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Boxers, Jocks in Whitie Tighties. A Brief History of Men's Underwear

Updated on March 14, 2011

A Selection of Mens' Underwear

Sponge Bob Square Pants in Boxer Form. Worn by Men with a Sense of Humor!
Sponge Bob Square Pants in Boxer Form. Worn by Men with a Sense of Humor!
Classic Boxer Brief, An all time favorite
Classic Boxer Brief, An all time favorite
Classic Brief. This is the Body Type able to wear these favorably. No further comment needed!
Classic Brief. This is the Body Type able to wear these favorably. No further comment needed!
Variety is the spice of life!
Variety is the spice of life!
Boxers with Fly opening. Not for wearing under Kilts.
Boxers with Fly opening. Not for wearing under Kilts.

Historical Progression.

Underwear and outerwear were originally the same thing, a twist of material placed around the hips to protect the modesty of the wearer. By the Middle ages a simple pair of pants was invented with ties at the waist and loose leg holes. By the time of Henry the Eighth, the cod piece was developed to protect the male genitalia. It became more and more exaggerated, especially in the case of Henry the Eighth who suffered from syphilis. The large capacity was said to allow him to wear salve soaked bandages to treat the condition not because of his Royal endowment. Lesser mortals used the spare capacity to carry money and other valuables besides the family jewels.

By the late 19 th Century, both men, women and children were wearing the Union Suit an all in one garment with a convenient drop flap at the rear, this was the precursor to the long john pants named after a famous boxer of the time. At the same time the jockstrap was invented by a gentleman from Chicago who took pity on the bicycle jockeys of Boston who suffered personal injury while riding over the cobbled streets. Later a moulded cup was added to prevent injury when men played with balls, especially when hard, as in baseball and cricket.

The Hanes company developed a superior form of the long john which quickly became a favorite but with the advent of WW1 the troops were issued with button fly drawers adjusted by ties at the hips. Most men then favored these undergarments. However in 1935 an apparel engineer invented the Jockey brief underpants which became a roaring success and sold in huge quantities. It is in fact, the 75th anniversary of the Jockey brief this year, 2010, which are known as Y fronts in the UK.

Underpants never looked back and by the 1970s colored underwear appeared and elasticated materials were used. This gave rise to form fitting undies like speedos, dubbed budgie smugglers by Australians,The Australians are very fond of this native bird.

Today the range of men's underwear is immense. Not only is it worn under the clothing it is often on display by younger men who wear the saggy pants look. Not every one's favorite look! Now fashionable underwear with comfort is available in all colors and designs. Some , like the square pants example, obviously designed for the man with a sense of humor!


Undergear

Through the years

Latest Designs from Bjorn Borg who has his own Underwear Outlets.
Latest Designs from Bjorn Borg who has his own Underwear Outlets.
Good ole Old Fashioned Classic Boxers from the 1940's
Good ole Old Fashioned Classic Boxers from the 1940's
Fireproof Undies for the really Hot Male!
Fireproof Undies for the really Hot Male!
Historical Underwear Advertisment.
Historical Underwear Advertisment.
Do it yourself Boxers for the Handyman. So Easy Pattern........All Photos courtesy Flickr.
Do it yourself Boxers for the Handyman. So Easy Pattern........All Photos courtesy Flickr.

Last Word

The Onesie beloved of the Outdoor Man in Winter.Don't you just Love the Color!......All Photos courtesy Flickr
The Onesie beloved of the Outdoor Man in Winter.Don't you just Love the Color!......All Photos courtesy Flickr

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    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Ha ha! Well most men are, aren't they? Thanks for your visit.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great and interesting history of a subject near to us all, males anyway.

      I recall when I was studying French in college, I was looking at one of the French magazines. There was an ad for Jockey briefs, I think, with a photo of a male model captioned, "Cette homme est dangereux." Still laugh about that ad.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks, I'm near Sacramento Ca escaping the 34'f weather up at the Lake. Glad you had a giggle!

    • Mrs. J. B. profile image

      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Love the pictures... As long as a man does NOT wear a COD PIECE... I am fine.... LOL.. Fabulous hub, very well written and very enjoyable.

      Happy Easter no matter what city you are in right now!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi toknowinfo, glad you learnt valuable info from my hub Thanks for the up and awesome!

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      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Loved the hub. Thanks for teaching me about stuff I never knew I didn't know about. Rated up and awesome. Well done!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Ha ha ha cheaptrick. I was naturally talking about baseball and cricket of course! Can't imagine what you were thinking!

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      cheaptrick 

      7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Interesting hub G.You left out those of us who go"Commando"however...You really Got me with!"Later,a moulded cup was added when men played?with balls,especially when hard?"Kinda brings up a rather risque image :)voted up and useful

      Dean

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Totally agree Bambino. Hope you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for coming by.

