Last week, emboldened by the success of Matt Punton’s Hom trial, we decided to set ourselves a challenge. We hoped to succeed where Carrie Bradshaw failed, we hoped... to change a man! (Cue dn dn dn theatrical music)
OK, so the challenge wasn’t quite as dramatic as that. After Matt P did such a U-turn on the Hom trunks we wondered why it was that women have such wonderful and varied lingerie drawers but men seem to stick rigidly to old favourites. With this question in mind off we ran to persuade our HR manager Matt Garrett to get involved.
(Can we convince Matt G to try some ladies lingerie? Sadly not!)
Over the last week Matt G has sported a figleaves basic brief, a Calvin Klein boxer, a Duchamp trunk, a Hom thong, and Equmen shapewear trunks. Here’s his week in pants. . .
Monday. A brief encounter
I’m normally a trunks guy so anything else is a bit alien to me. Today I’ve opted for the figleaves basic brief in navy blue which is actually a bit conservative for me. I usually go for a splash of colour. However, these fit a treat and are actually really comfy. Nice cotton, good amount of elastic to hold everything in... excellent!
I’m giving them thumbs up and I’d definitely consider wearing briefs in the future, maybe more colourful ones but I’m going to get these figleaves basics for the gym.
Tuesday. Boxing clever
Second day in and I’m wearing some Calvin Klein woven boxers which are in a nice striped blue! I am a trunk man, so the last time I wore boxers was in 1998 when someone bought me a novelty pair for Christmas and I begrudgingly wore them smarting at having Santa Clause and Rudolph waving from my groin.
First things first…unlike the briefs of yesterday these bad boys are no snug fit-fest! As I pulled them on this morning I felt like a Welterweight Boxer sparring with myself in the mirror for several minutes shouting Rocky one liners.
The boxers fit well but they’re not an everyday, every man choice. If you’re a bigger build these boxers will give you greater comfort and movement and are a bit airier. Think twice about wearing them to the Gym especially if you’re doing cardio...
Wednesday. Comfort Zone
Today I have been wearing Duchamp’s Basic 2 button trunk and I am happy to be back on familiar territory. The fit is perfect and colours are very on trend. The look and feel of the cotton is of a high quality and by the end of the day they’d maintained their shape and texture.
Trunks are great for loads of reasons. They are practical and versatile; they fit any body shape; they come in more colours and styles than any other underwear, even the waistbands are good to show off; you can wear them under any outfit.
Duchamp is a definite winner for me, so if you like your underwear functional, good quality and with great colours I really recommend them. I’m off to make some purchases!!!!
Thursday. Thong Song
The day I’ve feared all week! Thongs, G-Strings, Micro Briefs are all marmite for men….you either love them or loathe them.
I’m trying on the HOM Fredy thong today and they’re tiny! After three attempts I work out which way up and which way round they should be worn. One false move could be lethal!
When I arrive at the figleaves.com office I’m asked by the bloggers which pants I’m wearing. I look sheepish and twang the elastic waistband. They laugh until they recognise the pain on my face and then smile apologetically saying “Thanks for taking one for the team Matt”.
I’m desperately trying to understand why people wear them. Women wear them all the time. Do women have a higher pain threshold then men? That said, HOM make great pants and really take comfort and fit to a new level. There is nothing wrong with the fabric or quality of the Freddy Thong it’s just that this style is not for me.
We sell lots of thongs so who is buying them and do you find them comfy? Tomorrow I’m wearing Equmens revolutionary precision underwear that supports and holds everything in place…..I’m definitely going to need it!
Friday. A perfect fit
After yesterday's extravaganza I’m in Equmen’s Precision Fit trunks. Firstly they’re trunks and you know I love my trunks, secondly the label states that they are styled for cool temperature control and have precision fit support pouch (no fly) which supports posture and improves form. This all sounds very soothing.....a far cry from yesterday’s Thong!
I was expecting them to feel tight and constraining but they feel invisible on but at the same time supporting. They just look like normal trunks but they have a higher spandex content so they stretch when your body moves. The cool temperature control also works surprisingly well…. These are going to be a guaranteed winner at that gym! I have never worn a better, more comfortable pair of underwear, they are truly the daddy of the pants world….Before I gush too much over these there is a ‘but’! The ‘but’ is the price, at £32 a pair they’re not cheap. If you can overlook the price tag you will get the most comfortable pants ever.
So my week in pants is up and what have I learnt? I think variety is the spice of life and mixing up our underwear drawer as much us the opposite sex does is a good thing. With so many varieties, colours and styles out there go on and mix it up. It's time for us men to take charge of our underwear! Banish the grey and saggy and get down in a variety of styles and colours to match our moods and clothes. Don't be afraid just have some fun....er am I beginning to sound like Gok?!?!