What is the #1 complaint about your jeans? That they’re too long? That they gape awkwardly in the back so everyone can see your underwear? That the knees always wear out faster than the rest of them? If you said that your jeans don’t give you easy access to your/someone else’s crotch, you’re in luck, because there is a new style of jeans to solve fix this. Playpants are the “magic access jean” that solve your dilemma.
The jeans were created by designer Robert Kalinkin. They are drop-crotch jeans for men and women with a double button fly. They have the aforementioned completely unzippable pockets with safe zippers that won’t do any damage to your crotch. Apparently the idea for the easy crotch access jeans came after Robert found a hole in his old pair and he realized “it was a pretty convenient feature to have.” He created a Kickstarter campaign for the Playpants and ended up meeting his £10,000 goal, so now production can begin.
If the description alone wasn’t enough to make you want a pair of Playpants, the Kickstarter campaign lists some examples why you need to get a pair in your closet, including: “dull love life,” “itchy private parts in public” and, um, “boring corporate meeting.” I don’t think the jeans would be the most appropriate look for some offices, even if you didn’t stick your hand in them.
The whole concept is obviously ridiculous, especially when the tagline is “public is the new private.” Becky Schneider, Womenswear Buyer at Accent Clothing, agrees:
“As denim experts, we are always keen to see new denim styles/washes and features brought to the market. ‘PlayPants’ is an interesting concept, but we’re not entirely sure if these jeans will catch on. We’ve learnt that denim enthusiasts are more concerned with the quality of the denim – its strength, wash, fit, etc.The functionality of these jeans and their target market don’t suggest to me that these jeans will be a ‘must have’ for the fashion heads or denim anoraks.”
One of the things that confuses me the most is why the double button crotch? Why add all the extra buttons on both sides, wouldn’t it be better to keep things as streamlined as possible? Or if someone is so concerned with grabbing their crotch wouldn’t they just not bother to wear pants?