Men’s Girdle Sales Go Wild

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Slimming undershirts for men are surprisingly popular, showing that caring and even worrying about one’s appearance isn’t just a woman’s concern.

Spanx for Men, a line from the company that makes popular slimming hosiery and other apparel for women, is flying off shelves at Neiman Marcus department stores, according to The New York Times.

Spanx, which promises its products slim men’s figures, boost their confidence and even provide lower back support, isn’t the only slimming  underwear maker targeting men. Slim Ts designed for men are advertised on TV and Underworks Power Shapers and chest compression undergarments for men are sold on the company’s Web site.

But beyond its effects on self-esteem, downplaying belly bulge could be linked to better success at work as well, one career coach told The New York Times.

“When you feel good about the way you look, you interview well,” career coach Stephen Viscusi told the Times.

And regardless of girdle-wearing, even job search site CareerBuilder says that attractiveness appears to play a part in success at work, since unattractive men earned 15% less than attractive men, according to a 2007 study.

At the same time, instead of wearing girdles and compression apparel and spilling out of them when they’re removed, breast reduction surgery for men has been an expensive but surprisingly popular trend, as MainStreet previously reported.

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