Today I’m going to be looking at the Break Away thong from Zakk, a menswear brand from the company Coquette.
My first impressions of the thong are that the construction of it is generally very good, with solid secure stitching all around, and no loose threads to be found anywhere. It’s made from a blend of 71% polyester, 24% nylon, and 5% spandex, and I have to say that this material does feel exceedingly flimsy. The fabric in the front pouch is incredibly thin, to the point that you’re afraid of snagging it with a fingernail in case it falls apart like a pair of tights, and if you hold it up to a light you can see straight through it. The elastic used in the straps is so weak that the thong can barely hold itself up unfortunately. It’s the sort of piece that you could only ever wear in the bedroom, no matter how daring you were feeling, as it’s just not strong enough for everyday use.
The thong is generally quite comfortable to wear as the fabric does feel incredibly soft against the skin, and the band of material which sits between the buttocks is 1 3/4″ wide, so it doesn’t feel like getting a wedgie from a piece of floss. The only exception to this is the label in the back which sticks between the cleft of the buttocks and feels quite scratchy.
The fit of the thong isn’t that great, but it doesn’t seem to be down to an issue of size but more the materials and construction. The pouch at the front is a nice size to accommodate everything, with neither an excess nor deficit of material. The problem is that the weight of the genitals in the pouch pulls the entire thong down, and the weak elastic in the straps is powerless to prevent this, rendering any attempts at adjustment futile. The underwear offers no support at all, and merely clings to the body while gravity determines the placement of all appendages. Because the pouch gets pulled down it sits quite low across the pubic bone and reveals a lot of pubic hair. Similarly at the back the underwear exhibits the results of it being pulled down, with a little butt-cleavage poking out if you’re not careful. If you happen to become aroused whilst wearing the underwear then the whole situation only becomes worse, and you’re liable to find the front of the thong being pulled down even lower.
The silhouette of the thong isn’t really the most flattering thing, but it can be improved if you allow the pouch to fall where it may, and then lower the straps around the waist in accordance. The pouch really does nothing to lift or shape the genitals, so don’t expect to see an impressive bulge from the side. From the rear I have to say that the thong doesn’t do a great deal to frame the buttocks, whatever degree of a backside you may have to speak of.
As the name implies the thong does indeed have clasps, but not the sort of clasps that one might imagine. I was envisaging poppers, the quick release style that allow a garment to be whipped off rapidly during a striptease, but that isn’t the case. On each side of the pouch is a fiddly little plastic clasp, similar to one which might be found at the back of a bikini top. To undo it one first has to grab onto both sides with either hand, then bend one piece by 90 degrees until it clicks, and finally lift one half of the clasp up vertically to fully unhook it. This then must be repeated on the other side. In less than half the time it takes to do that someone would only need to tug at the loose elastic and the underwear would fall down, achieving the same end.
The appearance of the thong is slightly different to how it’s presented in the product photos, as the entire garment is actually blue. None of the edging, nor the straps, are black as shown, rather they are made from the same material as the rest of the piece.
The care instructions on the label state that the thong is to be hand-washed only, but strangely that’s all that’s mentioned. For full directions you need to make sure not to throw out the tag which comes with the underwear, as this states that it should cold washed only and not tumble-dried. Personally I find this level of care a little over the top, and I prefer underwear that I can just throw in with the rest of my laundry.
The packaging for the underwear is nothing more than a small polythene bag which I was a little disappointed by, especially as less expensive pieces from brands such as Male Power come inside a nice presentation box.
Overall I wouldn’t recommend this piece.