The Convert Files: New Garments For Men Are Available, Let Us Rejoice!

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Long ignored in the discussion on new developments in temple garment materials, men are finally having their day!

In the midst of the announcement the expansion of the Women’s Stretch Cotton Garments line by the Church, one might have missed that there are also new garment styles for men. Now I don’t know the experience of most men when it comes to garments, but I do know my own. I do not intend to make light of sacred things as I write this, but there may be a little humor in the experience.

As most brethren entering the temple for the first time, I had no clue what type of garment I wanted to wear, except that I didn’t want the scoop neck design that many men wore. Honestly, they just looked strange to me when you could see the scoop under a white shirt on Sunday. No way! I was a crew neck kind of guy, but this also felt tight around my neck and came up well above the necklines of most shirts, giving that typical Latter-day Saint guy look. You know what I’m talking about. It’s how we spot it each so easily. Who needs a Mormon Radar when you can clearly see the neckline of their garments and the 20 kids they have in tow?

You don’t know, what you don’t know

So what did I do? I relied on the expertise of my brother-in-law who was a few years older than me. Surely he’d know the correct thing for me. I had no clue. I was a convert, green around the gills. The only exposure I had to garments was seeing my future father-in-law walking around his house in his scoop-neck garment top and pajama bottoms. This isn’t a knock on my father-in-law, I love that guy, just have to give him a hard time once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, my brother-in-law’s help was invaluable, he did the best with the materials and styles available at the time.

That’s when I started wearing the 100% cotton and cotton-poly blend material. And even though they are marketed to breathe well, they don’t. Being an active guy didn’t make it any easier. Let’s face it, most guys sweat, a lot. Because I didn’t know any better, and I wasn’t one to complain, I stayed the course, wearing the same style for years. But I dreamed of the day that I could wear garments that would allow me the flexibility to do lunges around the house if I wanted to and never break a sweat. It seemed like a pipe dream, until one day I went back into the distribution center and someone mentioned a Dri-Lux top. What the heck, I thought, I’ll give it a try. They were awesome. Thinner than the traditional cotton, which didn’t make me feel so hot. The only caveat, they would no longer be placing them in distribution centers anymore. They were going out of style.

Going out of style? How could that be. I just found them.

Imagine my jealously to see the stretch cotton for the women. Made of a cotton-spandex blend, they were thin, and an almost mesh-like in certain areas to let your skin breath. They would stretch and fit snug like a true boxer-brief. Someday, I was assured, the new men’s style would come out.

I waited, biding my time.

When I saw the announcement about the expansion in the women’s stretch cotton garment line, my initial thought was, “Seriously? When do we get stretch cotton?”

So I did what any intrepid seeker of breathable clothing would do, and decided to take a chance and log onto the Church store. Lo and behold, guess what? Men’s stretch cotton garments were right there in front of my eyes. A shout of hallelujah rang through the air, before I realized people might be staring at me getting excited over undergarments. Nothing to see here, move along. It’s the little things in life that can really make you happy.

I immediately sent a text to a friend who had commiserated with me over the non-breathable fabrics of yesteryear. I know it seems weird talking to other guys about garments, but we are a peculiar people, and I wanted to live up to that reputation.

Here’s the thing. You wont find these at your local distribution center. These garments are for online purchase only. So if you are like me and have been waiting for something new for men, now’s your chance. Get on and order you some new garments. Oh, by the way, do you know the distribution center recommends you getting new garments every year? Just a little tidbit of information for you to digest.

It is important to remember that garments are an outward sign of an inward commitment. They are sacred and hold special meaning to the members who wear them. But that doesn’t mean they need to be uncomfortable. Now is the time to try something new.

Rally to the call of breathable garments, brethren, your day has finally come to pass.

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