MEN WEARING THONGS AT THE OFFICE: STILL TABOO OR ARE WE GETTING OVER IT?

Can you wear thongs at work?...and which ones Underwear Guy recommends for a day at the office.



INTRODUCTION


Thongs can be a very polarizing underwear type for a lot of men. Some condemn them as too feminine or uncomfortable and others will defend them as the best underwear in the world. I think there's room for all types of underwear and it's best to maintain a "to each his own" mindset but there are definitely times where there is a majority group consensus and the question becomes, do you go against the majority rule, and if so, how? Although I don't have a specific survey to reference, I think we can take it as a solid assumption that most guys are not wearing thongs to work either in an office or most other types of employment environments. Although thongs for men have made some advances over the years with a broad variety available for purchase now compared to 10 years ago, they are still not nearly as common (particularly at work) as the more traditional underwear cuts e.g. boxers, boxer-briefs and briefs. There seems to be a connotation of "taboo" sexuality or inappropriateness about guys wearing thongs that persists throughout society and that of course carries over into the office where it's not uncommon for women to wear thongs but absolutely "forbidden" for men to do so. GQ's Men's Style Guy touched on this subject a few years ago and couldn't help but close with the expected derisive comment:

"...I suppose thong use might be appropriate when you’re wearing a skintight spandex pastel figure-skating jumpsuit."

About.com Men's Fashion editor Daniel Billett had this negative comment to say about men's thongs:

"Okay, who actually wears these besides strippers? Does anyone actually know a guy who owns one of these? And if you are concerned about your “panty lines,” I am concerned about you." [original article]

Unfortunately those comments are probaby not uncommon but that doesn't mean you have to always follow the crowd and there are plenty of guys who wear thongs to work including a couple of readers who wrote in.

Reader Mail


With the "wearing" recommendation sections within my reviews I have an "Office" section where in the past it has been rare for me to endorse thongs. A couple of readers (same name, different guys) took notice:

Great and very useful website! Thank you!

I have been wearing thongs for 25 years now, and wonder why you seem to give low ratings to wearing thongs at the office? I wear them all the time. I know that when I bend over sometimes the outline of the back of the thong shows through my pants and 1 or two times I have seen shock on the face of an observer. I will confess that I am careful to bend over when no one is looking, but I like thong underwear and it is not worth giving them up just because someone thinks that I am a pervert. Actually, one of the secretaries who were thongs as often as I do--OK, I look at her behind when she bends over--seemed shocked when I bent over and I know that she saw the outline of my thong. She said nothing.

Being shy about letting anyone know that I wear thongs is the only drawback that I can see to wearing thongs. I think that they are as close to the perfect, all-around underwear that one can buy. They are comfortable when the proper size is worn, and I wear them for hiking, biking, and everything else.

Anyway, I wear the former Jake Taylor thongs sold by Target (probably test marketing and appeared to have sold well), which later became the Merona brand thongs that were sold at Target for a short time before they were discontinued.

The Target brand thongs were a very soft cotton and were sewn entirely--side material, crotch runner, and cod piece, from what appeared to be two pieces of the soft cotton material. They are wonderful.

Do you know of any other thong that is so made entirely of the soft cotton material? In the alternative, do you know of any person, or company that could make them for me if I sent them a pattern, or even one of my thongs to use as an example?

I think that men's thongs are here to stay and I want the most comfortable ones that I can find, which, unfortunately, Target has discontinued.

I thank you again for your website, and thank you in advance for any thoughts on finding the perfect thong. You are doing a great service.

Bill


Great review. I have been considering buying one of these, and will do so now that I have read your review.

One thing though. I see that you seldom favor wearing thongs to the office. I do wear them to the office. In fact, I seldom wear anything else but a thong. I wear them exclusively, and have done so for several years. Why not wear them to the office?

I do. I love wearing thongs. They are the best underwear that I have found. There is the lingering thought that if the outline of the thong is noticed when I bend over or sit in a chair that allows the outline to be seen that I will be considered a pervert of some sort. I still don't display them in a locker room, rather go to a commode stall to change pants. I have witnessed 2 people that I know saw the outline of the thong. They had a stunned look on their face. Still, I persist in wearing thongs. I have considered throwing all caution to the winds, but probably won't for now. But I will continue to wear thongs.

They are my favorite, and I wear them to the office and am of the feeling that once I have been discovered, so be it. I wear thongs, won't openly advertise it, but if discovered.

Once they have seen you, they have seen you. So what. Eventually someone will ask about it and I will be truthful: thongs are comfortable.

Thongs belong in the office, too.

Bill

By the way thanks to both Bills for writing in! I won't be addressing all parts of your e-mails in this entry (I'll try to work on another Reader Mail edition soon!) but as for making recommendations for thongs in the workplace my answer has two parts. Up to that point in the blog I hadn't really covered a thong that I felt worked well in an office (or general) work environment and second, I admit to some unfair personal bias against thongs at work. I have since made an effort to broaden my views and made some recent recommendations for thongs that included for the office: CK Steel Thong and the JM Skinz Thong.

As a means to help bridge the "thong gap" in coverage on the site I thought it was time for an article devoted entirely to what thongs I think are particularly well-designed and engineered to be good at work.

