While searching for undergarments, most people are used to visit either the men’s or women’s sections to find panties, briefs and other intimate apparel. There is one shop in a place where selection of underwear isn’t restricted by traditional ideas of gender.
That is precisely what one brand new company is going to do. They want to design and develop an entire line that’s intentionally gender-neutral underwear.
Play Out Apparel is founded upon the idea that there are no selections for people who don’t fit neatly into what society thinks about male or female bodies and identities. The New York-based outfit suggests a modern way for people to express their personal style, despite the gender.
Maybe it’s not unexpected such an unconventional idea came from a rather unusual duo, a same-sex couple with experience in neuroscience and literature yet no background in fashion. Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux were looking for attractive alternatives of men’s-style underwear for female bodies. Men’s underwear often appears with graphic designs and bold colors assortment, while women’s choices rely more on flowery, lacy designs and have a more understated palette.
“Coming from the LGBTQ community, we knew a lot of women and genderqueer individuals who would wear men’s underwear because the designs and cuts were more in line with their personal style” said Sugar. “We wanted to offer our underwear as an inclusive option to what else is out there on the market”.
Play Out offers both trunks and boxer briefs with a “nerdy, urban esthetic” that fuses bold and bright colors with patterns inspired by technology, modern and contemporary art, geometric shapes and science. With the design options and wide band at the top, the underwear pays homage to a more masculine appearance while reflecting a fluidity of body types with its cut. The boxer underwear are shorter, have a flat front and would normally be sold as a shape for female bodies but, according the designers, many cisgender men have ordered that option, while many cisgender women have opted for the typically male trunk cut.
Sugar claimed that comfort and feeling yourself in underwear is the most important thing. Also, they are happy to present all of the designs in both cuts, despite the gender identification.
Play Out may begin offering shirts, swimwear and other gender-neutral underwear cuts soon, with a broader variety of sizes. Sugar and Lardeux are proud of what they have created in three years. “We absolutely want to continue the conversation around gender expression in style and support more ways of being a person that doesn’t need to always be so far out on one side or the other of the gender spectrum”, explains Sugar.