It started out with the loincloth. Or as George in the George of the Jungle movie says, “butt flaps.” Which weren’t so great in windy and cold climates . . .
Since supplies of underwear were buried in the tombs of the Egyptians pharaohs, we know they’ve been around for a while. One site said that King Tut was buried with 145 pairs!
The ancient Romans wore a kind of undergarment called a subligaculum. It was like a pair of shorts.
Pull-on underpants called braies were invented around the 13th century. Braies were large baggy drawers, tied or laced around the waist and at midleg.
Drawers continued in various forms until the Industrial Revolution, where the union suit with its drop down back flap became popular.
In the 1930s briefs and boxers got popular. About that time elastic waists replaced button, snap, and tie closures. The diagonal vent was add to boxers and briefs in 1934.
In World War 2 long skin-tight underpants called Long Johns were made for the soldiers.
In the 1960s boxer shorts began to be decorated and bikini underwear was introduced using animal prints. About that time elastic fabrics began to be used for more comfort and support.
Designer underwear became a big deal in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Nowadays you can buy about anything to cover or not cover the bottom, including some interesting men's items on Lingerie Diva.
Actually, we’re adding new products here, too. Some that are even very comfortable . . .
Stretch to Fit Seamless Fitted Boxer
Spandex Knit Pants
Silk Knit Fitted Boxer Short