“Sometimes when my underwear matches my outfit it makes me feel like I really have my life together.” — Twitter post from Mean Girls.
Knickers, panties, gitch, skivvies — it’s all the same. Or is it? Underwear has come a long way since the days of the baggy bloomers. This sensitive layer has adapted into a physical testament, which speaks to a person’s character. It reflects one’s mood, essence, identity and self-esteem.
After conducting nearly three dozen interviews of men and women ages 18 to 30, it can be concluded that most people make conscious underwear decisions based on their current mood.
“When I’m having a blah day I’ll wear an old ugly pair. But I also have a few pairs that I wear when I’m feeling pretty or if I know today is going to be a good day,” said Kitchener resident Samantha Russell.
Conestoga College student Sydney Clement said on a Facebook post, “It depends on my mood when I wake up and how I’m feeling. On days I’m feeling more confident I’ll wear lace or a thong. Although no one sees them, it makes me feel good about myself.”
An article titled “Change your Underwear, Change your Mood” on thehealthylivinglounge.com discussed how one’s underwear colour choice could encourage positive growth through the influential works of Feng Shui.
“There are colours which stimulate the thinking side of your brain and colours which stimulate the creative side of your brain. There are colours to help you relax and others to energize and excite. Whilst some colours encourage communication others evoke stillness,” said article author Carole Fogarty.
My brother has used his underwear as a tool to provoke a certain mood from his surrounding peers.
“I used to have a pair that was way too small with a pink strap and a panther on the front. But I just wore them when I went camping to make other people feel awkward. I wouldn’t wear pants with them,” Kyle Merkt said.
Two Kitchener residents have found that their perfectly wild night begins with the right pair of gitch.
“I’ve got some real beauties in the back of my drawer. Silk Simpsons boxers. That’s my, ‘It’s going to be a good night’ pair,” Logan Kearns said.
Sophie Cortez said, “If it’s going to be ‘one of those nights’ I usually choose this one thong with cherries on them. They’re pretty badass.”
If you’ve lost that bounce in your step, try reinventing yourself through your intimates. Changing your underpants could change your life.