8 Funny Books About Pants for World Book Day!

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Happy World Book Day!

And Happy 20th Anniversary to the World Book Day crew! What an achievement that this UNESCO recognised holiday is now celebrated in 100 countries around the world.

We love a good book here at Utility Bear Towers. Some of the best books we know feature grizzlies… from The Jungle Book to Goldilocks. Classics.

But we spend most of our time these days nose-deep in designer fashion look books.

So, as we are the purveyors of all that is great in the designer underwear world, we thought what better way to celebrate #WorldBookDay20 than with a run-down of our Top Eight Underwear-Related Books.

Because let’s be honest, anything pants, knickers or bums-related is entertaining for parents and bear cubs alike!

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Pants Books For Baby Bear Cubs

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PANTS is a funny rhyming picture book written by Giles Andreae featuring lots of hilarious pictures by Nick Sharratt, where all the people (and things) are sporting some very groovy underwear!

 

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One Big Pair Of Underwear is a New York Times Bestseller (yes, really!) Written by Laura Gehl, it tells the story featuring our favourite animals (bears) who hate to share. A funny picture bed for little cubs to enjoy before bed.

 

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Ants In Your Pants was an award-winning bestseller by children’s author Julia Jarman and cute illustrations from Guy Parker-Rees. Who wouldn’t laugh at ants biting bottoms at a birthday party? Don’t worry though, Mr Aardvark saves the day!

 

Pants Books For Little Bear Cubs

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Spongebob Squarepants’ crazy comedy is a hit with slightly older children, and the “I Ripped My Pants!” episode was such a hit that it has since been turned into YouTube videos, novels and activity books with stickers and colouring games, just like this one.

 

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants written by Dav Pilkey became such a hit with kids that it is now a series of books. Captain Underpants is the superhero invented by young boys George and Harold who bring him to life with plenty of humorous consequences!

 

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For little nippers who prefer a funny poem or rhyming limerick to a full story or novel, then the now-famous “Underwear Salesman” book is perfect for them. The poems by J. Patrick Lewis take children on a fun journey learning about different jobs (FYI we think underwear salesman is the best job, obv!)

 

Pants Books For Teenage Bear Cubs

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“Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging” is a now-famous coming of age tale full of comedy and life lessons, written by Louise Rennison many years ago – though it has now become a classic. It’s a brilliantly funny journey through teenage angst!

 

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OK we’re cheating with this one, as the pants in the title refers to a pair of jeans… however  we couldn’t leave it out. Ann Brashares “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” coming-of-age series is a New York Times number one bestseller and was then made into a movie starring some teen star favourites like Blake Lively and America Ferrera.

 

And when you’ve had enough of reading about pants you can pop along to UtilityBear.com and buy some fancy ones! We’ve even got a cute range of mini Calvin Kleins for the bear cubs to enjoy too…

 

Valentine’s Day For Him & For Her

It’s that time of year again folks (no, not Pancake Tuesday, get your mind off your belly for once!)

The official day of romance approaches and what kind of designer underwear and lingerie folk would we be if we didn’t give you a heads up on the best buys for your special someone?

So as usual, we’ve had a good rummage around the bear cave and picked our favourite pieces – for him and for her – and brought them together in one easy place for you…

 

Valentines Day Gift Guide For Her

We’ll start with the ladies because, let’s be honest, this is one national holiday that is definitely more about making the girly bears smile!

But guaranteed every year, Valentine’s Day will get men-folk in a tail spin.

What do you buy her?

Does it depend how long you’ve been dating?

What bra size is she?

What if I get it wrong?!

Push your worries aside and check out these Bear Necessities for a love-filled holiday that will put a smile on everyone’s face:

If you’re looking to bring some spice to a long-term romance, or you just feel that your favourite female deserves a pick-me-up treat, then a matching designer lingerie set will always hit the spot. Fantasie’s latest styles – like this Penelope Underwired Bra – ooze sophistication and quality, with their attention to detail and stunning prints.

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If this is your first Valentine’s Day together, or you’re unsure about choosing something out of her comfort zone/style, we recommend something like Fantasie’s Alexa Brief. Steering clear of cliche red and opting for something timeless, with a designer edge (such as the fanned embroidery design here) will ensure you hit the mark for Brownie Points.

