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A little Bob Seger and a lot of Tom Cruise make for one of the most iconic dance scenes in cinema history.


August 5th is ‘National Underwear Day’. According to, National Underwear Day was originally created by the brand Freshpair in 2003, as a campaign promoting a positive body image. Although men were part of the initiative as well, the focus was more on women, and how society perceives their body image. This was during a time when being confident in one’s bare skin was somewhat a new concept, and market trends were rapidly changing. The movement went viral, and National Underwear Day has been celebrated on August 5 every year since.

August 5th also happens to be the anniversary of the 1983 film starring Tom Cruise ‘Risky Business’. In the years since the film’s release, the iconic scene featuring Cruise’s character sliding across the floor, dancing in just his pink shirt, socks, and white briefs to Bob Seger’s rendition of “Old Time Rock and Roll” has been recreated in episodes of many television series, as well as in films, parodies, and advertisements. The song was even #100 on AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs list.


We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate these landmarks than by brief-ly covering them both together, along the scene itself – and a few fast facts from down under courtesy of

  • The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear. Approximately 10% of women own over 35 pairs.
  • While underwear may or may not be worn under kilts, tradition holds that a “true Scotsman” would wear nothing underneath.
  • A 2008 survey revealed that 9% of men in America have underwear that is at least 10 years old. Fifteen percent own underwear that is between 5-9 years old.
  • In Italy, women celebrate New Years by wearing red underwear because it is considered lucky.
  • Single people are less likely to change their underwear on a daily basis than married people—82% versus 88%, respectively.
  • Ten percent of American women have confessed to occasionally having gone “commando” to avoid visible panty lines.
  • Italians wear red, Argentineans wear pink, and Brazilians wear brand new underwear on New Years Eve.
  • Majority of  men would spend $20 or less on undies adding up to £1,200 in an entire lifetime whilst women spend on average £20,000 in a lifetime. This equates to women spending nearly 17 times more then men.

Celebrate with Risky Business’ Iconic Scene!