Praise Underwear Line for Challenging Generic Ideas of Gender


Target: Play Out Apparel

Goal: Congratulate entrepreneurs on their groundbreaking, inclusive gender-neutral underwear.

A line of gender-neutral underwear called Play Out Apparel has been released by former science and business majors turned fashion designers Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux. While designed for comfort on male, female, and all other anatomies, these garments are made gender neutral and are only organized by style and cut. They are a great option for agender (not identifying with any gender) and transgender people, and are a stylish option for everyone. Encourage Play Out Apparel to continue promoting their line and building their company.

The garments come in two cuts labeled as the boxer-brief or “boy short” cut and the trunks cut. While the trunk cut is generally more comfortable for the male body type and the briefs are suited towards a feminine body type, the underwear is specifically made to be flattering and attractive to all genders.

These garments were specifically made to counteract the male gaze-centered marketing that has gone into lingerie and caused many undergarments to be uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Let’s celebrate a company that has taken back the desire of the consumer and hope that they will inspire more brands in the future.


Dear Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux,

I want to personally thank you for what you have done for the public idea of gender as well as for the liberation of undergarment fashion. Underwear has always been incredibly gender biased, making it difficult for those of agender or transgender identities to find styles they liked. Because of Play Out Apparel, people are becoming more aware that there are countless members of the global community that do not fit the generic idea of their gender.

I want to make sure that your company continues on and builds so that other brands may receive inspiration from you. I hope that someday intersex or gender-neutral underwear options are not a niche market, but are simply an option provided by the brand. Simply introducing the Play Out boxer-brief and trunk styles was the first step to the existence of gender-neutral lingerie.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hans Braxmeier

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