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But the holiday of love doesn’t have to mean lingerie for a sexy night in! There are plenty of other ways to show we appreciate the lady bears in our lives. Whether it’s pyjamas for a new mum, a new weekend bag for a best friend or some everyday essentials she really needs but won’t buy for herself; brands like Tommy Hilfiger and their iconic bralettes, lounge pants and T-shirts will make her feel comfortable AND loved!

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Find even more Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her in the dedicated are of our website here!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

While this particular holiday is heavily aimed at women and giving them all their favourite treats (chocolate, flowers, designer lingerie) there’s no doubt been a tide change in recent times.

Grizzlies have decided that they, too, deserve to be spoiled. And we agree!

If the latest underwear and swimwear ranges on offer for men is anything to go by, then most of our favourite designers think so, too!

Fear not if you’re not sure what constitutes a great male Valentine’s Day Gift, though – we’ve got you covered:

We know, we know, it’s the obvious choice. Red! But plenty of men folk don’t want frills and gimmicks, they want to stick to what they know. Like firm favourite designer brand Calvin Klein. Their new Intense Power Trunk range brings a striking new logo-emblazoned waistband with the same reliable comfort and superior fit. All wrapped up in a trendy new hue – Dylan Red.

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all love hearts and teddy bears, though. If you want to treat your grizzly to some quality designer underwear that he can don everyday with pride, then HOM’s latest range offers just the mix. These Sport Boxer Briefs bring all the technical fabric benefits of a product designed for sport, while also looking cool with the very festive red seam accents.

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And we don’t just show love to one part of the body here at Utility Bear, oh no. We fully recommend looking further down for some great gift ideas too. Tommy Hilfiger’s Sock Gift Sets are hugely popular and it’s easy to see why. They’re a practical present with all the quality and comfort you’d expect from such a renowned brand. Plus, when it comes in it’s very own snazzy gift box, you won’t even need to wrap!

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Check out these and many more grizzly gifts at UtilityBear.com’s dedicated gift guide website here.

The Future of Underwear: in 2017

Happy New Year Grizzlies!

We hope January has been good to you. It’s been good to us.

The cubs at the UtilityBear warehouse have packed more designer sale items than ever before, sent around the globe, with love to all of you!

Of course this time of year the world of fashion is gearing up for Spring Fashion Weeks and a sneak peek at the latest trends. And while the same happens for undies and swimwear, what interests us more is the technicality behind the latest designs.

2017 is the year underwear goes futuristic!

And not in a spaceman way – although that would be pretty cool too, right? No we’re talking about new technologies, production advancements and cool new designs. Pants are becoming Smartypants!

If you want to be ahead of the pack then you’ve come to the right place. Seeing as we’ve educated you on the history of underwear, now let us take you on a tour of where underwear and lingerie is headed in 2017… AND BEYOND!

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Enhancing underwear isn’t just for lady bears.

For the last decade we’ve seen huge advancements in the technology behind what is now affectionately known as “Undie Armour.” Control wear and shape wear started with Spanx and their revolutionary body stockings and has since moved on to slimline, seamless materials incorporated into stunning lingerie designs and everyday wear.

But for too long, the men-folk were forgotten. The focus was on comfort, not style. Until now. We’re seeing a rise in pouch-enhancing technology and designs, aimed primarily at making you look your best when wearing only your boxers, with a helpful lift up and out where it counts! Check out newcomer brand Bjorn Borg for some serious-scaffolding-seam action:

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The majority of modern advancements have come in the field of fabric technology. Big brands are now incorporating moisture wicking capabilities as standard, even in day wear ranges.

But as fans of a good burst of physical exercise ourselves (well, sometimes), we have been super impressed with the performance designs that arrive into us each week. From Jockey Sport’s microfibre range providing breathability and moisture regulation to HOM’s performance trunks that allow the skin to breathe, avoid overheating and a dries quickly, you’ll never again have to worry about the nether regions when working out!

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Forever Frillies

In times gone by designer brands who were confident in the quality of their products would offer a returns policy should anything fall short on customer satisfaction.

Brand whizz kids Sloggi have taken it even further with their Evernew Range. Having invested for years in technology, design and durability, Sloggi are so confident in the endurance of their products that their latest guarantee is more than a return policy. It is completely unlimited and unconditional. Yes, really. They promise to stand behind every single product in the collection.

