The ancient Egyptians sometimes wore loincloths. The Romans also wore underwear. Both Roman men and women wore a loincloth or shorts called subligaculum. Women also wore a band of cloth or leather around their chest called a strophium. During the Middle Ages, men word linen shorts called braies but women did not normally wear knickers until the 19th century. Their only underwear was a long linen garment called a shift, which they wore under their dress. From the 16th century women wore corsets made with whalebone.
In the 19th century, women's underwear was usually open between the legs but in the 20th century closed knickers replaced them. Meanwhile in 1913, Mary Phelps Jacob invented the modern bra. She used two handkerchiefs joined by ribbon. In the 19th century knickers came down to well below the knee. In the 1920s they became shorter. They ended above the knee. By the 1940s and 1950s many women wore briefs. In the 1970s knickers became briefer still. In the 1990s thongs became popular. Men's underwear also became shorter. The word drawers went out of use and they became known as underpants or pants. Y-fronts went on sale in the USA in 1935. They went on sale in Britain in 1938. Boxer shorts were introduced in the 1940s.
Underwear Every Girl Must Have
- Briefs. Probably more commonly known as “granny panties”, this design provides a full coverage of the region and a high waistband. They might not have the sexiest connotation but so what? Every girl needs a pair of honest-to-goodness basic underwear that she can turn to in times of need.
- Bikini. Typically, they are slim on the sides with a high-cut leg line and back coverage with a waistband that rests on the hips. You can think of it as the in-between of the thong and briefs. They provide you with just the right amount of coverage while still maintaining an attractive silhouette.
- Boyshorts. Modeled after men’s briefs, they take on a more rectangular shape than most panties — probably the most modest option available. They feature a thong-style base but frames the whole bottom with full coverage on the sides and front.
- Hip huggers. As the name suggests, they are worn low around the hips, below the waistline with leg openings that hit well above the thigh. They vary in the degree of coverage, so it’s entirely up to the wearer to decide.
- Thongs or G-strings. When it comes to eliminating panty lines underneath garments, a thong/G-string is the best option available. Every woman should own at least one of these, even though they might not be the most comfortable of underwear to actually wear. It’s a bikini panty that sports a high-cut leg, with a thin strip of material running up the back of your butt.
How to Choose Comfortable Underwear
Things You Should Consider in Buying a Bra
The backbone of any good wardrobe and the key to looking and feeling great in your clothes starts with your underwear, so, if you can get those right, chances are you’ll feel instantly more confident, not to mention comfortable.
However, while they’re undoubtedly the item that gets the most wear, many of us fail to give our delicates the love they deserve. Open your drawers; are they full of the same ill-fitting, washed-out bras that you’ve had on rotation for the past few years? If that’s the case, here are the things you need to consider when shopping for a bra:
- Size Matters. When you're buying a bra, remember: Cup size increases in proportion to band size.
- Band Together. The secret to a supportive bra: the band, which does 90% of the heavy lifting. Because breasts are just fatty tissue, the band acts like a muscle, lessening the load on the shoulders and back. For maximum effectiveness, the band should be adjustable and feel taut, but not tight.
- Choose the right colour for you. Here’s where you get a chance to unleash your own personal sense of style. For example, t-shirt bras tend to come in neutral colours from black and beige to white, but there are also loads that come in bright colours or with bold prints. If you prefer neutral colours, go for it – these colours work with everything you may own. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with a simple black t-shirt bra… It’s a tried and true wardrobe staple for many women.
- Put the fit and your comfort first. Comfort. Comfort. Comfort. Whether you’re picking up the kids from the sitter or heading to the office for a last-minute meeting, your comfort needs to come first. Let’s not beat around the bush here. We’re all busy people with a lot on our plate. What we really don’t need in the modern-age of constant emails and notifications is yet another thing to cause us hassle. Don’t let your bra be that thing.
- Balconette. A popular style, balconette bras offer a rounded shape with great support but less coverage than you can expect from a full cup style. Available padded and non-padded, the straps are often wider-set than other styles, joining at the side of the cups instead of the centre.
- T-shirt. T-shirt bras tend to be lightly padded for a moulded fit that’s smooth and seam-free. An ideal shape for all day wear, they are suited to most breast sizes however those with very full breasts might like to invest in a non-padded version to avoid irritation on the neck edge.
- Plunge. Mostly available in padded versions, plunge bras are designed with a shallow centre front which helps to push breasts together. While they offer less coverage, they still support well and can be worn by most women, however if you have large full breasts you might find a full cup bra more comfortable.
- Strapless or multiway. A must-have for every lingerie draw, strapless or multiway bras are designed to stay in place with the removal or repositioning of straps to offer a multitude of looks. While strapless bras create support from the underband only, the straps can be moved on multiway versions to create halter, cross back or one-shoulder styles. Ideal for most shapes, women with larger breasts should look for a bra with firmer wires and extra support in the underband.
- Full cup. Just like it says on the tin, full cup bras offer all-over coverage and increased support, making them a brilliant option for women with larger breasts. Most styles also come up a little higher on the chest which can make you feel more secure while the closer-set straps are great if you find that yours tend to slip off your shoulder.
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