The Unmentionables…

November 11, 2007
Underwear. A rather rarely discussed topic among the straight males of this world. Some prefer a fitted pair of trunks in a classic black or white, others veer towards baggy boxers in a ‘my-mother-bought-these’ blue and red check, while some prefer ‘bulge-enhancing’ Y-fronts/briefs…if you’ll excuse the vulgarity.
Most probably, you didn’t expect a brief history of well…briefs, when you came here today alas, here goes.

It all started-as you might have known-with the loincloth, when man first felt modesty. Loincloths were usually manufactured in a linen or wool with those made of silk generally reserved for the utterly wealthy.

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Eventually, as we grew ever more sophisticated, men turned towards the much more dynamic codpiece. This nifty thing enabled men to urinate without having to strip off their bottoms completely.

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Soon, our undergarments evolved further and we began to don union suits, commonly referred to as long-johns. Some of these actually possessed a drop flap at the rear to render visits to the loo that little bit easier. Also around this time the first jockstrap was invented to aid cyclists on their journeys…

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In the 30’s briefs came on the scene…

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As did boxers


And finally in the 90s we got trunks


And there you have it.

Images from Erbzine, Mans-Underwear, Macys, Spunkys, Wags

  • riz November 12, 2007 at 12:11 am

    I have to say I really dislike but also find funny the general model poses on underwear packages in department stores…They are just so comical.

  • WendyB November 12, 2007 at 6:14 am

    Hey! You got Henry into an underwear post. Woot!

  • Dustcakeboy November 12, 2007 at 6:58 am

    riz-I agree, men are ridiculously gullible at times, thinking a pair of boxers will transform their entire genetic make-up!wendy-you inspired me!DCB.

  • giuseppe November 16, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    bonjour dcb 😀 it’s Giusgreat blog! i quite like this postand the old b&w photo.. do you have a larger version of it? XD

  • Dustcakeboy November 20, 2007 at 7:54 am

    giuseppe: Thanks muchly for your kind words, I’m afraid the larger version isn’t much larger!DCB.