so much that I probably spend close to a $100 a month on Ebay shopping and buying brief and vintage style panties, this is not to mention the panties that my wife buys for me. She loves it that iam comfortable with her and myself, it has made our relationship as strong as I've ever had. I've been wearing panties for about 30+ years and have loved every minute of it.

Jeffsize8 8 years ago

I too am a married man of 30 years and I began wearing panties when I grew tired of finding nylon bikini underwear to only have a store stop carrying them.

After discussing it with my wife I decided that nylon panties would always be around and began wearing them 24/7. love it because I have so many choices in fabric, styles, and colors.

I wear Nylon and Satin Brief, bikini, string bikini, hipster, and control brief panties and womens fit me great! I guess because there aint to much down there.:)

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pantielover 7 years ago

thr thrill of having womans panties next to your softest spot is a thrill that no pantie made for men can give you . panties are sexy,taboo,forbiden ,arowsing .A pantie made for men takes all of that alure away and leaves you with a mans undershorts that no woman would ever wear .We wear panties to fil a sexy need inside that mens underwear can not fill.

You can lie to yourself and say that it is ONLY the matirial but in that case the manties still look like panties .so why bother ,it is just someone trying to make money on our choice of attire .

the entire allure of womens undies is that they are WOMENS undies.

pink12 7 years ago

Pantielover has hit the nail on the head so to speak. Why in the world would I want to buy panties made for men! Vantie Fair make about the the best soft and silky pantie I have found. You can buy them for a good price compared to the crazy high price they want for Manties or any other pantie made for men. My wife and I have a great time going to the store and buying them for her and I. I have benn wearing silky panties for 35 years and love every minute of it.

Robin B 7 years ago

My wife has paid a lot for silk boxers for me. The soft, light, tickly fabric makes nice sleepwear. The lack of stretch manifests as splits in the fabric the next morning weven in the largest sizes. Non-stretch satin produces the same result. I coninue wearing them after they split so that she won't feel badly. For me these these are better suited to vertical activities.

To avoid splitting, stretch panties hug and can hide a bulge if you want to. Didn't Maasters & Johnson report that 77% of men wear or have worn their wife's or girlfriend's underwear? I guess I'm not the only one who enjoys that endorpen rush - that "peaceful easy feeling." Cuddling, snuggling, spooning when both wear a loose nightgown is another source for those endorphens.

Here's an unexpected bonus: until the onset of my wife's arthritis, my wife would massage my shoulders after a long drive. When I wore a bra (or backpack) the straps would pinch close to the aching muscle. I would always push the straps closer to my neck. Now I enjoy a racer-back sports bra that hits the spot for 2 reasons.

jim 7 years ago

I started at 13 wearing my mom's pink nylon full cut panties. I stopped just before I got married, but after a year or so I tactfully brought up the idea that her panties looked comfy. My lovely wife told me to try on a pair. From then on we/ve both been wearing Vanity Fair full cut nylon briefs. Her age is an unlisted nuimber, but Im eighty. Thirteen to eight is. . . You do the math.

BigDan 7 years ago

Panties from are the best available. The Hi-cut satintrique panties fit exellent for men.(get 1 size smaller than you usually get) They have others without a cotton crotch. Their slips are great. They have the silkiest fabric ever. You can find them on e-bay but are cheaper on their web site. The slips are cheaper on e-bay.

The bad thing is they are going out of business this summer 2009 so get what you can now. They are much better than Vanity fair or Victoria Secrets.

I've been wearing their panties for more than 15 years and have a drawer full and am stocking up. Try them once and you will scramble to get more quick.

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robin48 7 years ago

I only wear womans panties such a thrill to look pretty..amd feel pretty

Chrissy 7 years ago

I have been wearing panties, bras, lingerie, and female clothing virtually all my life. I had an overwhelming desire to dress as a girl by the time I was 5 years old. In my opinion, wearing panties and girly things in general come from the need that some of us guys have to be feminine women. We love to be women in every way and slipping into a soft, pretty pair of panties, a new shiny satin bra, or some pretty lingerie satisfies that need and makes us crave it again and again. To meet this need, we need to be able to purchase and wear panties, lingerie, and clothing that is designed for women, not some ugly tacky looking garment that was designed for men but with feminine qualities. We do not think like men. We are women in every regard except for our physical bodies and we want to look, feel, and be treated as such. I personally love being a woman and will never be able to buy enough pretty panties, bras, lingerie, and pretty clothes to satisfy me.

bill I love panties 7 years ago

I love panties.

