In The Clearing Stands A Boxer: National Underwear Day, 2014


Amid the hoopla of National Underwear Day (yes, there is such a thing), one boxer stands out among the crowd: that of Mercer & Sons.

You can get them in pima oxford cloth by special request, but David Mercer says pinpoint oxford is better, telling us, “As a longtime fan of two-ply pima oxford shirts and boxers, I have decided that pinpoint, which I feel is a poor cousin to oxford and broadcloth for shirts, actually makes a superior boxer. Less bulky and the cloth really gets smooth over time.”

And with undergarments this fine, who’d want to take them off? — CC


21 Comments on "In The Clearing Stands A Boxer: National Underwear Day, 2014"

  1. Sally from Silver Spring MD | August 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm |

    Wow! I’m sitting here drinking iced coffee, listening to Al Green, and binge-reading your blog. I should mention that I am a woman who typically has no interest in men’s style blogs. But yours has a certain something. It’s smart, readable, not overwhelming…I love it! Keep up the excellent work!

    Here’s to you!!

  2. A.E.W. Mason | August 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm |

    You mean WOMEN can read this blog?!?! Harrumph, harrumph….. I had to Google “Al Green.” Anyone else?

  3. Then of course there is always the jockey vs. boxer conundrum:

  4. Sally from Silver Spring MD | August 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm |

    A.E.W Mason – Ooops! Sorry…didn’t mean to step on any toes… *backs away slowly, quietly closing door behind her* 🙂

  5. For boxers a nice 16 oz. Donegal Tweed is the way to go.

  6. @A.E.W. Mason,

    I too had to Google “Al Green”.
    I also had to Google “Vanilla Ice” the other day.

  7. Waldo Walters | August 6, 2014 at 12:27 am |

    Pinpoint is too shiny for shirts. Doesn’t breathe especially well either.

    I figured that last link in CC’s post was going to be Nelly’s video for Hot In Herre, in which he might well be wearing those boxers.

  8. Dutch Uncle | August 6, 2014 at 12:57 am |

    There is no jockey/briefs vs. boxer conundrum.

    Boxers are as much an essential part of the traditional ivy league gentleman’s wardrobe as oxford shirts, rep ties, and navy blazers.

  9. Straight Arrow | August 6, 2014 at 1:04 am |

    @Waldo Walters:

    My experience has been that pinpoint loses its initial sheen, that it has a far more dressy appearance, and that’s its weight is less suffocating than regular oxford cloth.

  10. Waldo Walters | August 6, 2014 at 1:37 am |

    You can get Oxford cloth in lighter weights, SA. Less trad but more comfy.

  11. MuggleBorn | August 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm |

    “There is no jockey/briefs vs. boxer conundrum.

    Boxers are as much an essential part of the traditional ivy league gentleman’s wardrobe as oxford shirts, rep ties, and navy blazers.”

    It is up to us to keep close tabs on other’s undergarment preference to ensure that the blood remains pure.

  12. A.E.W. Mason | August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm |

    My Dear Sally,

    You do know that I’m kidding (well, not about Al Green) and poking fun at myself. No, no, good woman, to quote E.M. Forster, “Women improve every conversation.”. I assure you my toes are fully intact. Please come back. I’ll even nominate you to the membership committee.



  13. Isn’t Al Green considered classic make-out music? There may actually be a woman out there who gets all hot and bothered looking at trad.

  14. Cranky Yankee | August 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm |

    If readers are Googling Al Green and Vanilla Ice, some of them probably missed the headline reference ‘In The Clearing Stands A Boxer’.

    It’s a line from the Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Boxer’ which was a single and was released on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. It was also covered by Emmylou Harris (Roses in the Snow) and Bob Dylan (Self Portrait).

  15. At age 17 I went from thinking my parents’ record collection was square and started thinking it cool.

    They no longer listened to it, after all.

  16. One of my favorite memories is of seeing S&G live on the Old Friends tour in Paris at whatever that stadium is, 50,000 French people singing along to “The Boxer”. I was also most likely wearing boxers at the time

  17. Sally from Silver Spring MD | August 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm |

    To The Very Kind AEWM:

    I would be honored to accept your membership nomination! (I was still listening outside the door). I promise not to be a pest. It’s great to see people who are not, in the words of my idol Letitia Baldridge, “dressing as though they were going to dig a ditch.”

    Most sincerely,
    Sally Ingram

    p.s. Google “al green grits” for the REAL story on Al Green.

  18. AEWM & Sally
    I’m having a Brown University and Pembroke College flashback with your exchanges. Good news, all turned out very well!!

  19. @Cranky Yankee

    I can assure you that I did get the Simon and Garfunkel reference.
    Al Green and Vanilla Ice are hardly in the same category.

  20. A.E.W. Mason | August 7, 2014 at 1:45 am |

    Miss Ingram,

    So pleased to see you back. I’ll investigate your suggested references in due course.


    @M Arthur

    I’ve no doubt it turned out wonderfully well….

  21. Cranky Yankee | August 7, 2014 at 5:30 am |

    I was speaking generally, OldSchool. That’s why I said, “…some of them…” to A.E.W. Mason’s, “Anyone else?” Nothing personal.

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