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Review: James Tudor Retro Brief

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I saw these James Tudor Retro Briefs on sale at CheapUndies.com and had to give them a try.

I grabbed two pair and when they arrived, put them through an initial wash and packed them for a work conference. I was hopeful they would be comfy (but brought back ups just in case).

James Tudor Retro Brief Pink James Tudor Retro Brief Green James Tudor Retro Brief White


Waistbands are a big deal to me. Some flip over. Some twist. Some pinch. Thankfully, these briefs didn’t do any of those. The waistband has a signature logo styling and complimentary striped colors – and is just the right width to stay put and not pinch or bunch.

I wore each pair for a full day (once driving almost 2 hours in the car) and I’m happy to report they came through with as many flying colors as you can get this brief in.


Like many briefs out there today, these are 95% Cotton and 5% Elastane. As you would expect, that makes them soft, comfortable and breathable while allowing them to stay put and fit nicely over your body. Given how common this combination is I’ll be curious to see if anyone makes a new breakaway in fabric, like we saw with Bamboo a few years ago.


As I mentioned above, the Elastane is just the right amount to let these briefs stretch where they need to stretch without pulling or feeling artificial.

The seams on the back were interesting to me (see the picture below for detail). I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them, but once I had them on, the contoured seam fit perfectly to the curve of my backside and seemed to help keep the fit to my body without getting saggy or bunching.

The briefs ride low on your hips (though not as low as some brands these days) and sit very comfortable below the waistline of most jeans and pants.

The only downfall is that with some form fitting khakis that I have, the buttons make a bit of an indentation in the front. I didn’t have that issues with the dress pants I wore or jeans/shorts – but any tight fitting pants could be problematic.

James Tudor Retro Brief Front Close James Tudor Retro Brief Back Close


The style is what drew me to these briefs. Honestly, I love everything about it:

  • The contrasting color combinations
  • The patterned waistband
  • The decorative buttons at a diagonal down the fly
  • The contrasting seams at interesting angles

There’s just something unexpected about the styling on these briefs that makes me smile while wearing them. A little secret I know that no one else does.

From James Tudor:

A Retro inspired high cut brief, featuring JT button detailing and contrast piping and leg bands. Available in a range of vibrant block colours. 95% Cotton 5% Elastane.

James Tudor Retro Brief Orange Feature

Where to Buy James Tudor Retro Briefs:

Direct from JamesTudor.com

International Jock

Bang + Strike

About James Tudor Underwear:

The motivation behind the brand is to provide luxury products with unparalleled fit, quality and attention to detail for today’s man.

The inspiration for James Tudor comes from men’s period tailoring, an era when garments were crafted by the skilled hands of a tailor, a time when a man placed a high emphasis on the immaculate detail of his dress. Every piece in the collection embodies this ideal, whether it is the cut, perfected by our pattern cutters, the amazing feel of the fabric or the intricate detailing.

A contemporary edge, and an exciting historical British Tailoring feel are hallmarks of James Tudor London. Our luxurious and one of a kind approach is evident in our clothing, from boxers and briefs, to tanks, swimwear and active wear, we have it all ready for you to wear. James Tudor wants every man to feel his best, have confidence and be empowered by the garments he is wearing. We invite you to take part in our dream of providing you with the best quality and detail-oriented products.

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Passionate about the fit, form and fashion of all types of underwear. I wear many hats including: Writer. Marketer. Photographer. Critic. Aficionado. My current favorite underwear is the Baskit Luxe Brief. Andrew Christian's Almost Naked Brief is a close second.


  1. John

    July 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Did the buttons come apart at all? I had purchased a trunk version of this with the buttons down the front. I got the correct size etc. but no matter what I did the buttons popped open when sitting down. I’m just normally endowed lol so I can’t blame that.

    • rich

      July 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      This collection just has decorative buttons. They have another collection that has an actual button fly on it – which may be the one you’re thinking of. These don’t have a fly, so there is nothing to pop open.

      • John

        July 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Cool, I’ll have to try those.

        • rich

          July 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

          Welcome! You’ll get all of the styling without the fly popping open. Happy to help!

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