Friday, April 6, 2012
There is a scene in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo where Daniel Craig is stripped down to his briefs and, lo and behold, they are black. Obviously black tee shirts worn with denim trousers are part of contemporary culture, but black briefs were a revelation. After all, traditionally one's underclothes were supposed to blend, as in guys with dark skin wore dark stuff and palefaces wore light. Past that, the subject was hardly worth thinking about - only medical professionals, other men in the locker room and spouses or prospective partners should see one's undershorts and in the latter case it will be for as little time as possible during the process of disrobing. From that point of view, the important thing is that they are clean.
Of course, what this attitude failed to take into account is that each of those moments before and after are overwhelmingly more important to the normal male than all the medical examinations and workouts he is likely to be a part of during his lifetime. And where white is naive, even virginal, and boxer shorts generally somewhat middle aged looking, black is sexy and black briefs sexiest of all.
Black. It is not just for tee shirts any more.