This morning, while running, I met a group of young, dashing Europeans coasting down Harlem Hill.  Tall, dark, built like steeds, like a Polo commercial with a dash of Versace thrown in.

Their lime green and French blue shirts lit up the dawn’s sky, while their hindquarters sat snugly in crisp, black, cotton shorts.  But it was what they wore beneath them that got my attention.  Black three-quarter bike pants peeking below their folds.

Rather than be strangled by a jockstrap locking their balls in, that must be torturous, they were packed up like lunch to be enjoyed later.

Have you ever really examined a jockstrap? It’s one of the ugliest contraptions ever made.  You’d think Gucci, or Tom Ford, when he designed for Gucci, would have created a better one by now.  One with silkened Velcro gently gracing one’s genitals.

I appreciate a man who prefers not to be bouncing about with balls without shocks, so we could do a little better for him. Makes you wonder what astronauts use. Maybe NASA should consider doing men’s wear.

In any event, this group of stallions had the right idea…let’s hear it for modesty with a touch of flamboyant flair.

Fashion, with all its quirks, will forever turn my head…sigh.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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12 Responses to Strapped

  1. Rob says:

    Trunks or budgie smugglers is the answer. You don’t want your meat and two veg flapping in the wind. Most shorts have mesh undercrackers sewn in.

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  2. With all of the advances in fashion, I agree with you that someone should have come up with something more comfortable at this point. My son has been rebelling against the strangulation of his manhood since kindergarten when he would hide his undies behind the couch and head to school free as a bird. “I like the way it feels” was the response of my 5 year-old colt.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you were greeted with the rising sun and the running sons. I’ve seen a few of those young stallions sporting that very same look. My youngest (28) does it while running. He was adopted from Russia at almost 9 yrs old, so maybe it’s in the genes.

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  4. I bet this brightened up your morning!

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  5. Michael Feddersen says:

    Can’t comment much on undies, not too much anyhow. As a brief guy, when I tried boxers, “the way it feels…”? I swore my zipper was down. Commando? ” No!”
    I do understand looking though, the other older I get, the more pretty things there are to see and smell.

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