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If a product does not deliver on their quality promise, customers simply return it to them at any time for an exchange. It’s a game-changer.

But what underwear advancements are we still waiting on?

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Thanks to Nestle Fitness back in 2013, we’d already been introduced to the “tweeting bra” which raised awareness of breast cancer by tweeting each time the celebrity wearer unclasped her bra via a bluetooth sensor.

But now US army medical researchers are developing “smart underwear”with sensors hidden inside the waistbands. The sensors can track heart rate, body temperature and perspiration, and then send all the information back to a central monitor.

Of course in the army, the purpose is to judge which trainees are coping best under stress. But this technology could easily be used with gym-goers for example, bringing the training tracking off your arm or smartphone and straight into your training gear!

Goodbye FitBit, Hello FitBits!

For all your smartypants designer underwear needs, join our VIP Cub Club with your email address online now and Like us on Facebook for the latest competitions and deals!

Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Christmas 2016 is fast-approaching and we want to help you find the best gifts for all the Grizzlies and Ladybears in your life.

That could be a hard job considering the vast amount of impressive new designer underwear and accessories brands we welcomed to UtilityBear.com this year!

So to help (because we’re a helpful bunch) we’ve compiled our favourite pieces in one handy place for you: starting with our 2016 Gift Guide For Him.

Below we’ve got the best Christmas gifts for the men in your life; be it socks for Daddy Bear, boxers for your Other Half, or something special for yourself!

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Calvin Klein Long Pyjama Set With Long Sleeve Crew Neck Top – Red/Grey £61.00 (sizes S-XL)
Lacoste Colours Collection 3 Pack Cotton Stretch Boxer Trunks – Green/White £36.00 (sizes S-XL)
Tommy Hilfiger Heritage Check Woven Boxer Short – Red/Blue £32.00 (sizes S-XL)
Jockey Striped/Plain 2 Pack Long Pant Thermals – Blue £54.99 (sizes S-XL)
Bjorn Borg Short Shorts Mirage 2 Pack – Lake Blue £24.00 (sizes S-L)
Tommy Hilfiger 4-Pack Navy/Blue Sock Gift Set Tin – Blues £24.99 (sizes 6-11)
Utility Bear Don’t Conform Tee Silver Marl – £19.99 (sizes S-XXL)
Sophos Superman Navy Wallet – £19.99
British Bag Company Tartan Harris Tweed Holdall Black/Grey – £84.99

8 Fun Facts for National Underwear Day

Happy National Underwear Day!

The day dedicated to all things undies.

Underwear: the first thing we put on in the morning and the last thing we take off at night.

They support us, flatter us, protect us and comfort us.

No wonder underwear is our favourite here at UtilityBear.com!

So in honour of this most fun of national holidays, and to celebrate a host of new designer underwear stock lines on our website, we wanted to bring you some of our favourite fun facts about everyone’s favourite “smalls”…

 

Married People Have Cleaner Underwear

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No really, it’s a fact, the research says so. Granted they difference between the single folk and the married bears is small, but it’s still there.

Having someone at home everyday to impress with your nice new underwear is obviously a pretty good incentive for keeping those knickers clean!

The Egyptians Loved Underwear, Too

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145 pairs, people! OK, he was a King and by their nature, Kings can go a bit overboard when it comes to possessions (I mean who needs a Gold coffin when you’re partying with the angels, right?)

But even in the earliest days of civilisation, humans understood the worth of a good pair of quality undies, and Tut wanted to make sure he had all his favourites with him in the afterlife!

 

Most Victoria Secret Models Are Brazilian!

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It’s one of the most famous lingerie brands across the globe, almost mores for its annual catwalk show than for the underwear on the models themselves.

But incase you were wondering which country produces the most Angel-worthy ladies, then the answer is the Southern American capital. That’s next year’s holiday sorted then!

 

Americans Own A Lot Of Underwear

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Like, 21 pairs a lot. That’s three weeks worth of fresh pants at any given moment, when we’ve all only got the one butt.

But then, this is a conundrum we understand at Utility Bear – there’s just too many great styles, new patterns and different fits to seriously choose between them!

 

Italians Wear Red Underwear For Luck

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At least, the women do. And only on New Year’s Eve.But it’s an interesting idea.

Many people have a lucky pair of pants that they were to job interviews, sports games or – dare we say it – on a first date. If you haven’t picked your lucky colour yet, we’d take a leaf out of the boot-shaped-country’s book!

