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The Ten Best Men's underpants

Loud, proud and printed with everything from polka dots to flowers, there’s a pair out there for everyone

1. House of Holland

£21, asos.com

Aimed at those with a sense of humour, these have spots, stripes or slogans emblazoned across tiny pants.

2. Calvin Klein

£23, 020 3100 2900

While it's no longer de rigueur to have your Calvins poking out of your jeans, they are still fashionable pants with a reputation for good quality.

3. Sunspel

£25, my-wardrobe.com

Tight, white and bright – these are the type favoured by the male-model fraternity. If you fancy the look be warned – only the buff need apply as they're unforgiving.

4. Topman

£8, topman.com

If comfort is your top priority, then this pair, with its more generous than average length, won't ride up the leg – making it a safe buy. In white, polka-dot chambray cotton.

5. Comme des Garçons

£24, my-wardrobe.com

The fashion followers' choice, these black cotton pants are created with Hammerthor underwear. With a subtly branded waistband, the stretch cotton has a fine rib finish and slit open fly.

6.Björn Borg

£25, selfridges.com

The Swedish tennis ace has an impressive selection of pants to suit all tastes. The best take their lead from Prada, Givenchy et al and have a tropical print. For peacocks, not shrinking violets, though.

7. H&M

£7.99, hm.com

For all those hiding under a rock, David Beckham has put his name to a Bodywear line for H&M. It includes all the basics and no less than four styles of rather tight-fitting classic pants.

8. M&S

3 for £18, marksandspencer.com

What says "I love you" more than heart-printed boxers? No? Well, it was worth a try and this is a nice pair of pants nonetheless.

9. River Island

£7, riverisland.com

Those planning to immerse themselves in Olympic frenzy might like to dress the part too – with these patriotic underpants.

10. Gap

£8, gap.eu

As well as this inoffensive blue plaid pair, Gap offers up stripes, spots and even armadillo print in a safe-ish boxer-short collection.