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DGU Guide: MEN WORKING FROM HOME IN UNDERWEAR – DOs and DON'Ts
Men's underwear is suddenly at risk of becoming very public as more and more employees are working from home. Today Deadgoodundies.com steps in to advise male home workers how to avoid embarrassment, and maybe win fans.
The pitfalls of home working and video conferencing have already left many workers with red faces, including one woman whose husband appeared behind her during an online chat with colleagues in his undies.
As Deadgoodundies' Jane Garner smiles: "In the usual privacy of their own home, men are very comfortable spending time in just their underwear. There's also a singularly male phenomenon… the instant response from many guys caught in just their skivvies is to dance or wiggle their way out of sight."
Men might be tempted, working from home, to dress properly from the waist up and enjoy the freedom of abandoning pants and wearing only boxers or briefs below, even during video calls.
"Gents, before you go anywhere near any device with a camera, please be sure you are properly dressed, or at least adjusted," Jane insists. "Then there are mirrors – the downfall of so many Instagrammers and sale adverts! Clean, presentable underwear for men was never so important."
With this in mind, DGU has created its own guide to WORKING FROM HOME IN YOUR UNDERWEAR.
• There's no need to be too formal but do look business-like for online meetings – think 'Will I ever live it down if they see too much of me?'
• Do check what your colleagues will see if you stand up or move around
• If you are comfortable working in just men's underwear be sure it's clean, fits properly and would pass the Hotel Corridor Test – if you locked yourself out of a hotel room in that pair of shorts or briefs would they make fellow guests laugh, scream or faint?
• Don't just check out the backdrop seen by your camera – the close up matters too
• Don't forget mirrors which might show you from a whole new angle!
• Don't assume you're safe only dressing well waist up - that work shirt might feel long enough but the minute you lift your arms it gets shorter
• Don't become the unexpected extra - if someone else in your household is taking part in a video call, stay BEHIND their screen, not behind them
The huge numbers of men working from home has created a whole new trend in sales at Deadgoodundies.com.
"Men are turning to online retail experts like Deadgoodundies for new male underwear. At one end, they're becoming rather braver in their choice of designs and colours because they know DGU ships in plain parcels.
"On the other hand, men can't pick up yet another triple pack of black boxer briefs while they're shopping on a Saturday, so men are browsing the internet and finding us," says Jane.
"There might also be another explanation. As men are so comfortable hanging about at home undressed, their partners and children might be encouraging some gents to take a fresh look at their underpants and the need for new pairs."
NOTE ON DELIVERIES 3 April 2020: Apart from a handful of countries and specific areas, shipments from DGU are being shipped and delivered, if a little slower, as usual. Watch the Deadgoodundies.com website and newsletters for regular updates.
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