By  on January 26, 2009

Frilly knickers and luxe lingerie aside, underwear is by most people’s standards a bare necessity. but judging from all the novelty items out there, it seems the banality of such basics begs to be spun into something more. Like t-shirts, intimates — underpants in particular — is a genre prime for all manner of angles, ranging from kitsch to convenience.

Consider the age-old days-of-the-week undie campaign, recently coopted by Stella McCartney to adorable effect. Whether girls ever coordinated their drawers to their designated day, the weekday motif has become a classic. It’s a  conceit that’s inspired an endless supply of specialty thongs and panties for every marketable occasion — weddings, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s day, even current events: a simple google search turned up at least three sites peddling Obama undies.

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