Hot bottoms

The 1950s gave us the “panty raid,” but nowadays it seems the inverse scenario is a lot more common: many a dude has had his underwear drawer robbed by the boxers-loving lady in his life. Erin Cormier is looking to change that. The Newburyport-based designer set out to create the perfect pair of boxer shorts, keeping the comfort but ditching the baggy, saggy silhouette. The result is Paxton 1345, a luxe loungewear line of fitted, flattering boxers for men and women. The debut Northeast Collection features colorful patterns named for preppy havens, from Nantucket and Newport to Bar Harbor and Montauk. Available at and local stores like Forty Winks (56 JFK Street, Cambridge, 617.492.9100), the designs ($48–$54) aren’t exactly priced like your average pair of Hanes. But they’re made in the USA from fine Egyptian cotton, and the folding waistbands allow you to wear them short or long. Plus, these undies are stylish enough that we’re (almost) tempted to wear them outside the house.