Bill Kelley

Panty-Lov 7 years ago

for a couple days now I have been reading this site. Today I was going in and out of hospitals(12) for my job, this site mde me want to be adventurous. I wore my 6 strap garter belt, black lace top stockings back seem, and pink ruffled boy cut rhumba panties. I did a lotof walking though hospitals talkking to doctors, yes it was a thrill feeling the straps on the back of my legs with every step I took.

I almost exclusively wear panties under my ladies pants, and either the tin ladies pant socks or PH. No i do not try to hide it under my legs, nd yes I have been caught. My pants today were light enough tht the straps could be seen if you knew to look. I also like to wear Ph under shorts, or with an oocasional Denim or my leather skirt, both knee leangth. It definitely is fun beeing a secure male.

I remember dressing in my sisters clothes at 8 yrs old, today I have my own wardrobe. I also don't see a problem with a t-shirt dress or a caftan type outfit. I don't think I woul go much further thou.

bigboy 7 years ago

yes, why don`t you people package womens in mens packages , and sell them in stores for men. in m/ s/ l i would really like to see that happen real soon.

PantyLuvr 7 years ago

Arrrggghhhh!!!!! Shadowline has gone out of business! I loved, loved their 11042 Hipster.

gurlinside 7 years ago

Personally, I have been wearing panties since my mother dressed me in them as a young child. As a middle age man, I still love them. My wife now buys them for me often but balks at the lacy frilly type. I wear them everyday, even to the doctors office as I do not own any male underwear. I have purchased panties from xdress and from other specialty shops but they are much more expensive than the run of the mill ladies panties and personally, I like the high of wearing ladies panties. The xdress panties I have purchased do hold up though. One thing I love about wearing ladies panties is the VPL and the lines of the crotch area. Mens panties do not have the cotton liner and thus do not have the look that I adore. Personally, If I am going to wear panties, I want to look in the mirror and see a visible panty line that looks accurate.

suki 7 years ago

Fine European lingerie- French and Italian- are the best ! I could wear these all the time and enjoy extended sessions of massage while wearing them for my partner's pleasure.

Little Princess dani 7 years ago

I not only love my pink panties, I see myself as a girl in "most" ways. I just love to put delicate panties on and feel sweet and girly. You are a wonderful person, Hope! Not everyone understands this.

silklover 6 years ago

I love my selection of panties. I have also chosen women panties due to other reasons. I would love to see more women support the men in this. Reading Hopes writings it fully supports what a man wants to wear. I am not against cross dressers. In fact i support them. My wife does support me wearing panties, other than that she don"t agree with. I can live with that, and respect her for what she wants and likes. In fact i have tried a bra and not happy with the looks or fit. I will stick to my panties and be happy that me and my wife enjoys my panties. I also enjoy when she wears matching panties with me. In short men if you want to wear panties, bras or anything else go for it and don't hide it.

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TIMWILLIAMS 6 years ago

I am a man. I wear panties all the time. But I won't go for these "mens panties" that are now out in these sites. I wear the womens/girls panties that you get at Wal-Mart, Sears, ETC that are sold in the womans/girls lingerie departmants.

I intend to stick with the actual girls and womens panties/underwear and the actual womens and girls bras as well. I won't wear the "panties for men" nor "bras for men".I just stick with the womens/girls stuff. Besides, if you want to wear bras and panties, get the real womens and girls stuff like I do and wear. It's the whole fun of it to wear the actual girls and womens underwear and bras.

sissychuck44 6 years ago

I only wear real, authentic women's panties. Manties not only don't look like real panties but they don't fit like "real" panties. If I'm going to bother wearing panties, I want the REAL panties and get the full effect of wearing women's panties, not men's panties. There is something taboo about wearing women's clothing made for women as opposed to wearing women's clothing made for men.

I prefer the cut, the look and the feel and knowing that they were designed and made for women. it's far more exciting and emotionally rewarding wearing the real thing, shopping in the women's section of the stores and wearing what women would actually wear.

pantylover1 6 years ago

I wear custom made "mens panties" just because I cant wear real womens panties to work. the silky fabric is just as soft and silky as my wifes olga but made for men. when I am not working I have my lacy womens panties on. as long as they are silky I will wear them.I have tried manties and

jg2 and dont really dont care for either fabric

just dont work. I spend a great deal of cash on my underwear. either satique or on ebay

Nolyn 6 years ago

My one experience in buying "panties for men" from was a negative experience mostly due to the fact that they were poorly made. It's a lot easier to just shop for women's panties at the store - you can see what your getting and they are generally well made.

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