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      Bambino 

      8 years ago

      Very informative..ta !! I personally love to see a man in the tight Calvin Klein type shorts...nothin else !! Particularly think white is very sexy . NOT with socks on though !!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Quite Property-invest! Thanks for the comment.

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      Property-Invest 

      8 years ago from London

      Hi Gypsy Willow. Thanks for the cool hub. I kind of wonder exactly when men's briefs became a fashion statement? It's a great market though!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      No Dimitris what I meant was that no one should nick yours! I think you should change your onesies on Saturday night after your weekly bath whether you need to or not!

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Being a true traditional Onesie guy myself I must stand up for tradition and beliefs such as changing one's Onesie twice a year. There is too much laxity in the world of late and those who opt for the once a year change should be frowned upon.

      And GW, please contact and tell me how I have nicked someone's phraseology? I assure that I have not copied from anyone and if you point me to an example, I shall be devastated. Look forward to your comment :-)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks Dim. Just a bit of fun like the Sponge Bob undies! X

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Great history of men's underwear but I think I have to go for the sponge-bob underpants. Ha Ha !!! Well done.x

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Good point billy. Perhaps the Scots got it right! Thanks for coming by.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Lots of fun - as long they can 'breathe' right!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I'm from Wales I've had lots of experience with faggots! I love them to bits. You can find Faggots most saturdays at Cardigan Market. I am sure you would enjoy them as you obviously have had experience and you know how to handle them. Just checked my hub it is still flagged with a warning that it may be deemed "Adult" and not be up to Hubpages strict standards! Thanks for the comment!

    • Jamiehousehusband profile image

      Jamiehousehusband 

      8 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Well according to Lounn my personality is now all over the shop! You must be very careful with faggots, they need gentle handling and can break easily when cooking!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hey Jamie thanks for coming by. I shall check out the Gossard Gypsy range. I love sexy undies. Glad you enjoyed it. Like I told Iounn, my faggots and peas recipe got rated "Adult" so you can't be too careful!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Have fun!!

    • Jamiehousehusband profile image

      Jamiehousehusband 

      8 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Well well...I'm sorry you toned it down..what are we missing? I'm a Calvin guy when it comes down to it..and hate those boxers with buttons to undo (what a pain when caught short). Just wondered if you had ever looked at the Gossard range of womens bras and undies - interestingly there is a Gypsy range-very sexy! Good fun hub!

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      ran through american models 2010. the guys with tats were really hot, I'm partial. and the guy of middle-eastern descent (top model of the year, Adam)... zomg...

      hey, do you remember the guy that kept trying to run up the wall in The Full Monty? now THAT was perfection. I own that movie and have probably seen it like 20 times. My favorite character was Dave, though. I would have been rooting for him too in the clubs. :D I loved his relationship with his wife, how much he loved her and how much she loved him.

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      haha, now I'm off to do that (can't resist!) and then I seriously have to get to my house-cleaning. I'm goofed the whole day off (well, my days start pretty late because I sleep in lol) online here.

      but it's been time well-spent. :D

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks again Iounn, stand by! Fasten chastity belts!. Have you checked out the extra videos at the foot of the video I posted? mmmm!

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      You're adorable when you're unpredictable and shyly risque. Too funny about the Adult rating on your recipe.

      It's no wonder I'm a solid reader. :D I'm in for butterflies. I love them, so you'll see me there when you make it.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Ha Ha, It was too hot for hubpages. My Faggots and Peas recipe got rated"Adult"!! I'm doing a Butterfly Garden one at the moment to restore my reputation but guess what might be next! Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      I wonder if there is a personality type that goes for speedos that somehow you and I are lucky not to have stumbled into.

      In fact, that would be quite an interesting Hub - what personality of men like what kind of underwear. I'm not up for it anytime in future, but if you like the idea, research and make one, I'd sure come read it. :p

      also to add, wish I'd seen it before you toned it down O.O

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad you liked the hub lounn, it was fun writing it and I have toned it down a lot! My guys are boxer types too, but not the Square pants variety. Thanks for the comment. (I agree Speedos are yuck!)

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      Iðunn 

      8 years ago

      grand views, my friend and we women were way overdue. O.O

      hehe

      informative hub. I like men in boxers but my exes are all tighty-whitey guys. my sons both switched to boxers, I know because I did their laundry as teens when they switched and I was the one to buy them as teens.

      I find the speedo types for men really embarassing. haha, I'm glad none of my men ever favored them. :p

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Hello hello, nearly as colorful as women's isn't it. Thanks for stopping by

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a good selection and history of the underwear.

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