It is a fact that fashion has been changing and adapting to circumstances as time has passed. And it is that, in addition to the continuous appearance of new trends, the garments have had to be modified depending on the use that is given to them, it is not the same to dress for the gala dinners of the Victorian era, than to go to work or to do sports today.
In the same way, the intimate garments They have also been modified and adapted to outer garments. Today, since many garments look form-fitting, undergarments are lighter and tighter. And this is how men’s lingerie was born.
If you want to know how this undergarment has adapted over the years to become what it is today, you cannot miss what I am going to tell you below.
Evolution of men’s lingerie over the years
The first existing records of men’s lingerie date back 5,300 years thanks to a mummified body found in the Alps in 1991, which wore a kind of loincloth made from goatskin.
Ancient civilizations also wore this type of garment. In Ancient Egypt, it can be assured that they had undergarments. It is possible since the mummy of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, who lived throughout the 14th century BC, was found with a piece made of linen that resembles a kind of diaper.
The ancient Greeks also wore similar garments and this verification is possible thanks to the writings of authors of the time, such as the classic Homer, a writer of the iliad and the Odyssey.
The Romans standardized the use of undergarments. They wore under their tunics a piece similar to the one found in the body of Tutankhamun, which was held with a kind of belt.
In the Middle Ages we can find what is considered the first textile industry, which appeared after the devastating black plague that devastated many countries in what is now known as Europe. And it is that, after this dark chapter in history, an improvement in hygiene was required, to prevent the spread of diseases, as well as the need, on the part of the highest social groups, to show their position in plain sight.
Under the tunic and upper garments, to guarantee the comfort of the users, pieces that were known as “culottes” began to be worn, which were nothing more than long pants.
But it was not until the 20th century when undergarments, both for men and women, began to become more comfortable, adapting, once again, to the fashion of the moment.
In the 1920s and 1930s, men’s underwear was made from muslin. Also at this time the first boxer models began to appear, differentiating them from the original long pants. Back then, these garments reached thigh height.
This era is characterized by the existence of multiple options, since those known as “Jockeys” began to enter the market, those that had a fly in the front center. In addition, it was also the moment in which the first slips appeared, specifically in 1934.
Currently, there are multiple options available on the market, both the last mentioned, as well as more innovative and tiny models, such as men’s thongs. And it is that, there are designs for all tastes and needs, you just have to find which one best suits you and your comfort.