"Comfilon goes public!"
August 3, 1999.
Today was the day! Today I made full use of the dress code at work. I went to work in a
white button-down shirt, dark khaki shorts, black opaque Comfilon and docksides. It was
the best possible experience I could have asked for.
Let me start with the fact that I received NO adverse reactions to the clothing I was
wearing. People were very curious, EXTREMELY supportive, and totally encouraging. Not once
did I hear any negative remarks. While I'm sure that there were some wise cracks behind my
back, I don't care because everyone dealt with me on the same level as always.
I had one male co-worker, one who I never would have guessed had interest, ask me for
the Comfilon card and mentioned he might try them. What a way to promote Steve's product
and the overall awareness. I got a lot of questions on the product, and showed a lot of
people the web site.
The best parts of the day were the compliments, YES I SAID COMPLIMENTS. I had a number
of female workers tell me I had nice legs, and some of the men said that it "looked
good". I was amazed to hear that they actually understood and LIKED what I was
Many of the women and some of the men also said they were impressed and wished me luck.
One of them told me she hopes more of the men at work start wearing them. Another women
actually said to me after I remarked on how comfortable they were, "Now you know what
women have know for years, they're great aren't they?". It was terrific.
Aside from the reactions, I also enjoyed having the Comfilon on and exposed at work. To
build on a point Lycra started earlier, it no longer was me wearing hose at work, it was
me at work and I just happened to be wearing hose. It was great, the breze across my legs
all day. Going out to lunch at Burger King, and eating outside in the wind. Working in
shorts all day, and in complete comfort. It was great.
Guys, the door is opening a little further each day. And the more men and women we can
get pushing on it, the faster it will go. Good luck and happy wearing gentlemen.
I wore the shorts and Comfilon to work and Wednesday (as I mentioned) and again on
Thursday. Today I didn't and most of the people seemed genuinely dissappointed.
I talked with one female co-worker, and she told be she was impressed and thought I was
really admirable for being so "brave and dedicated". She told me that she
thought tights were "a real pain in the ass". To which I replied that she has a
right her opinion, but I personally found them to be the most comfortable part of my
wardrobe. She really thought this was neat.
Later I had a really great talk with another women about the Comfilon product. It
started with her asking why I wasn't wearing them. I explained that I only have two pair
that fit. Somehow we started talking about price and she started comparing Comfilon to the
tights she wears. We talked about the Lycra content, the fly on the Comfilon, you name it.
It was terrific. Oh and Steve, she is looking for you to come out with a unisex product in
the future, she is really interested (not sure why exactly - maybe so her and her husband
can share; LOL).
I was also told by a male co-worker later that I seem to be real popular with the women
now, I think he is right. All the women want to talk about them (especially when the
notice I am not wearing them since they seem to like seeing them). I've been told among
other things that they like how they look on me, I have nice legs, it cool to see a man
secure enough to do something like that, and "I wish my husband had enough balls to
try that". So, in the last 72 hours, I have made a real impression on a lot of
people. So if you needed a little more encouragement, there you have it.
Today I wore Comfilon under shorts for the sixth time in the last two weeks (+1 day).
Things have really calmed down around work now, it is great. No one really mentions much
what I am wearing. That is really cool because it makes it seem as though they are
accepting it as a normal fashion choice now.
Today was a little more special because for the first time since I started wearing
shorts to work, I went out to lunch with a co-worker. One of my co-workers asked if I
wanted to go to lunch and we ended up going to the Old Country Buffet nearby. It was a
The restaurant was absolutely packed, and while I learned some new creative ways of not
staring from some of the elderly folks, no one said anything to me. The demographics of
the crowd in the restaurant were unbelievable. I think just about every age group and race
was represented, from young to old, caucasian to Native American, and despite the
differing backgrounds, no one said anything.
At work I met with a couple of gentlemen that work in another building, and until today
had not heard of nor seen my outfit. Their response was great, one did ask right away
"What exactly are you wearing?". The way he asked it, he sounded genuinely
curious, and surprisingly un-assuming. I briefly explained the Comfilon product and gave
him the URL. He seemed like he too may have interest in trying them (I hope he does
Yet another example, ladies and gentlemen, of the reactions that seem to be most
prevailent in society, at least in my neck of the woods. Regardless of what people may say
behind your back (I'm sure there is plenty said behind mine) most people are either
respectful enough or scared enough that they do not say much.
Once again I hope that my experiences can serve as some form of inspiration to you
gentlemen who have not tried wearing in public, or are just starting. There is a light at
the end of the tunnel, and every day I feel like I am getting closer and closer to it.
Happy Wearing, Tony