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    The secret fantasies of middle class men in hi-vis vests

    My partner is a local authority planner, and when he has to visit construction sites he has to wear a hard hat, and replace his suit jacket with a hi-vis waistcoat thing. I’ve occasionally been with him on these visits and I’m sure that putting the hi-vis waistcoat on changes his behaviour slightly; his shoulders go back, he adopts a wider stride, and his speech becomes more blokey. I suspect that either he suddenly feels a bond with all the workmen in their head-to-toe fluoro gear, or is experiencing that buzz men get from wearing uniforms. Either way, it's fairly typical of what I’m sure is the middle-class male’s fetish for hi-vis attire.

    I have to say that I wish he didn’t share this fetish, as I secretly feel there is something a bit pathetic about men in office formal wear with the hi-vis overlay. The workmen look rugged, but the office types just look mollycoddled, as if dressed by an over protective mother.

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    When I had my colours done, neither luminous lemon nor orange came out as good for me. I'll stick to my grey pinstripe.

    June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Smith

    I wonder if you are aware of the sizeable gay porn market for men in hi-visibility clothing? It would suggest your partner is not alone in his interest.

    June 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRD Ryedal

    A great way to replace the highvis jacket is to have highvis company t-shirts. It's much more comfortable if you don't need to be in a shirt and tie.

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