By Danielle Turchiano
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk frankly for a second: I know we all have a piece of clothing we can’t bear to part with. Whether it’s a faded old tee shirt from our alma mater or first concert, or a pair of jeans that made our butt look just right but will probably never fit us again, we tuck these into the backs of our drawers with nostalgia in our hearts and dreams in our minds. I get that, I really do. Even when those tee shirts or jeans develop holes from being moth-eaten in a packing box in a damp basement or simply from too much wear, they still hold some precious memories of which we’re loathe to let go. So we don’t. And that’s fine. But when simple socks or pairs of underwear develop holes in themselves, it’s time to have a little bit of self-respect, cut the cord, and toss ‘em without a second thought!
Our mothers’ generation used to hear that they should never go out without wearing clean underwear—lest they were involved in some sort of accident or medical emergency and rushed to the hospital where others would see what they wore under their clothes. It would be an embarrassment, even in such a serious situation, to have others find out how laxidasical or sloppy they were—that they couldn’t even put enough care into their well-being to wear freshly-laundered garments. But think about the kind of message you will send to the world if you willingly wear mutilated garments, freshly laundered or not. It’s just as lazy, and what’s worse, cheap. By wearing them, it is as if you are saying you couldn’t care about anything less than the act of getting dressed in the morning and you don’t have enough self-worth to spend a few extra bucks to replace essential items. Getting dressed seems like such a non-event on a day-to-day basis, but if you don’t put even the slightest thought in there, chances are that attitude will bleed over into other (more important) decisions.
It’s not really about the look here so much as the precedent it sets. Undergarments protect the most sensitive and special areas on our bodies, and if you let those fall apart, quite literally, where will it end?
Honestly, if your only option is a pair of underwear or socks with holes in them, you might as well just go all in and wear nothing at all!