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Lewis Carroll first coined the term “rabbit hole” in the opening chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandreferring to the long and long journey that Alice takes after following a rabbit into a burrow that eventually leads them to Wonderland. a stranger And the long They happen to be convenient how-to-shop recipes. Every single one of my shopping bunny slots is completely self-made – the result of becoming obsessed with something niche or special I am. You have To find and not hold back until I do (or at least come close).
I thought it would be interesting to start by fetching some rabbit holes out in the open—a voyeuristic peek inside my digital underwear drawer (or rather, my laptop search history). Maybe you’re looking for the same hyper-specific, or maybe you’re interested in seeing how I get around the dusty corners of Google, Etsy, eBay, and RealReal. Let’s jump in, shall we?
The perfect pair of boxer shorts that aren’t In fact Boxer shorts.
faux-Boxer shorts (i.e. boxer shorts meant to be worn as outerwear rather than underwear) are a dime a dozen these days. At first glance, I understand why this search might not seem very specific, but it is, because I have some pretty strict criteria.
- Looks more like outerwear than underwear
- On the shorter side (above the middle of my leg) and slightly flared on the sides
- Ultra-flat, soft and comfortable elastic waistband
- Lightweight but not flimsy or sheer
- High waist (hitting directly above my belly button)
- 100% cotton.
Before it closed, Entireworld created the perfect pair of fu– Boxer shorts. I own one pair and regret the day I didn’t buy it in every color. I used these pants as a first reference.
Whenever I have a picture of something I’m looking for, my usual first stop is the Google Photos app. A friend told me about it last year, and it changed my life. You upload an image, and after analyzing it, the app will either tell you exactly it is and where to buy it or show you a small set of very similar search results.
I uploaded a picture of my beloved story tapes to Entireworld and was delighted when the app accurately identified them and delivered some of the most promising Poshmark and RealReal hits. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm did not last long, because they were all either sold out or were not my size.
Crossing out the exact results, I began to analyze the “similar” search results. Taking all my criteria into account and ditching shorts that only came in toddler sizes (there are plenty of them), the following seemed like the most promising.
I loved the Everlane cotton fabric boxer shorts at first sight because of their great colors and 99 percent cotton, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for. I wanted them to be a few inches shorter, slightly flared, and without lace.
For my short pull poplin shorts, I got points without the drawstring, but they looked too long to me and didn’t have the right silhouette.
Used boxers may be questionable, but my research led me to the following pairs.
RealReal always features my trips to the rabbit hole, because while it can get hit or miss, when it hits He hits. In this case, it was much worse, unfortunately. I found Caroline Konstas’ adorable husband who checked a lot of my boxes, but he’s not my size.
I went up to Etsy, where I found some amazing pairs of men’s Jockey boxers from the ’80s in three different shades of blue stripes. They seem to have an open fly, but in this case, exceptions should be made, because they are very good. Plus the stitching is very meticulous, and I’m sure you could easily have it closed by your local tailor. (This wasn’t my size either.)
I had a brief moment when I saw that one of the Etsy descriptions referred to frill as “scalloped”. I tried using it as a keyword, but as you might expect, it kept leading me to things like this is, which is cute but not the target. I decided, unchecked, to text my friend Claudia, a professional clothing designer, and ask if there was a “professional clothing designer name” for this type of entourage that would be more useful. Genius replied, “It’s called Dolphin’s Edge.” I’ve never had that in a million years. The keyword was gold. I typed “dolphin hem cotton shorts” into Google and found these.
Tilley’s Tech Dolphin shorts aren’t close to boxers (or affordable), but they’re the perfect length and silhouette, and I love the khaki green, so I’m keeping an eye on them to see if they go on sale.
The keyword “cotton sports shorts” led to this. They’re cute, but they look a lot like underwear.
I ended up buying the shorts below.
I’ve already worn it a few times this summer, and it meets almost all of my criteria. My only wish is for the dolphin tip to tip up and expel a little more forcefully, but other than that, it’s just too perfect. I love them so much and have no regrets.
However, I’ve saved my searches on Poshmark and RealReal hoping to find a pair of my favorite Entireworld boxers in my size. Down the rabbit hole I go again.
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