Thong Do's and Don'ts

First off I would like to state I think guys should feel free to wear whatever kind of underwear they want, especially if it makes them feel good and it's comfortable. If you want to wear a faux snakeskin teardrop g-string that's your prerogative and all power to you. In the interests of making some recommendations and thinking realistically about more conservative workplaces, I'll go by some more restrictive criteria for office thong recommendations. Let's pretend you suddenly dropped your pants in the office in front of everyone, what might be some thong decisions that would draw the least amount of scorn from the more prudish co-workers:

Thong Feature

Maybe Not...

Ready for Work!

Design: In general, I would say one of the better ideas for a thong at work would be to go with the ones that have a standard waistband since you can reveal or show your waistband without necessarily giving up the goods on what exact style of underwear you are wearing. A standard waistband also tends to look more masculine and classic than a string style.

Prepared for something more hardcore than a spreadsheet?: California Muscle Hammer Thong

Available at ABCUnderwear.com

Classic bold logo elastic waistband on the AussieBum Cool Thong

No longer available
  Cut: There are a broad variety of thong cuts available but in general, for the office, something with a full coverage pouch will perform well and not seem like you are trying to be overtly sexual.
Too much skin? BodyAware Italian Soft Cup Thong

No longer available

More traditional coverage from the Papi Stretch Thong.

No longer available
Materials: Mesh, sheer, shiny or other unusual fabrics will also seem a bit too "bedroom" for the workplace so classic cotton blends, microfiber or micro modal are better picks over silk, velvet, rubber, leather etc.
Giving it all away? N2N Bodywear Sheer Pocket Sling

No longer available

Cotton with a little spandex stretch in the new Gigo Craquelado

No longer available
Colors: Bright colors or wild patterns will stand out in a "look at my thong!" way that may not make the most sense for a workplace. Classic white, gray and black work well although darker or more masculine colors like shades of blue and dark red and green can make a nicely understated nod to color without being overdone.
Better for the bedroom: Intimo Flashy Hearts Polyester Lame Thong

No longer available

Colorful, but not over the top: Mundo Unico Tucumano Thong featured at HisRoom.com

No longer available

Thong Recommendations

Now that we've established what will fly and what could fail, let's make some picks for top thongs to wear for work (in no particular order):
Calvin Klein Steel Cotton Thong
Price: $21.00
Sizing: True To Size
Pouch Fit:

REGULAR
From one of CK's most recent lines, the Steel thong has an eye-catching extra-wide logo waistband that can rise above your pants and still not reveal that you are wearing a thong. The cotton material is double-layer in front which is great for modesty and the pouch is shaped and supportive for all-day wear.

No longer available.
Undergear Ribbed Thong

Price: $12.99
Sizing: Runs Large
Pouch Fit:
ROOMY
The Undergear ribbed thong has been around for a while now and the current season's color palette fits well with today's theme covering a range of understated, but rich, dark colors that contrast with the white elastic Undergear logo waistband. If you need or like extra room in the pouch area this thong provides it. The overall sizing tends to run a bit on the large side of things.

No longer available.
Munco Unico Cotton Thong

Price: $13.50-$16.25
Sizing: Runs A Full Size Small
Pouch Fit:
SNUG
Perhaps better known for their bright fabric colors Mundo Unico also offers their signature thong cut in black and white as well as a series of more understated muted tones of red and blue.

Available at: MensUnderwearStore.com and HisRoom.com


2Xist Essentials Y-Back Thong
Price: $12.00
Sizing: True To Size


Pouch Fit:

REGULAR
The 2Xist thong is one of the first mainstream y-back thong designs and offers a simple and modern approach to the thong design.

Available at: 2xist.com
C-In2 Y-Back Thong

Price: $12.00
Sizing: True To Size


Pouch Fit:

REGULAR
C-In2's single thong cut is available in black or white and sports a comfortable y-back design and a masculine design.

Available at: C-In2.com, HisRoom.com and Skiviez.com
Clever Stretch Cotton Thong

Price: $19.50
Sizing: Runs A Full Size Small (based on mesh version with same cut)
Pouch Fit:
SNUG
If you like a little more color that's still understated the Clever cotton thong offers a classic elastic waistband in matching colors.

No longer available.


N2N Bodywear Logo Thong

Price: $18.00
Sizing: True To Size (based on sport bikini version)


Pouch Fit:
REGULAR
N2N Bodywear's latest line of branded elastic underwear is a perfect work alternative to their more risque lines. The pouch is particularly enhancing while looking sporty and not over the top.


No longer available.
Male Power Logo Y-Back Thong
Price: $14.00
Sizing: Can optionally size down depending on desired fit.

Pouch Fit:
ROOMY
If you like your thongs with more room up front the latest Male Power logo elastic waistband line with the y-back thong might just be your new favorite thong.

Available at: MensUnderwearStore.com
JM Underwear Action Thong
Price: $12.00
Sizing: True To Size (based on other JM underwear)


Pouch Fit:

REGULAR
There's a fair amount of room in the pouch in this thong falling in the general "regular" range. The straps are a little unusual in that they are cotton instead of elastic.

Available at: ABCUnderwear.com,

UNDERWEAR POLL

There are of course many other thongs to wear at work but those are my top recommendations based on the products on the market right now. I realize this article could stir some strong opinions from readers so I welcome your workplace thong suggestions as well as feedback on whether you think a guy wearing a thong at work is appropriate. You can help join the dialogue by answering the poll question below as well as adding comments to the article at the bottom of the page.

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