Boxers or Briefs?
Who remembers the university student asking former US President Bill Clinton whether he wore boxers or briefs? I do and it wasn’t so much the question, it was the fact that Bill answered! I think he said boxers, but I can’t quite remember.
Boxers are much more popular in the United States, you don’t really see them here and I can’t imagine they give much support. However, during a recent underwear buying expedition for a special male in my family (on behalf of Santa), I was surprised not only by the range of undies now available in New Zealand, but also by the astronomical cost of them. The pair I eventually chose was $50! I couldn’t believe it. Santa’s elves must be charging overtime to stitch those puppies up.
The other thing that surprised me was the suggestiveness of the poses of the incredibly hot men modelling them on the front of the packaging. I haven’t seen anything that good in person since the Muldoon administration. I imagine it must be quite disconcerting for the real men recipients of the undies to try them on, only to find they don’t quite look like Dan Carter. At least it means that we are not alone, because I don’t look like the pictures on the tags of women’s underwear and I imagine most of us don’t.
There were so many different styles (tighty-whities, boxerstyle briefs, ones with long legs, ones with short legs), the only thing missing was the men’s bikini brief (do they still make them?).
And thank goodness there wasn’t a thong in sight. They should certainly be banned for both men and women.
There was a series of brightly coloured undies with racy titles, I think they were a European brand, and there were some that came in a pack of two. I didn’t expect so much variety, but it got me thinking that it is nice that men are also interested in making an effort with their undergarments as we have been expected to do for so many years.
When I was a young graduate, I worked for IBM in computer sales. One of my clients was Bendon and I was invited to the launch of the Elle MacPherson range of intimates, attended by Elle MacPherson herself. I was only young at the time, around 23, but I was still blown away by Elle’s stunning beauty and poise and I remember then thinking what an incredible coup it was for a New Zealand manufacturer to score one of the world’s most successful supermodels to design an underwear brand. And she still designs for Bendon and she even has a men’s range. So there you go.