Sunday, 30 September 2012

Men's fashion crimes - novelty underwear (Guest Post) by Stuart Green

This article takes a humour filled look at novelty men’s underwear, outlining why it is such a fashion crime.

Who Buys It?

It is amazing in our minds that people buy men’s novelty underwear at all, however perhaps what is more shocking is the people that buy it. Usually, novelty products are the sort of thing that you can rely on a relative who doesn’t ever see you to buy for your birthday or for Christmas. Humour is always an excellent ice-breaker like that, isn’t it. I know what I’ll do, I haven’t seen him since the same day last year, and I have no idea what he likes or would appreciate for a gift, so I’ll buy him some underwear with an elephants face so he can put his thingy in the trunk. Anyone would find that funny, obviously.
The frightening thing is, not only is that a fairly accurate reflection of attitudes towards buying men’s novelty underwear as a gift, but that men also buy this stuff for themselves! Okay, they probably don’t go to quite the ridiculous lengths that have been described above, but it is still common for allegedly grown, mature men to placate themselves with underwear that says things along the lines of “unleash the best” or “Ladies: Welcome to Heaven.”
Seriously, does anyone really take themselves even a little seriously when wearing these things. There might be a bit of irony and humour in t-shirts that say things like “You Like This” in the style of Facebook, but surely not in pants. Imagine spending the night with a new girlfriend for the first time, and while you are getting intimate she sees the message above?!

Blame the Shops

We believe the blame should be laid squarely at the foot of the selected stores that sell this stuff and think it is acceptable to do so. Of course, if there is demand for a product in a business, then they are going to continue stocking it.
At the same time, there is surely an argument that says that no-one actually hits the stores with express objective to buy novelty underwear. They might be looking to buy underwear, but are probably happy with a general pack of 3 briefs before setting their eyes on what else is on offer. Men generally don’t walk into the store and ask if they can be directed to the “I Am Legend” underwear, do they?

The Solution?

The only way forward, if there is one, is to not wear it yourself, mock your friends for doing so, and never, ever buy it, even as a humorous gift. And tell the long lost relative that it isn’t funny, too.
Stylepilot lets men discover which styles and items to purchase including mens underwear.