Undies on the outside

Published on Oct 2, 2020

Why do superheroes wear their undies on the outside? As it turns out, it is because the outfits for superheroes were modelled on the clothing of aerial circus performers and wrestlers in the 1920s and 30s. These incredibly gifted athletes amazed people with their fascinating stunts and enormous strength, and it made sense for superheroes to adopt the same style of clothing and wear their underpants over their tights. 

Superman defined the word superhero, with his tight-fitting suit, a big red S on his chest, his flowing cape, and his undies on the outside. For every superhero that followed, they all wore their undies on the outside, and it became a symbol of strength.

Superman had all the powers, and he was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound. Nothing except kryptonite could stop him. He was the quintessential superhero, and we all would have loved to be a strong as him.

There are many days when we wish we had the strength of Superman to get through. Perhaps, all we need to do is to embrace the symbol of the superhero and wear our undies on the outside.