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In recent urgent news, The New York Daily News reported on Dec. 22 that an evasive lingerie thief in Yulin, China was finally caught after living at large for a year. The fatal mistake that did the panty-nabber in? Not knowing the weight limit of his ceiling.
The man, who the article refers to as Tan, allegedly possessed a master key to his apartment building. While his female neighbors were at work, he used the key to sneak into their apartments and steal their used underwear. He later stashed the goods in the ceiling of his apartment. When authorities visited the apartment after the ceiling collapsed under the weight, they found over 2,000 pairs of women's bras and underwear that Tan had collected over the last year.
The first thing that came to mind when seeing the photo of all the color-coordinated underwear spread along the public sidewalk was, "Why is everyone’s underwear so plain?"
I realize a small group of women from a single apartment complex in Yulin, China hardly makes for an unbiased focus group, but even when I go to stores, I see far fewer options available outside of neutral tones and classic black. I understand most bras are made to be discreet, but honestly, how often is everyone running around in sheer tops? If everything you own is see-through, I suggest you stop reading and check out any other page on this site for ideas on how to diversify your wardrobe first.
For the majority of days, when discretion isn't necessary, how about something that gives you confidence, even when it can't be seen by those around you? A Black and Tan may be a delicious cocktail, but your underwear drawer should have a little more variety than just those two colors. As made clear on Adam & Eve, "It’s what’s on the inside that really counts, but a little lingerie on the outside never hurts!" It's true—if you’re looking for a self-esteem pick me up throughout the day, nothing achieves that better animal print. That's not just an opinion, either; it's scientifically backed!
Clothes can be used as a way to define yourself, but they can also impact a person's mood and actions. Forbes posted a study from from Northwestern University, who called the concept “enclothed cognition," meaning, "the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes."
The study found that a person's outfit highly influenced the way they behaved, with the change in their actions representing a shift in the person's internal self. The phenomena explains why you may feel more angelic while wearing white, or why you may feel more studious wearing a sweater and glasses—and why you can't not feel fierce when wearing leopard print. It's an old-school pattern, sure, but it still inspires confidence that's transferred to the wearer.
I have always been a fan of the classic leopard print, which is why I'm thrilled it seems to be coming back in full force. For example, The Gloss called Jennifer Lawrence’s leopard print coat "The Most Surprising Trend You Can Actually Wear In 2015." Not only that, but it's one of the recent editorial picks from Steve Madden for shoes and handbags.
Granted, animal print isn't always the most acceptable attire. So on those days when the print just won't do on the outside, wear that confidence-maker proudly underneath your clothes. Even if you don't like the "realistic" color pattern, there's plenty of print in all different tones. I alone can claim to owning a purple, leopard-print bra and a neon-blue zebra-print number.
Instead of dismissing your lingerie’s look because it’s something you don’t expect anyone to see, think of it as an extension of your outfit. You wouldn't wear outfits with the same neutral tones day in and day out, and your lingerie should be no different.