 

People Buy Royal Old Underwear

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Unlike Tutankhamen, Queen Victoria wasn’t buried with her undies.

Somehow, someone got a hold of them. Maybe they found them somewhere. We don’t have all the details… ANYWAY, they decided to sell them at auction. And someone paid almost £10,000 for them. Crikey!

 

Underwear World Record Holder

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In 2010, a ten year old boy in New York decided his life’s work to that point could be more meaningful and he took it upon himself to become a record holder!

215 pairs of trunks later, and Jack holds the World Record for the most underwear worn at any one time. Someone even filmed it. But we didn’t post the images because, well Jack is 16 now and he may regret his decision…

 

Underwear As Outerwear Isn’t New

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Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Gigi Hadid is doing it, but the fashion trend of underwear as outerwear that rose to prominence last season is far from a new idea.

Famed French lady Marie Antoinette was apparently the first to don her frillies in public – much to the scandal of the French court at the time – when she wore her chemise as a fashionable dress outside the bedroom!

 

Put The Fun Into Your Underwear

Whether you’re married and in need of more fresh pairs, or you’re looking for that perfect elusive red lucky pair, you can shop for all the latest designer boxers, trunks, bras, socks and accessories at UtilityBear.com 

(And you won’t have to pay ten grand at auction, either!)

The Power of Calvin Klein

It’s ironic that the same brand who promoted “going commando” in a nothing-comes-between-me-and-my-calvins jeans advert would became the same brand to make designer underwear the fashion norm a mere two years later.

Ironic, or just plain brilliant.

That is the power of Calvin Klein.

And we’re buzzing to announce that this iconic brand has landed at Utility Bear!

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The History of Calvin Klein

With just one image (of Olympic pole-vaulter Tomás Hintnaus in Santorini) Calvin Klein thrust the traditional Y-front underwear from a boring clothing necessity to a fashion must-have of iconic proportions.

The posters were stolen overnight from the 25 New York bus shelters they appeared in and stores couldn’t keep their stock at a level to deal with consumer demand.

To this day, the logo-emblazoned waistband remains a pop culture staple. The recent campaign hashtag #mycalvins has garnered 300,000+ user generated photos online featuring everyone from celebrities to us mere mortals.

Speaking of celebrities, since the 1980s every big name in the game has been lining up to feature in a Calvin Klein commercial. Who can forget the pairing of budding rapper Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg and his co-star, Kate Moss (then 17) in 1992?

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Images that have gone down in fashion history. The star of the campaign may have been in the entertainment industry but the technical man behind the product form would change underwear fashion forever – as Calvin Klein’s head of menswear design from 1990-95, John Varvatos was pioneering the “boxer brief” hybrid.

The brand, their hybrid style innovation and cutting-edge campaigns remain lusted after to this day.

Calvin Klein Brand Partnerships

The brand’s innovation and commitment to the underwear movement continued into the new century, when in 2002 the first ever 6-figure contract for a men’s underwear model was given to CK-bearing Australian Travis Fimmel. A succession of famous footballing faces followed, with Swede Freddie Ljungberg becoming one of the most famous campaigns of the decade.

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The brand, style and cutting-edge campaigns remain lusted after to this day.

Calvin Klein: The Modern Day Classic

And as the latest campaign starring uber stars like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner prove; the popularity of the simple CK brief hasn’t waned even as the brand enters middle-age (celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2011).

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And simple briefs they are. In design, structure and comfort.

The styles have become a classic brand unto themselves, often copied but never fully matched. And seemingly impossible to improve, as little has changed beyond fabric technology and poster faces over the decades.

The allure of Calvin Klein underwear for both women and men remains devoid of the need for “bells and whistles.” There’s no lace, no detailing, nothing that takes away from the natural fit and athleticism of the human body.

Yet Calvin Klein remains the epitome of sexy underwear.

Proudly American, steeped in history, with a name band that imbues quality, effortless style and timeless design that has remained at the forefront of the industry for over three decades;

That’s why we all love Calvin Klein underwear!

In 2011, global sales for men’s and women’s Calvin Klein Underwear achieved more than one billion dollars at retail. The lines are available in thousands of points of sale worldwide.

And now, Calvin Klein underwear is available to shop online right here with us, at UtilityBear.com