Crazy Underwear Throughout History
March 5th, 2017
Let’s face it, we are rather spoilt these days for underwear. You can buy men’s boxers in any shape or size, and if you can think of it, you can probably buy it. Our nether regions are the most spoilt in history and weren’t always treated so kindly. Throughout the ages people have worn all kids of crazy underwear, could you imagine walking into a bar in 2017 in a codpiece?! or any woman in 2017 tolerating a corset all day? These days we favour comfort with the likes of Jockey underwear, who manage to make us comfortable all day.
We’ve never had it so lucky…take a look to see the full transformation of unmentionables over the centuries.
1. Strophiae And Subligacula
These breast- and loincloths were made of soft leather and worn during athletic events in Ancient Rome by both men and women. They appear to be the earliest form of a bikini.
Men and women wore loose-fitting leggings made of cloth tied around their waists and secured at the mid-calf.
King Henry VIII popularized this bold accessory during his reign. He was also known to add a little extra padding to his in order to boast about his virility.
This is what it looked like to be “relaxed” in a lady’s chambers in the Renaissance era: tight corset, bodice, jacket, and petticoat. Doesn’t exactly scream “leisurewear.”
Marie Antoinette made these bulky side-hoops all the rage in the pre-French Revolution 18th century.
6. Even Tighter Corsets
While men continued to embellish their codpieces, women’s corsets just kept getting more snug and more prolific thanks to the handy spinning jenny and cotton gin, which made them even easier to mass-produce.
7. Nursing Corset
Even new mothers weren’t exempt from the restrictive underwear, as you can see by this baffling nursing corset manufactured in the Industrial Age of the late 1800s.
8. Camisole Step-Ins
Things finally loosened up for ladies in the early 1900s with these breezy one-pieces, and while they would still often wear corsets, they were much less constrictive.
Meanwhile, began to embrace snug men’s boxers.
9. Sanitary Belts
Before women began strapping into these clunky menstrual pads in the 1800s, they pretty much did nothing different during their periods to protect their garments from that time of the month.
What’s even more shocking, though, is how long this style of sanitation stuck around, remaining the norm until the 1970s.
10. Fast forward to the present day with Jockey underwear…
Jockey underwear‘s innovative combination of materials provide perfect comfort without sacrificing style and there isn’t a codpiece in sight 😉
Part of UnderU’s Jockey Boxers collection for Spring Summer 2017.